Saturday, August 04, 2007

BE NOT CONFORMED TO THE WORLD

Be not Conformed to this World
(Rom 12:2 KJV)
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.

1 John 2:15-17 (KJV)
{15} Love not the world,
neither the things that are in the world.
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 for ever.

(Heb 12:1-2 KJV)
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses,
let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us,
and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
{2} Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;
who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame,
and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Conformed To fashion alike, i.e. conform to the same pattern, to fashion ones-self according to..
Transformed To be metamorphosed, to be changed. In biology, a profound change in form from one stage to the next in the life history of an organism, as from the caterpillar to the pupa and from the pupa to the adult butterfly.
Renewing To be renovated
Mind The intellect. The understanding
Prove To test, to approve, to discern, to examine
Good Good in any sense
Acceptable well-pleasing
Perfect Complete in moral character, full grown
"Worldliness is destroying the church of Jesus Christ.
The time is thus right for us to biblically expose and
condemn worldliness, and to promote the alternatives
of genuine piety and holiness." —Joel Beeke (2005)
John Angell James, "HINDRANCES to Christian Progress") (1853)
http://www.gracegems.org/22/christian_progress6.htm

"A taste for worldly amusements will inevitably prove, wherever it is indulged--a powerful obstacle to growth in grace.
Man is unquestionably made for enjoyment. He has a capacity for bliss--an instinctive appetite for gratification;
and for this, God has made ample provision of a healthful and lawful kind. But "a taste for worldly pleasure" means
that this God-given capacity is directed to wrong sources, or carried to an excess....

"Now there are some amusements which in their verynature are so utterly incompatible with true godliness,
that a liking for them, and a hankering after them, and especially an indulgence in them--cannot exist with real,
earnest, and serious piety.

"The dissolute parties of the glutton and the drunkard; the fervency for the gambling-table; the pleasures of
the race-course; the performances of the theater--areall of this kind. A taste for them is utterly uncongenial
with a spirit of godliness! So is a love for the gay and fashionable entertainments of the ball-room, and the
wanton parties of the upper classes. These are all unfriendly to true religion, and are usually renounced
by people intent upon the momentous concerns of eternity.....
"A Christian is not to partake of the pleasures of the world, merely to prove that his religion does not debar
him from enjoyment. But he is to let it be seen by his "peace which passes understanding," and his "joy
unspeakable and full of glory," that his godliness gives far more enjoyment than it takes away--that,
in fact, it gives him the truest happiness!......"

(Psa 4:6-8 KJV)
There be many that say, Who will show us any good?
LORD, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.
{7} Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased.
{8} I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep:
for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.

(Exo 23:2a KJV)
Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil;

(Deu 18:9 KJV)
When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee,
thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations.

(John 7:7 KJV)
The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth,
because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.

(John 15:19-20 KJV)
If ye were of the world, the world would love his own:
but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world,
therefore the world hateth you.
{20} Remember the word that I said unto you,
The servant is not greater than his lord.
If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you;
if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.

(John 17:14-15 KJV)
I have given them thy word;
and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world,
even as I am not of the world.
{15} I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world,
but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.

(1 Cor 3:18-21a KJV)
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.
{20} And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.
{21} Therefore let no man glory in men....

(2 Cor 4:3-4 KJV)
But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
{4} In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not,
lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

(2 Cor 6:14-18 KJV)
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers:
for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness?
and what communion hath light with darkness?
{15} And what concord hath Christ with Belial?
or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
{16} And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols?
for ye are the temple of the living God;
as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them;
and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
{17} Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord,
and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
{18} And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

(Gal 1:3-5 KJV)
Grace be to you and peace from God the Father,
and from our Lord Jesus Christ,
{4} Who gave himself for our sins,
that he might deliver us from this present evil world,
according to the will of God and our Father:
{5} To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

(Eph 2:1-10 KJV)
And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins:
{2} Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world,
according to the prince of the power of the air,
the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
{3} Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past
in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind;
and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
{4} But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
{5} Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ,
(by grace ye are saved;)
{6} And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
{7} That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace
in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
{8} For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves:
it is the gift of God: {9} Not of works, lest any man should boast.
{10} For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works,
which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

(Eph 4:17-24 KJV)
This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord,
that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,
{18} Having the understanding darkened,
being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them,
because of the blindness of their heart:
{19} Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness,
to work all uncleanness with greediness.
{20} But ye have not so learned Christ; {21} If so be that ye have heard him,
and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:
{22} That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man,
which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
{23} And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
{24} And that ye put on the new man,
which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

(James 4:4 KJV)
Ye adulterers and adulteresses,
know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God?
whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

(1 Pet 1:14-16 KJV)
As obedient children,
not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
{15} But as he which hath called you is holy,
so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
{16} Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

(1 Pet 4:2-5 KJV)
That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men,
but to the will of God.
{3} For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles,
when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine,
revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:
{4} Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot,
speaking evil of you:
{5} Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.

(2 Pet 1:4-9 KJV)
Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises:
that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature,
having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
{5} And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue;
and to virtue knowledge; {6} And to knowledge temperance;
and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
{7} And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
{8} For if these things be in you, and abound,
they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
{9} But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off,
and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.

(2 Pet 2:19-22 KJV)
While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption:
for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.
{20} For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world
through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,
they are again entangled therein, and overcome,
the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
{21} For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness,
than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.
{22} But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb,
The dog is turned to his own vomit again;
and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.

(1 John 2:15-17 KJV)
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.
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 for ever.

(1 John 3:13 KJV)
Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.

(1 John 4:4-6 KJV)
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them:
because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
{5} They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world,
and the world heareth them.
{6} We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us;
he that is not of God heareth not us.
Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
Agape Always and Forever
Zelma

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