Pastor Matt’s Thoughts… May 2012
Your Daily Walk
A Church sign in Palatka, Florida says, “You can’t walk with God and run with the world.” They are right on! James 4:4 “Know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosever therefore will be a friend of the world is an enemy of God.” Yes we do “like in the world “ but as believers of God, we are not “of the world” (John 15:19) So even through we live on this earth, we are really “strangers and pilgrims” here. (1 Peter 2:11).
As you draw closer and closer to the Lord in your daily walk, your desire for the worldly lifestyle fades and wanes. We walk “in the world” everyday, but if we walk with God, the glitz and glitter of the world will lose it’s
glow with us.
On the other hand, if we foolishly think we can “run with the world” our walk with God will disappear. The longer you walk with God, your trying to justify a worldly lifestyle will soon stop. The powerful presence of God has a way of commanding our full attention.
Your talk, your dress, your attitudes, your behavior-all will reflect His will and way…if you walk with Him. You might be surprised to learn that the world is never impressed when we adopt the worldly mind-set and lifestyle. Only when we are different from the world can we expect to
have the ear of God and even to those in the world.
Living a separated, distinct Christian life always results from a regular “walk with God.” That same lifestyle I believe will also draw attention from those out “in the world”.
If you want to have any kind of legitimate witness to those you work with, your neighbors, even family you will get it as they see your closeness to the Lord. And know nobody has ever said it would not cost you something to follow Jesus.
“Thou wilt show me the path of life; in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” Psalm 16:11