Friday, July 31, 2009
In the World
My prayer is not that you take them out of the
world but that you protect them from the evil one.
They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.
Believers are to be "in the world but not of the world."
God's children are to value the heavenly Father above all
earthly pursuits. Where God intended that we receive peace
and contentment from obeying Him, satan promotes the delusion
of self-fulfillment. No pleasure offered by the world system
is permanent or truly rewarding. One day it will be destroyed
and replaced with a kingdom devoted to God. Until Christ establishes
a new heaven and earth, believers must take part in this world. But,
we are to see it as it truly is--a place corrupted by satan. Earthly
success or pleasure can never equal the soul-satisfying kingdom that
awaits us. So be sure your heart stays turned toward God.
from: In Touch Devotional Booklet