Daily Devotional for Monday September 25, 2006
Are you God's Friend or Enemy
(1 Corinthians 15:1, 58,16:13; 2 Corinthians 1:21, 24; Ephesians 6:11,13; Philippians 4:1)
"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
It is Monday, it is the start of a new week, and it is the perfect time to ask yourself a very simple and straightforward question, are you God's friend or God's enemy? There are only two possible answers to this question. You are either God's friend or His enemy . . . you can't be both. One of the most sobering passages in God's Word is today's anchor verse found in the 4th Chapter of James, the 4th Verse. You don't need to be a Bible scholar or have any advanced theological degrees to understand this verse of Scripture. This very simple, yet powerful, Truth clearly states that if you are a friend of the world, you are an enemy of God!
I realize that this word today is going to upset many and make most uncomfortable, but it is time you decide if you are God's friend or not. You make that decision with every choice. All throughout the day we have to make choices. Each time we make a choice, we are choosing to be God's friend or God's enemy. When you make a choice in rebellion to God, you have become His enemy. My friend, I don't know if there is anything as horrible as being an enemy of God. What person in their right mind would honestly want to be an enemy of God? Yet, every time we choose to rebel against Him, that is exactly what we become.
Let me tell you another way you become a friend of the world and an enemy of God. Listen carefully, since this is how most people become an enemy of God and they don't even realize it. The Bible tells us in James 4:17, "Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins." This is known as the sin of omission. This is the sin most followers of Christ are guilty of. The reason so many fall into this sin is simply because they don't have the courage to take a stand for the Lord. They refuse to take a stand for the Lord in their personal life, they refuse to take a stand for the Lord with their family and friends, and they refuse to take a stand for the Lord where they work, go to school, recreate, or out in the marketplace. When you refuse to take a stand for Christ, you have become a friend of the world and an enemy of God!
Do you think that is kind of harsh? Well, answer this question for me then. How come those who love the world and live in rebellion to God, His Truth, and Jesus Christ never seem to have a difficult time taking a stand for what they believe? Those who promote the sin of homosexuality certainly have no problem taking their stand. Those who promote the slaughtering of innocent babies certainly have no problem in taking their stand. Those who produce and distribute pornography certainly have no problem in taking their stand. Those who destroy people's lives with gambling certainly have no problem taking their stand. Those who promote the different cults and false religions and are leading people's souls to eternal damnation certainly have no problem in taking their stand.
WHY IS IT THAT THOSE WHO OPPOSE GOD AND LIVE IN REBELLION TO GOD HAVE NO PROBLEM TAKING A STAND FOR WHAT THEY BELIEVE; YET CHRISTIANS, THOSE WHO CLAIM TO BE FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST, HAVE SUCH A DIFFICULT TIME TAKING A STAND FOR THE LORD???
Listen, I know that taking a stand for Christ in the year 2006 is not popular. The reality is that it has NEVER been popular, since we live in a world that has rejected our Lord! You are subjected to ridicule, scorn, and hatred; you are called every horrible name in the book and will be attacked, even physically. Who wants that? I sure don't, I know you don't, and I am certain even Jesus in His humanity didn't. However, Jesus was ridiculed, scorned, hated, called every name, attacked, even tortured and than crucified for taking His stand for God! You see, our Lord knew that you were either a friend of this world or a friend of God. You can't be both. He chose to be a friend of God in the choices He made each and every day, and He chose to be a friend of God when it came time for Him to take his stand for God. He is our example and the one we are to emulate.
The reason a sin like homosexuality is now accepted in our culture is because those who support this sin refuse to back down, while the followers of Christ have chosen to be a friend of the world. The reason cults like Mormonism and Scientology are growing is because those who support these cults refuse to back down, while the followers of Christ have chosen to be a friend of the world. The reason a false religion like Islam has over one billion followers around the world is because those who support this false religion refuse to back down, while the followers of Christ have chosen to be a friend of the world. The reason you have the blasphemous, anti-God trash on TV 24/7 is because those who run the TV networks refuse to back down, while the followers of Christ have chosen to be a friend of the world.
GOD SAID THAT A FRIEND OF THE WORLD IS HIS ENEMY!!!
I love you and care about you so much. What are you, a friend of this world or a friend of God? You can't be both. You have got to decide where your allegiance lies, and you don't have the luxury of sitting back and doing nothing since that makes you a friend of the world and an enemy of God by default. Those who love this world are bold, fearless, and hold nothing back in promoting their Godless beliefs to the masses. The fact that they receive little opposition or resistance only emboldens them in promoting their rebellion to God and His Truth.
You see this every day in the news and in the world we live in. The Pope simply stated historical facts about the false religion of Islam. Muslims worldwide took a stand for their false religion. Rather than taking a stand for Christ and using the opportunity to tell those who follow that false religion that they will die and go to hell for their rejection of Christ, he apologized and is now trying to have "talks" with leaders of Islam. Jesus didn't have "talks" with satan. The only "talks" the Pope should have is in helping them turn from the lies of Islam and find a personal relationship with Jesus Christ!
Everyone is all upset because NBC is planning on airing a Madonna concert where she mocks the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Whether they air that blasphemous act of Madonna's or not, the fact is that literally 24/7, NBC and every other secular television network broadcast messages that are in complete rebellion to God, His Word, and Jesus Christ. They have taken their stand, and rather than stand for Christ by competing with their ungodly programs, we have run off to hide in the safety of the TV networks we created for ourselves that have virtually ZERO impact on our culture, since those who are not Christians don't watch. Sadly, the few who do venture into the secular television world produce a "world friendly" message that refuses to call sin sin, refuses to tell people there is only one Truth and that is found in God's Word, and refuse to boldly proclaim that Jesus is the ONLY way to God!
I will be praying for you today. Praying that God will speak to your heart, that if you are a friend of this world, you are His enemy. You can become a friend of this world and God's enemy by simply sitting back and doing nothing, while those around you who hate God are boldly taking their stand. If you are God's friend, you will take your stand for Him. If those who hate God are willing to lay everything they have on the line for sin, why can't those who love God lay everything they have on the line for righteousness?
I say to you today child of God, RISE UP! Today is the appointed day for you to once and for all decide whose friend you are. I say, take your stand now for Christ. I pray today for God to give you a spirit of boldness, of fearlessness, of strength, and of might, as you take your stand for Christ. May God watch over you and protect you as you go forth in your daily life proclaiming the Truth of God's Word and that Jesus Christ is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. Let the world never doubt you are not its friend, you are a friend of God!!!