January 27, 2012 – Overcome the World

“For everyone born of God overcomes the world.  This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.  Who is it that overcomes the world?  Only he who believes that Yeshua is the Son of God”  (1 John 5:4-6).

‘Porque todo aquele que é filho de Deus vence o mundo.  E é isto que nos dá a vitória sobre o mundo: a nossa fé. Quem vence o mundo senão aquele que crê que Yeshua é o Filho de Deus”  (1 João 5:4-6).

Without Yeshua, without faith in God that Yeshua is His Son, we have no victory over the world.  We have no victory over those things that want to take away our love, our lives, and our obedience to our Father.  Without Yeshua we have no example of how to live out love for God in our lives obediently by faith.   Without Yeshua, we will seek love the way the world defines, we will seek life wanting the world’s acceptance and we will no longer desire to obey the commands of our Father.

As many as there are people, there are definitions of the world.  Some believe that in order to have victory over the world, we must leave and isolate ourselves from the world.  These people set up their own little communities so they aren’t ‘tarnished’ by the world and ultimately have no effect with the people dying in the world.  They put themselves in a neat little padded box and maintain a false sense of spiritual superiority.  Is that what Scripture teaches?  Is this what being lights to the world is?  The Word says that with Yeshua, believing that Yeshua is God’s Son, we have already overcome the world.

I know many people who judge certain activities or dress as worldly.  Is that what worldly means?  Does what you wear in this world define you as worldly?  Should we all dress like Biblical characters and draw attention to ourselves when we are called to be ‘modest’?  Are those who live naked in foreign cultures ‘worldly’ – even after their receive Yeshua as the Messiah?  Do the activities you take part in define you as worldly?  Does playing golf or football or taking dance classes make you worldly?   Are those who enter adulthood through tribal ceremonies or wild game hunting worldly?  What is worldly and who should define it – us or YHVH?

1 John 2:16 states ‘…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.”  This should be the definition of worldly.

Yeshua taught the importance of the motive of the heart.  If the motive of the heart is lust of the flesh and seducing or catching the eye of the opposite sex, then yes, dress is worldly and not of the Father.   If the motive of the heart is lust of the eyes, then yes, a certain types of dancing or dress is not of the Father.  If you seek victory in a game or activity to fulfill your personal pride of life, then yes, your heart is in the wrong place.  These things could be defined as ‘worldly.’  However in and of themselves, clothing, dancing, sports are not worldly.  It is how we use these things that determine their ‘worldliness’.

I am reminded of 1 Corinthians 10:31 “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”  This verse does not excuse sinning and breaking God’s commands (lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and pride of life), but it does suggest that whatever we are doing, it should bring glory to God.  Our motive should be no less than showing the world that we have overcome it through Yeshua.

“Who are you to judge someone else’s servant?  To his own master he stands or falls.  And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand” (Romans 14:4).     Is it our place to judge another person’s heart?  Is it our place to say that someone has lust of the flesh by their outward appearance?  Is it our place to determine that some activity is really the  lust of the eyes?  Is it our place to challenge someone’s life choice because we think it’s their pride of life?  How do we know what is the will of God for another person?  How do we know that God is not fulfilling His purpose in someone else’s life through dance, through sports, through their choice of fashion or even music.

Paul says, “So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.  For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature.  They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want.  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law” (Galatians 5:16-18).

Because Torah is spiritual, it is my opinion, this is not the law being discussed here.  The law here is manmade rules and regulations.  If you are led by the Spirit and producing the Spiritual fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Gal. 5:22-23), then there are no manmade laws against whatever it is you are doing because you will be fulfilling Torah commands and there will be no lust of the flesh, eyes or pride of life.    If your life is a testimony to others about the love of God, about faith in Yeshua, and the power of the Spirit to transform a hurting, prideful, lustful life into a victorious life producing Spiritual fruit, then there is deep truth in the faith that has overcome the world – knowing Yeshua as the Son of God.

“For I am convinced that we are more than conquerors through him who loved us … for we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28, 37).

©2012 – jsixrock

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