Satan Always Targets the Same Three Areas
The Apostle John in 1 John 2:15-17 explains the world we are not to befriend or love is all the lusts and evil desires packaged in varied shapes, sizes, and colors…that always fall into one of three categories:
1 John 2:15-17 (NKJV) Do not love [present active imperative] the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. 17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.
The world operates by sending us temptations packaged as enticements from our lusts.
“Lust of flesh ”
We are tempted by the flesh to chase pleasures: this equals the cravings of the body.
Whether for food, pleasure, or fun: our bodies are built to crave and God says don’t allow your flesh to control your cravings.
God says those fleshly desires are worldly; and He is against that lust in any form in our lives.
“Lust of the eyes”
We are tempted by our eyes to chase stuff: this is lust for things.
Lest we think that this is not as bad as the lusts of the flesh, remember that covetousness (insatiable longing for more things) is as damnable as idol worship. That means that the lust for possessions is as wicked as the lust for immorality.
Beware of both, they are deadly!
“Pride of life”
We are tempted by pride to chase status: this equals the boasting of the mouth.
This is selfishness because I’m most important.
This is irritableness because life revolves around me.
This is untruthfulness because I need to protect myself.
This is laziness because I want to rest and comfort myself.
All of these are pride as well as obvious lust for status and special recognition.
Pride in all its forms is heinous to God.
When Jesus met the Devil in the wilderness His only resource was God’s Word—and that is the weapon Satan fears.
Follow Discover the Book Ministries to stay up to date:
Traditional Books: https://tinyurl.com/y4xgz9rb
Audio CDs: https://tinyurl.com/y5nnj3eu
Donate to the ministry: https://discoverthebook.org/donations/partnership/
PayPal QuickLink: https://paypal.me/JohnandBonnieDTBM?locale.x=en_US
For more of Dr. John Barnett’s Bible teaching messages go to: https://discoverthebook.org/