Friday, October 29, 2010

How To Avoid Being Popular In This World: A Primer

If anyone likes to be liked, and that's probably most of us, neither the present nor the future are not bright for believers...that is if one believes the Word of God and Jesus Christ.
"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour." [1st Peter 5:8]
"If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. "If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you." [John 15:18, 19]
"Do not marvel, my brethren, if the world hates you." [1st John 3:13]
It's really very simple and should come as no surprise to anyone. If we are a friend of Jesus we are targets of our adversary, the devil, and enemies of the world.
Not to worry!
"These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." [John 16:33]
"You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world." [1st John 4:4].
So, what are we to conclude? Christ has prayed for us and that prayer is answered.
"I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one." [John 17:15]
Recommended reading, John Chapter 17; the prayer of Christ.
A Sabbath's blessing. e.c.

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