—my son, do not go along with them,
do not set foot on their paths;
for their feet rush into evil,
they are swift to shed blood
The world and his followers have but one purpose: to destroy our soul. To that end they use all kinds of tricks to make us deviate from the straight path that leads to God. All the kingdoms of the world and their splendor will parade before our eyes to attract our undivided attention and separate us from God’s plans. The will try to trick us into believing that our position in Christ is worthless and that following the teachings of the Lord is of no avail. They will make us believe that following Christ is something antiquated and dogmatic and that in light of scientific and philosophical breakthroughs it can be demonstrated that Christianity is just a myth. The world will use everything at its fingertips to confuse us so that we turn away from Christ. If all of God’s children would realize how subtle the world gets through our eyes and tries to take control of our minds and our hearts there would not be so many cases of Christians who have fallen and feel defeated.
Let us seek, therefore, the wisdom that comes from above, from the throne of God so that we can move through the world without falling victim to its tricks and deceptions. With our gaze fixed firmly on the goal and forgetting everything that lays behind let us strive to run the race with our eyes fixed on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith so that we will never tire or lose courage. With love let us hope for his return that is not long in coming. Instead of running to do evil, let us always hasten to do good, which pleases God. In this way we will be honoring the name of Christ, which is above every other name in all of creation. Only to God be the glory!