Thursday, 3 July 2014
How satan Tempts Us: The 3 Appeals (2)
Just as how satan attempted to tempt Jesus in the desert, he also attempts to tempt us fallen humans in the same way as he tempted Jesus. First, he appeals to the lust of the flesh, second, he appeals to the lust of the eyes, and lastly, he appeals to the pride of life (1 John 2:16).
The lust of the flesh in Jesus' temptation was concerned with his physical natural needs.
The lust of the eye was concerned with what he could gain in the natural realm according to what He could see through his eyes, which are the window of a person's soul.
The pride of life concerns any type of pride from the flesh, a view of the self that is elevated above what one really is. Whenever one becomes consumed by pride, one will seek to be independent of God, be blind to one's sins, while magnifying or having an ungodly suspicion about the sins of other. As a result, sin comes quickly.