YIELDING TO LUST

“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.”    1 John 2:16 NLT

 

“Lust” refers to a strong desire or impulse. It is almost always used in a negative sense in the New Testament. To yield to the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the boastful pride of life is to maintain love for the world. Today’s verse is explanatory of verse 15, with the use of the word “For” at the beginning of verse 16, showing how love for the things of the world do not come from the Father. Many have pointed out how the three aspects of temptation listed here parallel the way that Satan tempted Eve. She saw that the forbidden fruit was good for food (Genesis 3:6), which was an appeal to the lust of the flesh. She saw “that it was a delight to the eyes.” This appealed to the lust of the eyes. She also saw “that the tree was desirable to make one wise.” This appealed to the boastful pride of life. The same pattern occurs in Satan’s temptation of Jesus (Luke 4:1-12). Satan urged Jesus to turn the stones into bread – the lust of the flesh. He showed Him all the kingdoms of the earth, offering to give them to Him – the lust of the eyes. He encouraged Jesus to jump off the pinnacle of the temple which could have been a source of pride in this miraculous accomplishment – the pride of life. We face these temptations in our everyday lives. With Jesus’ victory over these temptations, He has given us the empowerment, through His indwelling Holy Spirit, to be victorious too.

 

PRAYER THOUGHT

Lord Jesus, thank You for the victory we have in You.

 

PRAYER FOR TODAY

Lord, as we face the various temptations in our everyday lives, we rejoice in Your victory over the same kind of temptations. Thank You for giving us the empowerment, through Your indwelling Holy Spirit, to be victorious too. AMEN

 

I.B.R.A. Readings

Isaiah 60:1-6

 

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