World or God?

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)

Those are tough words. But they’re true.

Which side are you on? Look at your actions the past 24 hours. Do they show more friendship with the world or with God?

When Satan was tempting Jesus in the desert, he took him to a mountain and showed him “all the kingdoms of the world in their splendor.” Then Satan said:

All this I will give you,
if you will bow down and worship me.
(Matthew 4:9)

Jesus’ response?

Away from me, Satan!
For it is written:
“Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.”
(Matthew 4:10)

Satan’s response? He boogied. (Matthew 4:11)

James picks up on this theme. Immediately after the “friendship” warning above, he says this:

Submit yourselves, then, to God.
Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Come near to God and he will come near to you . . .
Humble yourselves before the Lord,
and he will lift you up.
(James 4:7-8a, 10)

Choose your friends wisely. Choose the world and it’ll drag you down. Choose God and he’ll lift you up.



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