In today’s life many people think satisfaction comes from the material things. They want their happiness from the things of this world and not from Christ.
The world is ruled by Satan. Want proof? The Bible refers to him as the prince of this world (John 12:31) or the god of this world ( 2 cor 4:4). Furthermore during the temptation of Jesus the devil said to him he will give him all the kingdoms of this world if Christ bows to the devil- which means they belong to him. (Mathew 4:9-11) That also goes to say that he gives but not as God give true to which the Bible goes ahead to assure us in John 14:27 Peace I live with you: my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
The world is after pleasure-money, wealth, fame and material things. Not to say such is bad but once they take the place of God then they become worldly. People think by gaining worldly, material pleasure they will be happy but really they have been received. We are warned do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is –his good, pleasing and perfect will.
That means we need to be congruent with the word who is Christ (John 1:1-3,14) described Jesus as the Living word. In Christ is not where we find happiness but joy. It is in his name that we find completeness of joy. John 16:24. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive then your joy will be complete. Christ came that you may have life and have it in abundance.
In this world you will experience but the peace of Christ is inside you. Now is your time of grief but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy. (John 16:22)
There is a battle to be fought not against flesh and blood but truthfully speaking the battle belongs to the Lord. He helps us to fight by his word (Ephesians 6;11-17). He assures us in John 16:33. I have told you these things so that in me you ma y have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
Therefore do you belong to the world that is ruled by the devil that is after material things which are all vanity or do you belong to the word who is Christ and in him there is eternal life? Remember you cannot serve two masters. You cannot be lukewarm as God says in Revelation 3:15-16 because you are neither cold nor hot I will vomit you out of my mouth. So choose where you belong.
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