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Edition 109. February 8th 2012
Three part series: Overcoming the world the flesh & the demonic
(1) Overcoming the world
News events and comment.
●Archaeologists find rare Temple seal while digging in the area of the Temple Mount. The seal has the words inscribed on it: "Pure to God." This seal was used in the Temple to declare something pure and separated to God.
●Iran vows it will support the Palestinians as it supplies weapons to Syria and Hezbollah.
●At the recent anniversary celebration in Iran, chants are heard across the crowds: "Death to Israel, death to America."
●A joint US Israeli exercise launches four anti-ballistic missile defence systems.
●Not surprisingly Al-Qaeda backs Syrian revolt.
●According to sources inside the Revolutionary Guard of Iran, it has completed a trigger mechanism for its first nuclear bomb. At the same time Iran is preparing explosive-packed suicide speed boats to be deployed in the Gulf and the Straits.
●According to a WND exclusive, Egyptian Christians are going to be forced to leave their homeland. So much for the peace-loving Muslim Brotherhood!
●The Arab spring is all pretty meaningless from a prophetic point of view at this stage, even within Syria. It will all become extremely significant when Israel is dragged in. Just looking at these news items above, and others from previous editions, that's exactly where we are heading!
●Syrian leader Assad is increasing being isolated as his country falls into civil war. As said I've said many times before...you corner a mad rabid dog and he will lash out. Israel has been hated by Assad and his father for ages. We need to watch for a strike on Israel by Syria anytime soon. It could be a very significant step on the road to the fulfilment of Isaiah 17!! Syria has the most extensive chemical weapons arsenal in the world
Overcoming the world
This is the first in a three-part series
►It's important to know exactly how to defeat the enemy and walk free from his devices. Prophetically, the attacks of the enemy will (and are already) intensifying. Satan gets to the believer through the world, the flesh and the demonic. The attacks in all three of these areas are increasing.
Revelation 12:12 ..."Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that his time is short."
For your benefit and God willing, this is the first of three editions dealing with each of these issues, so that you can stand strong in these days of increasing Satanic attack.
Watchman Nee: "Love not the world" Charles Finney: Victory over the world." Derek Prince: (on CD) "Fierce times are coming", " I will shake all things (the world and the church)
The world and it's word
The world system is not the physical earth. There is a different original word for each in the Bible.
Let's first of all define the world using the original word "kosmos" As it is used in the scriptures relating to a number of main areas.
(1) It is used to describe the material world of man made things. Example: Matthew 16:26
(2) It is used to describe the inhabitants of the earth. Example: John 1:10
(3) It is used in the Bible to identify the worldly affairs of politics, media, finance, goods, entertainment, celebrity, education and the like. Example: 1 John 2:15
(4) It relates to the satanic spirit behind the whole world. Example: 1 Corinthians 2:12
(5) It has its own wisdom. Example: 1 Corinthians 3:19
Because the world is headed by its god, Satan, it is a planned functioning system and order, with a hierarchy of demon commanders.
1John 5:19 "The whole world lies under the sway (lit: power) of the evil one". The original word here is "kosomokratos" which means "world power". The world system is powerful because of the powerful deceiver behind it. Both the human good and evil of the world are of the devil.
Another interesting descriptive word is "'hupocrites', from which we get the word 'hypocrite'. The word was used in ancient Greek theatre at the change of a scene. Depending on whether the next scene was to be a comedy or a tragedy, the 'hupokrite' would come onto the stage wearing either a smiley mask or an angry mask. We still have these associated with theatre today.
The word means: The one behind the mask, good or bad, is not the same as the mask!
So, masquerading behind the world system is its god, the source of it's power. Satan is the master of deception and camouflage. The Bible says that Satan comes as an angel of light. In fact, way back in the Garden of Eden we see Satan saying that if you eat of this fruit, you will be as God knowing both good and evil. Both human good and evil outside of the cross don't crack it with God.
The world has a powerful word.
Most people in this modern instant, pop-up world of candy-floss, bubble-gum Christians know the word of the world very well and are completely ignorant of the Word of God. The word of the world is all around us and in our faces all day. It's in the media, it's in entertainment, it's in celebrity. It's in crowd-speak or even friend-speak.
Those last two phrases are very important to understand. When people are together in large numbers of even as a small group sitting around a restaurant table, they take on the average consensus view, which in many cases is completely of the world.
God makes a very clear distinction in His word between the wisdom of the world and the wisdom from above: 1Corinthians 1:20 "...Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?"
1Corinthians 1:30 "...You are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God..."
We need to grow in wisdom from above. If not we will be under the power of Satan's wisdom like it or not! Our authority as believers comes purely from our Messiah and His word.
According to God's word we have authority over Satan, and his demons and not the other way around. But our victory is not automatic. Satan can and does break through the believers armour if we're ignorant of his devices in the world.
1John 4:4 "You are of God little children and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world."
The blindness of the world:
Very few people can see the problem! This is because they can't see the god of this world. They can't see Satan! If they could it would be a very different story.
2 Corinthians 4:4 "...whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God should shine on them."
John 12:40 "He has blinded their eyes and hardened their heart, lest they should see with their eyes and understand with their heart..."
The above two verses are incredible indeed. In the first, we see that Satan himself blinds the minds of unbelievers, or those who are his. Then in the next verse we see that God also blinds the people who have not surrendered to Him and have chosen to go the way of the world.
That's what you call being blinded alright. Okay, now add to that the following verse and just have a look at that last sentence!
2 Thessalonians 2:9-11 "The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs and lying wonders and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie".
Now, in complete contrast have a look at this wonderful verse:
Job 42:5-6 "I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye (lit spiritual eye) sees You, therefore I abhor myself and I repent in dust and ashes."
By the way, there's a very big difference between believing and giving intellectual agreement to these things and actually seeing them with your spiritual eye.
Essentially, you can't make God known; you can only show people how to know Him. In the same way you can warn people that Satan is the god of this world, but you can't get them to see it (or him)
In fact you can see neither the Kingdom of God, nor the kingdom of the world unless you are born again and meet the conditions.
John 14:16-17 "And I will pray the Father and He will give you another Helper (The Holy Spirit) that He may abide with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him, but you will know Him..."
Spiritual darkness, ignorance of Satan's presence and deception are the key character traits of the world.
As believers we are to be removed from the world system and not be "friends of the world".
1 John 2:15 "Do not love the world or the things of the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him."
Colossians 3:2 "Set your mind on things above and not on things of this world."
Revelation 12:9 "So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world..."
John 1:5 "The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
The only way to victory.
The only answer is death!
It's the cross of Christ that gives us power to overcome and power to take up our crosses.
Galatians 6:14 "...by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world."
Do you know what this amazing verse above means? Apostle Paul is saying here that the he is dead to the world AND the world thinks the same of him. The satanic spirit behind the world is saying: "Paul you're dead by the cross, I can't use you anymore...you're finished for me" And Paul thinks the same of the world and it's spirit!
Dying to the world also involves dying to the influences of material things. Of course we need them, but we must cut and break from the spiritual tie behind the things of the world.
►When material or worldly things are under the influence of Spiritual things, they fulfil their proper subordinate role. Released from that restraint they quickly manifest the power behind them. We see a classic example of this here:
Hosea 4:1-2..."There is no truth or mercy or knowledge of God in the land...therefore they break all restraint..."
Forsaking the way of the world is pointless if done in a legalistic manner. It must come from an inner desire, enlightened by the knowledge of God in your heart.
It's not so much the fact that people serve the great satanic god Hollywood, entertainment and the like, the problem is that they want to. They are still in love with the world.
The course of the world
The world is on course. It's time is running out!
Satan's wisdom has set it on course forever away from God and His holiness. It will manifest intensifying Satanic wrath as it heads for a collision with the wrath of God. The natural trend of all things released from Spiritual influence is towards hell.
This present world is under a death sentence. It has no future.
The original word used for "church" is "ekklesia" which means "the called out ones" The very essence of the church is to be called out from the world. It's only as you are separated unto God that you can effectively "go into all the world" to rescue people out of it.
Today many deceived leaders legitimise the world and lead their flock to be a thorough friend of the world. How can you serve two masters? Luke 11:35 "Therefore take heed that the light that is in you is not darkness."
Ephesians 2:1-2 "And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience."
We are not going into a world that is getting better and better. Yes as believers and dwellers in God's kingdom, things get better and better if we apply the right principles.
Why will the world be destroyed? It is a "present evil age" It is a "wicked and perverse generation." It is Satan's domain and is therefore completely unholy.
Because of these things, you as a true believer, will never be able to fit comfortably into the world. There will be and must always be a sort of tension between us and the world.
It's important to realise that we are in the world but not of its spirit. This does not mean living like a pauper! It means being set free from the spirit of the world and its lusts for more. It means being broken from an identity with the world system. It means being released from its power.
What are the things that set your soul on fire? Are they the things of this world or the things of the Kingdom of God?
The world has its own church:
Today you will not hear a message like this one right here (and the next two) in hardly any churches!
The spirit of this world has possessed and fully occupied the minds and hearts of far too many believers. They've become compromised friends with the world.
The world Christian church is a church that removes or downplay the cross of Christ. It has a clear identity that is completely different from the first early church founded by our Lord and His disciples.
As the cross of separation is removed in the modern church, the world joins the church; not for salvation but for participation.
Today's church leaders are themselves in love with the world. They are leading their flock on a fatal road.
Part of salvation, part of the whole deal, is coming out of the world and overcoming it. How can you lead someone out of the world when you yourself are fully overcome by it?????
Have you ever wondered why the seven feats of the Lord will never be observed by the world church and the pagan feasts of Christmas and Easter are loved by the world church? Quite simply because the seven feats are of the Lord and the other is of the world and its god Satan.
A big characteristic of a worldly church is its participation in worldly, satanic, pagan practices and festivals like Christmas and Easter and the like.
Evidence of victory
Philippians 3:8 "But indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish (lit: dung) that I may gain Christ."
When a person has overcome the world there will be much evidence. Firstly he will not be consumed and possessed with worldly matters and keeping up with the worlds ways.
Fear of rejection by the world and the desire to find its favour will be replaced by a wholesome fear of the Lord. Our minds, possessed by the spirit of the world, must become possessed with the Spirit of God and His word. This is the way to a warm life-giving life-changing new world of unimaginable glory.
Christ will then reign in your soul exclusively. He will not reign supreme with an imposter.
The evidence of Christ's reign in a person's life will be deliverance from the world. Those who are born of God overcome the world. If not, you need to go back to the drawing board
Proverbs 14:12 "There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death."
As we move in victory under the power of the God's grace, our very desires change dramatically.
My dear friend, you have an extremely important magnificent, wonderful, dramatic place in the universe forever. Why waste it all on a dungeon-doomed imposter in the twilight of his days?
The evidence of hatred
John 15:18-19 "If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you."
When you come out of the world, it hates you, because you are leaving it. Some people may think you're an oddball, others may be fascinated by you, but when the pressure is on, they'll hate you. By the way, this applies to many spineless, worldly, candy-floss Christians who are just as in love with the world as the unsaved...they'll hate you too.
When you come out of the world, the satanic spiritual power behind the world, knows that you are kicking the dust in his face. In a certain way, you are showing him up. Even without saying so, you are proclaiming judgement over the kingdom of the world. Satan doesn't like that and he organises his people to hate you!
If the world does not hate you, it's because you are its friend! Let's just clarify this. It doesn't mean that people are going around saying I hate you, I hate you. It most certainly could mean that, but it's a more general hatred or irritation of sorts.
James 4:4 "...Friendship with the world is enmity with God. Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God."
Excuse me for sharing this bit of testimony. Some time ago, I was asked to share my testimony. I shared my "denial list" which I drew up in 1980. The list is a collection of worldly things that I decided deny in my life and still do today. This so infuriated one woman that she walked out!
It was the spirit of the world in that woman acting in hatred.
You see, according to God's word we are to "hate our lives in the world."
John12:25 "He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life."
That doesn't mean hating your own life, it means hating your life's connection to the devil's world. Let me ask you this: Do you hate your life in the world, or is the world your friend, and your playground instead of battleground?
Revelation 11:18 "The nations were angry (Lit: full of wrath) and Your wrath has come..."
We have two "wraths" here. The wrath of the nations and the wrath of God. The wrath of the nations will intensify against God's own people as well as against Him. This is a 'tribulation' verse, but it most certainly applies to a degree, in the time period leading up to the tribulation, which is right now.
Psalm 2:1-5 "Why do the nations rage (Lit: full of wrath) and the people plot a vain thing. The kings of the earth and the rulers take counsel together against the Lord and against His Anointed...and He shall speak to them in His wrath."
Yes, the nations will rage more and more in coming days. Yes' they will take counsel against the Lord and His Anointed as well as His called-out believers!!
I would much rather be hated by the world than join it!
The big misconception:
Perhaps the biggest misconception out there is that "God loves the world".
John 3:16-20 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God did not send His son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil, for everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deed should be exposed."
The above verse does not say "God so loved the world." Read it all including the conditions! Some say God did not send our Messiah into the world to condemn it. They miss the point. He didn't come into the world to condemn it at His first coming, because the world was condemned already way back at the fall. His main purpose was to bring salvation to those who would accept and receive it.
At His second coming He will most certainly be coming to condemn the world and all those who have rejected His love through the cross of Calvary.
So we could say that God loves the world enough to offer salvation to those who would accept it. If not you are doomed and condemned with the world.
Shocking testimonies of worldly believers:
If you as a believer are not actively overcoming the world, you will be half-blind. You'll be a true half-baked believer and you'll be missing God's plan for your life.
1 John 5:4 "For whatever is born of God overcomes the world..."
If you are truly born of God, the evidence is that you will overcome the world. If you are not progressively overcoming the world and worldliness, you must go to the drawing board and see if you are actually born of God in the first place.
Here is a very real danger relating to falling back from our Lord's path.
2 Peter 2:20 "For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them, and overcome, the latter end for them is worse than the beginning."
I know many who started well, but they laid down their cross and the world came flooding in. They're now having lots of fun in the world. One individual I know is consumed with having fun in the world. It's his life's motivation. He's fooled many that he's a Christian, but he goes out with unsaved girls and lives with the unsaved in a shared house. He is a true friend of the world.
He regularly bows down to the great satanic god Hollywood and the entertainment world. He loves riding on roller coasters and shouting and shouting. He is absolutely no different to the world at all. In a Christian meeting he joins in prayer, but it's all stone dead.
Another woman I know, walked well with our Lord for many years. She always had a soft heart for the world and it's ways. She had not gone all the way in her commitment to our Lord and His kingdom. Bit by bit she rejected parts of God's word that didn't suit her. After much counsel, she decided, by choice to go with the world. Today she is a vehement enemy of all that is of God.
Another dear friend of mine was a strong believer for many years. She got involved with a group of very liberal Christians and soon became completely influenced by them. It wasn't long before she was saying things like "all religions are legitimate". Today she is completely backslidden and deceived. Interestingly, her life has become a total wreck.
Many people don't really backslide, because they never forward slide in the first place. The power of the world blinds their eyes and hinders their spiritual growth right from the outset. I know many like this.
Today the pressures to conform to the world are very strong and will get even stronger.
The glorious new world
The new world that's coming soon will be a world of untold glory, magnificence, wonder, holiness, purity, and great unimaginable love.
It will be a world under the new-world President, King and Lord. The previous god of this world and all those that are His will be gone.
This is not politically correct. (Many of you know what I think of political correctness) The coming new world will have no New World Order believers. It will have no liberal Interfaith participants. It will have no people who are not God's own family exclusively!
A friend of mine recently said "If everyone's not going to heaven then neither am I." She couldn't get past worldly democratic thinking. She believes that everyone has basic human rights. Well, so do I, but not when dealing with God's rights as clearly revealed in His word!!
The new world will have perfect environment. Nature itself will finally be released from the killers of this present evil world.
Jeremiah 9:10 "I will take up a weeping and a wailing for the mountains and for the inhabitants of the wilderness a lamentation because they are destroyed..."
Romans 8:18-19 "For I consider the suffering of this present time are not worthy to be compared with glory that shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of sons of God."
God places the kingdom and the world before all believers and leaves the choice to us.
The present world is a counterfeit of the Kingdom of God run by a counterfeit god. We need to "Love not the world", "come out from it" and "overcome the world" Our great God has given us the power to do these things.
You can change your future but not your past. Yes you can have your past forgiven forever, but your future is on your hands now. The gravity behind that statement is this: You will forever pay for, or be rewarded for your choices!
It's really only as we become separated unto God away from Satan, that we really become an effective instrument in His hands. This is also the road to a real deep love for our Lord, His word and His kingdom.
John 16:33 "These I have spoken to you that in Me you may have peace. In the world will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."
2 Peter 1:4 "By which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust."
Philippians 3:20 "For our citizenship is in heaven..."
James 1:27 "...Keep oneself unspotted from the world."
Romans 12:2 "Be not conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind..."
Here's a painting by my friend Larry James titled "Lucifer's fall" His final and complete fall will result in a beautiful new sin free and holy world of glory.
(Numbers 6:24-26)The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace
Shalom and grow in grace!