Man's World Dangers
A Friend of the World is the Enemy of God Bible Verse
Let us begin, shall we? What is man's world and why should we beware of
man's world and how can we possibly avoid being entangled within it? The
Bible is quite clear that the way of man's world is much different from
THE WAY that Jesus spoke of when He said,
I am The
Way, The Truth and The Life.
When we talk about "man's world" or things that are "worldly" ... What
exactly are we talking about anyway?
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.
Wow ... That sounds pretty serious, doesn't it? Why do you think
the Bible says this? When you think of "the world" in this sense, what do
you think it means? Is it far away lands and the cultures that are strange
to you? Is a friend of the world someone who travels the globe for
business or pleasure? Is "the world" everywhere else except for where you
Being involved in society ... Is that what it means to be a friend of the world? Well, all of these questions could all be answered yes and no!
When James speaks of being a friend of the world, he's not speaking of a geographical place. Our Creator made the world, physically speaking, and He Himself loves the world ... No, James is not speaking of avoiding being "Earth friendly", he's talking about avoiding being friends with those who chose man's world path which has souls following trends which is like cattle to the slaughter.
Loving the trends of the world, and following them, putting yourself before others, honoring behavior that is dishonorable, secret thoughts of greed, anger, lust, pride, fear, doubt, jealousy, hate, etc. Keeping up with the Jones's. Being more eager to frequent the company of the world rather than to abide in the company of God. That is what being a friend of the world is. Did you know that the prince of the world is the devil? Jesus said this to the Apostles at the end of the Last Supper:
Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world
cometh, and hath nothing in me.
Avoid Man's World
A Friend of the World is the Enemy of God Truth
That means, the devil has no good intentions for those who believe in
Jesus. He has no interest in promoting anything Godly. If you look around
you, it's easy to see that the ways of the world are to follow the devil.
There is an interesting passage in the Gospel according to Luke that you
may want to ponder on, when studying this strange thing of the world
belonging to the devil.
5 And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed
unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.
6 And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee,
and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I
will I give it.
7 If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.
What can you deduct from this? God had given the devil power over all the kingdoms of the world. And the devil lures us with it. Now, just imagine, him being the devil and all, how he deceitfully uses that power to persuade each and every soul that he possibly can to follow his way of the world ... So as to gain glory for himself and steal souls and glory from God.
Is this really true? Well, ask for yourself, do you think that most of the
people in the world are walking the Christian walk, or is the world going
the other way?
When you go out into the world or do something worldly, are you aware of
the presence of God with the same intensity as when you are doing
something Godly? Of course not.
Most people aren't aware of the presence of God unless they're praying or
at church. Even when something awesome or terrible happens and they gasp,
"Oh, my God!" they still aren't actually beckoning to their Father, but
only using it as a figure of speech ... Which by the way, is the same as
taking the Lord's name in vain, if you want the Truth. In vain,
means empty ... So if you're uttering the Lord's name, and you're not even
thinking of Him, but just using His name with no thought toward Him ... Is
that not in vain?
We live in the world. You can't totally isolate yourself from it. But you
can control your thoughts, how you are influenced, and what you accept
from the practices of the world.
Let's look at some of the deceptive ways that the world tries to win your
heart, shall we?
Consider television. Can you watch a program on TV today that doesn't use
the Lord's name in vain? How about a show where someone hasn't been
unfaithful to their spouse? How many programs are there that don't include
drugs, sex, violence, gangs, adultery, homosexuality, murder, theft,
jealousy, conspiracy, or, well, evil of any kind? Why is that? Because
these are the 'ways' of the world. Many of them are true stories.
you may not practice these things in your own life (at the moment), even
the suggestion of them puts seeds in your mind. If you had never seen
them, or heard about them, you wouldn't know about them, you wouldn't
think about them, and they wouldn't be a future threat (to your salvation)
of any kind. Ignorance is bliss? Perhaps in some ways, yes. Wouldn't you
be a happier person if you never knew evil or wickedness of any kind? If
you never knew it existed, your mind wouldn't ever think of it. I can't
think of a more blissful thought.
Beware Man's World Lures
Why is a Friend of the World is the Enemy of God
What about magazines and books? How many of them are just like television
and they fill the readers' minds with the ways of the world. Music follows
the same pattern.
That's exactly what the devil wants. If you do a little investigating, you'll find that just 50 years ago, things were quite different. If you have a Grandma or Granddad, or if you know an elderly person, just ask them how the world has changed since they were a kid, and you'll find that there was a lot less wickedness in the world just a very short time ago.
Now, 50 years isn't a very long time, and when you watch a really old television show. One that's in black and white, there is a huge difference in the way the world was, and the way it is now, but over those 50 years, the changes were oh so very gradual, and little by little, the devil has gotten people to believe that the evils of the world today, are just normal.
- Being disrespectful is not normal.
- Divorce is not normal.
- Adultery is not normal.
- Crime is not normal.
- Violence is not normal.
- Addiction is not normal.
- Homosexuality is not normal.
But unfortunately, the world today, thinks these things are normal. The world has convinced people to accept it's evil ways a little at a
time. The devil has gotten the world used to so much wickedness that
things are in a terrible mess, and people have forgotten all about how to
live a Godly life.
23 And he said unto them, Ye are from
beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.
24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins:
for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.
Man's World Concerns
A Friend of the World is the Enemy of God Fears
If you are a Christian ... You represent Christ, so you are not of this
world either. Everything the world offers looks exciting, but we don't see
what lies behind its deceptive promises. In our human condition, we don't
see how temporary the world and its promises are. We might feel good for a
short while, but soon, all will turn to dust. If you follow The Way
of Jesus, instead of the way of the world, you'll find the true
fulfillment that you're looking for, but can never seem to attain from
things of the world.
The world may seem captivating. It may be attracting to people, and there
are things that are necessary for life that require people to go out into
the world, but my friend, the more a person gets attached to the things of
the world, the more distance they put between themselves and Jesus. I'm
not being cruel to say, stay out of the world as much as you possibly can,
I'm warning you for your own spiritual protection. If you find yourself
fascinated by any of the ways of the world, or you think of them as
normal, or if you prefer them to sharing time with your Father, or doing
His business, I urge you to search for the Truth about those ways.
God doesn't like them. I'd like to show you that scripture again that I
showed you at the beginning of this study:
A friend of the world is the enemy of God.
Now, you might say, how can I be a disciple of Jesus Christ and spread the Gospel if I don't venture out into the world? My friend, those sheep who are lost, that God has assigned to you, will find you, or you will find them, in one way or another. You just have to recognize the opportunities and be on the look out for them. When you do venture out into the world, be mindful of whether you're going out to a geographical place to do the will of God that He has assigned you, or whether you're going out to participate in the ways of the world that the devil is trickling into the lives of all the unsuspecting?
By the way, you don't have to leave your home, to be exposed to the ways of the world. The world can find it's way into your home through
television, radio, computer, books, magazines, music, thoughts, telephone, friends, family, advertisement, ... Oh, there are countless ways. Anything that puts a thought in your mind that is unrighteous ... Anything that you can tell isn't God's idea, is from the world, and the prince of it.
Now that you have a better idea of what being "worldly" means, make it a
practice to be keenly alert of the devil's tricks to make evil seem like
it's normal. You'll be astonished at how many people are fooled into
believing in the deception that society has bought into as standard.
When one is involved in the world, one thing that becomes an issue is
Man's World Attire
A Friend of the World is the Enemy of God Do Not Enter
This is an interesting subject. What does someone who represents Christ wear? Now, let me tell you from the start, nobody expects you to
wear the kind of clothing they wore in Biblical times, but a curious question just to ponder on, is, Why do you suppose that people in the Holy
lands, where Jesus walked, still dress that way? If you've ever watched the news and seen people from the mid-east, you know that they still wear a cloth on their head and long garments like Jesus did. An interesting observation, isn't it?
Let's talk about the trends of modern times. Common sense alone tells you that many of the styles of the world today ... In fact for about the last century ... Don't represent Christ.
What you wear makes a statement about you. When people see you, the first
judgment they usually make is about what you're wearing. People aren't
supposed to judge others, but certain judgments we make about other people
are for our own protection. If you see someone who looks dangerous, the
Lord gave you good judgment to stay away from them.
Do your clothes scream for attention, or are they meek and humble like
Jesus? Do they represent the world? Remember what we learned about the
world. Jesus said:
So, would you say that to follow trendy fashions would be Christ-like? Let
me ask you a question. Why has nobody ever started a fad of respectable
clothing? Is it because Christians are too ashamed? Let me remind you
about the shame game, I believe you'll remember it.
32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I
confess also before my Father which is in Heaven.
33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny
before my Father which is in Heaven.
Isn't it odd though, that people would go through the pain of piercing
their skin or tattooing themselves to sport the latest trend, but it pains
people in their ego to dress in a Godly manner?
Man's World Judges by Appearance
A Friend of the World is the Enemy of God Deception
What about jewelry? Did Jesus wear jewels or gold or silver? My bet is,
no. Let's see if we can think of something that would glorify God in the
jewelry department ... Maybe a cross or a crucifix around your neck,
showing who you represent is a better choice than glittery
gemstones and such. Did you know that God spoke through the prophet Isaiah
Isaiah 3:16-26), telling that the jewels and trinkets and fancy
clothes that women wear will one day be replaced with baldness and stink?
What about hair styles? What about cosmetics? Which of the choices you
make in these areas represent your Jesus? I'll help you out on this one ... He doesn't want you to paint the image of His face or use polish on His fingernails or color or cut His hair like a tire track, or reshape His eyebrows. They are His image. By doing these things, aren't you saying that you don't approve of the creation He made? Yikes! That's quite an insult. If God wanted you to have blue hair, you would have had blue hair when you were born. Be natural. Be Godly not worldly.
You are the Temple of the Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
19 What? know ye not that your body is the Temple of the Holy
Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in
your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
Man's World Summary
A Friend of the World is the Enemy of God Conclusion
Ask yourself, How do I glorify God by what I wear?
A good thing to remember is that you are a shepherd of the Lord's. Every
person you meet, or every person that even sees you, is possibly a sheep.
If you display a Godly image by what you wear, you're inviting those
sheep, without even speaking, to approach you and learn from you. You're
an example to them. You will attract those who are in your 'fold' so to
speak, by the way you talk, act, and by what you wear, so you can
see how the initial impression you make on someone is very important. If
you wear clothes that represent a different image, you may be losing a
sheep. In fact, depending on how you dress, you may be leading a sheep
astray. You are a walking billboard and your clothing speaks loudly about
you. Who are you advertising for?
If a person dresses in revealing clothes to impress other people, to draw
the attention of others to look at their body rather than their soul, this
is the devil's work. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that it's not
Godly to walk around with parts of your underclothing showing. You don't
have to be really intelligent to know that fabric that you can see through
doesn't make it obvious that you're special to God.
There are many people who the devil has a firm hold on, who are not strong
enough to break free of his grip, and many things can trigger them to do
evil, dirty, harmful, even criminal things. Even seeing someone in
revealing clothing, though it may seem normal to society today, there are
criminal minds out there that are triggered by just such things and the
results can lead to abuse, rape, even murder.
You don't want to be responsible for the actions of others because of the
clothes you wear. Geez, you may say to yourself, do I have to scrutinize
every single thing I do? That's part of being a Christian, my friend.
Nobody said it was an easy job ... But it is a rewarding one. Yes, you
have to be extra responsible. Jesus gives you the choice. If you think
it's too much trouble, He will deny you before His Father, like He said.
If you wear discreet clothing, you're not only silently making a Christian
statement about who you represent, but you're also protecting yourself,
you're protecting people who are weak and cannot practice self control,
and you're protecting others who may be victims of their lack of control.
By staying out of the world as much as you can, you're not missing
anything. Actually ... You're missing a lot. You're missing all the
attractive 'gifts' that the devil is more than willing to give to you,
that are just tricks to win your soul away from your Father.
When you must participate in something of the world, be alert. Always be
on guard for any ways of the world that the enemy tries to use to lure you
away from living in a Godly manner. The world is full of them. We call
them bad seeds and weeds. There's a study that will help you to recognize
when the world is trying to plant bad seeds and weeds in the lovely garden
of your soul, and how you can get rid of them, before they grow.
Our man's world Bible study on a friend of the world is the enemy of God
Bible verse reveals that we are to avoid man's world at all cost. It may
be that we have to be in man's world, but we do not need to be
partakers of man's world.
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