Full text of Zac Poonen’s sermon titled “Sixteen Truths That I Have Learnt” (Part 3) — September 10, 2022.
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Zac Poonen – Bible Teacher
Praise the Lord! I’m glad to be back again.
In India, for many years, the most common way we greet other believers is praise the Lord. In the olden days, the Christians used to meet each other and say, “peace be with you” to show that they were in fellowship. Both are good greetings.
Yeah, I want to just repeat what we’ve just covered. This is our third session. You remember in the first session, we mentioned some truths I learned. Number one: God loves Jesus’ disciples as much as He loved Jesus. And secondly, God delights in honest people. Third, God delights in cheerful givers. And we must treat every human being with dignity.
And then in the next session, we considered holiness comes by looking unto Jesus. And number six, the way of the cross is the way of life. Number seven, the world’s opinions about us are fit only for the trash can. And number eight, we must be continually filled with the Holy Spirit.
So now we want to go to number nine… truths that I’ve learned through these years.
Number nine, THIS WORLD’S VALUES ARE THE OPPOSITE OF GOD’S. This world’s values are the opposite of God’s.
1 John chapter 2 and verse 15 to 17.
1 John 2:15-17: ‘Do not love the world, nor the things in the world.’ And here is a very serious statement. ‘If anyone loves the world’ — he cannot say that he loves God… ‘the love of the Father is not in him.’ He’s fooling himself. And what is the world? ‘All that is in the world is the lust of the flesh…’, which is various lusts in our flesh, which includes sexual lust, pride and… not pride but other lusts… ‘and the lust of the eyes’ which is the lust to possess everything we see, money, for example… ‘and the boastful pride of life.’ These are the three things that characterize the world… and none of these are from the Father. All this is from the world. And the world is passing away and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God abides forever.