This is going to sound harsh, unfortunately truth isn’t always easy. The world uses our everyday contact with family, friends, pleasures, lifestyle, and goals to blur our focus making us vulnerable sin.
When we accept Christ as our Savior we initially feel excited to spend time in our Bibles, listen to Christian music, openly sharing our love for Jesus. We are full of hope, looking to please God with our every decision in daily life. We reach a point within our thoughts… “What would Christ think about our amusements, recreation, books, social media, movie and television choices?” “Could I ask Christ to go along with me watch this movie?” The point is, should you? So the pressure is on our desire to grow in our relationship with Jesus is met with the “real world reality” the world we live in is the devil’s playground and it will take the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit to help us stay the course. Many non-Christians have accused the Christian life as being a set of rules, taboos, vetoes, and prohibitions. This is another lie of the devil. It is not a series of “don’ts,” but a series of “dos.”
“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.” 1 John 2:15
Our goal should be as our love for Christ grows our life should become so busy in the work of Christ and so completely satisfied with the things of Christ that we do not have time for the things of the world. Our love will attract those round us bearing fruit full of lives changed through Christ in us.
We need to let the Bible be our weapon against those or things that would tempt and distract us, in God’s word truth for any situation is found. The Bible needs to be seen as an instruction for life on earth manual. We must be careful with our attitude…remember being a Christian doesn’t make us any better than the person next to us. Instead with humility be friendly, courteous and gracious being careful to not allow the world to pull us down to its level. Today there are so many professing Christians who are walking hand in hand with the world making it difficult to tell the difference between the Christian and the unbeliever.
My devotional with a little help from Billy Graham.
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Be Blessed, Laurie