Friend or Enemy of God?

4197e-friendenemyDo we prefer to be a friend or an enemy of God? We all prefer to be a friend of God even though the reality may be different. It is obviously a better place to be as friend of God. We have his love, protection, provision, grace etc., Think about an enemy of God. God is all powerful and sovereign over all his enemies. We have read and understood the hopelessness if anyone stands against God. How anyone becomes an enemy of God? James warns about this as one  of the result when we love our desires and it is a shocking truth.

“4 You adulterers!Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God.”-James 4:4

In the last post (Read more – Loving our desires) we read how people get into fights and disputes because of their worldly desires. When we give importance to our inappropriate desires, it takes the position of temporary fulfillment in our life. We give importance to these desires rather than to God who is the source of real fulfillment. James tells that when we love the the worldly system built upon the desires of our flesh we are becoming the enemy of God!

15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. 16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.-1 John 2:15-17

What is so wrong in following the worldly desires? The desires from our natural self are evil and these are not from God. Consider jealousy, hate, selfish ambition etc., Are these not evil and produces evil fruit in our life? These are in direct opposition to the character and purpose of God. When we start to love these and get satisfied by these, we are getting controlled by these and becoming an enemy of God.

There is no middle ground to stay and love our desires as well as God. James gave a fair warning and Jesus also said we cannot serve two masters. Look at the salutation in the verse, James calls as adulterers when we try to love both the world and God, we are corrupting the love which God’s shown us. We are either with God and against him!

The prominent result we get in loving our desires is the pride of life that we are the creator of our life. God resists the proud heart. We keep building our enmity with God when we go this path. If God resists a person, what hope is left? Isn’t it ironic that we read these verses many times but still in a deception to think we can be in a middle ground. What is stopping us to accept this truth?

As the Scriptures say,“God opposes the proud but favors the humble.”7 So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Come close to God, and God will come close to you. – James 4:6-7

But there is hope when we realize and humble our selves to God. God is gracious to humble people. When we submit to him recognizing that he is the creator and provider of our life, he will enable us to resist our worldly desires (Read more – Overcoming Temptation). When we are out of the bondage and move close the God, God will move close to us as a friend. Now we know we have to be on only one side. Where do we stand? Where is your heart? Is it clinging towards the desires of the world? or Is it towards God?

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