You are not of the world – Part 5
Key Verse: John 17:9, “I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours.” (NKJV)
John Chapter 17 is the high priestly prayer of Jesus for His disciples and there are many sweet things in that place. It was also a special prayer for the church today. In John 17:6, Jesus said I have manifested your name to the men whom you have given me out of the world. Every true child of God has been taken out of the world, out of the world system, out of world way of life and out of worldly philosophy. You no longer belong there, you cannot be identified with them again and you have been taken out.
Jesus said: “I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.” Why did the world hate the children of God? Because they are not of the world and why are they not of the world? Because Jesus is not of the world. Children of God are not of the world and they are not people of the world and our early fathers of faith understood this. In those days, they understood it very well that they do not belong to the world system. They were separate, they were separated from evil, they were peculiar people, they were chosen people, they were God’s own people and they were not living and acting like people of the world system.
In verse 16, Jesus says it again, “they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world”. You cannot be a child of God and be a man of the world. You cannot be a child of God and be behaving like someone who has been taken over by the world system. There are few things I would want you to know about the world system:
• In 1 John 2:15, we are warned by the Holy Spirit to not love the world or the things in the world. If you love the world; if you love what they are doing in the world; if you love their way of life; if you love their customs; if you love their traditions; if you love their dress pattern and dress code; if you love their philosophies and if you love their music, the love of the Father is not in you.
• The lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life are not of the Father but are of the world but he who does the will of God abides forever (1 John 2:16-17). If anyone loves the world system, lust of the flesh, whatever your flesh is craving for and you are dying because of it and you want to get it, the love of the Father is not in you. These are some of the things we say you don’t need to fast to understand it because the Scripture is plain.
• In James 4:4, the Bible says that friendship with the world is enmity with God. Whoever, therefore, wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. If you are a friend of the world; if you love the world; if you want to be like them; if you want to do like them; if you want to talk like them; if you want to marry like them and anything you want to do, you do like them which is contrary to God’s will, you are an enemy of God.
Today’s Nugget: Friendship with the world is enmity with God.
Prayer: Jesus, help me to completely detach from the world system.
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Rev. Pastor Ejikeme Ejim, General Superintendent, Assemblies of God Nigeria