Do not love either the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him; because everything in the world the desire of the flesh and the desire of the eyes and the showy display of one’s means of life does not originate with the Father, but originates with the world. Furthermore, the world is passing away and so is its desire, but the one who does the will of God remains forever.


By what means does Satan make our heart his target? “The whole world is lying in the power of the wicked one,” states the Bible. Satan’s weapons include “the things in the world.” Over thousands of years, the Devil has carefully crafted the environment surrounding us. Since we live in this world, we need to guard against his subtle tactics.

Satan uses methods designed to corrupt the desires of the heart. The apostle John identifies three enticements that Satan employs:

(1) “the desire of the flesh,”

(2) “the desire of the eyes,”

(3) “the showy display of one’s means of life.”

Satan used them to tempt Jesus in the wilderness. Having had years of practice using such traps, Satan today uses them effectively, adapting his approach to each person’s inclinations. Before considering measures we can take to protect ourselves in this regard, let us see how the Devil successfully used certain enticements with Eve but unsuccessfully with the Son of God.


~ by DJ Camstar on 03/08/2016.

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