What causes wars and contentions among you? Is it not the cravings which are ever at war within you for various pleasures?
You covet things and yet cannot get them; you commit murder; you have passionate desires and yet cannot gain your end; you begin to fight and make war. You have not, because you do not pray;
or you pray and yet do not receive, because you pray wrongly, your object being to waste what you get on some pleasure or another.
You unfaithful women, do you not know that friendship with the world means enmity to God? Therefore whoever is bent on being friendly with the world makes himself an enemy to God.
Or do you suppose that it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, "The Spirit which He has caused to dwell in our hearts yearns jealously over us"?
But He gives more abundant grace, as is implied in His saying, "God sets Himself against the haughty, but to the lowly He gives grace."
Submit therefore to God: resist the Devil, and he will flee from you.