It’s important that I begin displaying the characteristics of my Father the King.
(1 John 2:14-17) I have written to you, children, because you have come to know the Father. I have written to you, fathers, because you have come to know the One who is from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, God’s word remains in you, and you have had victory over the evil one. Do not love the world or the things that belong to the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him. Because everything that belongs to the world – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride in one’s lifestyle – is not from the Father, but is from the world. And the world with its lust is passing away, but the one who does God’s will remains forever.
1. ACT Like Royalty
A. We have inherited Christ’s strength.
B. Act strong!
C. We are much stronger than we realize.
2. WORK Like Royalty
(14) God’s word remains in you.
A. God’s teachings are alive in us.
(1:8)If we say, “We have no sin,” we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
(2:4) The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” without keeping His commands is a liar, and the truth is not in Him.
B. Put those teachings to work in our lives.
3. FIGHT Like Royalty
A. We should fight Satan.
(1 John 2:14) You have had victory over the evil one.
(John 16:33) “Be courageous! I have conquered the world.”
(1 John 4:4) You are from God, little children, and you have conquered them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
B. Satan has been thrown out – but we have to keep him out.
(1 John 2:15) Do not love the world or the things that belong to the world.