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Midweek - June 19 Guest Blogger Justin Camp and Scripture Experience 1 John 2:17




I thought this might be a good Devotional for us to look at together. Please leave your comments below.  This is from Justin Camp of Gather Ministries. I follow him each week online and appreciate his insight.

Becoming Fast & Light

Guest Blogger Justin Camp

How can we who died to sin still live in it?—Romans 6:2

 

Imagine being fast and light when moving through this life. Imagine being free from things that weigh you down, hold you back. Imagine being free to roam, free to rest. Imagine being free from sin and shame and striving and worry and self-doubt. Imagine being free to love, free to slow down, free to go wherever God calls you to go and to do whatever God calls you to do. 

 

..that’s the kind of life our King, Jesus Christ, has made available—and to which he calls us now. If he hadn’t come, we wouldn’t be able to access it. The things that encumber us would become prisons too strong for us to escape. But our King did come. He kicked open the prison doors. He knocked down the prison walls. He did what we could never do. He set us free (Galatians 5:1). Now we must do our part.

 

Because we find ourselves without prison walls, we’ve got to stop acting like prisoners and lay down prisoner habits and prisoner beliefs (Hebrews 12:1). We must adopt the practices of free men, men who’re fast and light . . . able to live transparent lives, free from hiding and posing, free to confess struggles and sin openly in community . . . able to make decisions with our lives and our families that align with our King, though probably not with our culture . . . and able to stop and care and help and love people, especially those in need.

Okay, so what do we do?

 

What weighs you down? What holds you back? Spend a moment praying and reflecting. Trust that God the Holy Spirit will guide your thoughts. Now, make two lists. On the left, name your top encumbrances—old sin habits, old beliefs. On the right, specify how you’ll commit to laying them down.

 

 

 

 

 

Scripture Experience

1 John 2:17 The World passes away,

and the lust thereof.

 

When John writes “the world” he is talking about the entire system of human interest that surrounds us. This isn’t what God created but is what man has created therefore it is not perfection (It is good)


It is the thing of man who looks to them to determine his success and life. It is the world that Satan showed Jesus on the Mount of Temptation and said that he would give it to Jesus if he would only bow to him, creator bowing to creation is abhorrent.  He falsely claims that it belongs to him. Jeus doesn’t need to go to the cross to achieve success. Satan will give him authority, power, respect.


He made the same offer today. The apple illusion is always there and so often we reach out to pluck it from the tree only to watch it vanish in our hands. We traveled so far for nothing more than a mirage that doesn’t offer any water but only sand to quench our soul’s thirst

“So unsubstantial and fleeting are the things with which the men of this world try to appease their immortal appetite.” – FB Meyer.  


The lust for the desire passes away in the dust of discouragement. No enjoyment is there to encourage our pursuit. Our soul dries out in a never setting sun.

However, John 2:17 encourages us with these words. “The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.”. Many translations use the word Abides forever which is more accurate. This person has decided that the momentary can never compare to the eternal. Having experience that life in a mere taste of time alone with God the soul wants to exist in the deep end of that cool refreshment. Only living with Jesus, day in day out, can bring that satisfaction.

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