Life 2.0 Part 5

1 John 2:12-17

LEAP – Listen – Engage – Apply – Produce

You have died with Christ, and he has set you free from the spiritual powers of this world. So why do you keep on following the rules of the world.. Col 2:20

Satan means adversary.

Devil means accuser or slanderer.

Other names; tempter, ruler of this world, god of this age, wicked one, prince of the air, father of lies who can disguise himself as an angel of light.

The devil is constantly working to destroy our faith.  He wants to disconnect us from God and the Word of God.  It’s the source of our power over evil.

The devil attacks our past with accusations.

For the accuser of our brothers and sisters has been thrown down to earth—
the one who accuses them
before our God day and night.  Rev 12:10b

I am writing to you who are God’s children because your sins have been forgiven through Jesus. 1 John 2:12

We are forgiven for our past, current and future sins.

The devil attacks our future with temptation.

The more you know Christ the more you have victory over the accusations and the temptations.

I am writing to you who are mature in the faith because you know Christ, who existed from the beginning.  I am writing to you who are young in the faith
because you have won your battle with the evil one. 1 John 2:13

I have written to you who are God’s children because you know the Father.
I have written to you who are mature in the faith because you know Christ, who existed from the beginning.
I have written to you who are young in the faith because you are strong.
God’s word lives in your hearts,
and you have won your battle with the evil one.  1 John 2:14

God’s word is Jesus and God’s truth.  The more the Word is in you the more you know God.  The more you know a lie from the enemy when you see one.

Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you.  1 John 2:15

The more you crave the pleasures of the physical world, the less you will know the love and the joy of the Father.

For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world.  1 John 2:16

Love of the world is death and love of God is life now and forever.

And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.  1 John 2:17

If you are a jealous person, the problem is inside.  You have to put an end to it.

Jealousy leads to anger, to negativity, to resentment and then an overall Victim Mentality.


This is part of teaching video …. “Jealousy, It’s Nor what You Think

Teaching series is inspired by Andy Stanley’s Book “Enemies of the Heart”.

1 John 2:3-11

I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. 10 For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return.
Phil 1:9-10

KJV – Sincere:
Latin: Sine (sin-ah) – Cere (care-ah) — Without Wax

And we can be sure that we know him if we obey his commandments. 1 John 2:3

You know you know Jesus if you obey His commandments with the right attitude.

“If you love me, obey my commandments.” John 14:15

What is your motivation for obedience?

 Fear of punishment … You will rebel.
 To earn reward … You will want more
 You love Jesus … You will be content.

If obeying God is not a priority, you don’t really love Him.

If someone claims, “I know God,” but doesn’t obey God’s commandments, that person is a liar and is not living in the truth. 1 John 2:4

Knowing Christ is not just factual, its experiential. Your catalyst is the Holy Spirit.

But those who obey God’s word truly show how completely they love him. That is how we know we are living in him. 1 John 2:5

Lack of obedience = Lack of trust

Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did. 1 John 2:6

Jesus is our role model for the obedient life.

Dear friends, I am not writing a new commandment for you; rather it is an old one you have had from the very beginning. This old commandment—to love one another—is the same message you heard before. 1 John 2:7

Jesus said, “So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” John 13:34-35

Love for each other shows the world we love Jesus.
Yet it is also new. Jesus lived the truth of this commandment, and you also are living it. For the darkness is disappearing, and the true light is already shining. 1 John 2:8

Focus on the love and you will move away from the dark.

9 If anyone claims, “I am living in the light,” but hates a fellow believer, that person is still living in darkness. 10 Anyone who loves a fellow believer is living in the light and does not cause others to stumble. 11 But anyone who hates a fellow believer is still living and walking in darkness. Such a person does not know the way to go, having been blinded by the darkness.
1 John 2:9-11

Pastor Royal Farris of LIfe Connection Church in Euless, TX

You can see the rest of this teaching here … You Have A Hero in the 2.0 Life



My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous. 1 John 2:1

Why is all sin such a big deal to John?

Everyone who sins is breaking God’s law, for all sin is contrary to the law of God. 1 John 3:4

1) Sin is serious.

2) Sin is disrespecting God’s authority.

3) Sin snubs the sacrifice of Jesus.

And I give myself as a holy sacrifice for them so they can be made holy by your truth. John 17:19

4) Sin points to a question of lordship.

5) Sin causes anxiety, hardens the heart and kills hope.

6) Sin is the enemy of the 2.0 Life.

Jesus is the hero of the 2.0 Life.

But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. 1b

Christianity is not a religion powered by human discipline and achievement. Because you can’t be perfect and God wants you to be righteous.

1) Jesus is with you and for you.

Jesus’ sacrifice is the expiation that takes care of our human nature problem.

Expiation: The act of making amends or reparation for guilt.

He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world. 1 John 2:2

2) Jesus pays our debt to God.

And anyone who believes in God’s Son has eternal life. Anyone who doesn’t obey the Son will never experience eternal life but remains under God’s angry judgment.” John 3:36

3) The Father sees us through Jesus.

While on earth we are to take the news to the world.

And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!” Rom 10:15

After he has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice.They won’t follow a stranger; they will run from him because they don’t know his voice.” John 10:4-5

 This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all.  1 John 1:5

God is light

Warmth, Joy, Confidence, righteousness, clarity, peace, hope, satisfying, spiritually aware

Walking in the light you will avoid the dark.

1So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. 17 The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. 18 But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses. Gal 5:16-18

 The light is Truth.

 So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth.

Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.  Pro 1:7

 If you are not walking in God’s light your natural nature is to be in the dark.

19 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, 21 envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Gal 5:19-21

Being reborn and walking in the light are choices. Choose the light or the dark.

But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.

We are forgiven

We have fellowship with God and believers

 Our attitude about sin is the sign of where we are in our relationship with God.

If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth.But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.

As Christians It’s wrong to live in sin believing we are safe in the darkness

You don’t have to be perfect to be living in the light.


Peace that passes all understanding.

Hope in the middle of all kinds of bad.

Love that can fix a terrible marriage.

The ability to forgive someone that the world says no way.

If you are living the true Christian life, the upgrade.  You will not be able to verbally explain the spiritual rebirth.

You have to show it, because it is an experience beyond human understanding.

The rest of this teaching is at Life Connection Church or Life 2.0 – Upgrade Your Life Now



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