Paul Cain spoke the following at a conference in 1991:
The tragedy of the Corinthian church is that they began to think they had “arrived” when they began to gain the world’s respect. Respectability is not wrong in itself; in truth most of us could use a little more than we have, but we must be careful how we get it. The more the church has sought to be respectable and prosperous according to present cultural standards, the more we have been humiliated and scorned. We need respectability and authority with God more than we need it with men.
The Apostle Paul later wrote to the Galatians, “If I were still trying to please God, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.
Our job on earth is not to gain the respect of the world! As James affirmed, “You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.”
Joining ourselves to the ways of the world is spiritual adultery. Seeking the friendship of the world puts us in jeopardy of making ourselves enemies of God. There should be no greater fear in our life than to seek friendship with the world! (The above excerpt is taken from The Anointing vs. Respectability, spoken by Paul Cain in May, 1991.)
Today, I prayed:
Lord, I pray that we American believers submit ourselves to You, resisting the devil so that he flees from us, drawing ever closer to You, cleansing our hands, purifying our hearts, weeping and mourning for our sins, humbling ourselves before You O Lord, so that You may exalt us. (Based on James 4:7-10)
What do you think and has the Lord spoken to you today?
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