We know that our relationship with God


is of much greater value than any cravings for power,


spotlights, partying, playing,


or superficial-worldly allurements.

We are reminded to avoid the snares,


allurements, and pretensions of this world.


Material possessions, money, fame, fortune, prominence,


drugs, sex, neediness of acceptance, 


approval, validation, or applause from people 


may gain ground with people, 


for a while,


but Jesus taught that our focus should be


away from this world...


and placed upon the things of God’s kingdom...


which have real value and will have no end.

The word world refers to 


a world system ruled by Satan.


As believers, we should be


 set apart from the world.


 We should be living a more righteous life... 


walking in God's Will


and not engaging ourselves in 


the dark activities the world promotes, 


nor should we desire to retain the tasteless, 


corrupt mindset that the world creates.


Being “in” the world also means 


we can enjoy God's amazing creation


and not get caught up 


in the mindset of what the world values.

Being in the world, but not of it


 is necessary if...


we are to be a light to those


in spiritual darkness. 

May we live in such a way that others, 


no matter where they are,


will see... 


something “different” about us 


and desire to know...


the Source of our joy.

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