THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT
Program Air Date – 5-8-11
LESSON TITLE: “HE WHO OVERCOMES THE WORLD”
“Oh come let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation,” Psalm 95:1. Thanks be to God on this Lord’s Day, for this opportunity to Worship before our God and to offer praise to our Creator! What a loving God we serve who has blessed us with His wondrous grace and salvation.
Thank you for joining us today for the Living Word of God. As His followers, how blessed we are to have the freedom to assemble before our God and to do those things which are according to that which He has asked of us through His will. Are you willing to do your part this morning to make this time successful in the service of God?
Now, as we begin our offering to God, will you bow with me in prayer!
Do you ever get thirsty? We have. However, how do you quench your spiritual thirst in this life? At this time, we want to join in our first hymn of the day. So, won’t you do your part and sing together with the congregation at this time as we praise God with the hymn, “There’s A Fountain Free.”
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One of the interesting studies of the Old Testament is the requirement by God of offering sacrifices on the altar. What I find specifically significant is that God always told them exactly what they were to offer and how to offer it. Another important fact about the offering itself is that the animal had to be without “spot or blemish.” That means they were to offer to God of their very best and most valuable possessions. What a great lesson we can learn from all of this!
In the New Testament, we see a lot of the same terminologies used concerning offering sacrifice and service to our God. However, we now live under a different covenant which does not require a literal animal sacrifice, but a more spiritual and emotional sacrifice. Read with me the words of Peter, where he said, “Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless,” 2 Peter 3:14. Notice here that our desire for self should be that we are found without spot or blameless, which means we are obeying God’s will just as commanded! Striving to be pure, righteous and holy in all things, just as He is!
However, I also want you to notice that Peter here says we are “looking forward to,” something. So what are we looking for? Well if you look back in the previous verses he mentions a “new heaven,” and then in verse 15, he actually goes on to say, “…and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation….” Our God has offered us salvation and wants us to be saved, that we might live eternally in Heaven with Him, when He comes to take us home! So that’s God’s part, but again what is ours? Well we are to be diligent in the things of God, and without spot or blame.
Are you striving to live this type of holy life before God and this world? Do others see Christ in you as you look for the eternal reward and promise of Heaven? Let me encourage us all to make sure that today and every day we are doing all we can to be found acceptable in God’s sight!
As far as our main study of the day, we will begin a new series of study entitled, “He Who Overcomes the World!” Our specific lesson of the day bears the same title! So please stay with us and after our next song together, we are happy to again have brother Jerry Sullins with us as our guest speaker of the day. However, before our main study of the morning, let’s join together in our second song of the morning. The name of this hymn, “For the Beauty of the Earth.”
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By Jerry Sullins
We would like to thank you for viewing “The Living Word” Broadcast this morning. Many of you are with us every Sunday morning and some of you may be viewing this program for the first time and it is indeed our honor to have you as a part of this listening and viewing audience. Every Sunday, we try to study certain subjects that come from God’s Holy Word. We believe the Bible to be the Inspired, All-Sufficient, Inerrant Word of God. And so for it we go to all the answers that we need in our lives, those answers that will not only assist us in dealing with the problems that we have in this lifetime, but will give us the opportunity that no other place can be found for such an opportunity of everlasting life in that heavenly home. So we are so thankful for your presence today. We hope that these lessons in the following weeks will be a great encouragement for you. We’re dealing constantly in this life with the world and those things that are in the world and so for the next few weeks we are going to be considering how to overcome this world. We’ll be discussing such subjects as “Friendship With the World is Enmity With God,” also such subjects like “We Should Not Love the World Nor Conform to the World,” and we’ll be discussing “The Lust of the World.” But in every way, we are going to try our best to completely cover this subject for you so that you as well as we might be better capable and able to deal with the things that this world presents us on a daily basis.
How to overcome the world? Well the Bible has an answer to that question. We hear from time to time men sing a song, sometimes it is a song that is out of despair and sometimes it is a song for encouragement of others, and you’ve heard this song sung by many people in this country, and actually throughout the world. That song is “We Shall Overcome.” We as Christians know that we definitely shall overcome. In fact the Bible says in 1 John chapter 5 and verse 4, “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world and this is the victory that has overcome the world, our faith.” Our faith in Jesus Christ. That precious gift that was given to us by the Father above that we might have opportunity for not only a greater and joyous life here but especially in the life hereafter.
Jesus made a statement in John chapter 16 verse 33 which is a beautiful statement. Jesus said, “This things have I spoken unto you that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
There’s a battle raging, folks, for our minds and hearts, a battle between the world and a battle that is between the world and our faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
We throughout life go through competitive things like athletic sports, and even the Bible talks of the Christian life as a race in Hebrews chapter 12 and also Paul mentions it in 1 Corinthians 9:24-26. Paul even said in Ephesians chapter 6 verses 1-10 that it is like a warfare. “We do not fight against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers in the heavenly places.” Then he goes on to say that, “We ought to put on the whole armor of God that we may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. So we are in a great fight in this world today. But in this war, the war that we’re fighting it is not like a sporting contest where we might be defeated, the agony of defeat or the great feeling that we might have in the glory of victory, something that will be passing because it is of this world, but we are talking about a battle that will either leave us in a situation that is born out of hopelessness or a battle which if victorious through Jesus Christ and our faith in Him and if we have the proper faith in Him we can be guaranteed of that precious life of bliss forever and ever.
This struggle is a struggle as we said. It is a warfare! There are two parts to it. One is Satan’s part as there is God, a God, and the God of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob as we know Him to be and believe Him to be and assured that He is. There is one who was created; who brought evil into this world and his name is known as Satan. It was Peter who said in 1 Peter chapter 5 and verse 8, “Beware or be watchful and be sober or vigilant for the devil as a roaring lion walketh about seeking who may be devoured.” So he’s seeking to devour us all, to get us to sin and to lose our souls. In fact, Paul mentioned him in 2 Corinthians chapter 4 verse 4 where he mentioned him as being, or “those people as whose minds the god of this age has blinded.” Yes, he has blinded the minds of the people of this world.
On a daily basis, on an hourly basis, throughout our lives we are confronted with those things that will destroy our souls. It was for this reason that Paul said in Romans chapter 12 verses 1 and 2, “I beseech you therefore brethren by the mercies of God to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto God which is your reasonable service, but be not conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your minds that you might prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect Will of God.” Be not conformed to this world, this world that is guided by Satan himself.
And also in 1 John chapter 2 verses 15-17, the world is described as those who participate in three basic areas of sin. “Love not the world neither the things that are in the world for all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life is not of the Father but of the world.”
It was this same Satan that Paul mentioned in 2 Corninthians chapter 11 verse 3 who came to Eve and he deceived her. He deceived her into partaking of the fruit of that Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil which God had said Himself, “The day that you eat thereof you shall surely die,” and Eve ate of that fruit because Satan told her in deception, “The day that you eat of it you will not die but you will become as God. You will know all things. You will become as wise as God.” So therefore she ate.
So we see Satan through his influence is creeping into our lives, through the world as worldliness creeps into the churches. I have never been so surprised in all my life when I received from a congregation of so-called God’s people on the North side of town who sent me an advertisement using the slangest language that they could to try to get people to come to their services, using something of Satan himself to try to get people to come and to worship as they feel they should be worshipping God. What a shame and disgrace to Christianity itself.
Worldliness is creeping into the churches. It is manifested in so many different ways. But according to the revelator in Revelation chapter 2 verses 14-15 it is because there are people out teaching false teachings. They are speaking lies and hypocrisy, having their conscience seered with a hot iron, forbidding to marry and abstaining from meats, as Paul said to Timothy in 1 Timothy chapter 4 the very beginning of that chapter. That’s what’s going on today. There are those who are failing to contend for the faith as the statement was made in Jude verse 3. They no longer contend for the faith. In fact, the problem is they no longer know the faith of God because they have changed or turned the faith of God into the thoughts and ideas and concepts of man. This is what Satan is trying to do to us. These are the worldly standards that I’m talking about, trying to get Christians to turn from those holy things of God and the holy commandments to turn to their own wisdom and selfish understanding of the scripture itself. In this interpretation worldly things are presented to God’s people fascinating them, luring them in to the position of losing their souls because they want to involved themselves in the things of this world, the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life. “They who do such things,” as John said, “shall not inherit the kingdom of heaven.”
But yet what is that victory? As John said in 1 John, as we read a few moments ago chapter 5 verses 3-4, that faith is the victory. Our faith in Jesus Christ is that which gives us the victory over this world.
Jesus said Himself in Matthew 16 verse 26, “For what shall a man be profited if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul?” There’s that term again is stated “world” which represents the things of this world that are evil in the sight of God, those things that John mentioned in 1 John chapter 2, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. Yes it is that faith which leads men to really love God. That’s the love within us that overcomes this world. Even our faith! That faith that causes us, as John had already stated, to do what? “The first and greatest commandment is to love the Lord our God with all of our hearts, soul, mind and strength and the second is likened to it to love God to love our neighbor as ourselves.” That is the faith that leads men to do God’s Will.
Listen to the Words of Jesus. “Not everyone that sayeth unto Me ‘Lord, Lord’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the Will of My Father who is in heaven for many in that day shall say, ‘Lord, have we not prophesied in your name and in your name cast out devils, and in your name did many wondrous works?’ Then He will say, ‘Depart from Me ye who worketh iniquity. I never knew you.’” So not everyone who says, “Lord, Lord” is the one who is going to reap that eternal home. It will be those who are seeking to do God’s Will according to as it has been revealed in His Holy Word.
It is God who has given us that law of pardon. It is God who has given us those rules by which we as saints are to live. We do not have a choice in choosing the own rules by which we live as the Israelites did in the time of the judges. Every man was doing what was right in his own eyes. We don’t have the right to do that. We only have the right if expect to have eternal life to seek to do God’s Will and His Will has been revealed to us as we said in Jude 3, “Contend earnestly for the faith which once for all was delivered unto the saints.”
So what is in store for us in the next weeks of this study is a full understanding of how we as God’s children, or those of you who are not God’s children, are supposed to look at the world and recognize what the world is, try to do what God wants you to do verses doing what the world would have you do.
My friend, would you simply obey the gospel of Christ out of that belief that Jesus Christ is the Son of God? Are you willing to confess His precious name, repent of your sins, as Jesus said, “I tell you nay except you repent you will all in like manner perish,” in Luke chapter 13 verse 3? Aren’t you willing to do that? And then be baptized in Christ as Jesus said, “He that believes and is baptized shall be saved.” That likeness of His death, burial and resurrection. We hope that you’ll make that decision because that will get you into the faith. That will assure Jesus of your great faith in Him to do His Will. That is the faith and the victory that will help you to overcome and will a surety that you can overcome this world. So what is that victory that overcomes this world? It is even our faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
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What a blessing it has been to join together in the things of God this morning. Thank you for doing your part in making all these things to be according to His Will. As always, we invite you back every Lord’s Day morning at 7:30, as we commit ourselves to this offering for God!
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