The vain delights of this world

(Favell Lee Mortimer, "Family Devotions")

How many warnings are there in the
Scriptures against the love of the world.

"The heart of fools is in the house of
 pleasure." Ecclesiastes 7:4

"Lovers of pleasure rather than lovers
 of God." 2 Timothy 3:4

The unconverted person loves fleshly things.
He only delights in the earth--all his desires
are after the things of the world . . .
  its pleasures,
  its profit, and
  its honors.

But when the Spirit changes a man's fleshly
heart, then he has a spiritual nature--then
he has desires after spiritual things--after
holiness and heaven.

God often permits the servants of Satan
to enjoy the vain delights of this world.

"You have lived on earth in luxury and self
 indulgence. You have fattened yourselves
 in the day of slaughter!" James 5:5

"She has lived in luxury and pleasure, so
 match it now with torments and sorrows!"
     Revelation 18:7