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1 John - Being Independent and dependent

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As a people subject to the King of England, we desired our independence
Independence from tyranny and oppression is a costly thing
Millions have given their life for their and our freedom, and also in the effort of setting other peoples free.
Independence - defined at not being subject to control, not requiring or relying on something or someone else
Independence - defined at not being subject to control, not requiring or relying on something or someone else
Story: Packing to leave home as 4 year old / seeking independence as a teen

7516 Typical American

A United Press survey found that the “typical American” is a twenty-seven-year-old who does not read one book a year. He is materialistic, satisfied with small pleasures, bored with theological disputations. Although he may attend church twenty-seven times a year, he is not interested in the supernatural. He is concerned with neither heaven nor hell. In fact, he has no interest whatever in immortality. His principal interests are football, hunting, fishing, and car-tinkering.

—Lon Woodreum

Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations 7518 “I Don’t Want Christ to Come”

7518 “I Don’t Want Christ To Come”

I remember one night in Stockton, Calif, … I was preaching about the coming of Jesus. As I was in prayer I was conscious of a woman getting up and going out, for in those days the skirts would swish whenever a lady walked. It seemed to me that this lady must have gone out in a hurry. When I finished my prayer and went to greet the friends at the door, I found a woman pacing back and forth in the lobby. The moment I came, she said to me, “How would you dare to pray like that—“Come Lord Jesus?” I don’t want him to come. It would break in on all my plans. How dare you!” I said, “My dear young woman, Jesus is coming whether you like it or not.” Oh, if you know Him and love Him, surely your heart says, “Come, Lord Jesus!”

—H. A. Ironside

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Quote : “I Don’t Want Christ To Come” - H A Ironside: I remember one night in Stockton, Calif, … I was preaching about the coming of Jesus. As I was in prayer I was conscious of a woman getting up and going out, for in those days the skirts would swish whenever a lady walked. It seemed to me that this lady must have gone out in a hurry. When I finished my prayer and went to greet the friends at the door, I found a woman pacing back and forth in the lobby. The moment I came, she said to me, “How would you dare to pray like that—“Come Lord Jesus?” I don’t want him to come. It would break in on all my plans. How dare you!” I said, “My dear young woman, Jesus is coming whether you like it or not.” Oh, if you know Him and love Him, surely your heart says, “Come, Lord Jesus!”
I remember one night in Stockton, Calif, … I was preaching about the coming of Jesus. As I was in prayer I was conscious of a woman getting up and going out, for in those days the skirts would swish whenever a lady walked. It seemed to me that this lady must have gone out in a hurry. When I finished my prayer and went to greet the friends at the door, I found a woman pacing back and forth in the lobby. The moment I came, she said to me, “How would you dare to pray like that—“Come Lord Jesus?” I don’t want him to come. It would break in on all my plans. How dare you!” I said, “My dear young woman, Jesus is coming whether you like it or not.” Oh, if you know Him and love Him, surely your heart says, “Come, Lord Jesus!”
Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations 7521 Whom Is He Kidding?

7521 Whom Is He Kidding?

When a man says he can’t keep awake through a thirty-minute sermon, and stays home with his 700-column newspaper, whom is he kidding?

When a man says Sunday is his only day to rest, and gets up at 4:30 a.m. to go fishing, or spends the day on a golf course, whom is he kidding?

When a man says church seats are too hard and uncomfortable, then goes some Saturday to sit on a bleacher for hours in a drizzle watching 22 men push one another back and forth across a mud lot, whom is he kidding?

When a man says he doesn’t have time for Christ and His church, then spends evenings shopping, bowling, watching television, going to clubs, playing cards and having evenings out, whom is he kidding?… Not God!

—Spire

1 John 2:15–17 NIV
Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. 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. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.
1 John
Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations 7522 Something You Should Know

7522 Something You Should Know

5% of reported church members do not exist;

10% cannot be found;

20% never pray;

25% never read the Bible;

30% never attend church;

40% never give to any cause;

50% never go to Sunday school;

60% never go to church Sunday nights;

70% never give to Missions;

75% never engaged in any church activity;

80% never go to prayer meeting;

90% never have family worship;

95% never win a soul to Christ.

—Crusade Contact

John 15:19 NKJV
If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.

7528 A Greater Enemy

Long ago, William Law warned that the world is now a greater enemy to the Christian than it was in apostolic times:

It is a greater enemy, because it has greater power over Christians by its favours, riches, honours, rewards, and protection than it had by the fire and fury of its persecutors.

It is a more dangerous enemy, by having lost its appearance of enmity. Its outward profession of Christianity makes it no longer considered as an enemy, and therefore the people are easily persuaded to resign themselves up to be governed and directed by it.

—Robert H. Lauer

John 17:16 NKJV
They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.
John 17:16
What is the world?
What is the world?
John 15:
What is the world?
Kosmos - multiple meanings
Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations 7534 Epigram on Worldliness

Anything that cools my love for Christ is the world.

—John Wesley

Universe created by God (people who worship creation)
Planet Earth as the dwelling place of humans
Mankind and the total of our existence in present life, experiences, possessions and emotions
What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?
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The world order which is alienated from God, in rebellion against him, condemned by nature and by godless motives and deeds.
We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one
—John Wesley
Quote: Anything that cools my love for Christ is the world. —John Wesley
A Greater Enemy: Long ago, William Law warned that the world is now a greater enemy to the Christian than it was in apostolic times: It is a greater enemy, because it has greater power over Christians by its favours, riches, honours, rewards, and protection than it had by the fire and fury of its persecutors. It is a more dangerous enemy, by having lost its appearance of enmity. Its outward profession of Christianity makes it no longer considered as an enemy, and therefore the people are easily persuaded to resign themselves up to be governed and directed by it.
Long ago, William Law warned that the world is now a greater enemy to the Christian than it was in apostolic times:
It is a greater enemy, because it has greater power over Christians by its favours, riches, honours, rewards, and protection than it had by the fire and fury of its persecutors.
It is a more dangerous enemy, by having lost its appearance of enmity. Its outward profession of Christianity makes it no longer considered as an enemy, and therefore the people are easily persuaded to resign themselves up to be governed and directed by it.
Who Is He Kidding? - Spire:
Who Is He Kidding? - Spire:
When a man says he can’t keep awake through a thirty-minute sermon, and stays home to sit on Facebook, or spend hours searching the internet, who is he kidding?
When a man says he can’t keep awake through a thirty-minute sermon, and stays home with his 700-column newspaper, whom is he kidding?
When a man says Sunday is his only day to rest, and gets up at 4:30 a.m. to go fishing, or spends the day on a golf course, who is he kidding?
When a man says Sunday is his only day to rest, and gets up at 4:30 a.m. to go fishing, or spends the day on a golf course, whom is he kidding?
When a man says church seats are too uncomfortable, then goes to sit on a bleacher for hours in a drizzle watching 22 men push one another back and forth across a mud lot, who is he kidding?
When a man says he doesn’t have time for Christ and His church, then spends evenings shopping, bowling, watching television, going to clubs and restaurants, playing cards, who is he kidding?… Not God!
Those things are not evil of themselves, it’s the elevating them to a place “before” God that is evil and hurtful to God
—Spire
James 4:4 NIV
You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.
Friendship is a relationship of mutual affection between people
Although there are many forms of friendship, some of which may vary from place to place, certain characteristics are present in many types of bond. Such characteristics include affection; kindness; love; virtue; sympathy; empathy; honesty; altruism; mutual understanding and compassion; enjoyment of each other's company; trust; and the ability to be oneself, express one's feelings, and make mistakes without fear of judgment from the friend.
Although there are many forms of friendship, some of which may vary from place to place, certain characteristics are present in many types of bond. Such characteristics include affection; kindness; love; virtue; sympathy; empathy; honesty; altruism; mutual understanding and compassion; enjoyment of each other's company; trust; and the ability to be oneself, express one's feelings, and make mistakes without fear of judgment from the friend.
While there is no practical limit on what types of people can form a friendship, friends tend to share common backgrounds, occupations, or interests and have similar demographics.
While there is no practical limit on what types of people can form a friendship, friends tend to share common backgrounds, occupations, or interests and have similar demographics.
By definition do we want to cultivate “friendship” with Satan?
A child can come from a loving home, but pursue bad friends. Eventually that influence can separate the child from his family.
While there is no practical limit on what types of people can form a friendship, friends tend to share common backgrounds, occupations, or interests and have similar demographics.
Friendship is a stronger form of interpersonal bond than an association
You can live, communicate, work in close proximity and be a light to the world by showing concern for them, and not participate or approve of the world order and rebellion behind it.
We may live in this “world”, but we are to be Independent of it!!
As children of God’s Kingdom and Family, we are called to grow a dependent relationship with our God
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
If we love the world, love for the Father is not in us -
Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations 1941 My Love and Baby’s Love

1941 My Love And Baby’s Love

A gentleman who was a professed Christian was taken seriously ill. He became troubled about the little love he felt in his heart for God, and spoke of his experience to a friend. This is how the friend answered him.

“When I go home from here, I expect to take my baby on my knee, look into her sweet eyes, listen to her charming prattle, and tired as I am, her presence will rest me; for I love that child with unutterable tenderness. But she loves me little. If my heart were breaking it would not disturb her sleep. If my body were racked with pain, it would not interrupt her play. If I were dead, she would forget me in a few days. Besides this, she had never brought me a penny, but was a constant expense to me. I am not rich, but there is not money enough in the world to buy my baby. How is it? Does she love me, or do I love her? Do I withhold my love until I know she loves me? Am I waiting for her to do something worthy of my love before extending it?”

This practical illustration of the love of God for His children caused the tears to roll down the sick man’s face. “Oh, I see,” he exclaimed, “it is not my love to God, but God’s love for me, that I should be thinking of. And I do love Him now as I never loved Him before.”

—Gospel Herald

The more revelation we have of God’s love for us, the less trouble we have being independent of the world and it’s ruler’s.
Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations 1945 Brokenhearted Father

1945 Brokenhearted Father

Among the first glimpses we get of our God is that of a Seeker: “Adam … Where art thou?” (Gen. 3:9). In commenting upon this question to his Bible class, a teacher said, “You can never be a preacher if you read it as though God were a policeman. Read it as though God were a brokenhearted Father looking for a lost child!”

—Al Bryant

Romans 12:2 NIV
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Quote: John Adams had the following to say in a speech to our military back in 1798: "We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion . . . Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."
Prayer - Declaration of Dependence upon God and Independence from the World and it’s ruler.
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