The Five Senses

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. 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.
1 John 2:15-16

The five senses; taste, touch, smell, hearing, and seeing, all report to the carnal mind – which is the enemy of God. These senses are what Satan uses to tempt us! The lust of the flesh includes tasting, touching, smelling, and hearing. The lust of the eyes is seeing. The pride of life is thinking you are special because of who you are, what you have, what you know, or what you look like.

The enemy uses these three things, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, to entice us to sin. Scripture shows this process at work in both the Garden of Eden and on the Mount of Temptation.

In the Garden of Eden: «The woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat.» Genesis 3:6 The woman, Eve, saw that «the tree was good for food» – the lust of the flesh, «it was pleasant to the eyes» – the lust of the eyes, and «a tree to be desired to make one wise» – the pride of life. Of course you know the rest of the story! Eve was deceived, Adam disobeyed, sin came into the world, and death passed upon all men by sin, for that ALL have sinned…

On the Mount of Temptation: When the tempter came to Jesus, he said, «If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.» Matthew 4:3 – the lust of the flesh. «The devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, ‹All these things will I give thee.›» Matthew 4:8-9 – the lust of the eyes. «Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, 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.›» Matthew 4:5-6 – the pride of life. Through the power of the Spirit, with the Sword of the Spirit, Christ successfully resisted the temptations of the Devil and now we can too!

For to be carnally minded (minding the things of the flesh) is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind (minding the things of the flesh) is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God…
Romans 8:6-8

I think the greatest battle we all face in our lives is the battle within, the battle between the flesh and the spirit…

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  1. hi justwanttodowhatGodays, first question for you is this; were you directed by the holy spirit to marry this man, if not then you don’t expect your marriage to be all that perfect. but whether or not you married the will of God for you, you are already in it and u have to be in it till death separates you two as that is the oath u swore; for better for worse. But I don’t mean to scare you, there is still a way out; God. Now you just have to first of all make your way right with God by repenting of ur sin; masturbation and the likes. next is that you talk to God the way u have just tendered your case on this forum; I.e with simplicity and transparency, tell God to give you a solution and wait patiently, enduringly and in love for your husband to change. pray for God to change your husband and while you do all these you have to submit your body to ur husband at his beck and call irrespective of anything as God would not accept any excuse for keeping your body from your husband no matter how genuine. I don’t mean to sound insensitive to your plight but if you truly want Gods peace to reign in your family you have to pay this sacrifice. It will do you a great deal of good if you can meet a man God. but be careful of wolf in sheep’s clothing. here is a man of God I recommend for you from Nigeria; +2348033459147. God bless u.

  2. hi Margo, someone has said that if you thirst after God and God fills you and you become full, then you are a fool.› it is common for most of us that just gave out life to Christ to start out all blazing for God and then all of a sudden begin to drop and even eventually die, however this is not how God wants it to be. after Christ rose from dead, he continued to ascend until he go to heaven, in like manner after we have risen to a new life in Christ our spiritual life should continually ascend instead of the rising and falling and dying trend. so your problem may be you got full when you ought to get hungry, maybe when you saw you were being used by God through singing you were tempted to think that you had arrived, and as a result u stopped panting of God and so you began to die. so check yourself. it is not a sin to have feelings for others but you had to be careful so that you dont end up in lust. put your emotions in check by the word of God. Also God has not turned his back on you, don’t cheat yourself by thinking that, you have made a mistake and its good you have realised it, if you pray for forgiveness dont look for a feeling of being forgiven but accept by faith that you have been forgiven, that is the beauty of the righteousness that Christ came to offer us, we dont walk by feelings but by faith. so dont remain in self condemnation. just make you way right with God and tell God that you desire his presence in your life again. but watch your motives. God bless u.

  3. I am a weak Christian

  4. What are the ways we can resist the lust of the flesh

  5. 1 Chronicles 22:12-13 Only the LORD give thee wisdom and understanding, and give thee charge concerning Israel, that thou mayest keep the law of the LORD thy God.
    Then shalt thou prosper, if thou takest heed to fulfil the statutes and judgments which the LORD charged Moses with concerning Israel: be strong, and of good courage; dread not, nor be dismayed.

  6. Sweet, simple and to the point. It is a good definition with sound biblical references to show examples of what each looks like lived out in the life of a person. It would have been nice to see some action steps to overcoming it.

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