1 John 2:16
"For everything in the world -the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life - comes not from the father but from the world."
I heard a pastor once say, "the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life are the patterns of the enemy." You may have heard people say that the enemy has no new tricks. He comes to steal, kill and destroy and he does it the same way maybe just with different people. For example, let’s take the first one the lust of the flesh. If we go back to the story of when Jesus was walking the earth and he was in the wilderness, satan tried to tempt him because he knew that Jesus was hungry. (Matthew 4:1-11) Jesus was tempted in the bible, each time he responded to satan, he replied with the word of God.
When I think about the second point, the lust of the eyes, I think about not being so desperate for something that you lose yourself. Our eyes can get so big at times, we want what others have and we would do just about anything to get them. Once we become so desperate for it, we no longer are in alignment with what God has planned for us….and trust me, His plan sets us up for the long run.
Then, there’s the pride of life. I want to be successful. I want a great career, family, accolades and nothing is wrong with that but let’s make sure we check our hearts to see why we want them. Is it for us and only our benefit or do we really want to glorify God? We have to reflect back on God's promises to defeat the enemy and to cancel out the lies. When you read a promise, meditate on it because we shouldn't be so desperate over something that is already ours to begin with.
In chapter 4 of Matthew, the word says the Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness to be tempted by satan. So we know the patterns of the enemy will come, but what will be our response? Will we bow down to him and crumble? Or, will we remember the God that we serve and realize that the enemy has already been defeated?
Whatever it is that you may be struggling with, examine and admit it is a struggle. I am a firm believer of speaking against things so that it will lose its power. I will be honest I have a challenging time turning down free food and I admit that often. Lately, I have been praying for a healthier lifestyle and asking God to take the desire to get seconds or thirds away because I'm overeating and I know it. This may seem minute but it is a huge issue for me. What issues are you dealing with that you can't seem to say no to when it comes to your flesh? Try fasting and feeding your body with the word so that you can depend on God and not things.
Let Us Pray
Father God I thank you for who you are. Thank you for sharing your wisdom with your children. Thank you for being the perfect example of how we should not play with the enemy but put him in his place by fighting him with your word. Thank you for your word Father, that gets us through daily battles and teaches us how to navigate life. I pray that you shake up everything that can be shaken in our lives so that we can stand on you our solid rock and foundation. I pray for a hunger like never before to crave your word. Let that be the only way we know how to fight by giving your word back to you in tempting situations. I rebuke all attacks from the enemy right now in the mighty name of Jesus. Father come in and take control. Give us strength and courage to turn away from things that we crave, that aren't pleasing in your sight. We die to flesh and we starve it from the things of this world. Thank you for your grace and your mercy that gets us through each day because we may not get it right on our first try. I thank you for being there, encouraging us to keep trying and helping us as we put our trust in you. We love you and we thank you for breaking bad habits on this day. In Jesus name, Amen.