Jesus never tells us to withdraw from the world. The challenge is to be ‘in the world’ but not ‘of the world’. We are called to resist the temptations of the world around us.
Don’t be enticed into sin by the fact that everybody else seems to be doing something. Something is not acceptable just because others are doing it.
The enticement of the world is very strong. Yet, nothing is too hard for the Lord.
Lord, I pray that in the year ahead you will give me the strength to resist all the temptations of the world and not to be enticed into sin.
Think ahead, plan ahead, but don’t worry ahead. Faith is the antidote to worry.
As Corrie ten Boom put it: ‘Worry does not empty tomorrow of sorrow; but it empties today of strength.’
“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;” – I Peter 2:9 NKJV