The world is not in clothing but it can mean what the world believes about clothing. In the world one of the tools for promoting a lot of things is sex. Sex is the underlying focus of many products. So many product adverts show things that draw peoples’ minds to sex.
As a Christian, you cannot wear some clothes, you cannot go to some places etc. Do not follow the ways of the world; do it the Christian way which is about modesty.
The world teaches people to bribe their way to the top. It happens in schools, companies etc. It is such that, if a person wants to be honest throughout, that person experiences unnecessary delays.
The world has a system that has made it difficult for those who want to live right to live right and this tempts them to follow the world but one must be careful.
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.
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.
And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
1John 2:15 – 17
There are a few tools that the World uses to tempt us. They are the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and the pride of life.
Lust of the Flesh
Lust: Forbidden desire that is desires that you shouldn’t have.
Desire in General is not a sin but when the desire will lead to evil or sin, that is what the bible calls lust.
If that desire comes and you do not take heed to it, you have not sinned but if you do then you have sinned.
The lust of the flesh include sexual desires, material desires etc.
Lust of the Eyes
I made a covenant with my eyes not to look with lust at a young woman.
To have a desire to get something the right way because you saw it is not wrong. The moment you do not have the means but use alternative means to get it, then that desire becomes lust.
Genuine desires will not end in sin.
When David saw Bathsheba bathing the desire he had was sinful because Bathsheba was somebody’s wife. As a single you can meet a married man and desire him but the question to ask is if I follow through with this desire, is it wrong or right?
Pride of Life
The Pride of Life include things that make you feel proud; the things you have, the positions you have, your achievements, social status etc. If your life is only determined by material things then there is a problem. If you see your value in the things you own it is not right. The value you have is the fact that you are a human being and made in the image of God. All the things you have are just accessories.
Be alert so that the enemy doesn’t slowly deceive you into sinning against God.