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Names of an Almighty God

 

Confession is an important part of maintaining a right relationship with God. 

Knowing who God’s many names also is important in knowing who He is, in knowing who you confess to.  

In a bible study by Pastor Fryer at Independent Bible Baptist Church, we look through the different names of God, and their importance in how we approach Him. 

Read Psalm 91, and notice the names of God used.

Psa 91:1

  He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

Psa 91:2

 

  I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

Psa 91:3

 

  Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

Psa 91:4

 

  He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

Psa 91:5

 

  Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

Psa 91:6

 

  Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

Psa 91:7

 

  A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

Psa 91:8

 

  Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

Psa 91:9

 

  Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

Psa 91:10

 

  There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

Psa 91:11

 

  For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

Psa 91:12

 

  They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

Psa 91:13

 

  Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

Psa 91:14

 

  Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.

Psa 91:15

 

  He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

Psa 91:16

 

  With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

 

El Elyon–In Psalm 91:1, the term  Most High reveals this name; strongest of all gods and the possessor of heaven and earth.  He helps win the daily battles in our life and is capable of arranging the most tedious of details in our live.

See Deut. 32:1-12, IISam. 22:4-20, Psalms 7:12, Psalms 47:1-9, Psalms 83:18, Dan. 4:17

El Shaddai–The term almighty reveals that He is THE all sufficient God.

See Genesis 17:1-6, Romans 4:20-21, Phil. 4:19, Psalms 57:1,  and Psalms 121:4

Yahweh–the term Lord in capitalized letters reveals His personal name Jehovah.  The word lord in lower case signifies Adonai–the master, the person in authority.  Yahweh signifies the God who is with you all the time.

See Exodus 3:12-14, Gen. 28:15, Ex. 33:14, Deut. 20:1, Isaiah 43:2, Matt. 18:20, Matt. 28:20.

Elohim–“My God”.  The term refers to the strong convenant keeping God as Creator.

See Neh 9:6, Job 26:7, Psalms 102:25, Heb. 11:3

There are other names of God which will help us focus on who He is and enable us to praise Him:

Jehovah Jireh–the God who provides.

Jehovah Shalom–the God who brings peace.

Jehovah Sabaoth–the God who brings spiritual help

Jehovah Rapha–the God who heals.

God’s names are revealed in our experiences with Him.  When was the last time He revealed Himself to you?

 

 

 

What Is Your Vision For Your Family Being Incorporated In The Church?

written by Pastor Jim Fryer, Independent Bible Baptist Church, Pittsburg, KS

Incorporating your family in the church begins with making sure that they are saved (Christians), and not running amuck in their spiritual life.   That means getting them here for every service to learn the procedure and the people of the church.

Getting them here for every service is probably the most important part of incorporating your child into the ministry of the local church.  In Sunday School they learn how to study the Bible, including the books of the Bible, and making friends who are their age.  In church they learn songs and hear lessons or messages that can and will change their lives.  Becoming incorporated into the different ministries of the church is of vital importance for young people, while learning vast knowledge of how to get along with others and learning the lessons that will make them capable to handle marriage, jobs, and life as a whole.

This is how important the church can be to a family who is struggling spiritually.  God has given you a great church here and a balanced Pastor who listens to problems and will give you the hard facts about what the Bible says for you to do about your problems.

Speak positively about the church, its members and its leaders including Sunday School teachers, Pastor, and even Wednesday night leaders.  It is important that your child does not see church as a “one hour a week” place to attend and “if I have time I’ll go” attitude.  God is more important.  You want to find your children able to make it in this society that we live in, you will not find refuge in the government, the school, the workd place, monetary value, but you will find it in the Lord Jesus, His church, and His Word.

Make these five things the greatest achievements that you or your family (wife included), can do:

Church attendance

Bible reading

Praying (individual and family)

Giving to the local assembly (gathering)

Witnessing (individual or corporately)

If you will come to church as a family, read the Bible as a family, pray as a family, give as a family, and witness in life, word, and deed as a family, God will bless the family.  Your children will be the second generation of Bible believing Christians that will give you grand children that are Bible believing and great grandchildren taht are Bible Believers.

–Jim Fryer

What Is Our Reason For Being?

Psalms 119:105

  NUN. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

Here lately at church, we’ve been studying Psalms 119:105.  Pastor Fryer (Independent Bible Baptist Church, Pittsburg, KS) has been teaching about how we can understand God’s will for us, and how we are to walk in our lives.  Below is the outline from our study.  Won’t you follow along?  I have to admit, this did a little flaying on me.  I definitely see areas of improvement needed in my life.  I hope you glean something from this as well!

Note:  All scripture is from E-Sword, and all in KJV.

When we decide to look to God and His Word for help there is no need to look any farther.

Our reason for being can be found in Revelations 4:11 and Psalms 139:14. 

Rev. 4:11–Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

Psalms 139:14–I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

We can realize that we live and exist because of God’s will.

What is the chief end of man?  We find this in Ephesians 1:5,6, 12, and 14, as well as I Corinthians 10:31.

Ephesians 1:5 and 6, 12, 14–Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,  (6) To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. (12) That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. (14) Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

I Corinthians 10:31–Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

If we search our hearts and discover our primary interest in God’s will is self-centered, it may be that all we really want is God’s blessing on our will.

We CAN understand God’s will for our lives. 

Ephesians 5:17–Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

We are to walk worthy of God’s call to salvation.

Ephesians 4:1–I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,

The word “walk” refers to the way that a Christian should progress in their Christian life.

It is a different walk, or an “extreme makeover”.

Ephesians 4:17-19–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.

It is a loving walk, similar to the kind of love displayed by Christ when he gave himself for us.

Ephesians 5:1,2–Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; (2) And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

It is an enlightened walk, referring to developing a new moral and spiritual standard of living that is acceptable to the Lord.

Ephesians 5:8-10–For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are yelight in the Lord: walk as children of light: (9)(For the fruit of the Spirit isin all goodness and righteousness and truth;) (10) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.

It is a careful walk, taking advantage of opportunities to serve Christ as evil erodes societies openness to the gospel, even the diligence of the believers.

Ephesians 5:15-16–See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, (16) Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

It is an empowered walk.

Ephesians 5:18–And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; (19) Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; (20) Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

Galatians 5:25– If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

An important element of God’s will and to “understand the will of the Lord” means to learn, accept, and practice these truths.

Will we choose God’s will or our own??

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How Are You Doing? (Part 2 of Preparing for Revival)

(A Preparation for Revival)

Acts 24:16 KJV

Act 24:16 And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.

Revival is coming to Independent Bible Baptist Church, with 4 nights of preaching from some pastors our congregation knows and loves as their own. Pastor Fryer (pastor of IBBC) put together a 2 page preparation sheet for IBBC to look over, ponder, and answer honestly between themselves and God. I think this is a very good list to think about, whether Revival is in the upcoming days or not. What follows is something that may well step on toes, pierce your heart, and make you uncomfortable. It has had that effect on me as well.

Note: all bible references are KJV, from the e-Sword program

Ask yourself these questions and answer them honestly… (Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.)

1. Is there an area where you have failed to put God first?

2. Have your decisions been made after your own wisdom and desires, rather than seeking and following God’s will?

3. Do any of the following in any way interfere with your surrender and service to God: ambition, pleasure, loved ones, friendships, desire for recognition, money, your own plans?

II Corinthians 9:6-7 But this I say,He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. (7) Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

1. Have you robbed God by withholding His tithe?

2. Have you robbed God by withholding His due of your time and talents?

3. Have you failed to support mission work through either prayer or offerings?

I Corinthians 4:2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.

  1.  Can you be trusted with responsibilities in the Lord’s work?
  2. Are you dependable?
  3. Are you allowing your emotions to be stirred for the things of God but doing nothing about it?

Hebrews 10:25  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

  1.  Do you miss church or avoid gospel preaching?
  2. Do you allow your mind to wander during preaching?
  3. Have you neglected or slighted daily, private prayer or the reading of God’s Word?
  4. Do you find the Bible or prayer uninteresting?
  5. Have you neglected to give thanks for your meals?
  6. Have you neglected family devotions?

Ephesians 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

  1.  Do you thank God for all things?  Do you thank Him for the good as well as what you perceive to be the bad?
  2. Do you call God a liar by doubting His Word?
  3. Do you worry?
  4. Is your spiritual temperance based on your feelings instead of God’s Word?

Ephesians 4:31  Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:

  1.  Do you complain?
  2. Do you find fault or have a critical attitude toward any person or thing?
  3. Are you irritable or cranky?
  4. Do you ever carry hidden anger?
  5. Do you get angry?
  6. Are you impatient with others?
  7. Are you ever harsh or unkind?

Philippians 4:4  Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.

  1.  Have you  neglected to seek to be pleasing to Him in all things?
  2. Do you carry bitterness toward God?
  3. Have you complained against God in any way?
  4. Have you been dissatisfied with God’s provision for you?
  5. Are you unwilling to obey God fully—are there some things that you would not be willing to do if God asked?
  6. Have you disobeyed some direct leading from God?

II Corinthians 3:5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;

  1.  Are you self conscious rather than Christ conscious?
  2. Do you allow feelings of inferiority to keep you from attempting things you should be doing to serve God?

Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

 

John 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

  1.  Are you secretly pleased over the misfortune of others?
  2. Are you secretly annoyed over the accomplishments or advancements of another?
  3. Are you guilty of contention or strife?
  4. Do you quarrel, argue, or engage in heated discussions?
  5. Are you a partaker in divisions?
  6. Are there people who you deliberately slight?

Matthew 6:14, For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:

Mat 6:15  But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

  1.  Are you holding a grudge against anyone?
  2. Is there anyone you have not forgiven?
  3. Are there any misunderstandings you are unwilling to forget?
  4. Do you harbor hatred, bitterness, resentment or jealousy against anyone?
  5. Do you ever seek to hurt anyone by word or deed?

As you answer these, you may feel the sting.  I know I sure have!

How Are You Doing? (A Preparation for Revival)

How Are You Doing?

(A Preparation for Revival)

Acts 24:16 KJV

Act 24:16  And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.

Revival is coming to Independent Bible Baptist Church, with 4 nights of preaching from some pastors our congregation knows and loves as their own.  Pastor Fryer (pastor of IBBC) put together a 2 page preparation sheet for IBBC to look over, ponder, and answer honestly between themselves and God.  I think this is a very good list to think about, whether Revival is in the upcoming days or not.  What follows is something that may well step on toes, pierce your heart, and make you uncomfortable.  It has had that effect on me as well.

Note: all bible references are KJV, from the e-Sword program

William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army said this:  “Before we go to our knees to receive the Baptism of fire, let me beg of you to see to it that your souls are in harmony with the will and Purpose of the Holy Spirit whom you seek.”

A.T. Pierson said “It is in exact proportion to the maintenance of such joint and believing, supplication and intercession that the Word of the Lord in any land or locality has had free course and been glorified.”

Vance Havner said “Revival is the church falling in love with Jesus all over again.”

I Samuel 7:2-3 reads: And it came to pass, while the ark abode in Kirjathjearim, that the time was long; for it was twenty years: and all the house of Israel lamented after the LORD.

And Samuel spake unto all the house of Israel, saying, If ye do return unto the LORD with all your hearts, then put away the strange gods and Ashtaroth from among you, and prepare your hearts unto the LORD, and serve him only: and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.

Samuel was preparing the children of Israel for the returning of the Ark of God.

Returning unto the Lord involves acknowledging where we have strayed from the Lord and return to Him.

Revelations 2:5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

Remove the strange gods for your life!  Jonathan Goforth said, “If revival is being withheld from us it is because some idols remains still enthroned because we still insist in placing our reliance in human schemes because we still refuse to face the unchangeable truth that it is not by might by by my Spirit.”  Deuteronomy 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:

We need a readiness to seek the Lord!  II Chronicles 20:1-22:

2Ch 20:1  It came to pass after this also, that the children of Moab, and the children of Ammon, and with them other beside the Ammonites, came against Jehoshaphat to battle.

2Ch 20:2  Then there came some that told Jehoshaphat, saying, There cometh a great multitude against thee from beyond the sea on this side Syria; and, behold, they be in Hazazontamar, which is Engedi.

2Ch 20:3  And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.

2Ch 20:4  And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the LORD: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD.

2Ch 20:5  And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD, before the new court,

2Ch 20:6  And said, O LORD God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee?

2Ch 20:7  Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever?

2Ch 20:8  And they dwelt therein, and have built thee a sanctuary therein for thy name, saying,

2Ch 20:9  If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help.

2Ch 20:10  And now, behold, the children of Ammon and Moab and mount Seir, whom thou wouldest not let Israel invade, when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them, and destroyed them not;

2Ch 20:11  Behold, I say, how they reward us, to come to cast us out of thy possession, which thou hast given us to inherit.

2Ch 20:12  O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.

2Ch 20:13  And all Judah stood before the LORD, with their little ones, their wives, and their children.

2Ch 20:14  Then upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, came the Spirit of the LORD in the midst of the congregation;

2Ch 20:15  And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.

2Ch 20:16  To morrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel.

2Ch 20:17  Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you.

2Ch 20:18  And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the LORD, worshipping the LORD.

2Ch 20:19  And the Levites, of the children of the Kohathites, and of the children of the Korhites, stood up to praise the LORD God of Israel with a loud voice on high.

2Ch 20:20  And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.

2Ch 20:21  And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever.

2Ch 20:22  And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.

We also need a renewal of the covenant!  Joshua 24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

Next we should pray for revival!  Sin is not committed wholesale, but specifically, and must be recognized and confessed in the same way it was committed.  I John 1:8-10

 1Jn 1:8  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

1Jn 1:9  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1Jn 1:10  If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

Charles Finney this heart searching.  Hosea 10:12 Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.

 

 

In part 2 of “How Are You Doing?” we’ll go straight to the questions!

How Do The Ten Commandments Affect My Life As A Child Of God?

 

By Pastor Jim Fryer, Independent Bible Baptist Church, Pittsburg, KS

While the Ten Commandments are first given to the Jewish law, in which they are to be obeyed specifically, they are also part of God’s law for mankind.  They are not part of “earning” a person’s salvation, but they are to be observed by God’s people (Christians) in accordance with Ephesians 4:17-22.

They are especially to be cross-referenced in their dealing with other Christians in attitudes and actions (meekness and temperance).

In the first eleven verses, we see man’s relationship with God (Exodus 20:1-11), which can be cross referenced to Ephesians 4:17-24, folling Christ in true holiness and righteousness.   The second part of the Ten Commandments deal with our relationship to others and can be cross-referenced to Ephesians 4:25-32 and how we are to be to other brothers and sisters in Christ.

The reference of verses in Ephesians 4:32 leaves us with the soul-stirring thought, “and be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

So the question remains in our relationship with God, are we “putting off the old man” and “putting on the new”?  In our relationship with others, are we forgiving one another as God for Jesus’ sake forgave us??

Lets Learn to Become Confident in our Faith–A Study on the Book of Hebrews

Study written by Pastor Jim Fryer of Independent Bible Baptist Church, Pittsburg, KS

What we need today are those who name the name of Christ to be confident in their faith and not move and sway with every wind of doctrine.  The Book of Hebrews will ground us in the fact that no matter what religious idea we have it pales in comparison to Jesus Christ.  He is better and because of this we can be confident that we can do all things through Christ which strengthens us.

Why study the Book of Hebrews?

1.  It is a book evaluation.

2.  It is a book of exhortation.

3.  It is a book of examination.

4.  It is a book of expectation.

The focus on this book is the future.  (Heb. 2:5; Heb. 11:10-16, 26)

We are pilgrims on a journey.  He wants us to turn loose from the things of this world and stop depending on them.  Abraham and Lot exhibit two attitudes in Genesis 13 and 14 concerning the world.

Notice Lot’s life:  He was a religious man (2 Peter 2:7,8)  He made a worldly choice (Gen. 13:10, 11).  He associated with evil men.  (Gen. 13:12, 13; 19:1)  He had a narrow escape from destruction. (Gen 19:17)  He lost his wife and children. (Gen. 19:24-38)

Jim Elliot, martyred by the Auca Indians, said this:  “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”

Notice some characteristics of Abraham’s life:  Obedience–He left home and friends at the call of God–Gen. 12:4.  Unselfishness–He gave Lot the first choice of the land–Gen. 13:9.  Courage–defeated the kings (Gen. 14:14);  Benevolence–gave tithes to Melchizedek the priest (Gen. 14:20);  Incorruptibility–refused  to receive gifts for services rendered (Gen. 14:23); Mighty in prayer (Gen. 18:23-33); Strong in faith-was willing to offer up his son Issac (Heb. 11:17).

God’s people should live with the expectation of rewards in the future.  Abraham obeyed God.  He looked for a city. (Heb 11:10)  Moses forsook the treasures of Egypt (“He had respect for the recompense of the reward.” Heb. 11:26)  Great women and men of the faith “obtain a better resurrection”.  (Heb. 12:2)  Jesus–“for the joy that was set before Him.”  (Heb. 12:2)

The emphasis in the Book of Hebrews is “Don’t live for what the world will promise you today!  Live for what God has promised you in the future!”  Jesus exemplified this attitude.  (Heb. 12:2)

This letter is not a diet for “spiritual babes”.  (Heb. 5:11-14)  The emphasis is not on what christ did on the earth “the milk” but what He is doing now in heaven.  (Heb.4:14-16)  He is the Great High Priest.  He is also the Great Shepherd of the sheep who equips us to do His will.  (Heb. 13:20-21)  He is working in us to accomplish His purposes.  (Phil. 1:6; I Thess. 5:24)

Dr. A. W. Tozer said, “Every man must choose his world.”  True believers (Heb. 6:5) which means that we have no interest in or appetite for the present sinful world system.  (I John 2:15-17)

Abraham chose the right world and became the father of the faithful.  (Heb. 11:17-19) and Lot chose the wrong world and became the father of the enemies of God’s people. (Gen. 19:30-38)

Abraham became the friend of God.  (IIChron. 20:7) but Lot became the friend of the world and lost everything. (I Cor. 3:15)