We are journeying through a wicked, perverted, fallen and 


troubled world with many treacherous entanglements, 


perilous places, and corrupted foes seeking to destroy our 


close fellowship with God.

Many have lost their spiritual direction, because of the 


carnal choices they have made, and consequently they are 


living a defeated life. 


Some ignore God's Word and go their own way, which 


brings them to the brink of despair, when they should have 


been enjoying a victorious and spiritually satisfying life.

Our hearts can be deceitful. Our heart will ultimately lie to 

us. Here is what Scripture says about a heart that is not 


connected to God:


The heart is more deceitful than all else and is 


desperately sick; who can understand it?” Jeremiah 17:9 


The point is that our hearts, dreams, desires, and wants are 


marred by sin. This view may not be politically correct or 


popular, but it is biblical and until we understand this we 


will never truly be happy or satisfied. For all that is in the 


world leads one from fad to fad, idol to idol, relationship 


to relationship, and just leaves one broken, frustrated, and 


alone.


To our youth, Satan sees you as easy prey. God defines 


and designed you to be the special you that you are... God 


values you, but the devil wants to distort it. He plants 


terrible thoughts and suggestions such as:


God will not be faithful to you, and He will not keep His 


promises. Your parents don't have a clue. They don't want 


to see you happy. They just want to make your life 


miserable. They did their thing, now you do your thing. 


So, go ahead and try it. It's okay to drink, do your thing. 


Stop being so uptight... get drunk and do drugs, just do it... 


be you... you are just experimenting. There's no way you 


can get hooked. Plus, everyone else is doing it. Live your 


life. Sin will satisfy you, it won't harm you. These things


 will help you to relax, find yourself, and fit in with the


 crowd.


Go ahead and indulge in sexual immorality. If you are still 


a virgin... there must be something wrong with you. 


You're human... nothings going to happen to you if you 


try it... you are just experimenting.



Satan wants us to have worldly fun. 


He is out to harm us, undermine our 


faith, and destroy us.



Satan contradicts the certainty of God's judgment. He 


promises pleasure, but doesn't mention the pain. He 


challenges the authority of God. He lies to us about God, 


sin, and ourselves. He is the father and author of lies, 


deception, accusations, temptation, divisiveness, and evil 


doings. He speaks out of his own character and has 


deceived millions. These and more are all consistent with 


Satan's character.


Our youth are bombarded with all kinds of deception 

through media, movies, music, and basically everywhere 

they turn. The basic premise is “If it feels right, just do it.” 

This is basically what teens are spoon-fed from the culture 

in general. 

We cannot allow the world's sewage to shape our minds


 or contaminate our thoughts. We should be vigilant in


 adverse circumstances and avoid potential danger that 


compromises our decisions.

Young people, don’t allow the enemy to deceive you! 


God’s plan for your life begins now and not just someday 


down the road.

We live in a sin-sick world where humanity is plagued


with extreme indulgence in worldly pleasures, depravity,


suffering, and unrighteousness. The world seems to sweat


wickedness, evilness, fits of anger, division, strife, 


dissension, enmity, jealousy, envy, idolatry, rivalries, and


highly unrighteous and immoral behavior from its pores. 



In today's society, people are being swamped, influenced,

and distracted by mainstream broadcast media, on-the-

loose, with a never-ending stream of unrestrained worldly

programming.


 Television, radio, news media outlets, print media, etc.,


 are increasingly cluttered with tons of suggestive stage-


crafting... than most unsuspecting people realize. The 


entertainment media is fostered by the cosmos. This 


relentless stream of content overload makes it extremely 


difficult to cut through and not get entangled in all of the 


noise and folly.


Many media outlets are under the influence of the cosmos 

and have a tendency to produce and defend lifestyles

 characterized by envy, material success, selfish pleasures,

 the pride of life, strife, competition, opposition, division, 

and the exclusion of God. 


Most of their systemized entertainment and/or 

programming saturates and tends to gravitate towards

promiscuity, sexual exploits, and almost any other kind of 


glorified perversion that corrupts, distracts, and deceives 


viewers, listeners, and readers. This is the world God 


warns us about.


Worldly pressures come through Satan 


in the form of sin and temptation. 


Every person has struggled with temptation. Even walking 


with God for many years does not eliminate or even 


minimize the dangers of temptation. 



In whatever sphere of life we discover ourselves to be in 


and whatever task we are employed… let us never forget:


 Satan’s desire is to steal, kill, 


and destroy. 


He uses temptation and sin to destroy Believers. Satan's


 hostile world-system makes every attempt to put pressure


 on us in every sphere of life in an effort to get us to 


conform to the patterns of the world. 



Believers will often find themselves faced with 


tormenting, antagonistic, hostile, and contentious 


circumstances from those who live and walk in Satan's 


kingdom.

We live in a worldly culture that lacks self respect, 


dignity, compassion, kindness, and love. Many 


wandering souls have been influenced by the pleasures 


and influences of the world. Some seem adrift 


morally, spiritually, intellectually, and emotionally. Some 


may be lost to drugs, alcohol, greed, sexual promiscuity,


 gambling, and have no regard or respect for human life.



Satan's job is to blind the minds of unbelievers, that they 


might not see the light of God. Many unsuspecting 


individuals are blindsided by Satan's Spiritual attacks.



Far too many have chosen to live in the world apart 


from God and have grown hostile towards people and 


God. Their only goals and ambitions in this life is to try 


and gain as much of the material and lustful things out of 


this life as they possibly can. They seem to purposely


entangle themselves in worldly pleasures and materialism 


which are absolutely contrary to righteousness. 



Those who are in the world and of the world stand 


in opposition to the Kingdom of God. Their actions,


thoughts, and values are focused on pleasing self for 


people and they are usually focusing on earthly, fleshly,


 and temporal life activities, values, and/or plans as 


opposed to heavenly, spiritual, and eternal activities,


 values, and/or plans. 



Unfortunately, some have knowingly allowed the culture’s 


ungodly morals, values, attitudes, and behaviors to


infiltrate their lives... on every level. These worldly 


pleasures have kept many apart from knowing God and 


their true purpose in life.


Scripture speaks with absolute 


authority… 


it says because we’re in the world, we will have 


tribulation, temptation, and pressure. It is an unavoidable 


part of life in this world, but as Believers… we must never 


compromise! We must be willing to fight on the 


battlefield, in this corrupt world, each day to survive.


We are not slaves to our sinful natures, but act in 


accordance with righteousness.


(Romans 6:6, 11)



We are told to…


put to death things that are of our sinful 


natures and to flee from immorality.


(Colossians 3:5-10; 1 Corinthians 6:18; Galatians 5:16-


24; Ephesians 5:3-11)


The worldly person rejects God and seeks to live on 


their own, independently from God. They reject God 


as having any say over their life. They love things and


 people who are of the world, and despise those who are 


in the world, but choose not to be of the world.

The pride in one’s lifestyle is not from God, but is from 


the world. The wicked, greedy, prideful world-system 


chooses, either consciously or unconsciously, to function 


without God. 


For all that is in the world, the lust of the 


flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, 


is not from the Father, but is from the world. 1John 2:16


In this age, in the hearts of many, the powers of evil, false 


doctrine, corrupt morals, strife, contention, persecution, 


greed, pride, opposition, competition, and fears abound 


and leading many into a lost eternity. 


There is an undercurrent in the cosmos... it runs against 


and in contradiction to the Way and Will of God. These 


currents are stirred and troubled by Satan. They are 


intended to entrap and ensnare God's witnesses.


Jesus warns that a person may "gain the whole world" (the 


material things of this passing age) yet lose life in the next 


(Matthew 16:26 ; parallels Mark 8:36 ; Luke 9:25 ). Paul 


expresses concern that believers may become so caught up 


in the affairs of this world that they will experience undue 


hardship in living for Christ (1Corinthians 7:29-35).


The present world is passing away even now (1John 2:17). 


Living in this transient world, one must not love it


(2Timothy 4:10), become conformed to its ways 


(Romans12:2), or fall in love with its godless "wisdom" 


(1Corinthians 2:6 ; 3:18-19; James 3:15). Instead one 


must live a godly life (Titus 2:12), avoiding the snares of 


the "present evil age" from which Christ's death has set his 


people free (Galatians 1:4).

We must stay awake and alert... increasing our awareness


 of the various influences in our lives.


Jesus says that His kingdom is 


“Not of this world.” 


John 18:36

If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me  


before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world 


would love its own; but because you are not of the world, 


but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world 


hates you. 


(John 15:18-19)

Jesus recognized that Satan has a kingdom.


His kingdom is this world.


1 John 5:19  

Jesus meticulously called Satan a murderer from the


 beginning. Jesus identified Satan as the criminal 


mastermind behind the corrupt world we live in. He called 


him “the ruler of this world.” 


(John 12:31; 16:11)

In Matthew 10:16-22 God said that He was sending the 


Kingdom people forth as sheep in the midst of wolves.

God has given us a strong and unequivocal command

 

concerning the world...

`

Do not love the world."


As believers, we need to know clearly what is meant by 


"The world" and who rules the world... so we can guard 


ourselves from loving it and being deceived and distracted 


by it.

The World, as it is used in the 


Scriptures: 


God created the world and all things therein. God 


designed the world to be fruitful. God's creation includes 


provision for all creation. (Psalm 104:10-22).


For God so loved the world and the world's inhabitants. 



The Biblical concepts of world falls into five categories: 


*The physical world, includes the whole universe, the


 cosmos (John 1:9; Acts 17:24) or the creation (Romans 


8:20). 


*The human world, the inhabited earth created with 


delight by God's wisdom. (Proverbs 8:27-31).



*The moral world, refers to the people of the world... in a 


neutral sense... and the subclass of indifferent and hostile 


people who reject God. God's Will and His Ways.



*The temporal world, the present world is temporary.



*The coming world: 


Satan rules only this world ( John 12:31 ; 14:30 ; 16:11 ;


Corinthians 4:4 ), not the next one, while Jesus' kingdom 


is "not of this world" ( John 18:36 ) but belongs to the 


coming age. 



The believer may look 


forward to the new world, "a new heaven and a new earth, 


the home of righteousness" (2 Peter 3:13 ; cf. Revelations 


21:1-5).



The world-system, the mortal world, 


the cosmos:

 

In general, the term world in the Scriptures refers to the 


evil world-system that is controlled by Satan. It leads 


many away from worshipping God. It is by nature apart 


from and in opposition to God.


So, while we are commanded to love the people of the 


world, we are to be wary of anything that competes with 


God for our highest affections.

The world includes people indifferent or hostile to God,


 the God-hostile environment generally, and in the widest


 sense, corruption and evil summed up under the general


 term "The world." The world rejects God and God's


 ways. 

Satan's world-system tries to pressure, influence, and 


tempt Believers into compromising their faith in God. The 


devil would love nothing more than to see a Believer 


compromise under pressure and deviate from following 


God's standards and instructions.

The world, with its spiritually dark and hostile system is 


ruled by Satan, the god of this world. The world-system 


does not acknowledge or have any consideration for God. 


It was established by Satan and consists of those 


philosophies and values that invariably effect the 


character, development, and behavior of humanity. Satan’s 


blatantly corrupt world-system perpetually influences the 


human race to embrace the evil values and attitudes of this 


world and live independently from God and God’s Word.


Before the flood nearly all the people of the world became 


corrupt (Genesis 6:11). In Jesus' time the world hated Him


 (John 7:7) and will hate His followers (John 15:18-19 )



The world, ungodly people cannot accept God, because it 


neither sees God or knows God. ( John 14:17)


 See what great love the Father has lavished 

on us, that we should be called children of God! And that 

is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is 

that it did not know Him.

1 John 3:1

Who rules the present world?

Jesus refers to Satan as the present ruler of the world... 


not Ruler of the world. 


(John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11)


Satan, the god of "this age" is god of the unbelieving 


world. He has blinded the minds of unbelievers with his 


false philosophies which people are deceived by. The 


unbeliever follows Satan's agenda. 


Although Satan is currently god of this world... he is NOT 


in control of this world. 


Satan and the army of demons that he has at his disposal 


can do nothing without God's permission. Throughout the 


Scriptures there is one character mentioned who is said to 


be the enemy of God and God's people. He is known as 


Satan, Lucifer, the devil, the adversary.


He is currently the god of the world.



 He is the one in Scripture who is called the “Evil one.” 


Satan is also called the devil. He possesses abhorrent 


qualities. 


The Scriptures describe Satan as one who exists in the 


invisible spirit realm. (Job 1:6) 


Scripture tells us about Satan's vicious and ruthless 


qualities as well as his evil actions. (Job 1:13-19; 2:7, 8; 


2 Timothy 2:26)


Satan is referred to in Scripture as the accuser, the 


slanderer, the adversary, the enemy, the father of lies, the 


murderer, the wicked one, and the deceiver who leads 


humanity astray by seducing humanity into the ways of 


lies and sin.


Satan is also described as a malicious, hostile, evil-


intentioned, evil-minded, venomous, vindictive,  


accuser and adversary who is opposed to God and man.


Was there always a Satan? No! 


Satan, Lucifer, was an archangel, one of the chief angels, 


who, along with Michael and Gabriel, served at God’s 


throne in heaven. He was created by God as beautiful, 


wise, and perfect in his ways, and God withheld nothing 


from him... he had it all. 


Lucifer was blameless until unrighteousness was found in 


him. He was not content in his position and turned away 


from God. He did not remain true to God.


Feelings of pride and rivalry toward God


 grew within this spirit creature. 


His desire was for others to worship... him.


He became arrogant in his beauty and status and decided 

he wanted to oppose, slander, and sit on a throne 

above God. (Isiah 14:13-14; Ezekiel 28:15; 1Timothy 3:6) 


Lucifer became envious of God! Pride led to Satan's fall.


Satan became envious of God's authority over the 


universe and desired to be God. He became jealous, 


deceptive, rebellious, selfish, prideful, corrupt, a bore a 


cancerous satanic spirit of discontent... he was the 


personification of evil. Lucifer and a third of the angels 


(Revelation 12:3–4) rebelled against God and attempted 


to take the throne of God (Isaiah 14:13-14). Their attempts 


to overthrow God failed... and as a result... Satan and his 


troops were cast back down to the Earth (Isaiah 14:12).


Lucifer (Latin for “light-bringer” or “morning star”) was 


cast out of heaven and became Satan (Hebrew for 


“accuser” or “adversary”). He became the ruler of this 


world and the prince of the power of the air (John 12:13; 


2Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 2:2). 


Satan still seeks to be worshipped and elevated above 


God. He is currently designated as the prince of the 


cosmos and greedily, pridefully, selfishly, and devilishly 


heads the office God gave him, on earth. Satan has no 


remorse for the evil he has done or is doing. Satan still 


hates and opposes God and anyone who loves and follows 


God.


Satan is an evil, lying, deceptive, rebellious thief who


hates and opposes God. However, in due season he will


 be thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur and be 


tormented day and night forever and ever. 


Revelation: 20:10


Ironically, Satan is still instrumental 


in God’s plan. 


Those who are in the world and of the world, living their 


own way, are grossly influenced by Satan’s spirit of 


selfishness. His influence encompasses worldly 


philosophies, ideals, opinions, lies, deception, and evil. 


The world is still living in rebellion to God’s way.

Satan is a manipulator, a deceiver, the god of this age, and 


a master in sowing discord and hate.


He roams the earth seeking out 


someone to attack.

We should never underestimate the influence that Satan 


and his demons have. They are wicked and have 


brought many good people down.


When the word "World" is used in the New Testament, 


it's a translation of the Greek word cosmos. "Cosmos" 


most often refers to the planet earth and its human 


inhabitants.


The cosmos... “The world” is a vast order or system that 


Satan has promoted which conforms to his patterns, 


direction, and practices.


Satan is the Prince of this "Cosmos."


"The whole world is under the control of the evil one"


(1 John 5:19).

 It is not unusual for Believers to encounter difficulties 


by belligerent and worldly minded people who make it 


their goal to pressure Believers into abandoning their 


Biblical values and compromise with evil.


Do not be surprised that 


the world hates you. 


(1 John 3:13)

Those of us who follow a hated Savior cannot be surprised 


when we encounter hatred, scorn, hostility, tormenting, 


antagonistic, contentious circumstances. We who put our 


faith in God must bear the cross of Jesus and expect to be 


crucified... there are no exemptions.


The more we love and honor God, the more we expose 


and unmask the evil of those who dishonor and reject 


God. They will hate us because of who we love and 


resemble. They hated Jesus and they will hate those who 


are trying to be more like Jesus.

Satan is also called... 

"The prince of the power of the air." 

Ephesians 2:2.

This present evil cosmos, headed by Satan, makes it 


difficult to find relevant and edifying messages that can 


enhance and appeal to the heart, teach right from wrong,


 and add value to our society. Satan employs every device 


in his army to harass, hurt, divert, confuse, and tempt 


God's people.  

Think about it:🤔

Satan notoriously usurps our legitimate needs and 


will have people consumed, distracted, and attracted 


with his systemized sinful pleasures that ends up 


hindering people from living for God and His purpose. We 


only have to look around to see all the advertisements, 


products, activities, and inventions vying to attract us.


 We may need these things, but the world makes us 


want more than we really need.

Let us be reminded:


Scripture warns us about being taken in by the evils of this 


cosmos. We must come out from among them and not get 


our worlds mixed up.

Satan is obsessed with diversions and exterminating God 


and God's people. Satan's lies are cleverly mixed with 


truth. He can be convincingly logical. He even had the 


audacity to quote Scripture to Jesus. Satan tries to shape


 every aspect of thought and behavior in such a way 


that the corrupted man is exalted and God is ostracized


 and rejected.


If the Believer chooses to think like the world around him 

and become enamored with the world systems of evil, 

then he’s defeated and becomes a spiritual casualty. This 

is what we must separate from. We can associate and love 

those who are involved in the world without being 

contaminated, influenced, and swayed by it as we stay on 

the path of righteousness and draw nearer to God.

The world-system is mankind and society functioning 


apart from God. The world-system is filled with spiritual 


darkness and an underlying nature that permeates the 


human race. It can influence, with its evil; yet, elementary 


principles, every aspect of one’s thoughts and behaviors in 


such a way that the morally corrupt and wicked nature of 


man is made to appear increased/greater… while God is 


purposely decreased and/or totally excluded.


Satan uses anything and everything as part of his system 


to attract and occupy people. When anything takes over 


our lives and causes us to exclude God... we have to 


realize it has become the world to us.



Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let 


God transform you into a new person by changing the way 


you think. Then you will learn to know God’s Will for you, 


which is good, pleasing and perfect.


(Romans12:2)

Let us be careful to understand that Satan’s world-system 


entices and offers something for everyone who rejects 


God, whether he is upright or evil, spiritual or hostile 


towards God, well-informed or simple, affluent or poverty-


stricken. Satan is careful to make sure there’s even 


something for the Believer in his world-system. 



Those who are in the world and of the world stand 


in opposition to the Kingdom of God. Their actions,


thoughts, and values are focused on pleasing self for


 people and they are usually focusing on earthly, fleshly,


 and temporal life activities, values, and/or plans as 


opposed to heavenly, spiritual, and eternal activities,


 values, and/or plans. 



Let us be careful not to be taken 


captive through Satan's philosophy 


and empty deception.


We are wrestling against principalities, powers, the rulers 


of the darkness and wickedness in the spiritual realm. 



The devil is trying to pin us down to keep us from serving 


God, by bringing temptation and tribulation against us. He 


is trying to keep us from serving God wholeheartedly by 


distracting us with the worries and cares of this world.



This is why the Bible repeatedly warns the believer not to 


love the world or the things in the world. 


We are to be set apart. 


(Colossians 2:8; James 1:27; 4:4; 1 John 2:15-16). 


We do not war according to the flesh. Scripture tells us 


“Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against 


the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of 


this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in 


the heavenly places.” 


(Ephesians 6:12)


We are reminded to separate from the world. Avoid 


the snares, allurements, and pretensions of this world.


To be "Not of the world" requires us to be free of 


worldly influences. It means that we do not act as the 


material world does.


Material possessions, money, fame, fortune, prominence,


 drugs, sex, neediness of acceptance, approval, validation,


 or applause from people may gain ground with people,


 for a while, but Jesus taught that our focus should be away


 from this world… and placed upon the things of God’s 


kingdom... which have real value and will have no end.



Yes, our relationship with God is of much greater 


value than any cravings for power, spotlights, partying, 


playing, or superficial-worldly allurements.



 As believers, we should be set apart from the world…

living a more righteous life... walking in God's Will and 

not engaging ourselves in the dark activities the world 

promotes, nor should we desire to retain the tasteless,

 corrupt, dark, and murky environment and mindset that 

the world creates.

The roots of a lotus are in the mud. The stem of the lotus 


flower grows up through the water, and the fragrant 


flower, which can be described as having a rich, warm, 


and tropical forest smell, rises above the surface of the 


water, where it can sunbathe in the sunlight. 


This gorgeous, blooming flower emerges from the dirty, 


murky, and muddy bottom of a pond, but still remains 


untouched and unstained by the murky waters 


surrounding it.



Just like the lotus... we also have the ability to rise from 

the mud and bloom out of this corrupt world. 
 


The lotus flowers pattern of growth symbolizes the


 breakthrough of the soul from the primeval chaos of 


materialism, through the waters of experience and 


understanding, and into the light of wisdom, creativity,


 knowledge, refinement, and edification. 



The lotus flower grows from the mud and finds its way 


through purifying waters to open up to the light.


The lotus flower is also seen as a metaphor for the human 


who rises from the darkness of the world... striving 


through the difficulties, and embracing a more godly way 


of thinking and living.


Think about it:

Ships and boats are designed to drift, glide, hover, and sail 


on top of the water... they were not designed to capsize 


and sink. Even though they are enveloped by water on all 


sides... an entire sea of water cannot sink a ship unless the 


water gets inside the vessel. It is good for the vessel to be 


in the water, but not a good thing if the water gets into the 


vessel... it only takes a small entry for that issues to unfold.


The same holds true for us being in the world, but not of 


the world. The wickedness of the world cannot pollute us 


except that we allow it to get inside of us. We cannot 


allow the world's ungodly morals, values, and bad 


behavior to infiltrate our lives and cause us to capsize, 


become fouled with grit and grime, be navigated by 


wickedness and sink us to this dark world's level. Like the 


ships and boats... they can be in the ocean, but they cannot 


be a a part of it.


Some misinterpret what God is trying to tell them when 


He says that we are not to be “of” the world. Some may 


think they should be retreating from life and everyone in 


general becoming a recluse... hiding away from as much 


of the world as they possibly can.

Jesus is specifically telling us that we 


are not to be “of the world.”

God wants us to remain unspotted 


from the world... not becoming too 


friendly or attached to the ways and 


material things of this world.

Being “in” the world and not "of" the world also means


 we can enjoy God's amazing creation, and not get caught


 up in the mindset of what the world values. We are set 


apart from the wickedness of the cosmos as we seek to 


live a holy, righteous life. We are in the world, in contact 


with the world; yet, we must retain our distinctive 


Kingdom character... refusing to allow the Cosmos to trick 


us into its corrupt and emptiness.


God wants us to become actively involved “in” the world 


so that we can fully accomplish all of His perfect Will for 


our lives. God desires that we walk in our calling, our 


missions, our divine assignments.


Again, we cannot properly walk in our calling and 


accomplish our divine assignments if we are not 


willing to get actively involved “in” the world to some 


degree and to some extent. Jesus Himself went full scale 


into His surroundings. Jesus was constantly preaching, 


teaching, healing and delivering people. He was in the 


world, but did not allow the corrupt world to get in Him.

 

Jesus is telling His Father not to take us out of the world, 


since we all have a great commission and call from Him 


to share the Good News and help as many people as we 


possibly can.


We cannot “reach” the lost, the downtrodden, the 


helpless, the poor, the sinners, and the people who are 


being held in some type of captivity if we are not “in” the 


world trying to witness, teach, and reach them with the 


Good News.


We live in a world of darkness, but we are not part of that 


darkness. 


"We are ambassadors for Christ" 


(2 Corinthians 5:20), 


spreading His fragrance (2Corinthians 2:15-16) 


through the world.


Our hearts will be less interested in the things of the 


world as we strive to be more like Jesus.



Separate from the world!


And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of 


darkness, but rather reprove [them].


Ephesians 5:11



James 4:4 says, 


“Don’t you know that friendship with the 


world is enmity with God?”


God gave us a strong and unequivocal command


 concerning the world in... 


1John 2:15:


“Do not love this world nor the things 


it offers you, for when you love the 


world, you do not have the love 


of the Father in you.”



Set your affection on things above, not 


on things on the earth.


Colossians 3:2

We are to stay “in” the world. We have a holy mission and 


calling from God on what it is He wants us to accomplish 


as we journey through this life.


Our number one goal in life should be to accomplish, to 


the best of our abilities, God’s perfect will for our lives.


Our goal should be to serve God and do what He wants us 


to do and not to chase after the world and all the material 


wealth and possessions of this world, which will do 


nothing but rot and perish the minute we leave and depart 


from this life.


We have to keep all of our priorities straight, and our 


number one priority should be to want to serve God and 


accomplish His perfect will for our lives. 


If we make that our number one goal and aspiration in this 


life, then God will appropriately reward each one of us 


in due season. And those rewards will far surpass and 


exceed any of the material wealth and possessions that we 


could have gained in this fallen world.

Scripture draws a clear distinction between friendship 


with God and friendship with the world. James 4:4 tells us 


that “Friendship with the world is hatred toward God.” He 


goes on to say that “Anyone who chooses to be a friend of 


the world becomes an enemy of God.” James uses the 


strong words “hatred” and “enemy” to drive home the


 point that we can be in the world or in the kingdom, but


 not both because they are at opposite ends of the 


spectrum.


 Those who choose worldliness choose to live in the 


enemy’s camp because all that is of the world is under


 the control of Satan (1 John 5:19). He is the ruler of 


this world, and when we choose the world, we enlist in his 


evil army and become enemies of God.

The world-system lies in the power of the evil one. It is 


the exact opposite of godliness. To steer clear of 


worldliness, we must mature in the faith, growing


 up in all things in Christ so that we are no longer 


spiritual infants, tossed about by the lies and human 


cunnings of the world (Ephesians 4:14-15). 


We must come to know the difference between the 


wisdom of God and the crafty human schemes of worldly 


wisdom. 


We can achieve this by carefully and diligently studying 


of God's Word, seeking God’s wisdom in prayer (James 


1:5), and fellowshipping with kindred spirits who speak 


truth in love. Mature Believers will encourage us to reject 


worldliness and embrace godliness.

Jesus says that those who believe in Him are no longer a 


part of the world. Sin has no power over us, and we do not 


have to be trapped by the corrupt precepts of the world.


As we shed the garment of the world we have peace not of 


this world. Our peace in any situation comes straight from 


the Lord, the Prince of Peace: 


"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as 


the world gives do I give to you"


(John 14:27).


We are still in this world but we


are no longer of it.


(John 17:14)

We are still surrounded by all the horrors and tragedies of 


this life, but this is not our life (Philippians 3:8-14). The 


knowledge that we are not of this world gives Believers 


promise even in the darkest times (1 Peter 1:6-9); the 


promise that this world of darkness and despair will pass.  


God will wipe away every tear from our eyes; there will 


be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying, neither shall 


there be any more pain: for the former things are passed 


away. How different it will be from the condition in the 


world's system.

Overcoming the world-system can be  a proving ground 


for our faith. It can be the ideal soil for spreading the 


seeds of the Good News... not to reform or remake the 


world-system, not to hold it in contempt, but to proclaim 


the Good News that God loves the world, He created.


 Being in the world and not conforming to the world


 enables us to secure... higher ground... for our highest 


good.

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