From the Pastor

 

Living Outside Of This World

 

In John 17:14 we read;

            I have given them thy Word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

            As Christians we live in this world, but we are not of this world. We are born again, we are new creations (I Peter 1:23. II Corinthians 5:17). The Bible also calls us a peculiar people. We have been called out of darkness to live in the light (I Peter 2:9). There is a world system. The world system has its own way of thinking and doing and it operates in darkness. The Word system is God’s way of thinking and doing and it operates in light (Matthew 13:11-16). As Christians we still have a choice. Which system will we choose to live by (Daniel 1:3-20).

In James 4:4 we read;

            Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

            We as Christians need to recognize who we are. We are no longer of this world and its way of thinking and doing. We are children of the Most High God and we have His Spirit dwelling in is (I Corinthians 3:16, II Corinthians 6:17). We’ve been called out of the world to reveal God’s Will in the earth. We are now one with God and we need to end our affair with the world and learn how to fight the good fight of faith and live by faith (2 Timothy 2:1-4, 6:12).

In 1 John 4:16-17 we read;

            And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world.

            According to this scripture God is Love and we are supposed to be as God is in this world. To the world God’s ways are foolish (I Corinthians 2:9-14). God’s ways are loving your enemies, praying for people that treat us bad and forgiving people that do us wrong (Matthew 5:44, Ephesians 4:30-32). The world’s way is to get even (Luke 9:54-55). In order for us to operate as Love in this earth we have to identify with the change that has taken place inside of us (Romans 5:5, Galatians 5:22-23). We have to die to our way of thinking and doing (Flesh) and put it on the cross (Matthew 16:24, Song Of Solomon 8:6). Agape, the God kind of Love is not of this world. Agape has been put in our hearts and we need to believe it and release it by faith.

            As we close, let’s remember: we are not this world. That means we can live outside of this world’s way of thinking and doing. We can love the unlovable and forgive the unforgivable because God’s Grace is sufficient. As God is, so are we in this world. LOVE…. When we Love like God we are not of this world. AMEN!!

 

                                                                                    Pastor Jimmy Brackeen