By Faith We Sojourn (2)

2 Peter 2:11, 2 Peter Chapter 3

"... as strangers and pilgrims..."

This world is not our home: Satan uses the world, worldly glory and values, and "the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life" (1 John 2:16) to tempt us, just as he did to our Lord Jesus: "the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me" (Matt 4:8-9). Many are totally unaware that they are falling down and worshipping Satan when they tell lies and use worldly ways and dirty means to gain the world and climb up the ladder of power and fame. However, by our faith in God and His Word, we surely know that this cursed and sinful world is "reserved unto fire against the day of judgment " the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up" (2 Pet 3:7, 10). May God enlighten our spiritual eyes to see and believe this truth so that we shall not be deceived by Satan's lie and temptations, saying to him, "Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve" (Matt 4:10).

Be a temporary resident, a sojourner on earth: Without faith in God and His Word, many just want to establish their permanent residency here on earth, and "their inward thought is, that their houses shall continue for ever, and their dwelling places to all generations; they call their lands after their own names" (Ps 49:11). Whether we are living in a house or in a rented apartment, or whether we are living with our family or living alone, all will pass way. When we pass away, we shall leave behind all things, including our loved ones. Truly, "the things which are seen are temporal" (2 Cor 4:18). Our Lord Jesus Christ prays to His Father that though we are in this world, we are not of the world, even as He is not of the world (John 17:14, 16). We should not think that we shall stay in one place forever, but as a sojourner, we should be always ready on the go, to go anywhere our Lord leads, even to Heaven today.

THOUGHT: Am I ready to leave this world for Heaven now?

PRAYER: Lord, remind me always to live as a sojourner on earth.

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