Created on Monday, 14 June 2010 07:04
Written by David Crabb
In our study of the book of James we have reached James 4:1-4 which deals with the topic of worldliness. Over the last several weeks we have done a study of the Scripture's teaching on worldliness looking at the definition of worldliness, what worldliness looks like, and finally how we can overcome worldliness. Yesterday morning I promised to post these questions which are based off the passages we considered together and are designed to help us discern what is worldly.
- Does this activity, thing, or pursuit take my heart away from God?
- Does it sabotage my communion with God and my walk in the Spirit? (Note: this will often differ from person to person depending on our circumstances, past experiences, and particular sin struggles)
- Does it undermine or seek to displace my relationship to Christ as the power of my life? (e.g. a moralistic, external code as opposed to a true-heartfelt worship)
- Does it attempt (is it designed) to do so?
- Does it feed the self-centered, appetite-driven, God-hating part of me called the flesh?
- Does it inflame my desire to disobey God's commands?
- Does it produce pride, contention, immorality, or any other behavior contrary to the love of God and the love of others?
- Does it lure me into obsession with what is earthbound and temporal versus what is heavenly and eternal?