KEY SCRIPTURE: 2 Timothy 2:4. KJV “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier”
Worldliness is not just the physical appearance of an individual but when the heart is ruled by the flesh. Carnality is the underlying condition for worldliness. It is that which makes the heart of a man cold towards God. Remember Lot’s wife. She left Sodom and Gomorrah but her heart never left the place. (Luke 17:32) Our key scripture says the man who has been called to serve the Lord is a warrior. He is God’s battle axe against Satan’s activity in the lives of men. His commitment must therefore be total towards the Lord. Spirituality is separating from the world. It is fundamentally being scriptural oriented. It is to have a scriptural outlook about life.
To love the world makes one an enemy of God. The flesh has become his god. James 4:4 KJV” Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God”. The kind of associations we have would either make us worldly or spiritual people. 2nd Corinth 6:14 reminds us that, we cannot be equally yoked together with unbelievers. To be yoked means to be engaged in all affairs with that individual. The Christian worker must influence all that he relates with to love and serve God. If the Christian would act like the unbeliever then he has seriously lost his spiritual bearings.
Dear child of God you cannot be visiting the club with your friends neither can you do the things they do. The word church means, the called-out ones. You have been called out of the world and must remain out of it. Are your worldly friends comfortable in your presence to say and do certain ungodly acts? If your presence does not send any message to reverence the presence of God, then you have become worldly like them. Repent and turn to the LORD.
I am in the world, but I am not of the world. I live by the spirit of God and do not give place to the flesh to control my life. I am light to many in darkness.
2Corinth 6:17 ISV” Therefore, “Get away from them and separate yourselves from them,” declares the Lord, “and don’t touch anything unclean. Then I will welcome you”.
James 4:4″. You [are like] unfaithful wives [having illicit love affairs with the world and breaking your marriage vow to God]! Do you not know that being the world’s friend is being God’s enemy? So whoever chooses to be a friend of the world takes his stand as an enemy of God”.