Monday, January 20, 2020
The grumblers, the complainers, the naysayers the trouble-makers speak to be heard, but they do not often speak truth; offering oppression and despair they gather an ever widening audience. The heart of the humble breaks as pride within the people grows ever stronger and more determined. Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Your time on earth is brief. Why do you spend such precious moments listening to the heartache and hatred of others? If you have been raised with Christ seek the things that are above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.
Why have you allowed the bitterness of others to become bitter within you? Why do you count among your friends those whose hearts have long ago rejected The Light and now embrace the darkness? Why do you wear the grave clothes of death instead of the garments of praise? Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Why have you cast aside The Word while clinging tightly to the world? But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire-- Enough I say...ENOUGH!!!