Especially today, we must be reminded to DAILY take up the CROSS of JESUS CHRIST (Luke 9:23), and not be taking part in the childishness of this world! Specifically, we cannot be FOLLOWING JESUS CHRIST and at the sametime participating on this day where darkness is being celebrated.
“For the [WISDOM OF THIS WORLD IS FOOLISHNESS] with God” (1 Corinthians 3:19).
“[WHO IS AMONG YOU THAT FEARETH] the LORD, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, [THAT WALKETH IN DARKNESS, AND HATH NO LIGHT]? let him [TRUST IN THE NAME] of the LORD, and [STAY UPON HIS GOD]” (Isaiah 50:10).
“[WHOSOEVER THEREFORE WILL BE A FRIEND OF THE WORLD IS AN ENEMY OF GOD]” (James 4:4).
“[LOVE NOT THE WORLD, NEITHER THE THINGS THAT ARE IN THE WORLD]” (1 John 2:15).
“[AND BE NOT CONFORMED TO THIS WORLD]: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Romans 12:2).
“If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. [AND THE WORLD PASSETH AWAY, AND THE LUST THEREOF]: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever” (1 John 2:16–17).
“For ye are all the children of God by [FAITH IN CHRIST JESUS]” (Galatians 3:24).
“[TAKE HEED, BRETHREN, LEST THERE BE IN ANY OF YOU AN EVIL HEART OF UNBELIEF, IN DEPARTING FROM THE LIVING GOD]. But exhort one another [DAILY], while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast [UNTO THE END]” (Hebrews 3:12-14).
Our Lord JESUS warns, says: “AND [TAKE HEED TO YOURSELVES, LEST AT ANY TIME] your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and [CARES OF THIS LIFE], and ]SO THAT DAY COME UPON YOU UNAWARES]. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.
[WATCH YE THEREFORE, AND PRAY ALWAYS], that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to [STAND] before the Son of man” (Luke 21:34–36).