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 


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


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.

Separating evil from our lives has become even more 

essential since our homes are wired to bring much of what 

the Lord has condemned into our own living rooms if we 

are not vigilant.

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


 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 


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 


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 


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 


*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 


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


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 


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? 


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 


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 


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.


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 


"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 


 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 


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 


So, when the Bible says that Satan is the "god of this 

world," it is not saying that he has ultimate authority. It is 

conveying the idea that Satan rules over the unbelieving 

world in a specific way.

The phrase “god of this world” (or “god of this age”) 

indicates that Satan is the major influence on the ideals, 

opinions, goals, hopes and views of the majority of 


His influence also encompasses the world’s philosophies, 

education, and commerce. The thoughts, ideas, 

speculations and false religions of the world are under his 

control and have sprung from his lies and deceptions.

This is not to say that he rules the world completely; God 

is still sovereign. But it does mean that God, in His 

infinite wisdom, has allowed Satan to operate in this 

world within the boundaries God has set for him. When 

the Bible says Satan has power over the world, we must 

remember that God has given him domain over 

unbelievers only. Believers are no longer under the rule of 


1 This is my Father's world,

And to my listening ears

All nature sings, and round me rings

The music of the spheres.

This is my Father's world:

I rest me in the thought

Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas--

His hand the wonders wrought.

2 This is my Father's world:

The birds their carols raise,

The morning light, the lily white,

Declare their Maker's praise.

This is my Father's world:

He shines in all that's fair;

In the rustling grass I hear Him pass,

He speaks to me everywhere.

3 This is my Father's world:

O let me ne'er forget

That though the wrong seems oft so 


God is the Ruler yet.

This is my Father's world:

Why should my heart be sad?

The Lord is King: let the heavens ring!

God reigns; let earth be glad! 

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