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Your Friendly Enemy | Part 2

Love Worth Finding / Adrian Rogers
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August 12, 2021 8:00 am

Your Friendly Enemy | Part 2

Love Worth Finding / Adrian Rogers

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August 12, 2021 8:00 am

Adrian Rogers reveals the character, corruption, and condemnation of this world, our friendly enemy.

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Little ways of this world last forever. Listen to Adrian Rogers is one sure thing about this world system is not good to be here forever.

It is passing away, only that which is in the will of God is going to buy master question.

What is more important places of a flash on the joys of the spirit which is temporal and transitory, or that which is eternal and cannot pass away if you're living for this world you're painting the backs of the sinking ship. This world is passing away and the passion thereof and soon the bossy thing is decay. Take away all toys and trinkets that you welcome to love three profound truth. Simply stated, by we become Christians. The Lord fills our hearts with love. However, there are some things the Bible says we cannot do is an ungodly system set against our Lord.

Although it may cozy up to the world is a friendly enemy. If you have your Bible turned out first John chapter 2 will begin in verse 15 as Adrian Rogers delivers part two of this powerful message, your friendly enemy love not the world.

Maybe the thing is, M, if any man love the world, the love of the father is not in him all the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life is not of the father is of the world and the world passes away, and the lust thereof may be that the will of God by forever. Now the Bible tells us here in first John, there were not love the world part of our message today is your friendly enemy, your friendly enemy. You have an animate and that enemy is the world and the Bible says not to let the world know what we mean by that, obviously, is not talk about the planet or no Bible also calls that the world but is nothing wrong with loving this planet. What God is made when God made creation, God said that is good and you can love the rocks the hills the trees the fleas the bees all the rest of you can love the flowers. Jesus said, consider the lilies how they grow, Solomon in all of his opulence was not dressed up like one of these. Nothing wrong with loving God's creation. Thank God this is my father's world. A man, he made it and you can love it and you want to enjoy and when he says love is not about the world of people with a lot of people. Red, yellow, black and why this could be no prejudice is to be no hatred of any person, whether there saved all lost where the level people.

Why, because the Bible says in John chapter 3 verse 16 for God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son so God loves the peoples of this world.

Riddle of the peoples of this world is he talking about therefore and first John II chapter when he says love not the world. There is a system that we are not. That's what he's talking about is not talking about planet Earth is not talking about the people he is talking about an ungodly devilish cyst that is set against our Lord and his Christ in you not allow that world. All that world may be very friendly to you. It may cozy up to you. It is a friendly enemy.

If you a friend that hates Jesus, you are an enemy of God and a traitor to Jesus Christ who died on the cross and was crucified by this world.

This world has apprentice this world has a philosophy this world has a purpose and that purpose is to draw away your heart to seduce you from loving the Lord Jesus Christ. As you all. Jesus said in John chapter 15 verse 19. If you were of the world, the world would let his own, but because you're not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hated you and we use the term world Christian Billy Sunday said you might as well speak of a heavenly devil. The contradiction entire where a lot about the separation of church and state. Oddly, we need a little bit more about the separation of church and world onto I mean today, you can't tell the difference between those name the name of Jesus and those who don't they look alike. They talk like they do the same place as they smoke the same thing.

No way to come out from the world. So why does John say love not the world. Well number one because the character world number two because of the corruption of the world. Look at this passage of Scripture right here now look in verse 16 all that is in the world are you ready for this, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life is not of the father but is the world so we see not only the character of the world what it is but the corruption of the world. What it does now this world that we seduce you from loving Lord Jesus has three main appeals there right here in this verse in verse 16.

They are the lust of the flesh, you, the lust of the eyes. Is it in the pride of life. I want us to look at those was look at very carefully what is the lust of the flesh. What does that mean well, that is Satan's appeal to your old nature. When the Bible says the flesh or that mean you're hard to hear your skin, your nerves use and use your bones. You I want up why it doesn't mean that but when the Bible says the flesh. That means your old Adamic made sure the flash is what we have received from our first birth spirit is what we received from our second birth, and so Galatians chapter 5 verse 17 says for the flesh, lust against the spirit and the spirit against the flesh that he is when you get safe, civil war begins on the inside of you felt it. Of course you have there is that new nature. That was the start God is that old nature that doesn't want to lie down and be dad and so you can have a battle on the inside. Now the Bible calls this old nature, the desires of the old nature, the lust of the flesh. Now these are desires primarily in the area of the material. The physical normally in the area of gluttony, laziness, drunkenness and morality perversion is a God is giving you certain normal hunger appetite is normally good. I got a good appetite.

Ambition is normal and good the sex drive is a gift from God because it is part of the glue that holds the family together but what Satan wants to do is to take normal God-given proclivities and appetites and corrupt them and pervert them and it they want us to pamper our flesh with food and sleep and sex and drugs and liquor and laziness what sin is, is primarily an abuse of something that's good the devil to have any raw materials God made everything say anything bad is a perversion of something that is good and not it is a misuse of good things exactly what misuse food you can miss you sleep you can misuse say good things are bad things. Listen to me.

Good things are bad things when they are out of place. Matthew chapter 6 verse 33 so seeking first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added to you got to take second place, but the world says just pamper your flash satisfy your flash and so there is the lust of the flesh.

Listen carefully that deals with our passions, our passions are passions. That's the lust of the flesh mouth the next thing he speaks of is the lust of the eyes that doesn't it with our passions that deals with our possessions. You see your eyes have an appetite. Also that every device I just feast your eyes upon that that if the lust of the flesh deals with doing the lust of the eyes deals with having, and this temptation may be a lot more refined than the lust of the flesh of the lust of the eyes may be sophisticated intellectual beautiful. It's the desire not merely to have an old things that is legitimate desire, but to want more than we need, and to be dissatisfied as the Bible tells us in first Timothy chapter 6 verse 10 for the love of money is the root of all evil is a money is the root of all evil master question. What really motivates you are your personal goals is the first thing in your life to be a godly person to seek the kingdom of God.

Are you trying to be a successful person. Are you more concerned with material things and spiritual things you try to put God in second place with the Bible so seeking first the kingdom of God, your eyes looking around and you see things is I want that I want that I need this and I want that. That's the lust of the eyes. What you more concerned about what school your child graduates from in his degree and his success are his holy godly character is more important to you. Let me ask another question is that any any any material possession you would not depart with for the glory. This, as I question you are are you more interested in the lives of the rich and the famous, then you are the righteous and the faith you rather be invited to lunch by Bill Gates are some so when really melt your mother what really makes you there is the lust of the flash that's our passions and deals with doing the lust of the eyes. That's our possessions.

It deals with having been the pride of life that deals would be being that doesn't deal with a passion or possession. It deals with position as world says be somebody I may be recognize get a name for yourself and the whole world is around these sayings. That's the reason so many of our young couples listen to me, young couples, you are in difficulty today because of the pride of life you are trying to keep up with the Joneses you buy things you don't need with money you don't have to impress people you don't like about the time you catch up with the Joneses. They refinance off you go again. That's a private that's the pride of life.

You think that you have to be noticed. That's the reason the people dress sometimes outlandishly that's the reason you buy an automobile when you don't need it that's the reason people gossip. They think that somehow they pull others down like a drowning man drowning in a sea of insecurity. If they pull others down the somehow they elevate themselves. That's a reason people take drugs and drink 10 feet tall. The life of the party. They are somebody at least a little while. There is a system is a system deals with passions possession and position it deals with doing and having and be focused Madison Avenue hose dance. They will write to you a letter they will say Mr. Rogers. Our research shows us that you are a man of discriminant taste that you're a man of above average intelligence that you like the finer things of life.

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Mr. Rogers will, of course, I am since they prescribed me perfectly less evoked they know exactly how to get inside of you.

That's the way Madison Avenue makes millions and millions of dollars. Passions possession position doing hanging the that's the world system. That's what's in alcoves.

That's not new. That was in the garden of Eden when Adam and Eve fell flat. Satan was appealed and the gardening what they do. He says there's the food that's good for the taste or I was that that's the passions is pleasant for the eyes. What's that there possession has desired to make one wise. What is that his position you see how old it is nothing new. The Bible says that Jesus was tempted in all points like as we are, how was it was a tempted, take drugs, ride a motorcycle hundred 10 miles now those three things right away.

The Lord said turn the stones into bread.

What's that satisfy the flash that your passions that's doing then what's next thing he said he said to him, he taken them up and shows him all the kingdoms of the world. What's that that is not doing that's having that's not his passion since his possessions.

He said all these kingdoms I gave you payment what was the next temptation cast yourself down from the pinnacle of the temple and you give his angels charge over the to bear the list you cast your foot upon a stone that is make a dramatic entrance. What is that that is position be somebody important.do some magical playing make a grand dramatic entrance. Let me tell you folks that Daniel is working on you in the same three areas, the lust of the flash, the lust of the eyes, the pride of life. It is narrow ways and I wait a minute Adrian, are you trying tell me I'm just going to sit in the corner and suck my thumb know what I'm telling you is that I have every temptation is a perversion of something that is good, but as a primer cover God wants you to be in the business of doing and he wants you to be in the business of having any wants you to be in the business of being the right way you want something to do serve doing and having a are found in the Lord Jesus Christ. But that was a liar and a pervert. What is is a system that will try to draw you away from the Lord Jesus Christ. Now we talked about why you're not to love the world because of its character what it is and because of his corruption. What it does in the third reason I want you to see friend is you not to love the world because of its condemnation where it is headed. Look at all the world passes away you see that the world passes away, and the lusts thereof but he that do the will of God are blighted forever is one sure thing about this world system is not good to be here forever. It is passing away, only that which is in the will of God is going to buy forever, so I'm asking a question. I mean from my heart to your heart.

What is more important to you. The pleasures of the flash on the joys of the spirit you that which is saying that which is unseen. What is more important to you the praise a man of the glory of God. What is more important that which is temporal and transitory, or that which is eternal and cannot pass away if you're living for this world you're painting the decks of the sinking ship.

This world is passing away and the passion thereof and soon the mossy fingers of decay going to take away all those little toys and little trinkets that you have. Remember, Jesus said the prince of this world is judged.

Satan sales a sinking ship. He rules they do domain long long after this world system is passed away long after this world as we know it, with its fashion astern the Reston dust and mold and corruption all those things that you bring points game for soldier soul for will be junk if they exist at all. Those who know the Lord will be sitting in the kingdom praising him bring those live for Jesus in this world know what life is all about.

I be a Christian if there were no heaven, no hail, just in the Lord Jesus Christ in this life kind of fun to swim against the tide is to be different is good to walk with the Lord grant where just pilgrims here on this earth, and soon and very soon the trumpet will sound, and we go to be called up to meet the Lord. I will remind you when Noah went into the arcuate in a minority when it came out it came out a majority this lesson lesson is passing away. They do the will of God abides tribunal why the world is such a problem. So many people. Let me tell you folks the world is not really your problem. Look, if you will, in the word of God.

In verse 15. Look at it. Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the father's not know why you love the world why you love the world go that's all you got to love me if I didn't know Jesus, I probably I don't want to do I be a pessimist. Hey folks, if you look around and you know Jesus Christ as their father is not in him. It doesn't say that the level of Paul is not ending because he loves the world he loves the world because a lot of the father's not ending. He does have anything else to allow print if you give me a good meal us at the wonderful desire to him and everything that I want and then you come to me with a plate of stale crumbs and say your pastor eat it like I'm satisfied you have to be in a back alley tin cans with the Devils really goes if you been feasting on Jesus, a man love the world. A lot of the father is not give your heart to Jesus, I'm telling you folks, I'm telling you, the devil is a counterfeiter is a liar is a pervert and this world will map satisfied you. You were made to serve God and man love the world is simply because the love of Paul is not in him who is the love of the father, Jesus Christ. This is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith. That's what John says you put your faith where God put your sins on Jesus, let the love of the father come in your heart you have joy unspeakable and full of glory, and furthermore you my friend will abide forever. When this whole earth with the system is going you be with Jesus forever, but you having right now moment by moment, would you bow your heads in prayer.

One man was a godly manů Such a wonderful life. Another man looked at him and said, you seem to have such peace and such joy. I give the world have what you have peace and blessed is what it cost me just what it cost me.

You can't love him and love the world the same time been a man love the world will love the father's not in you will be say would you prepare like this dear God, just pray out of your heart dear God, I know that you love me and friend. He does love you. He loves everybody in this world. Lord I know that you love me. I know that you want to save me Jesus you died to save me, you promise to save me if I would trust you. I pray the spread of your heart.

I do trust you, Jesus. I believe you're the son of God.

I believe you paid for my sin with your blood on the cross. I believe that God raised from the dead and like a little child I trust you to save me at alas for feeling.

I don't look for sign.

I stand on your word.

You are my Lord, my Savior, my God and my friend. Thank you for saving me from our Jesus because you died for me, I will live for you. I will obey you.

I will make this public.

I will not be ashamed of you, my Lord and Savior. Your name I pray, if you prayed to receive Jesus Christ just now. We would love to celebrate with you. Go to our discovery, Jesus page at the website you will find answers, you may need about your newfound faith. We have a response section for everyone.

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