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Read Introduction to 1 John

 

“And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.”
 
 
and the lust of it;
 
The lusts that we enjoy in time will not last forever. There is something more eternal and more satisfying than living a life of lust. We need to fix ourselves on eternal things.
 
PRINCIPLE: 
A life of lust by its very nature is self-destructive. 
 
APPLICATION: 
A life of lust is by its very nature self-destructive for it bears the seeds of its own destruction. The attitudes and practices of worldliness are the very things that destroy themselves. That is why they are transient and do not last. They are without ultimate value because they root themselves in time. 
 
The person who dies with the most toys does not win! Living for fame and things will not last like living for reaching those without Christ and building believers. God wants us to put priority on the things of greatest value. 
 
Jim Elliot, the missionary martyred by the very people he was trying to reach with the gospel, said this, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” 
 
Co 3: 2Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.”
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