by J.C. Ryle
The principal fight of the Christian is with . . . the world, the flesh, and the devil.
These are his never-dying foes! These are the three chief enemies against whom he must wage war. Unless he gets the victory over these three, all other victories are useless and vain. If he had a nature like an angel, and were not a fallen creature–the warfare would not be so essential. But with a corrupt heart, a busy devil and an ensnaring world, he must either fight–or be lost.
He must fight the WORLD. The subtle influence of that mighty enemy must be daily resisted–and without a daily battle, it can never be overcome.
The love of the world’s good things, the fear of the world’s laughter or blame, the secret desire to keep in with the world, the secret wish to do as others in the world do–all these are spiritual foes which beset the Christian continually on his way to Heaven, and must be conquered.
“If any man loves the world–the love of the Father is not in him.” 1 John 2:15
“The world is crucified to me–and I unto the world.” Galatians 6:14
“Whoever is born of God, overcomes the world.” 1 John 5:4
“Do not be conformed to this world.” Romans 12:2
“Friendship with the world is enmity with God. Whoever therefore will be a friend of the world, is the enemy of God.” James 4:4
Read “True Christianity Is A Fight“
by J.C. Ryle