Posted by: Apostolic Oneness Pentecostals | August 28, 2011

Exposing The Three Tricks Of The Enemy: Flesh, Eyes, And Pride Of Life!

In this short but profound lesson, I want you to know the three things the devil will use to trick you into sin. 1 John 2:16 says “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” When you operate in carnality, you are most certainly operating in one of these three areas. Satan will attempt to destroy your soul with sin. This is why it is so important to put on holiness attributes.

Satan will use the lust of the flesh to destroy you. Some example of the lust of the flesh would be adultery and fornication. In these examples, the body (flesh) craves what does not belong to you (another man or woman). To go even a step further, when you can’t find a person to gratify the flesh, you in turn start to find things in ungodly magazines and ungodly websites that promote “flesh on parade”. A horrendous cycle then starts which seems you can’t get out of its gripe. But God has equipped every believer with the power to withstand this trick of the enemy.

Satan then will try to use the lust of your eyes. A major example of the lust of the eyes would be covetousness. Covetousness is wanting or desiring something that is not yours or does not belong to you.

“Jesus admonishes us to “take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses” Luke 12:15. Paul instructs us to “put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry” Col. 3:5. The parable of the rich fool shows how dangerous a covetous attitude can be Luke 12:16-20. (What are you willing to let keep you out of heaven By David Padfield)

Finally Satan will use the pride of life to destroy you. A wonderful researched example of the pride of life would be “vain craving for honor and applause, or the stubborn mind-set that will not allow one to repent of and confess their sins.” (What are you willing to let keep you out of heaven By David Padfield) Pride causes people to stay unrepentant. No repentance equals no forgiveness of sin. No forgiveness of sin means no access to heaven. Why operate like this when Jesus freely died just so that you can have the right to eternal life.

In conclusion, there is hope! “……but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.” 1 John 2:17. So we see that if we do God’s will (which is found in His Word) we will abide with Him forever (which means your eternal heavenly destination). Here is one sure way to protect yourself from the enemy. We all know this scripture, but sometimes with the trials of life, we need to be reminded of how we can win this battle. Ephesians 6:11 “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”

  • The Belt Of Truth: Jesus Is The Truth John 14:6
  • The Shoes Of Readiness and Peace
  • The Breast Plate Of Righteousness – Jesus Is Our Righteousness Jeremiah 23:6
  • The Shield Of Faith – Having Faith in Jesus alone Acts 17:11
  • The Helmet Of Salvation – Biblical Salvation Born Of Water and Spirit John 3:7
  • The Sword Of The Spirit – Holy Ghost Infilling Acts 1:8

As you start your Monday, I encourage you to put the Word into action and make a concise effort by the power that is within to conquer the flesh and give no room for Satan to have any glory in your life. God is to get All THE GLORY and you can be sure in this when you walk in the Spirit.


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