Life’s Illusions

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Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.   (1 John 2:15–17, NIV 1984).

My Musings – Craving and lusting and boasting – oh my!  Desires such as these will pass away.  And when they are gone, what will be left?  We have to let these things go in order “to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of [us].” (Philippians 3:12, NIV 1984).  We cannot have it both ways.  “No one can serve two masters. Either [we] will hate the one and love the other, or [we] will be devoted to the one and despise the other.” (Matthew 6:24, NIV 1984).  We may fool ourselves into thinking we can but “[He] know[s] [our] deeds, that [we] are neither cold nor hot. [He wishes we] were either one or the other! So, if [we] are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold— [He will] spit [us] out of [His] mouth. [We] say, ‘[we are] rich; [we] have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But [we] do not realize that [we] are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.”  (Revelation 3:15–17, NIV 1984).  Rich? Acquired wealth? Do not need a thing?  Sounds an awful lot like craving, lusting and boasting.   Pitiful? Poor? Blind and naked?  Sounds an awful lot like the world and its desires passing away.

Both Sides Now

I’ve looked at life from both sides now
From win and lose and still somehow
It’s life’s illusions I recall
I really don’t know life at all.

Joni Mitchell

My Advice – “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if [the world and its desires are] God, follow [them].”  (1 Kings 18:21, NIV 1984). Craving and lusting and boasting?  They are illusions. Let them go!

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