The Importance of Self-Sufficiency in the World System

And make it your ambition (fondness of honor) to lead a tranquil life and to attend to your own things and to work with your hands just as we commanded you in order that you should walk becomingly towards those who are outside and not have need – 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12

Ambition expresses the concept of what we have a fondness for honor in. It was Paul’s ambition to preach Christ where He had not been preached (Romans 15:20). It should be our ambition to lead a tranquil life. A life where we are content and at peace. The world system does not want us to have this type of lifestyle because through it we become self-sufficient while working with our own hands and minding our own business. If someone is not willing to work, then they should not eat from another’s labors (2 Thessalonians 2:10).

One of the aspects of godliness is contentment. Regardless of what we have on earth we are beloved in Christ and should be content with having food, clothing, and a roof over our head (1 Timothy 6:8).  So many issues are brought into our lives because we are not content with what we have (1 Timothy 6:9). This does not mean we cannot be motivated to improve our lives, for we should seek to grow, mature, become better, gain skills, work with our own hands so that we have more than we need and are able to help fellow saints in need. But through all that, we should be content with where God has us.

Contentment makes it difficult for the world system to influence us. It uses the desires from our flesh – newer things, a spouse, higher paying job, etc. […]

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The World System

The World System

Designed by Satan to control mankind.

The First World System

Began from the shedding of the blood of Abel.

… in order that he should seek out the blood from all the prophets, the [blood] poured out from a foundation of the world, from this generation, from the blood of Abel until the blood of Zechariah … Luke 11:50, 51

Every aspect of life is controlled

Commerce: Jabal was the father of those who dwelt in tents and [had] cattle, Genesis 4:20

Culture: Jubal was the father of all that handled the harp and organ, Genesis 4:21

Industry: Tubalcain a forger of all instruments of brass and iron, Genesis 4:22

Judicial: Lamech’s declaration of his righteousness for killing a young man that attempted to kill him, Genesis 4:23, 24

The Current World System

Rebuilt after the destruction of the first world in the flood.

Satan has authority over the world system, Matthew 4:8; Ephesians 2:2

designed to control the sin nature, Ephesians 2:2. 3

Designed to pacify mankind. The whole world is laying as a baby in the arms of the wicked one, 1 John 5:19

Has its own wisdom, 1 Corinthians 3:19; 1:20,21, 27, 28

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