Google+ 08/15/13 Keep Away From Anything That Might Take God's Place in Our Hearts!

1 John 5:19-21

 

We know that we are children of God and that the world around us is under the control of the evil one.

And we know that the Son of God has come,

And he has given us understanding so that we can know the true God.

And now we live in fellowship with the true God because we live in fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ.

He is the only true God, and he is eternal life.

Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.

 

In part four of our seven-part devotion series discussing who we are in Christ, we turn to the beloved apostle John.  Remember that John was a simple fisherman.  John was the disciple that never left Jesus's side.  He was the one disciple that was standing at the foot of the cross on that fateful Friday.  Jesus had totally changed the life of John.  Not only had John "taken up his cross and followed Him," there were many more changes.  John had totally become a "fisher of men," as Jesus had promised.  Finally, remember that John is the disciple that Jesus "gives" to His mother Mary.  John's third epistle probably was written sometime late in the first century A.D.  John lived a very long life, being the last disciple to die, as Jesus had promised.  John was an overseer of many churches in Asia Minor and probably wrote this epistle from Ephesus.  Why did John write these three letters?  Unlike others, he only had one purpose in writing.  John wanted all of us to know who we are in Christ.  First and foremost, John tells us that we are children of God and we are set apart from those in the world that are controlled by the evil one.  John also tells us that we have a complete understanding of who God and Jesus are in the world and in our lives.  We can embrace the fact that we live in God because we live in Jesus.  Finally, John finishes this epistle by speaking directly to all of God's children and telling us to stay away from anything that might replace God in our hearts.  As we Christians evaluate our lives today, don't let Satan confound us about who we are.  We are children of God with an understanding that non-believers do not have.  We have protection and separation from the dark side.  All we have to do is embrace this fact and tell Satan to be gone.  We live in constant fellowship with God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.  This brings us eternal life and peace.  If we are experiencing indecision and chaos in our lives, there may be a reason and John warns us to beware.  Heed his warning before it is too late.  Keep away from anything that might take God's place in our hearts!