Just a Closer Walk
James 4:4-10 New International Version (NIV)
4 You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. 5 Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us? 6 But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:
“God opposes the proud
but shows favor to the humble.”
7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
People ask me all the time how to have a closer walk with God. Well here is one way to begin. We are to be holy as God is holy. We not to be yoked, tied, or a friend of the world and its ways. How you ask? Walk as Jesus walked without sin. Trust me the more you get the sin out the more the world will push you out. Your worldly friends will stop hanging around you. The farther you get for the world the closer you will get to God. It can be a lonely life. This walk can be a walk of morning the lives of the people who were your friends. You no longer laugh with them nor they with you.
John 15:19 New International Version (NIV) 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.
If the world loves you, you are a part of the world. If you love God, the world will hate you because you do not belong to it. Who do you belong to? Who do you want to love you? Who do you love? You will know by the friends you keep. Are you a friend of God? The cost of walking with Jesus is a loss of this world. It is worth the price. This world will pass away, but God and His word (Jesus) will never pass away. The road to the cross seems to be one you must walk alone in this life, but God is with you.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Pastor Jeff Lane