If you had an enemy that was bound and determined to ruin your life, would you choose to spend a lot of time with them? Hopefully, you would realize that for your safety and your future, you are better off avoiding that enemy, right? We would never intentionally put ourselves in a situation where our lives, our families, and our future might be at risk.
The reality is that many Christians place themselves in this precarious situation all the time. We do indeed have an enemy that is bound and determined to destroy us. He is called the “ruler of this world” and the “god of this age.” His name is Satan and he hates you because you belong to God.
We “spend time” with him when we decide to allow ourselves to be conformed to the world system that he rules over. This is the reason that Paul said in Romans 12:1-2 that we should “not be conformed to this world” but instead “be transformed.” If we choose our own way and the way of the world, we might as well be strolling down the road with our mortal enemy.
Believers were made to be different. We were saved to stand out and live in a distinctive way. As we start a new year, lasting change in our lives is dependent upon our refusal to conform to this world, and our refusal to take a walk with our mortal enemy.
This message is from Steve Carpenter at our Atoka Campus. If you missed a message or want to hear it again, listen on-line or tune in to our podcast.
What a year 2019 has been! No doubt some have had the greatest year ever, while others are glad to see it go. Whatever the case, the new year is a time of looking back and making evaluations. It’s a time of celebration and a time of facing failures as well.
Sometimes it seems like we have the same solutions every year, doesn’t it? I want to lose weight this year, or I want to read the Bible more this year, and many others that we seem to repeat over and over again. Yet, somehow it seems like we never really find the consistency and peace that we really desire.
Spiritually, it seems like real growth and maturity evade us year after year. The Apostle Paul in Romans 12:1-2 gave us a solution to this great struggle for change and progress in our lives. Over the next few weeks, we will see that it is possible to start over. It’s possible to see lasting change and deep transformation in our lives.