Every man has three terrible enemies—“the world,” the flesh, and the devil.
To understand what has happened in the world, we must go back to the beginning of things. When God created the world, He put Adam in charge and gave him dominion over everything.
When Adam rebelled against God, he took sides with Satan and came under his rule. Thus the rulership of the world passed out of Adam’s hands and into Satan’s hands. This is why the Bible calls Satan “the god of this world” (2 Corinthians 4:4).
Even though Satan now had the world under his control, he still had a problem. His problem was how to keep people in his kingdom. There was a way of escape. Those who turned to God escaped from Satan’s kingdom. Satan did not like this so he came up with a plan.
Satan organized the people and the things in the world into a “world-system” based on selfishness, pride, greed, ambition, and sinful lusts and pleasures. There is nothing of God in these things.
What is “the world”? It is human society with God left out. Satan’s world-system includes entertainment, business, education, religion, politics, world kingdoms, world organizations, news media, and hundreds of other things. The world is anything that shuts God out.
Satan deceives people into thinking that this world is the only thing that matters. With his world-system, Satan can give people riches, possessions, fame, power, and all kinds of sinful pleasures.
The ruler of this world is Satan! Satan allows people to be in charge of things and seemingly to make the decisions, but Satan himself is the unseen ruler of the world behind the scenes. The Bible says, “…the whole world lies under the power of the wicked one” (1 John 5:19).
“For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” 1 John 2:16
Satan knows that he cannot keep Christians from going to Heaven, but his object is to conform them to the world. He wants them to think like unsaved worldly people, to seek the same things they seek, and to do the same things they do.
We are warned against loving the world and the things of the world. The Bible says, “Do not love the world, nor the things of the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (1 John 2:15).
God wants us to see that the world-system is controlled by Satan. To be a friend of the world is to be the enemy of God. The Bible says, “…Do you not know that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God” (James 4:4).
THE WORLD IS DOOMED TO DESTRUCTION!!!
Our deliverance from the world comes from seeing the world as God sees it. The world crucified God’s Son. It is the enemy of God, the enemy of God’s Son, and the enemy of God’s people. God has condemned it to total destruction!
God wants us to see that the world-system has no future. The world is like a giant ocean liner that is old, rusted, and leaking badly. The engines have stopped working. Water is pouring in faster than it can be pumped out. It is only a matter of time before the ship sinks.
The captain of the ship has received an urgent message from the owner of the ship: “Don’t waste your time trying to save the ship! A rescue ship is on the way. I have a new and much better ship waiting for you. Do all you can to get the passengers into the lifeboats.”
If I understand that this world is controlled by Satan and that it is doomed to destruction, what place of honor do I want in it? NONE!
THE NEW CREATION IS COMING!!!
The Bible says that Jesus Christ “gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil world” (Galatians 1:4). When Jesus rose from the dead, He rose as the King of God’s new creation.
There are now two creations—the old creation and the new creation. The old creation is the kingdom where Satan rules. The new creation is the kingdom where God’s Son, the Lord Jesus, reigns. Nothing of the old creation can come into God’s new creation.
How could I, as a sinner, come into God’s new creation? There is only one way. God must end my old life and give me a new life. That is exactly what God did!
God put me in Christ on the cross. When Christ died, I died with Him. When He was buried, I was buried with Him. That was the end of my old life so far as God is concerned.
When Christ rose from the dead, I rose with Him as a new person in God’s new creation. The Bible says, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ; he is a new creation…” (2 Corinthians 5:17). God has delivered me from Satan’s kingdom and put me in Christ’s kingdom. The Bible says, “Giving thanks to the Father…who has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son” (Colossians 1:12,13).
SATAN WANTS TO DECEIVE US!!!
Satan wants to deceive us into living for the things of this world instead of living for God. But now we know the truth. We know that the world-system is controlled by Satan. We know that the world-system has been condemned by God. One day this world and all that is in it will be completely destroyed by fire. The Bible says,
“But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, and the earth also and the works that are in it shall be burned up” (2 Peter 3:10).
The world’s wealth and splendor, and all its glittering attractions lose their power over the person who is continually expecting his Savior to return in glory and power to translate him in a moment to the glories of Heaven.
We belong to Christ! He could come for us at any moment! The Bible says, “Our citizenship is in Heaven, from which also we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body…” (Philippians 3:20,21).
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I was invited to speak at John Gray this morning for the year 11 boys, Me and my bro @jaybasscitizen gave some inspiration It was real cool. “You can’t achive success without hard work and determination” Thanks to Stephen Myers and Murray Christopher