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. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
~ 1 John 4:4, Revelation 3:21
But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:
~ 1 Corinthians 5:11-13, 2 John 1:10
Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme. For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia. Can two walk together, except they be agreed? 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. 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 Timothy 1:20, 2 Timothy 4:10, Amos 3:3, John 15:19, Romans 12:2
And the LORD said unto Joshua, Get thee up; wherefore liest thou thus upon thy face? Israel hath sinned, and they have also transgressed my covenant which I commanded them: for they have even taken of the accursed thing, and have also stolen, and dissembled also, and they have put it even among their own stuff. Therefore the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies, but turned their backs before their enemies, because they were accursed: neither will I be with you any more, except ye destroy the accursed from among you. ~ Joshua 7:10-12
I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators: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. ~ James 4:4, 1 Corinthians 5:9
By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith. ~ Hebrews 11:7
How to Conquer the World, by Thomas Brooks. This is from his work, “The Unsearchable Riches of Christ”.
Perhaps the world–the smiling world or the frowning world, the tempting world or the persecuting world–lies as a heavy stone or burden upon your heart, as it does upon the hearts of thousands in these days; witness their attempting anything to get the favours, honours and riches of this world. Ah, how many have turned their backs upon God, and Christ, and truth, etc., to gain the world. How will you get this burden off? Only by exercise of faith.
Many men hear sermons much–and yet remain worldly. They may pray like angels–and yet live as if there were no heaven nor hell. They will talk much of heaven–and yet those who are spiritual and wise, smell their breath to stink strong of earth. All their endeavours can never cure them of this soul-killing disease–until faith breaks forth in its glorious actings. A man may hear sermons and pray many years–and yet remain as carnal, base, and worldly as ever! There is no way under heaven to remove this burden–but the exercise of faith.
“For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.
Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.” 1 John 5:4-5
Faith presents the world to the soul under all those notions which the Scripture holds forth the world unto us by. The Scripture holds forth the world as an impotent thing, as a mixed thing, as a mutable thing, as a momentary thing. Now faith comes and sets this home with power upon the soul–and this takes the soul off from the world.
Faith causes the soul to converse with those more glorious, soul-satisfying, soul-delighting, and soul-contenting objects. Now when faith is busied and exercised about soul-ennobling, soul-greatening, soul-raising, and soul-cheering objects–a Christian tramples the world under his feet. In Hebrews 11, it was the exercise of faith and hope upon noble and glorious objects–which carried them above the world–above the smiling world, and above the frowning world, above the tempting world, and above the persecuting world.
Faith conquers the world, by assuring the soul of enjoying of better things. Men may talk much of heaven, and of Christ, and religion, etc.; but give me a man who does really and clearly live under the power of divine faith–and I cannot see how such a one can be carried out in an inordinate love to these poor transitory things.