South County Church
Overcoming Obstacles – The Love of the World
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  • Embassy Suites
    8100 Loisdale Rd, Springfield, VA 22150, USA
    Saturday 10:00 AM
Breakthrough – Busting through the obstacles that take us to the next level and maximize our potential.

• What are the obstacles holding you back from your breakthrough?

What is on your bucket list?

Big Idea: Our love of God and His will must trump our bucket list on earth.

Scripture: 1 John 2:15-17 NLT – 15 Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. 17 And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.

What in the world are we talking about?

• Can we not enjoy the world we live in?

• Aren’t we supposed to love people?

o John 3:16 NIV – 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

• So, what in the “world” that John is referring to?

o The world represents Satan’s dominion, influence, and control. The opposite of everything that is Godly.

 1 John 5:19 NIV – 19 We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.

 Ephesians 6:11-12 NIV – 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

What is the love of the world?

• A fixation on this life and longing for our ultimate satisfaction from it.

o Proverbs 27:20 NLT – 20 Just as Death and Destruction are never satisfied, so human desire is never satisfied.

What does love of the world look like?

• 1 John 2:16 NLT – 16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world.

• A closer look…

o Doing whatever our flesh desires (our sinful nature)

 Galatians 5:19-21 NLT – 19 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, 21 envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

o Desire for everything we see

 Psalm 119:37 NLT – 37 Turn my eyes from worthless things, and give me life through your word.

o Pride in our status and accomplishments

 James 4:6b NLT – “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

How do we avoid falling in love with the world?

• Do not embrace the world’s system

o Romans 12:1-2 NIV – Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

• Continue to immerse yourself in truth

o John 17:17 NLT – 17 Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth.

•Remember that this world is temporary

o 1 John 2:17 NLT – 17 And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.

o 1 Corinthians 7:31 NLT – 31 Those who use the things of the world should not become attached to them. For this world as we know it will soon pass away.

o 1 Peter 2:11 NLT – 11 Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls.

Is your focus on the temporary keeping you from seeing God’s best?

• 2 Corinthians 4:18 HCSB – 18 So we do not focus on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

• Worldliness – Anything in a Christian’s life that causes him or her to lose their enjoyment of the Father’s love or their desire to do the Father’s will is worldly and must be avoided.

o The question is not is this good or bad?

o The real question: Is this God’s will for me?

Next Steps
 Memorize: 1 Peter 2:11 NLT - 11 Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls.
 Evaluate: Am I hanging on too tightly to the world and its ways?
 Action: Discard worldly pursuits that are drawing your heart away from the Lord and His will.