James 4:4 Friend Of The World Or Of God

You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. James 4:4

Most people seek to have friends who are like them and like who they are. Very few people really like to be alone and without friends. It is very easy for someone to be a friend with someone else who has the same likes and dislikes.

When there are differences in desires, there is often fighting that goes on causing disunity and problems.

James cuts down the believers who are being friends with the world. He points out that being a friend with the world, is being an enemy with God.

Every believer is to be set apart as different or unique. They are not to blend in like everyone else. The ultimate home of the believer is heaven, not this earth. Their focus is in eternity, not just the here and now.

Most of the world is focused upon self and the here and now. It is all about what one can get for himself at any cost.

Too often believers want to be friends with those in the world and begin to compromise their standards with God. They begin to accept sinful activities in their lives as though they were acceptable to God.

At the moment a believer begins to be friends with this world, they become an enemy to God. The focus of the world is selfishness and sin. Believers are supposed to be focused upon God and eternity, not self and this temporary world.

Acting as the world does makes one lukewarm, one that God will spit out. Either a believer is a friend of God or a friend of the world, but never both at the same time.

You must be willing to ask yourself who you want to be friends with. God will not force you to be friends with Him, however, if you are friends with the world, you will be God’s enemy.

As a believer, you are to flee all sin. The world will want you to walk in sin with them, to be like them or else they will hate you. In the same way, God wants you to be like Him, or you will be His enemy.

Make a choice today as to who you will be friends with–God or the world.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will choose to be friends with God; that you will live as God called you to live; that God will strengthen you to not be friends with the world; and that God will fill you with Him so that you have all you desire and need.

Hebrews 11:16 What Is Your Heart’s Desire?

Instead, they were longing for a better country–a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them. Hebrews 11:16

All around the world there are many people who are longing or desiring for a better place to live. For some it is seeking to be in a different country, while for most it is just in a different part of their own country.

Many feel that if they were living in a certain area, life would just be great with very few problems. Often the perfect place is never actually found.

The author of Hebrews had been talking about men and women of faith. He states that they were seeking a home outside of this earthly realm and that God is preparing them that new home.

While the world is seeking the perfect place to live on this earth, believers have something greater to look forward to. No nation on this earth is perfect, because every nation is made up by and ruled by men who are sinners and fail.

So instead of seeking out a new place here on the earth, believers are looking forward to a new place in heaven.

Every believer is on a journey to a new place being prepared for them in heaven, even while they live on this earth. This journey is one of faith. No one can see the new place in heaven, but believe that God is preparing it for them as He says He is.

As one believes God’s word about eternal life in heaven, it gives one strength to keep moving forward. He will not grow discouraged when faced with the troubles of this world, because he knows that there is a better life coming.

You will have days in your life that there are many struggles. Instead of focusing on a new place here on their earth, focus upon what God has in store for you.

Put your heart upon being with God for eternity in heaven, the best place possible. God is preparing the perfect home for you right now. It will only be a matter of time before you get to go to that new home.

Do not focus upon the temporary places of this earth, that will fade away, but upon God and His kingdom. You belong to God and He will give you the best in the end.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will give you a vision of what He has prepared for you; that you will trust God’s promises to you; that you will not get discouraged with the temporary things of this earth; and that you will live to please God.

Hebrews 3:1 What Are You Thinking About?

Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest. Hebrews 3:1

Every person has thoughts all the time about many different things. These thoughts can be about what is currently happening in their lives, in the lives of others, about things that could happen, things that did happen and much more.

Unless a person is dead, his mind is always thinking about something. The things thought about can be uplifting or it can bring a person down.

The author of Hebrews tells all believers to fix their thoughts upon Jesus, who is seen as their apostle and high priest. This is done because of who Jesus is and what He has done.

The majority of the world is thinking about how to make things better for themselves. Their thoughts are on the temporary things of this world and how to please themselves.

Believers are to have a mind that is transformed and changed to one of Christ. His mind was one that had an eternal perspective of life and events. Jesus always focused upon eternal things, rather than the temporary things of this earth.

Everything that is temporary of this earth will fade away and no longer be of any concern to a believer. Rather than worrying about the temporary troubles of this world, one must focus on the eternal souls of people that are dying, the same focus Jesus had.

As the mind of a believer is focused on Jesus and what He desires, the temporary troubles of this world will fade away. The way a believer changes his thoughts is by staying in prayer and in God’s word on a regular basis. He will allow the Holy Spirit to guide and focus all of his thoughts on Jesus, rather than sin and self.

Every day you will have many thoughts that run through your head. You have to choose which thoughts you will entertain.

The world is trying to gain your mind to control you to sin. God is there to help you focus on what really matters for you and for others. Rather than let the world and sin have control of your thoughts, give those thoughts over to God.

Focus on what God is doing and wants you to do. Think on what God has told you in His word and know the life and peace He has for you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow God to guide your thoughts; that you will think about God’s word to you; that you will think as Jesus thinks; and that all of your thoughts will honor God.

John 4:34 The Fulfilling Food

“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.” John 4:34

It is common to most people to have some type of food that is considered their comfort food. It is a type of food that one loves to eat when going through a stressful, difficult time.

For each person the type of comfort food can be different. Some like chocolate or other types of sweets, others like salty foods, and yet others may like some pasta or breads. Each person is unique in their desires.

Jesus had skipped a meal to help a Samaritan woman. He told the disciples that His food was to do the work that God, the Father had sent Him to do.

While the world looks to temporary things to find comfort and fulfillment in their lives, believers must look to eternal things. Physical food meets a temporary need. It fills the belly for a short while, then fades away and more is needed.

Every believer is to hunger and thirst after the things of God. Doing what God desires will fill a person with more comfort and satisfaction than eating any food that this world can ever offer.

God has given every believer the assignment to be a witness and make disciples. Each time a believer brings another person to believe in Jesus, he will find fulfillment and comfort that will last for eternity and do more than any thing else.

When a believer is chooses to not do what God desires, he will find himself hungry and thirsty, never being satisfied or fulfilled. As he does God’s will, all the temporary feelings and desires of this world will fade away, being replaced with the eternal.

You may be hungering or thirsting for something and have been looking to food for meeting those desires. Change your focus from the temporary things of this world to the things of God. There is nothing more satisfying and fulfilling than doing what God wants.

Seek out what work God has for you to do, then do it. There will always be someone you can witness to or disciple. Go out and find the eternal food God has for you to eat. It will provide more for you than you could ever want.

Allow God to meet all of your temporary and eternal needs to be met by doing His work.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the work God has for you to do; that you will find fulfillment in obeying God; and that you will do what God has for you to do.