Worldliness

1 John 2:15-17: “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.”

“Worldliness” or “loving the world” means that we are pre-occupied with this present world. For example, we are commanded to work. The danger is in man’s tendency to let business and work consume all of his interest and effort. Men often forget what is truly important in favor of their business and making money – family, health, and God!

2 Timothy 4:10 – “…Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world…”

Matthew 16:25-27: “For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works.”

There is only one remedy for worldliness: Matthew 6:33 – “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” That means:

I. Hear God’s Word

2 Timothy 3:16-17: “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.”

II. Obey God’s Word

2 Corinthians 6:14-18: “Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness? What harmony can there be between Christ and the devil? How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever? And what union can there be between God’s temple and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God said: “I will live in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be my people. Therefore, come out from among unbelievers, and separate yourselves from them, says the Lord. Don’t touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you. And I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”

James 1:21-25: “So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls. But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.”

III. Spend much time in prayer

I Thessalonians 5:17 – “Never stop praying.”

IV. Spend more time with other Christians

Hebrews 10:24-25: “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.”

George Washington said “Always associate yourself of men of good quality, if you esteem your reputation, for it is better to be alone than in bad company.”

The apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 15:33 – “Be not deceived: Evil companionships corrupt good morals.”

V. Get your mind out of the gutter

Colossians 3:1-3: “Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.”

Now you may say “I can’t control my thoughts. From time to time, bad thoughts slip into my mind, and there’s nothing I can do about it.” We all have thoughts we should not have. The question is not “Will we have them?” but “Will we dwell on them?”

Isaiah 55:7-9: “Let the wicked change their ways and banish the very thought of doing wrong. Let them turn to the Lord that He may have mercy on them. Yes, turn to our God, for He will forgive generously. My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And My ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so My ways are higher than your ways and My thoughts higher than your thoughts.”

Jeremiah 4:14 – “O Jerusalem, cleanse your heart that you may be saved. How long will you harbor your evil thoughts?”

Romans 8:5-6: “Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.”

Philippians 4:8 – “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”

VI. Devote your life to working for the Lord

Matthew 25:29 – “To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.”

VII. Conclusion

There is only one way to escape the consequences of sin and that’s to leave it. No person can do it for you. No pill will take sin’s grip away. No good work will erase it out. You have to break the bind. The sin has to be stopped. The longer it continues, the stronger its grip.

“I can’t stop this sin.” Well, maybe “YOU” can’t. But there is someone Who can help you!

Philippians 4:13 – “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”

Isaiah 40:29-31: “He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.”

Isaiah 41:10 – “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”

Romans 8:12-13: “Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live.”

 

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