Bible Reading: 1 John 2.15-17
Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever. 1 John 2.15-17
John show us that the enemy has three doors - three ways to entice us to love the world:
- lust of flesh – satisfying our carnal passions
- lust of eyes – satisfying our desire for possessions
- pride of life – boasting in self, position and status
As Ephesians 4:27 says, we can give Satan an opportunity through our actions. We are all tempted by one or more of these, but God provides the solution to each in His Word:
- If you struggle with lust of the flesh, practice integrity. Integrity is not perfect living, rather it is honest living, being open about who you really are, and putting down the mask.
- If your desire for things has placed you in a situation of financial debt, practice generosity with your money and time. Giving breaks the grip of materialism.
- If you struggle with pride, practice humility. Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it is thinking of yourself less, and God more.
In this life we will be tempted. But we can close the door to Satan’s temptations. Today, consider how you are most tempted and whether you are leaving any doors open in your life through your actions. Make sure there is another believer with whom you are fully transparent about where you are most tempted. Close those doors by practicing integrity, generosity and humility.
Weekly Memory Verse: If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; 1 John 1.6