I JOHN 5:4-5 states, “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith 5. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?”
It has been established that the world is the grand enemy of believers. So, for a believer to live in peace in this earthly life and make heaven at last, he/she must overcome the challenges of the world. And no one can overcome the world without having Christ who had conquered and own the world.
It is a great comfort to Christians, to know that Christ has overcome the world, that is, all things in the world, which may hinder the believer’s comfort. The privilege or power to be an over-comer only abides in those who are believers indeed. If you are a Christian you are conferred the privilege to be a soldier as long as you are a believer, and as far as you are a soldier you are a conqueror.
But if a believer abuses the pri-vileges of the grace of God made available to him by continuing in iniquity and evil he will not have the moral justification to continue to parade himself as overcomer because he is certainly not one. If he dies in such condition he will head straight to hellfire and even in this world he will suffer crisis and devoid of any form of divine protection.
If the unbelievers, the wicked, the hypocrites and unrighteous want to escape the danger posed by the world, they must come out of their sins, out of their hypocrisy, un-righteousness, and make up their mind to live the rest of their life according to the will of God. We should not forget that God will judge every sin that a man involves himself into. If you are found guilty you will be cast into hell fire except you confess those sins committed in the open and in the secret because nothing is hidden before God and the wick-ed shall not go unpunished.
Ecclesiastes 12:14 says, “For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.”
Every person must give an account of his /her stewardship to God, and everything done without Christ will be judged. And not only outward and visible actions will be subjected to judgment, but even secret thoughts. In consider-ation of this, we should be highly concerned now to be very strict in our walk with God that we may give our account with joy.
Job 11:20 says: “But the eyes of the wicked shall fail, and they shall not escape, and their hope shall be as the giving up of the ghost.”
There is an inherent danger in living without Christ in your life. Those without Christ are the wick-ed that shall receive the punish-ment due to their deserts, for God has His eye continually upon them to pay them according to their deeds. They shall continually be looking out for help and deliver-ance but their expectation shall be cut off. They shall never obtain deliverance out of their distresses, but shall perish in them.
If you claim to be a Christian but the things you do are contrary to what you claim to be then you are a friend of the world and by the simplest implication an enemy of God. You should examine your life, avoid this imminent danger and repent today and promise God you will do it no more so that you will not be an enemy of God, and as you do this, salvation will be yours in Jesus name.
James 4:4 says, “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.”
You are an enemy of the Lord when you break your marriage covenant with God by loving the world more than Him; and, by the indulgence of your carnal inclinations, you have violated those obligations to self-mortification and self-denial to which you were bound by your religious engagements.
If you want to escape the danger of this world, you must abide in Him for He alone can save. Abid-ing in Christ is a great privilege, and a true and real Christian does truly and really abide in Christ for safety. The great and important duty belonging to all those that do abide in Christ, is to walk as Christ walked.
They are expected to set example daily for others to follow as Christ did. Every Christian is bound to be an imitation of Christ, for no claim to Christ is or can be valid without a careful imitation of Him. So, make up your life for our Lord Jesus Christ by submitting totally to His words and will and as you do this your Christian life will be graceful and full of Christ-like fruits.
Hebrews 1:9 says: “Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.”
To attract the Spirit of God upon your life over and above others you must hate unrighteousness and all form of iniquities with zeal. The unrighteous shall never inherit the kingdom of God.
Anybody who continues in sin is committing adultery with the spirit of the devil because having been bought over with the blood of Jesus you are married to Him and so cannot afford to be living a double standard life.
To escape the danger of the world you must not be a Christian with double identities, that is living as a Christian on one hand and on the other you are into sin. You must live for Him and in Him for you are the temple of the Lord and cannot afford to go into the sin of adultery because you are married to Christ.
Hebrews 10:7 says: “Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.”
You must do the will of God in accordance with the scriptures and nothing else. You must love and encourage goodliness, and hate and discourage evil. It is in doing all the above that the Spirit of Christ will dwell in you, that Spirit that conquered the world, and you will overcome the danger of the world in Jesus name.
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