15th June 2019

The Three S’s—Self, Society, Satan

“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 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 is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.”
1 John 2:15-17 (NKJV)

For me, these three are my formidable enemies whom I encounter daily. Or I could describe them as the flesh, the world and the devil.

First, the flesh: Jeremiah 17:9 says that my heart is desperately wicked and deceitful above all things. I know this, because it is the truth. And in my best state I am full of vanity, mere vapour as it says in Psalm 39:5.

The world, or society, can offer nothing good, but the way of futility and perversion. The apostle Paul says we are delivered from this present evil world through Jesus Christ in Galatians 1:4, and in Romans 1:22-32, is society “Professing to be wise, they became fools, and …exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator…For this reason God gave them up to vile passions…being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness…full of envy, murder, strife, deceit…”

And then there is Satan the devil, who has deceived the whole world, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one (1 John 5:19). As we read in 1 Peter 5:8-10, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.”

No one of us can withstand the combined power of these formidable enemies on our own, but through Jesus Christ we can conquer them by faith in Him. Jesus has overcome him who had the power of death, that is devil, and released those who were all their lifetime subject to bondage of death (Hebrews 2:14-15). The good news is that we have victory over self, Satan and society through Jesus our Saviour who has overcome the world, the devil and even death. Through Jesus Christ, the Saviour of mankind, I no longer have to fear my three formidable enemies, the SSS—Self, Satan and society.

Father in heaven, I thank You for giving us victory over our enemies through Jesus Christ Your Son, our Redeemer, who lives to intercede on our behalf. In His name I pray.

Study by Natu Moti

About the Author:
Natu Moti is a Deacon in the Birmingham Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God, UK, a part of Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Birmingham
All Saints Church
George Road
B23 7QB

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Email: david_gibbs@wcg.org.uk

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