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GRACEVINE DEVOTIONAL
Thursday, September 7, 2017.

James 4:4 KJV
Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the FRIENDSHIP OF THE WORLD is ENMITY WITH GOD? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

Adultery is the act of marital infidelity. In adultery, a married person becomes involved with a person who’s not their legally married spouse.

What is “The World”?  The world is a systemic arrangement or decoration that enables satanic darkness to influence humans. It is anti-Christ in nature and designed to seduce the heart of the believer away from focusing on Jesus the Saviour.

The focus of the world is lust. What the eyes can see and long for. Lust here is the craving of the five senses that culminate in prideful ownership or boastfulness.

*Any association, friendship, membership or relationship that does not have Jesus as its major focus is worldly, regardless of the lofty ideas and visions that drive it*

Any believer involved in such a relationship is actually in ENMITY with God for Light and Darkness have nothing in common. The Bible describes it as ADULTERY!!

Our gathering is unto Christ who died and rose again for us to have life. Our focus should derive from this understanding. The truth is, IF you are a believer in Christ, your whole life should be lived in view of glorifying Jesus ALONE!  Technically, no single believer has any life because before Christ, Sin “killed” everyone on Earth. The life you now live in the human body actually belongs to Christ. (Galatians 2:20)  He bought you with the unquantifiable price of His Life. (1 Corinthians 6:20).

1 Corinthians 7:23 KJV
Ye are bought with a price; BE NOT YE THE SERVANTS OF MEN.

The major characteristic of the world is that its values, pleasures, positions, titles and influence are very temporal. It passes away very fast. The Bible defines the pleasures of the world as governed by lust of the flesh, eyes and pride. They are therefore passing away along with the world. (1 John 2:17)

*Political parties, unions, clubs, traditional / chieftaincy titles and trade associations are all examples of worldliness. Membership of such worldly organizations is defined by the Bible book of James 4:4 as ENMITY with God*

They may appear to be good and helpful BUT since Jesus is NOT the object and focus of the gathering, it is a worldly gathering.

This is because EVERY born again Child of God must live their lives from the point of Salvation FOR Jesus who bought them and gave them Life.

2Corinthians 5:15 (ESV)
And he died for all, that those who live might NO LONGER LIVE FOR THEMSELVES BUT FOR HIM who for their sake died and was raised.

*We do not change people by associations, we change people by preaching the word of God and living it openly*

How does your drinking alcohol or night clubbing with a non believer influence them to change by desiring what you have?

Selah.

Have a blessed one today beloved.

Shalom
Ken Okotcha
I am an expression of the Divine!

 

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