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The kosmos, or world system, designed by Satan to appeal to our flesh, is another enemy of our soul.

The kosmos, or world system, designed by Satan to appeal to our flesh, is another enemy of our soul.

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  • Spiritual Warfare Robert D. Patton Missionary to Suriname Baptist World Mission
  • ENEMY #2 KOSMOS... THE WORLD SYSTEM Thus we must not be friends with the world or love the world
  • The world system – kosmos  The world - kosmos = the system which satan has devised.  Its basis is SELF – and corresponds to our old fleshly nature, which came from satan himself
  • Do not LOVE this world  I Jn. 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the word. If any man love 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 pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof; but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever.
  • Love not the World…  James 4:4 Ye alulterers and adul- teresses, know ye not that the friend- ship of the world is enmity with god? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is an enemy of God. 5. Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, the Spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?
  • In the world, but not of the world…  Jn. 17:15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world; but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. 16. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
  • Be not conformed to the world  Romans 12: I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2. And be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
  • The world system – kosmos  We are to flee from places where temptation can occur  2 Tim. 2:22 Flee also youthful lusts; but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.  Joseph fleeing Potiphar’s wife is a wonderful example
  • The world system – kosmos  2 Tim. 2:24-26 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, 25. In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; 26. And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.
  • How do we resist the devil and win the victory?  The primary site of the battle is in our mind - between the kingdom of darkness & light  We must have a functional faith based on truth.  We win with the truth Jn. 17:17 Sanctify they through thy truth; thy word is truth
  • Thus we must control our thought life:  2 Cor. 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh; 4. (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds:) 5. Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every though to the obedience of Christ.
  • How we are deceived  Self-deception  False prophets  Satanic lies through deceiving spirits
  • THE SITE OF ATTACK AND VICTORY IS OUR THOUGHTS We can and must take control of our thought life and what we believe truly in the depth of our heart
  • Self-deception  When we think that we are something which we are not:  Gal. 6:3 [3] For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.  Rom. 12:3[3] For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.  But it is not to our credit, but through the grace of God - give Him glory
  • Self-deception  We are wise in this age: I Cor. 3:[18] Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.[19] For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness  Use the mind of Christ and acknowledge Him every day - I Cor. 2:[16] For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.  When we are religious but we don’t control our tongue: James 1:26
  • Self-deception  Proverbs 3: [5] Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.[6] In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.  When we are religious but we don’t control our tongue: James 1: [26] If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.
  • Self-deception  When we think that we will not reap what we sow: Gal. 6: [7] Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.  When we think that we can associate with bad companions and not be effected: I Cor. 15: [33] Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
  • Self-deception  When we think that the unrighteous will inherit the earth: I Cor. 6:[9] Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,[10] Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God
  • Self-deception  Thinking that if we hear the word we don’t need to do it.  James 1:22 [22] But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.  Sometimes we think that we must model perfection - but we can only model growth - to see how we handle failure as well as success
  • Self-deception  When we say we have no sin: I Jn. 1:[8] If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. [9] If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness  We need to confess our sins and keep short accounts with God