…are not things per say. You can better understand what things of the world means/are by this definition.
You are into the things of the world when your decisions, any decision, is based off of what’s happening outside of you rather than what’s happening inside of you.
What happens inside of you is the fruit of the Spirit, what happens outside of you is the works of the flesh. What’s happening inside of you is at war with what’s happening outside of you and vice versa…and they are never in agreement. Whosoever wins is based entirely on you. (Actually God wins at the end of the day, moreso when you have the revelation that the real you is Christ, the only Son of God, who is also God, then you will know it’s only a matter of time. I’ll be glad though to expedite the process)
Okay. Explaining further with the bible and real life experiences, let see what happening inside and outside of us.
The things that are in the world: the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye and the pride of life. These things are not of the Father but the world. The Father is not outside in space. Your heavenly is inside of you. Any God you’re looking for outside of your Father are small gods and are worldly.
Your heavenly Father and mine cannot be found outside of ourself. He is a Spirit not flesh.
The things of the flesh focuses on the outside and how the ‘outside’ treats you and makes you feel. This always brings death. The things of the Spirit focuses on the Father and His Words. This always brings life.
John 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: THE WORDS THAT I SPEAK UNTO YOU, THEY ARE SPIRIT, AND THEY ARE LIFE.
John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
When you look outside of yourself for peace, love, abundance, favour. You will surely always get the exact opposite. Sometimes what presents itself outside might disguise itself as the real deal. When you get lured by this deception, you’ll find that the end product is always death.
Death is ignorance. (Will talk about this later)
Everything negative comes from the world (flesh). If you’re asking, how do I know that I’m in the world? This simple answer is how negative are you?
How easily frustrated and angry do you get?
Do people do things that breaks your heart?
Are you always overly careful, security-wise?
Do you find yourself beaten when things don’t go your way?
Do things around you control your mood and reception to others?
Are you only happy when happy things happen to you?
These questions and more will reveal what spirit controls you. The lying spirit of the world (flesh) or the Holy Spirit.
God wants to give EVERY MATERIAL THINGS that you desire or request. Believe that. BUT, you can only get it in His Kingdom. This Kingdom is inside of you. It is not here nor there but in you. This kingdom has righteousness, peace and joy, apart from the world. Whether you get a raise in the office or you lost a loved one doesn’t affect this Kingdom. This Kingdom comes to light through the Spirit. The Word of Christ is that Spirit. His promises and His deeds is the Word.
Get this and live a blissful life. Stop lusting after the flesh. Stop lusting after the eyes. Stop getting proud with life. There’s nothing to be proud of anyway when you understand.