Things that Threaten Intimacy with God
Passage: 1 John 2:15–2:27
I. Love of the world kills intimacy and relationship with God.
“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 desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life —is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever (15-17).”
“Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ…If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations— ‘Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch’ (referring to things that all perish as they are used)—according to human precepts and teachings? These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh.” (Colossians 2:16-17, 20-23)
(This will be one slide, if possible)
How has food become something you use to satisfy a soul hunger, that only God can satisfy?
How has your body become something you look too to give you an identity that only God can truly give? How are you using exercise, diet, clothes, hair and make-up, to be your beauty and life?
How has work become something you have look too to justify you? Are you loving or using the people/relationships around you to get ahead, and make you feel good about you?
How has getting more money become something you have put your trust in to fix you and your problems?
How are you looking to sex (either fantasizing or actually using) to be THE thing you must have to feel alive?
How have you demanded others affirm your opinions (on religion, politics, philosophy) and perspectives instead of loving others?
How has Facebook, Instagram or some other social media tool taken over the desires of your eyes to be affirmed, and feel significant, even noticed? How have you used it to find life by promoting yourself?
In what ways are you looking to this life to give you the peace, meaning, significance that only God can and will? Examine your hopes and dreams. Are you using God to bless these hopes and dreams or are you looking to God to be your blessing? What, if lost, would make you deny that God is good, and that He loves you?
II. Not Taking God for Who He Says He is Kills intimacy and relationship.
“In essentials, unity, in non-essentials, charity, in all things Christ.” (may or may not use this!)
“I write to you, not because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and because no lie is of the truth. Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist… (21-22).”
“…now many antichrists have come. Therefore, we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us (18b-20).”