“You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.”
— James 4:4
Have you ever caught yourself justifying a momentary, fleeting emotion because you simply, “want it now?” Oh, come on, I know you have, we all have.
It happens so subtly sometimes. You just begin to hear yourself say,
Maybe this is what I want,
Just one more time won’t hurt me,
I’m stronger than this, it won’t affect me like other people,
Tomorrow I’ll start the change.
If you haven’t said a single one of those sentences…
You’re name is Jesus.
We’ve all done it.
That’s the problem.
You can’t have both the world and God.
They can’t be put together. They aren’t pieces to the same puzzle.
In fact, God isn’t a puzzle piece to just be fit in somewhere convenient for us!
He is the God of the universe!
Eyes up, brother! Eyes up, sister! Eyes up, self! Remain, forever, heaven-bound. There is no satisfaction for the new creation in anything outside the will of God. God has delivered us from evil, why would we ever want to be friends with it? We can choose to be friends to the Lord most high.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
“If, while we seek to be justified in Christ, it becomes evident that we ourselves are sinners, does that mean that Christ promotes sin? Absolutely not! If I rebuild what I destroyed, I prove that I am a lawbreaker. For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”