For the faithful Christian, it is impossible to be accepted by God and the world at the same time for both stand in opposition to each other in beliefs. The Prophet Amos asks, “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” (ch. 3:3). Jesus explained to His followers, “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’” (Matthew 10:34,35).
The Christian will have to choose between God and the world for “No servant can serve two masters” (Luke 16:13; Matthew 6:24). Jesus declared that the faithful person cannot be neutral: “He that is not with me is against me” (Matthew 12:30). To attempt to serve God with a divided heart is to be unstable (James 1:8). Every person is either a patriot or a traitor. To be almost, but not fully, with God is to be, not almost, but fully against Him.
Sadly, millions of nominal Christians are looking for a way to compromise between their beliefs and the world. A Christian shouldn’t compromise with Satan, for any attempt to compromise with him will ultimately become a submission to him (Romans 6:16). The apostle James warns: “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” (James 4:4).
But praise God that the Christian is not left alone to battle the world and its temptations because God gives him the desire to seek Him first “For it is God who works in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13). Only by constant reliance on God through study of His Word and prayer can he resist the attractions of the world (John 8:36).
In His service,
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