With yesterday being Valentine’s Day, I thought I would write a blog on love. It’s important for us to have love in our lives. Jesus said in Corinthians 13:13 “The three most important things to have are faith, hope and love. But the greatest of them is love.” Yes we have love for people (our spouse, our parents, our kids, our friends, even our hobbies or TV) but do we make time to love our Father? On a daily basis do we spend time with him? Do we talk to him and then sit quietly and allow him to talk to us? The question is – do we love God enough?
1 John 2:
 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. (KJV)
So again… Do we love God enough?
The author, John, tells us that if we love the world, then the love of the Father is not in us. How can we tell who we love more – the world or our Father?
Are we holding onto hatred in our hearts? Are we angry because a person at the Company for a year, got the position we felt we deserved?
Are we doing, saying, thinking or acting in a way that we wouldn’t be if Jesus was standing right beside us? (Note: He always is!)
Do we sit in Church and act righteous and then go out the door and become a totally different person?
If we are searching for something to fulfill a lust or make us happy or want to find something that we can be proud of, then we are walking in the world.
Lust of the flesh is always searching for something to fulfill our needs. For example, gratification with other women or men, pornography. alcohol, drugs, gambling or money and the likes.
Lust of the eyes is always searching for something that puts us in a place of high esteem. We have the need to find something that make us feel superior in some way. We are conceited of how great our body is, how much smarter we are than others, our position in our job or in the community, of the clothes we wear or how great our house is, how much money we have, anything that makes others “wish they were me!”.
We begin to have faith in ourselves, rather than putting the outcome of our lives in Gods hands. We feel we deserve more and if God won’t give it to us, then we will find a way by ourselves to make it happen.
The pride of life comes in right after the lust. We strive to be the best at many things. We have the best job, the best car, the perfect family. We’ve bragged that we “got ahead” by ourselves, we brag about how “I” had the willpower to stop drinking or gambling and now the pride really sets in. We want everyone else to know just how great we are.
John, goes on to say that even though we may have built wonderful lives for ourselves, full of great “things” we have also built a life full of pride. One day Jesus will return and this world as we know it will all pass away. The people who have lived for the world will lose everything in the end, including their salvation.
We cannot serve two gods! God has allowed us the free-will to choose which way we want to live…with Him or without.
So we ask, can Christians have and enjoy good things in our lives? Yes we can and we do. But we must remember that they are blessings from God.
Jesus was tempted by Satan and we will be also. Will we ever be tempted enough to lose ourselves to lusts of the flesh and eyes and the pride of life? Yes most definitely! We were born into sin and so we can be tempted and possibly succumb to those ways, if we aren’t careful.
What can we do in a situation where we are losing ourselves to lust and pride? We can go to our Father, in the name of Jesus, as soon as possible, as soon as we feel ourselves drifting away or when we have failed. Ask for forgiveness, the forgiveness that only He can give us. Be cleansed, start fresh, in a way that pleases our Father.
We must be very careful that we do not spend more time on worldly things than with the Lord. Keep the Father first and foremost in everything. Enjoy the gifts God gives to us, but don’t lust after them and don’t become prideful in them.
On a daily basis we need to cover ourselves with the armour of God and ask Jesus to deliver us from the temptations of the world and keep us strong in Him.
It is extremely important to keep a good balance between God and worldly things. Our eternity depends on it!
You Lord are the one and only true God and I am blessed to know you and to live for you.
Father, sometimes in this life, I am so taken in with these other activities that I inadvertently put you on a back burner. I don’t even realize it most of the time. Please help me Lord.
The lusts of this world are becoming stronger every day. There is TV, Internet, movies, games, etc. There are friends, coffee dates, work, house keeping, and so many other activities that take me away from you on a daily basis.
Every day I plan to include you but when I wake up my “life” immediately starts. The phone rings and I am drawn into the day. My time with you has passed. I promise myself (there I am leaving you out of the situation) that I will spend time with you in the day or tonight. Then tonight arrives and I am so tired, I say a quick prayer while falling to sleep.
Most days, I don’t even realize that by allowing myself to be ruled by the day or by “fun” times, or chores and activities that I am leaving no room for you Lord.
One day these “time hogs” will pass away? Where does that leave me Father? Your Word says that I will pass away with them.
However there is a thing called balance. If I can set up a good balance of my time with you and the worldly things, then when I pass away, I will be delivered to you Lord.
Father I pray against the activities that are used to draw me away from you. I pray that my eyes are opened and I see that these lusts are the work of the enemy.
Now that I am aware of the enemies tricks, I pray that I am no longer going to be drawn into them.
Lord, from now on, I will find the balance. I will make sure to talk and spend some time with you each day and I will still have plenty of time to do the other things as well.
Thank you Father that you opened my eyes. May I always have a good balance in life. Hallelujah.
In Jesus’ name I pray.