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Pick Your Friends Wisely

Read Ezekiel 40:1 through 42:20; James 4:1–17

When people think about alliances, they probably tend to think of mutual defense agreements between nations. During the Cold War two major alliances existed: NATO and the Warsaw Pact. A nation that joined either organization became an enemy of the other.

A similar situation exists in spiritual matters.

You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God (James 4:4).

James makes it plain that a person cannot be a friend of God and still be a friend of the world.

If you are God’s friend, you are blessed. The benefits you receive from this alliance are enormous. He is all-knowing, all-powerful, and all-reliable. You can trust Him to defend you when attacks come. Your job is to make sure your words and actions are consistent with your decision to be a friend of God.

Challenge for Today: Align yourself with God.

Quicklook: James 4:1–8


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