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An Enemy of God

October 11, 2018

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An Enemy of God

It seems strange.     God  is  the most absolute,  perfect  love.     His love and wisdom  are intricately seen  in all the beauty of creation  and in the whole plan  of salvation.     There is so much detail  and delight  in all that God so lovingly does.     And yet,  this perfect love  has enemies.

One would imagine  that all things would gravitate  towards this perfect love  to enjoy the awesome wonder  of it all — and have the peace and joy  that are a part  of this love.     But,  it’s quite certain,  as we look around us  in this world,  that not everyone cares  about a perfect,  powerful,  and righteous love.

James tells us  about the  love/hate  problem in this world.     In James 4:1-4,  he says,

What is the source of quarrels and conflicts  among you?     Is not the source  your pleasures  that wage war  in your members?

You lust  and do not have;  so you commit murder.     And you are envious  and cannot obtain;  so you fight  and quarrel.     You do not have  because you do not ask.

You ask  and do not receive,  because you ask  with wrong motives,  so that you may spend it  on your pleasures.

You adulteresses,  do you not know  that friendship  with the world  is hostility toward God?     Therefore  whoever wishes  to be a friend  of the world  makes himself  an enemy  of God.

In this world  we certainly do witness  all sorts of hatred,  jealousy,  murder,  robbery,  arrogance, and every kind of sin imaginable.     Either we don’t bother  to ask God  to provide  for our needs,  or our prayers are nothing  but a form of greedy selfishness.     James described that  when he said,  “you ask  with wrong motives,  so that  you may spend it  on your pleasures.”

People can be  like spoiled children  throwing a tantrum  because they want candy  for supper.     They don’t  “need”  candy,  but it is the motive  for their incessant begging — and their pleasure is  to satisfy a sweet tooth — not a real need.

James says  when we act like that,  we are being selfish,  self-centered,  egotistic,  and just plain ol’  worldly.     All of that is totally opposite  of the love  of God.     The love of God  is compassionate,  sharing,  generous,  kind,  caring,  and providing.     “For God so loved the world,  that He gave  His only begotten Son,  that whoever believes  in Him  should not perish,  but have eternal life.”   ( John 3:16 )

If we are bent  only on satisfying our own pleasures  and egos,  we are a friend  of this world.     If selfishness  is the name  of our game,  we make ourselves  “an enemy  of God”.     God doesn’t want anything  to do with selfishness,  greediness,  or self-centered ways.    He is certainly not going  to promote it  in us.

Since we are all sinners,  we need  to examine our motives  and desires.     God loves  to answer prayers,  but He won’t have anything  to do with promoting  our naturally self-centered ways.     Love does not let  a spoiled child  have candy  for supper.     As we pray  to our heavenly Father,  we need to align our prayers  with the beauty and perfection  of His love.     Then all our needs  will be met  with overflowing abundance.

Rejoicing  in our heavenly Father’s love,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You  for teaching me  Your ways.     Lead me  in becoming more  like You  to Your glory  and my salvation.”

Love,
Margaret

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Praise is becoming  to the upright.
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They are ever praising Thee.
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So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
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Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
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Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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