“For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.” – 1 John 2:16
Are you aware that the enemy is coming after you in full force? Do you know that he has three tactics that he always uses? Do you understand how to overcome those three threats?
This question is often asked, “How was the Devil able to cause Adam and Eve to fall? How could they have been so stupid to give up intimacy with God, a perfect home in the garden, and eternal life for temporary pleasure?” Before passing too much judgement on them, let’s consider the fact that today we are in a better position than they were. But yet, we make the same mistake over and over again. Adam and Eve had no understanding of the consequence of sin. Though they were eternal, they were not omniscient. They did not have complete and unlimited knowledge. Their obedience to God had to be solely based on faith in God and nothing else since they had no way of truly knowing if the consequences of God’s instruction would be as severe as God said it would be or even what it meant. They were the first victims of the Devil’s triple threats; the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. These triple threats are the basic way that the Devil tempts all of us, especially when we are facing spiritual warfare. He may use different tactics, but he always uses one of these three methods or all three. He used them with Adam and Eve, with Jesus, and with every human being that has ever lived. These triple threats are found in 1 John 2:16, “For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life–is not of the Father but is of the world.”