Thursday, February 12, 2015

You are a Friend of God, not the World

"Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God." (James 4: 4)

To be the friend of the world, to play by the rules world's rules, to fit in with the world's system, that is to be the enemy of God, for those of us who are as He is, we are called to be in the world, but not of the world:

"And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." (Romans 12: 2)


"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

"For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

"And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever." (1 John 2: 15-17)

There are two types of people in the world; those who trust in God, and those who trust in the world, the state, the people.

Abraham was the friend of God (2 Chronicles 20: 7; James 2: 23), and therefore the enemy of the world, but it made no difference, for God blessed him in all things (Genesis 13: 2; 14: 23)

Besides, everything belongs to God anyway:

 "And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's. And they marvelled at him." (Mark 12: 27)
Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s – render unto God what is God’s – that is everything! Why would we short-stop anyone from seeking God's Kingdom, which is over and above everything else on this earth?

Today, know that you are a friend of Jesus!

"Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you." (John 15: 15)

This Friend has overcome the world:

"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." (John 16: 33)

Why settle for being friends with the world, when we already have a friend in Jesus, and He has overcome the world!

You are a friend of God, so why settle for less? He takes care of all who are in His care (1 Peter 5: 6-7)!

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