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Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World

Do you relate to God as if he exists to further your selfish ambitions or are you convinced that you exist to glorify him? Are you trying to live without God? Iain Murray describes this way of thinking:

Worldliness is departing from God. It is a man-centered way of thinking; it proposes objectives which demand no radical breach with man’s fallen nature; it judges the importance of things by the present and material results; it weighs success by numbers; it covets human esteem and wants no unpopularity; it knows no truth for which it is worth suffering; it declines to be “a fool for Christ’s sake”. Worldliness is the mind-set of the unregenerate. it adopts idols and is at war with God. 

Are you at war with God?

If not what is your heart like?

You see worldliness is not simply externals but rather a matter of the heart.

For that’s where worldliness is. It exists in our hearts. Worldliness does not consist in outward behavior, though our actions can certainly be an evidence of worldliness within. But the real location of worldliness is internal. It resides in our hearts.

Oftentimes, we seek to define worldliness as anything or anyone involved with today’s culture. But culture is not worldliness. As soon as one mentions this there is often an immediate chance for people to take offense. However, “the conflict often reveals a wrong focus on externals.”

Yes, it is true conduct often reveals the intent of the heart. “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” But your judgment of others conduct does not always ring true with the Bible. You pass judgment on someone’s differing external behaviors but you miss the beam in your own eye. When inclined to judge, first stop and check your motives. Is your heart motivated by love? Is your heart motivated with kindness? Is your heart motivated with an intent to restore? If so judge and confront, but if not, back off and get your own heart right first. Worldliness is not a clothing style or a music style but rather it is an arrogant confident love for something that is dying. We must seek to confront those who are loving the world but be cautious not misjudge someone’s “culture” because it is simply not our own.

The idea and quotes came from the below mentioned book.
Book suggestion: BUY THIS BOOK: (click the link for information) C.J. Mahaney’s book called,  Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World

Fellowship is to increase our maturity and increase our disciples. check out the passage here.

Are you maturing and therefore taking on more disciples to fellowship with?

I started reading in 1 John this morning and didn’t get very far before the idea of fellowship was brought up. In chapter 1 verses 1-4 John was affirming the physical reality of Jesus. He was referring back to the time he spent with Jesus during his ministry on earth. He confided in his readers the fact that Jesus was real by pointing out that he had heard, seen, and touched Jesus. He was proclaiming this for the purpose of leading his readers to salvation. In verse 3 he equates fellowship with salvation; he is proclaiming the truths of the gospel so that they would have fellowship with other believers. Furthermore, our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. The proclamation of the reality of the gospel produces a fellowship in eternal life, and in turn, fellowship in eternal life produces joy. Brothers, let’s continue to point out truths of the gospel for that is true fellowship which produces an unmatchable joy.

True Fellowship Book

jordantmoody —  March 7, 2012 — 4 Comments

True Fellowship

This is the book True Fellowship by Jerry Bridges. It is great. Pat actually sent me a copy of this book.
I would challenge each of you guys to get yourself a copy. The link will take you to Amazon where you can buy a copy of the book for 1 penny!