Monday, March 1st, 2010
"You at one time walked according to . . . the spirit that now operates in the sons of disobedience." (Ephesians 2:2)
The spirit of the world promotes “the desire of the flesh and the desire of the eyes and the showy display of one’s means of life.” (1 John 2:16) It produces fleshly works, such as fornication, idolatry, spiritism, jealousy, fits of anger, and drunkenness. (Galatians 5:19-21) And it fosters apostate speech that violates what is holy. (2 Timothy 2:14-18) Inevitably, the more a person allows himself to be influenced by the spirit of the world, the more like Satan he becomes. Each individual must choose what he will allow to govern his life—holy spirit or the world’s spirit. Those who are now dominated by the spirit of the world can break free from its influence and allow holy spirit to guide their lives. However, those who for a time were led by holy spirit can become ensnared by the spirit of the world.—Philippians 3:18, 19.
(Watchtower issue: 9/15/08, 4:7, 8)