Worldliness is the opposite of submission to God in life and spirit. When you stop fighting covetousness, and you give in to it, you still have the desires growing in your heart but have no way to fulfill those growing desires. The consequence: quarrels and hate.

Outline—James 4:1–2

  1. Worldliness is warfare (v. 1)
  2. Worldliness is rooted deep within (v. 1)
  3. Worldliness is filled with danger (v. 2)
  4. Worldliness is never satisfied (v. 2)
  5. Worldliness baulks at restraints (v. 2)

Take Home Points

  • Where has covetousness taken root in your heart?
  • What steps do you need to take to have victory over this worldly behavior?
  • Give thanks to God who promises to supply every need.

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