Isn’t it curious when and how God’s word touches us? I came across a verse the other day that really caught my attention and it’s a verse that is so common.
Do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility towards God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. -James 4:4
An ENEMY! Those words really got me. We (I mean me) get so distracted by the world. So caught up in competition with each other. Wanting to prove that we can do just as good or better. So much that we end up choosing the wrong decisions just to get ahead or look good. In one of my bible studies, the author brought to my attention that when we sin against God or believe in the lies of the world we are partnering with Satan. That’s a scary thought. This thought really shines a whole new light on the decisions or thoughts I have in my head. I prefer to not be “fist bumping” Satan.
God knew how our way of thinking would be. So much so that he warns us several times to not get caught up in worldly pleasures or distractions as I like to call them.
Instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in present age, Titus 2:12
These are the ones who cause divisions, worldly-minded, devoid of the spirit. -Jude 1:19
He warns us so clearly. Which means there are no excuses when we fall under the spell of earthly pleasures. So when we start boasting about what all we accomplished today, grumbling, or even tearing others down to make us feel better, let’s stop and reevaluate why we are acting in this way. Are we letting the world creep into our mind or better yet are we letting Satan creep into our mind telling us “it’s ok.” The Bible says he prowls around like a lion waiting to devour us. (1 Peter 5:8) Let’s be on guard for what Satan and the world will try to throw at us. Don’t become an enemy to God. He loves us too much for us to reject Him.
Set your mind on things above, not on things that are on the earth. Col. 3:2