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.

Colossians 2:8 Don’t Be Taken Captive

See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ. Colossians 2:8

The world has its own philosophies as to how a person should live life. And those philosophies change from person to person, group to group all over the world.

Most of the philosophies of the world focus upon the here and now, with a slight eye to the future. They are about pleasing one’s self right now. Sometimes they appear to be good, but are deceptive and fail to produce what is desired.

Paul warns the people to not be caught up in the deceptive philosophy of this world. Those philosophies depend upon human tradition and worldly spirits, rather than upon Christ. God had set up various traditions for His people to follow.

Following them can be good, as long as the purpose for them is kept in mind. Often traditions are followed without knowing why they are done. New traditions are sometimes put in place, without being concerned with what God’s word says.

It is easy to get caught up and taken captive with human traditions and beliefs. On the surface they sound good, but inside are dead and cause death. They are all about self and not God and His kingdom.

Jesus came to restore every person to a relationship with the Father. A believer in Jesus will follow His ways in every area of his life, not the hollow and dead ways of this world. He will allow himself to be guided by God’s Holy Spirit, and not the dead spiritual forces of this world.

The philosophy of the believer will be to be more like Jesus, to worship the Father and to bring as many others to Him as possible. He will not allow himself to be taken captive with the ways of this world.

Take a look at what your philosophy in this life is. Are you following the dead and deceptive ways of this world? Or are you following the live ways of God?

Be alert to the deceptive ways of this world that will try to draw you away from God, rather than towards God. The closer to God you get, the less likely the world will be able to take you captive into its ways of thinking and acting.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will follow God’s ways of living; that God will make you alert to the deceptive ways of this world; that you keep yourself close to God; and that you will depend upon God’s wisdom and power.