1 John 5:19 (NKJV)
19 We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.
When we truly look around at the world that surrounds us, is it not easy to see that the world truly lies under the sway of the wicked one? Everywhere you look, darkness and evil abound. We must be made aware of this so that we can avoid it. There is no way around this world, we have to go through it. That being said, we must understand the sway and do everything we can do to avoid the wicked one. Even more importantly, we must understand the calling the Lord has placed on us!
We Are Of God
We should be set apart from this world, we should look entirely different, there should be no mistaking the fact that we are of God. 1 Peter 2:9 reminds us… (9) But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light… Think about the description being placed on what we should look like! We are a chosen generation, God sees who we are, with all of our faults and still chooses us! That is amazing to me. We are a royal priesthood, a holy nation! The Lord has brought us out of the darkness of this evil world and into His marvelous light. Should we look different? Absolutely!
We Were Created For Good Works
Ephesians 2:10 (10) For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them… We were created in His image, His workmanship for His good works. Is that where you find yourself today? Do you look like Christ to the world? Jesus stood out from the world around Him because of the works He did. Through godly works, we too can set ourselves apart from the world. Cater to those in need, give to the needy, be the light to the world. The world is truly a dreadful place, it is so very easy to stand apart from it!
Avoid The Sway
1 Thessalonians 5:22 gives a very clear path to avoiding the sway… (22) Abstain from every form of evil… Far too often we put ourselves in the direct path of the evil one. You can name any sin, if we place ourselves directly in the middle of it, it can lead us astray. If the wicked one can sway you with alcohol, avoid being in places with alcohol. If you are swayed but evil things on the internet, well, avoid the internet. Whatever the wicked one can tempt you with, avoid it, abstain from all forms of evil.
We live in a world where sin abounds, it is literally everywhere! We must make sure we abstain from it. We must show ourselves to be completely set apart from the world. How do we avoid the sway of the evil one? Abstain from every form of evil!
1 Peter 2:11 (NKJV)
11 Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul.