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December 18, 2014 | Daily Devotionals | December 18

A Christian cannot willfully expose himself to hedonism, embrace narcissism, or pursue materialism without experiencing harmful side effects. These activities are toxic to our relationship with God. Carefully read the following verse, pausing at the italicized phrases to ask God what new commitment(s) He may want you to make today:

 

Stop loving this evil world and all that it offers you,

for when you love the world, you show that you

do not have the love of the Father in you. For the

world offers only the lust for physical pleasure, the

lust for everything we see, and pride in our possessions.

These are not from the Father. They are from this evil

world. And this world is fading away, along with every-

thing it craves. But if you do the will of God, you will

live forever. (1 JOHN 2:15-17, NLT, emphasis added)

 

We can end our affair with the world’s ways and become faithful partners with God in the doing of His will. Becoming God’s man requires hearing and doing what He says day by day, moment by moment.

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