(or, to use the Biblical term -- covetousness),
which may be defined as setting our affection upon the things of this world,
is one of the greatest reasons for spiritual compromise and corruption
among us who are God's own people today.
Without repentance thereof there can be no spiritual revival.
1 Timothy 6:9-10
But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare,
and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
For the love of money is the root of all evil:
which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith,
and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them every one is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely.
And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people,
and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness.
And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness:
for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.
For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy;
I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit,
to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
For I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always wroth:
for the spirit should fail before me, and the souls which I have made.
For the iniquity of his covetousness was I wroth, and smote him:
I hid me, and was wroth, and he went on frowardly in the way of his heart.
Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness.
Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way.
Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.