1 John 5:19 “We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.”

     Satan has dominion over this world!  This is not a pleasant thought however it is very Biblical. Scripture tells us that many live under his dark power as we once did; “Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience . . . ” (Ephesians 2:2)  The only thing that makes us different is one choice; “. . . 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.” (Romans 10:9)

     This choice sets us at odds with the world; ” For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12)  If the world loves you and you love the world back you’re in a lot of spiritual trouble; “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, 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.” (James 4:4)

     The world demands accommodation and compromise so you don’t have to pick fights with the world, it will bring the battle to you.  Again, Scripture tells us how; “For everything in the world–the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life–comes not from the Father but from the world.” (1 John 2:16)  The Forerunner Commentary points out; “Our culture has molded us to seek ample provision for the flesh and material comforts far beyond our needs, drowning the spirit and producing needless anxieties. We have to learn to subordinate the drive to satisfy these insatiable appetites so they do not master us and lead us into sin.”

     If you look at how Satan tempted Jesus in the desert it was along these very lines (Matthew 4:1-11) .  Jesus was famished.  Satan tempted Him with bread (v. 4)  That didn’t work.  Satan then tried to get Jesus to be proud of His station in life (v. 6)  That didn’t work.  Finally Satan used the lust of the eyes by showing Jesus the riches of the world that ‘could’ be His if Jesus would worship Satan (v. 8,9).  That didn’t work.  What was Jesus’ powerful weapon to fight Satan’s temptations of the world?  Scripture! In all cases Jesus responded with the Word of God!

     If you want to know how to deal with the world when you are tempted by it or when the world makes demands upon you –  look at what Jesus did when the ruler of this world went after Him in the desert.  The Word of God is the best weapon and the only weapon we have;  “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)  Don’t ever forget it!

     The only way to master the insatiable appetites is for us to accept God’s Word as our master; “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:2)  This is the work of the Holy Spirit in us.

     And you will win no favor on earth for it; “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” (John 3:19)  But don’t worry, you’re in good company!

     Jesus tells us; “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.”

     Praise the Lord!

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