"We know that we are of God, and that the whole world lies in the power of the evil one. And, we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life. Little children, guard yourselves from idols," (I John 5:19---21).
* As he brings this epistle to a close, John is seeking to reinforce his readers' awareness that believers are distinct from the satanically-controlled world system. The Holy Spirit gives us understanding of how holy our Lord truly is, and warns us against devotion to anyone or anything which would compete with His claim on our lives. May the Holy Spirit continually sensitize us to the subtle tactics of the enemy of our soul.
* Much of the compromise in the church stems from taking too lightly the fact that the entire world system lies in the power of the evil one. And Satan's schemes are so subtle that, as one wise observer said, 'the world has gotten so churchy, and the church so worldly, it's hard to tell the difference between them!'
May we ever be alert and on guard against the popular idolatries of our day, such as raffles, grocery store drawings, and lotteries.