Tuesday, September 16, 2014 5:58 AM

Friends of the World

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 5:58 AM
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 5:58 AM

James warns believers not to be friends of the world. The word “world” is used in five different ways in the Bible. James uses the word “world” as the “world system” which is run by Satan.

Jas 4:4You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.  Jas 4:5Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”? Jas 4:6 But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Jas 4:7Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Jas 4:8Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Jas 4:9Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Jas 4:10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.

Let me list out the important teaching points of these verses.

What are the problems?

  • Friends of the world are enemies of God

  • God is jealous over His spirit which dwells within you

  • God opposes the proud

What are the answers?

  • Submit yourself to God

  • Resist the Devil

  • Draw near to God

  • Cleanse your hands

  • Purify your hearts

  • Recognize your sin

  • Have Godly sorrow

  • Humble yourself

I am sure you have heard many sermons teaching these same points…yet the problem persists. Although you have heard the sermons, you may not have recognized God is a serious God. What other God would you want? You cannot be a friend of the world. When you are a friend of the world, your children follow your lead and join the world.

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