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Choosing Wisely
July 29, 2012
Justin Chang
 
Scripture Lesson -- 1 John 2:12-17
Reasons for Writing
12 I am writing to you, dear children,
because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name.
13 I am writing to you, fathers,
because you know him who is from the beginning.
I am writing to you, young men,
because you have overcome the evil one.
14 I write to you, dear children,
because you know the Father.
I write to you, fathers,
because you know him who is from the beginning.
I write to you, young men,
because you are strong,
and the word of God lives in you,
and you have overcome the evil one.
On Not Loving the World
15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father[a] is not in them. 16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.
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Choosing Wisely
July 29, 2012
Justin Chang
 
Scripture Lesson -- 1 John 2:12-17
Reasons for Writing
12 I am writing to you, dear children,
because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name.
13 I am writing to you, fathers,
because you know him who is from the beginning.
I am writing to you, young men,
because you have overcome the evil one.
14 I write to you, dear children,
because you know the Father.
I write to you, fathers,
because you know him who is from the beginning.
I write to you, young men,
because you are strong,
and the word of God lives in you,
and you have overcome the evil one.
On Not Loving the World
15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father[a] is not in them. 16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.
 
Love is about a relationship
Who you (choose to) love is who you will serve!
                Love the world --> serve idol (self)
                Love the Father --> serve God (serving others)
 
Love is also a choice
15 But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”   -- Joshua 24:15
 
Love is not a one-time thing
17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. 18 But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up. ” -- Daniel 3:17-18
 
Love is a commitment
                It’s not easy (1 John 2:14-15)
                “Be strong and courageous” mentioned 24 times in the Old Testament
7 “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.  -- Joshua 1:7
Choices: Choose and commit to love/to know God
Application:
* Join a Bible study group
* Attend prayer meetings
* Read books such as “knowing God”
* Go through doctrinal book
* Seek more mature brother/sister – be disciple
* Disciple someone (your family)
Warning: Love the Creator, not the creation
Choices: check your emotions/heart issue
9 The heart is deceitful above all things
and beyond cure.
Who can understand it?
10 “I the Lord search the heart
and examine the mind,
to reward each person according to their conduct,
according to what their deeds deserve.”
- Jeremiah 17:9-10
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord and shun evil.
8 This will bring health to your body
and nourishment to your bones.
- Proverbs 3:5-8
Application:
* Is it an “idol”? Worshipping creation rather than Creator
* Ask for advice from Pastor, spiritually mature brother/sister
* Asking why?
* Does it feel like a personal sacrifice? (probably a good choice)
Choice: Have eternal perspective
13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you.
-          Philippians 3:13-15
Application: 
* Ask: choice you making helping God’s Kingdom or your own
* Ask: where does God want me to invest? (not what, but who)
* Ask: how long will this choice give me happiness or joy?
Suggestions for choosing wise investments:
* Teaching; disciple someone; choosing to be discipled
* Volunteering at the church or community services
* Make a vacation into a short term missions trip instead
Are you making the same decisions you were before you were a Christian?
* How are you investing your money?
* Do you give more or less to the needy?
* Are you investing more in people versus things?


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