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You can have everything and yet still have nothing. Have you ever thought about that? Perhaps you have, but if you have not, then a moment’s reflection will make it obvious to you.

If one is the most powerful man in the world, a leader of the mightiest empire, but does not have love—what does he (she) have? There are a lot of material things within one’s grasp, but the substantive of life is missing. If that same one has the love of family and friends, but does not have the love of God in the heart, then what does that one have? Whatever substance to life one might have the Substance to Life that one ultimately desires to have is still missing.

Life, in other words, is not to be found in the things of this world; the Scriptures speak to this, but it seems it is a teaching that many quickly lose sight of. Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world–the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life–is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever (1 John 2:15-17, NKJV).

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