So whoever wants to be a friend of this world is an enemy of God. – James 4:4b ISV
When we accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior, we were instantly given the gift of the Holy Spirit. When we received that Spirit, we become a part of the bride of Chirst and He has so much more that He wants to share with us. God placed Him in our hearts to lead us and to guide us into all truth. The Trinity longs for the time when we will allow the Holy Spirit to do just that. They are jealous of the time we spend focused on worldly things. Just as new lovers and newlyweds want to spend all of their time together, so does God want to spend His time with us. Just as Jesus warned us that we have committed adultery with a woman/man when we allow immoral thoughts to remain in our minds, we commit adultery with the world when we spend time on worldly things. To the extent that those things become more important, take up more of our time and cause us to make comments that hurt other people, we have become friends with the world and enemies of God. We are incapable of serivng two masters.
24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. — Matt. 6:24 NIV
We could replace the word money in this verse with other words, such as drugs, grandkids, popularity, power, sports, vocations, possessions or you can fill in the blank and the verse would still be just as true. Anything that we put above being obedient to God in any and every respect becomes our idol and we become enemies of God. When we face a choice in what to do or say and we feel that little nudge from the Holy Spirit, we must learn to stop and think. Do I really want to hurt my spouse, my Jesus who died for me? If not, then we need to temper our words and/or actions or completely change them so that they honor and glorify God. We need to remember David’s request:14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer. — Psalm 19:14 NKJV
“The Gospel has come to you because it’s on its way to someone else.” – Anonymous
54 And, when we are all redressed with bodies that do not, cannot decay, when we put immortality over our mortal frames, then it will be as Scripture says:
God is waiting to show you the way.
Life everlasting has victoriously swallowed death.[j]
55 Hey, Death! What happened to your big win?
Hey, Death! What happened to your sting?[k]
56 Sin came into this world, and death’s sting followed. Then sin took aim at the law and gained power over those who follow the law. 57 Thank God, then, for our Lord Jesus, the Anointed, the Liberating King, who brought us victory over the grave. 1 Corinthians 15:54-57 (The Voice)
Death became a reality for the human race when Adam and Eve succumbed to the temptation of the serpent in the Garden. Adam and Eve died spiritually at that very moment. Later, they would also die physically. At that point, satan probably thought that he had won a great victory with his friend, death. Little did he know that when He convinced the people to crucify Jesus that death would also become His enemy. When Jesus rose victoriously from the grave, satan knew that he had been dealt a mighty blow. We who have accepted Jesus as our Savior and Lord have been baptized into His death and Christ’s death and resurrection is the redemption of man from his fall into sin. So, God has used death, satan’s big glory to defeat satan and turn it into His glorious victory. Now, we who are God’s children will never suffer the second death that satan and his cronies will endure for eternity.
Posted for 09/09