Onward Christian Soldiers #18 | with Daniel Whyte III
The Bible says in 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.”
From the very moment you received the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, you have been on the narrow road that leads to Heaven. Along the way, you and I will meet other Christians who are also on the road to Heaven. It is wonderful to be a child of God, but we must realize that the road to Heaven will not be easy. Why? Because we have great enemies.
The Bible tells us about three great enemies of the Christian: the world, the flesh, and the devil.
What do these enemies do? These enemies try to get us to sin and they try to draw us away from God. But God has made a way for us to have victory over them. Today, we will look at how we can be victorious over our enemy, the world.
The Bible uses the word “world” in several different ways. Sometimes it refers to this earth which God created. Sometimes it refers to the people in the world, as in John 3:16, where the Bible says, “For God so loved the world. . .”
However, a third meaning is found in 1 John 2:15 where the Bible says, “Love not the world. . .” What is the meaning of “the world” here? The meaning of the Greek word for world used in this context means: “world affairs; the whole circle of earthly goods, riches, advantages, and pleasures which, although hollow, frail and fleeting, stir our desire, seduce us away from God and are obstacles to the cause of Christ.” The “world” means the attractive things of the world which Satan uses to draw us away from God.
How can we be victorious over the world?
1. The first way we can be victorious over the world is to love God with all our heart.
2. The second way we can be victorious over the world is to avoid sinful attractions.
3. The third way we can be victorious over the world is to realize that only Christ can truly satisfy our hearts.