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Real Enemies: The World, part 2, Pastor David Welch

August 7, 2022

15 Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.

17 The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.

1 John 2:15–17 (NASB)

The Idea:

Your second enemy is the dark spiritual influence of the world.

It’s like an invisible, colorless, odorless, poisonous vapor drifting all around you.

You must stop it from getting inside you.

How To Defeat The World In Me

I. Personally

1. Don’t love it

15 Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

1 John 2:15 (NASB)

27 … love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,

28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.

29 Whoever hits you on the cheek, offer him the other also; and whoever takes away your coat, do not withhold your shirt from him either.

30 Give to everyone who asks of you, and whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back.

31 Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.

Luke 6:27–31 (NASB)

2. Die to it

May it never be that I should boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

Galatians 6:14 (DLNT)

3. Deny its desires

11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all people,

12 instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age,

13 looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus,

Titus 2:11–13 (NASB)

II. Publicly

1. Join the Resistance

2. Be the Remnant

The Ultimate Weapon

3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.

4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.

1 John 5:3–4 (NASB)

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