It occurred to me (though this isn’t the first time) that not everyone walking with you is with you for the right reasons. Not everyone in your circle is your friend. Judas Iscariot followed Jesus…but wasn’t his true friend (or disciple). Some are commissioned by the enemy to keep us from being all that we were meant to be in Christ. Simply put, their purpose is to dull our shine, to dim our light. “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house (Matt. 5:14-15).” Yes, their sole assignment is to get us off track. But I encourage you to be the light that you were meant to be…and not allow the dust and dirt of the world to dull your shine. We are not ignorant of the enemy’s devices (II Cor. 2:11). Rather, we must remain on tactical alert–watching and praying without ceasing.
We must continue to stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free and not be entangled again with the yoke of bondage (Gal. 5:1). If we’ve truly been delivered, then we find no pleasure in the old ways. We’ve put off the old man (Eph. 4:22) and are now content to walk in the newness of life. No, we will not return to sin’s grip…not even for a moment. We are no longer conformed to this world but we are transformed by the renewing of our mind that we may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God (Rom. 12:2). Don’t let dusty and dirty folk dull your shine. Thank you for visiting, following, subscribing. Take care and be blessed.
Hatred, envy, jealousy, strife? Oh… no, they don’t live here any more. Moved out some time ago. Where? Not sure where…but hopefully a long way from here.
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new (II Cor. 5:17).” Out with the old…in with the new. You see, I’m no longer operating according to the works of the flesh (Gal. 5:19-21). Kissed them goodbye. Now… I owe no man anything but to love him (Rom. 13:8). I’m not concerned with comparisons, nor am I obsessed with what you have vs what I don’t. I’m not impressed with today’s toys. Wrath kills the foolish man and envy slays the silly one (Job 5:2). So don’t call here looking for the old gang. They don’t live here any more and you’ve got the wrong number. Bitterness, backstabbing, hot gossip…? Oh, they’ve moved out too. Grace and peace are here now. I’m so thankful for the grace of God. And it’s available to you too… I’m so grateful for the gift of salvation…that God sent His only begotten Son, that if we believe in Him, we will have everlasting life (John 3:16). If you haven’t already, I encourage you to invite Christ into your life as your personal Savior. And then watch Him serve some eviction notices on your behalf as well. “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ has made [you] free and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage (Gal. 5:1). Once He brings you out, don’t go back. Instead, allow the God of peace to sanctify you wholly (I Thess. 5:23). Thank you for visiting, following, subscribing. Take care and be blessed.
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