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  1. Overcoming the World “Do not love the world or the things in the world”

  2. Not of this World John 17:14-19 • Just as I am not of this world, 17:14 • Kept from the evil one, 17:15 • In fellowship with Christ, 17:16 • Sanctified, 17:17, 19

  3. Not of this World • “This world is not my home, I’m just a passing through…” • “Anywhere with Jesus…is home sweet home” • “Here we are but straying pilgrims” • “I’ve a home prepared where the saints abide, just over in the glory land. And I long to be by my Savior’s side, just over in the glory land.”

  4. Worldliness is Rampant! • Fearful thought: Worldliness makes us God’s enemy…lost! Jas 4:4 • Forceful temptations: Struggle with Satan is real, yet winnable, 1 Pet 2:11; 5:9 • Fortunate timing: Time to examine and repent! 2 Pet 3:9 • Faithful transformation: From darkness to light, 2 Pet 1:3-4

  5. Worldliness is Rampant! • Christians are being seduced by the world! Prov 7:6-27 • Honest examination needed, 2 Cor 13:5 • Indignantly: “No, I have not!” • Timidly: “I don’t think so” or “I hope not” • Honestly untaught: “What do you mean by worldliness?”

  6. God’s Definition of Worldliness System of evil that opposes God 1 Jno 2:15; Jas 4:4 • Includes our motives, attitudes and values as well as our conduct, Rom 12:2 • When we imitate the world in these things – we are worldly! • Our objective: Overcome the world in Christ and live for Him, Jno 16:33; Rom 8:37; 1 Jno 5:4

  7. Worldliness Things of the world 1 John 2:15-17 • Lust of the flesh: CARNALITY • Food – Good, but gluttony is sinful, Prov 23:20-21 • Drink – Good, but alcohol is sinful, 1 Pet 4:3 • Sleep – Good, but laziness is sinful, Prov 6:10-11 • Sex – Good, but outside marriage sinful, 1 Cor 7:2 Carnal fulfillment: Sin and Death James 1:14-16

  8. Worldliness Things of the world 1 John 2:15-17 • Lust of the eyes: COVETOUSNESS • Selfish consumption to please self, Jas 4:1-3 • Life is not about how much pleasure we consume and how many things we possess, Lk 12:15; Matt 16:26

  9. Worldliness Things of the world 1 John 2:15-17 • Pride of life: CONCEIT • Stresses outward but neglects the soul, 1 Pet 3:3-4 • Everything will be left to others, Eccl 2:18 (Jas 4:13-15); 1 Ths 4:11-12 • Honor God, not yourself, Jno 5:44 (8:29)

  10. Worldliness Cares of the world Lk 8:14; Mk 4:18-19 • Thorns that choke out spiritual life • These “thorns” include… • Anxiety about life, Matt 6:25-33; Phil 4:6-8 • Materialism (deceitfulness of riches), Matt 6:24; Col 3:5; 1 Tim 6:6, 10; Phil 4:11-13

  11. Worldliness Cares of the world Lk 8:14; Mk 4:18-19 • Pleasures of life, 1 Tim 5:6 (Heb 11:25) • God declares some pleasures sinful • Lewdness, lust, pornography, immodesty, social and recreational drinking, dancing… 1 Pet 4:3-4 Be careful that you do not come to view these things as the normal way of life!

  12. Worldliness Cares of the world Lk 8:14; Mk 4:18-19 • Pleasures of life • Some are not sinful until we put them before God, 2 Tim 4:10 • Too busy to pray, study, help others, worship? Too tired? Too distracted? • These are things we choose! Josh 24:15; Heb 2:2-3; 12:1-2

  13. Victory over the World 1 Jno 4:4; 5:4 • We control our minds, Rom 8:5; Col 3:1-3 • Choose to occupy our minds with spiritual things! Col 3:16 • Declare war on worldly thinking! Phil 4:8 (2 Cor 10:4-5)

  14. Victory over the World • We control our bodies, Rom 6:13-14 • Obey the will of God, 1 Jno 2:17 • Glorify God in our body, 1 Cor 6:19-20 1 Jno 4:4; 5:4

  15. Victory over the World 1 Jno 4:4; 5:4 • We must take inventory of our minds and our bodies (2 Cor 13:5) • What is my mind on each day: Evil or good? • Does my conduct show that I am living for heaven?