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Opposing World Views


God doesn't change. Nor does human nature. People today, as in Old Testament times, drift from God's loving shelter to all kinds of hollow alternatives. And the consequences remain the same. [See 1 Corinthians 10-1-13] 

“My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters,
And hewn themselves cisterns—broken cisterns that can hold no water." Jeremiah 2:13



 "And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according tot he prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.
       "But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together...." Eph 2:1-6

"...the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one." 1 John 5:19 "If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is... Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth."  Col 3:1-3

 "Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish."  Gal 5:16-17

"The works of the flesh... are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries...  those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God." Gal 5:19-21 "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires." Gal 5:22-24

 Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud." Proverbs 16:18-19

Self-actualization & self-esteem

Self-surrender (to God) & self-denial

My will be done

God's will be done

Demonstrate my feelings (authenticity). (Harry Potter makes sarcasm, spells and curses common seem good & acceptable.)

Demonstrate His love and truth in all circumstances

     "Do not be conformed to this world.... Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. " Romans 12:2, 9

      "Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever." 1 John 2:15-17

"You who hate good and love evil..." Micah 3:1-2

"You love evil more than good." Psalm 52:3

"Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil...
Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes,
And prudent in their own sight!" Isaiah 5:20-21

 "I pray that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God." Phil 1:9-11

‘It is a people who go astray in their hearts,
And they do not know My ways.’" Psalm 95:9
"You meet him who rejoices and does righteousness, who remembers You in Your ways." Isaiah 64:5

 "Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said:

'I will dwell in them and walk among them.
I will be their God, and they shall be My people.'
Therefore, 'Come out from among them and be separate,' says the Lord.
Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you.
I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters,'
Says the Lord Almighty.” 2 Cor 6:14-18

All to My honor and glory

All to God's honor and glory

See also America's Spiritual Slide

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