God’s Dictionary vs. the worlds dictionary

 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 (KJV)

And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. John 17:13-16 (KJV)

Okay, So as I was thinking today about being different from the people of world. Then I realized… there are words that the world uses, that have different definitions than how God defines them. Also, I realized that it is sometimes easy to forget there are differences; so thought I would share some.

 Definition Differences:

Rich     

The world: concerning … wealth and money on earth     

God: having a full life on earth; our riches are in heaven      

Death

 The world: The end of life

God: The beginning of eternal life

Forgiveness

The world: Optional based on circumstance

God: A lifestyle; given unconditionally

Love

The world: Based more on lust or fairy tales

God: Unconditional and everlasting

Angels and demons

The world: They are seen as, fictional characters within a movie; next to vampires and werewolves.

God: Very real spiritual beings that are warring for souls

Sin

The world: A foreign word or a word spell check missed

God: Any act, idea, or thing which God opposes

Salvation

The world: When you get a warning instead of a speeding ticket

God: The acceptance of Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior

Children

The world: ankle biters that cost you tons of money

God: Precious gifts from God

Hell

The world: A cuss word to say to people you don’t like or a place where there is going to be a massive party

God: A very real place that all souls who don’t accept Jesus as their savior will go and be tormented

Bible

The world: an old book that gets dusty and has funny words in it

God: God’s Holy Word

Time

The world: Meant to be spent on things that give us satisfaction

God: Meant to be used wisely for God’s purpose

Impossible

The world: things that are unattainable

God: ___________________________?…Not found in dictionary 😉

There are many other words like these, that we can get confused, wondering on which dictionary their meaning should come from. Some words more easily so than others. My recommendation is to recheck your vocabulary…who’s definitions are you using?

        

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.  It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age,  while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,  who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. These, then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you. Titus 2:11-15 (NIV) 

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;  who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy. Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul,  having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation. 1 Peter 2: 9-12

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