Our key Bible passage today is 1 John 2:15: “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”
Our lesson today is titled “The Dangers of Loving the World, Part 3”
To keep from being deceived by Satan, we must know the truth. We must have our minds renewed so that we see things as God sees them. The Bible says, “Be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.”
What does God want us to see concerning the world? First, God wants us to see that the world system is controlled by Satan. 1 John 5:19 says, “…the whole world lieth in wickedness” (or in the power of the wicked one). 1 John 2:16 says, “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.”
Since the world is controlled by Satan, to be a friend of the world is to be the enemy of God. The Bible says in James 4:4, “Know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”
This world crucified our Lord; its ruler is the enemy of God. With the Apostle Paul the true Christian will say, “God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ…”
Second, God wants us to see that the world system has no future. It has been condemned by God. Satan’s world-system is like a criminal who has been sentenced to death; though he is still alive for the moment, he has no future. He is condemned to death.
Likewise, Satan’s world-system is under the sentence of death. It has no future so far as God is concerned; therefore we should not live for the things of this world. The Bible says, “And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”
The Bible tells us that one day Satan’s world-system will be replaced by the kingdom of God’s Son. The Lord Jesus Christ will reign over the world as its rightful Ruler. Revelation 11:15 says, “The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign forever and ever.”
Now we know the truth, so the question is, What will we do with it? We have seen that the world-system is controlled by Satan. We have learned that it is condemned, and that it will soon pass away. Now that we know these things, will we continue to live for the things of the world, or will we live for God?
Has God shown you through these lessons that you have been living for the wrong things? Do you want to come back to Him and have His blessing on your life?
Obedience is the way of blessing. Confess your sins to God. Ask Him to forgive you and to make you clean through the blood of His Son. Turn your back on the world and the things of this world.
What do we mean by “turn your back on the things of the world”? Someone has expressed it like this: “Anything that dims my vision of Christ, or takes away my taste for Bible study, or cramps my prayer life, or makes Christian work difficult, is wrong for me, and I must, as a Christian, turn from it.”
What are the rewards of obedience and rejecting the world system? Fellowship with the Father, the blessing of God on our life, and the privilege of leading others to Christ—these are just a few of the priceless rewards that come to those who live for the Lord.
Satan wants us to live for the things of this world, but this world is not our home. Heaven is our home. The Bible says, “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.”
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If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
Until next time, May the Lord Bless You!