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Spiritual Infidelity
12/19/2016

Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with god? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” James 4:4 (NKJV)

When asked which of the commandments was the greatest Jesus responded, “You shall love the LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND." He then quickly followed this with the second greatest commandment, which is, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." (Matt.22:37-39). And earlier in the Book of Matthew we see Jesus giving the commandment to, “Love your enemies” (Matt. 5:44). 

So it seems pretty clear, we are to love everyone. Yet we seem to be thrown a curve in James 4:4, where we are told, Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with god? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

So is this verse in James contradicting what Jesus said? No, it is not forbidding us from being a loving light unto those in this world; it is telling us not to love this world. So, this leads us to a simple question—What, or who is the world?

The word, world used here is translated from the Greek word, “kosmos,” kos´-mos; It isn’t referring to the physical earth or universe, but rather to the reality of the “man-centered” and “Satan-directed” system of this present age. It’s the worldly system that is all about “Self.” 

· It is about glorifying one's self

· It is about fulfilling one's self

· It is about indulging one's self

· It is about satisfying one's self

· It is about serving one's self

· It is about the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life

James is strongly stating the truth that our friendship with the world actually causes us to be adulterous. This adultery is not a physical type, but it is a “spiritual infidelity” in our relationship with God. We can see this same spiritual infidelity being spoken of about Israel by the Prophet Jeremiah in the Old Testament (Jer. 3:8).

This spiritual infidelity occurs when we begin to turn to the things of this world in an attempt to meet the needs that can only be met by God. It’s when we choose to feed the desires of our flesh rather than our spirit. It’s when we give our heart to the world.

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. 1 John 2:15-16 (NKJV)

It’s important to remember, we are not to be a part of this world anymore, because we have been saved in Christ. We have been delivered from the bondage of sin, and as such, we have no business chasing the foolish pleasures of this world, or being yoked together with those who do (2 Cor. 6:14). 

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn about choosing our ways instead of being wholly submitted to God’s ways from the Scriptures in this devotional?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you attempting to be friends with the world, or are you wholly submitted to God and His will for your life?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Make it a practice to think about what is going on in the world, and then seek the Lord for His will in these areas. Choose to submit to God in every area of your life and to lay down anything that is not His will.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Heavenly Father, I praise You for giving me the heart to change, and for transforming my mind to think upon Your Word. Father, help me to see things differently today than I did yesterday. Help me to see the evil for what it is, and give me the strength to eliminate anything in my life that is not of You. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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