Friendship with the World
James 4:4 You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. 5 Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”? 6 But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 7 Submit you therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
Today in our society evil has raised its evil head into many forms. What was immoral in my parent’s day has become the norm in our day! Violence is at its all-time high, and has changed Cities, throughout America, so much so, that they are known not for their history of accomplishment, but rather their murder rate. Family structures have been thrown into utter chaos. The aged old saying of love first, marriage and then children has changed to children first living together, and in many cases children first, single Mom, or single Dad left to raise the child. I’m not trying to offend because there are many single Moms and Dads who have made a difference in their children lives, but because we have walked away from truth, all these things have become normal.
The norm today is our children, our jobs, our mothers our fathers and even our statis, has become our gods, and we have loved others more than we have loved God! We have loved our things, our cars, our houses and our money, and have put them in front of our Lord. The love of many have waxed cold, Jesus said; Matthew 10:37. Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. This is friendship with the world!
We can see it in our political arena. Instead of political parties fighting to make things better for the taxpaying citizens, they are fighting to keep political power only to keep the monetary gains coming to their pockets, and thus we have career politicians. They have in so many ways become friends with the world rather than obedient to Father God. Yes, we who believe that the Word of God is true should not depend on the world system to supply our needs we should depend on the Lord.
Friendship with the world, in the simplest form is friendship with Satan. He is the god of the world’s system, and his illusion gives a false sense of security for carnal things. He is the deceiver in Revelations 12:9. And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. This Scripture tells Satan’s goal, which is to turn as many as he can away from worshipping the Lord. He puts in our paths things, which if not carefully checked can become idols. He does it by blinding the hearts of many as mentioned in Corinthians 4:4. In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. Love family, love friends, but worship the Lord and never allow anything to become more important than God, especially in this World.
Church of the Living God
112 Pullen St.
McGregor Texas, 76657
Pastor Sammie & Ciera Haynes Sr.