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Many people don't know what things in their lives, God requires them to overcome as scripture teaches, and stay addicted to what destroys and corrupts. So what is it that we have to, with Gods help, overcome?

Scripture makes it clear:

1 John 2:15-17 King James Version (KJV)

15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

16 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.

17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life are the three paths which Satan uses in temptation.

Lust is an intense longing, and can be a lust for anything. Satan uses our own own weaknesses,  and desires against us, to make us fall. Satan probes and brings vices to test us, till he learns your weak points, then brings great pressure and phases of temptation till we fall.

So what is lust of the flesh?

Galatians 5:19-21 King James Version (KJV)

19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,

20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,

21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

If these things are found in us, we will not be able to come before God or inherit eternal life in His Kingdom.

So what is lust of the eyes?

This is simply a temptation to do the sin, which we allow to grow or partake of in our heart and mind, even if we haven't committed the actual deed.

Matthew 5:28

But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

So what is pride of life?

It is a desire of excess greatness or power that is the most insidious for many. Pride of life is what made Lucifer turn from a covering cherub into Satan our adversary. So what does scripture teach us?

Matthew 4:1-11 King James Version (KJV)

4 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.

2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.

3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.

4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

5 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,

6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.

7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;

9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.

10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

11 Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

Scripture shows that Christ was tempted with the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, yet He did not sin. With His help, we can overcome.

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EGW says that if we can overcome our appetites we can overcome every known sin. But we can only do this by the power of the indwelling Christ. 


We as children of God have to overcome ALL SIN before entering the Kingdom of God. 


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