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All That is in the World

One of Jesus’ disciples makes an interesting observation about the world. John points out three temporary pleasures that the world offers: the lust of the flesh, the lust of your eyes, and the pride of life. These words appear to be a continuation of Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 6:19-24. These earthly treasures speak to human beings through enticement and lust. This is all that is in the world.

For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh [craving for sensual gratification] and the lust of the eyes [greedy longings of the mind] and the pride of life [assurance in one’s own resources or in the stability of earthly things]—these do not come from the Father but are from the world [itself], 1 John 2:16.

The concept that sex sells appeals to the lust of the flesh. Whether this is in the form of advertising. commercials, or scenes from a movie, these images are designed to entice your cravings for sensual gratification. The second form of lust coincides with Jesus’ third temptation in Matthew 4:8-10. The Devil offered Jesus all the kingdoms of the world in exchange for his worship. The lust of the eyes plants a seed in minds for seeking control and power on earth.

And the world passes away and disappears, and with it the forbidden cravings (the passionate desires, the lust) of it; but he who does the will of God and carries out His purposes in his life abides (remains) forever, 1 John 2:17.

The final temporary pleasure that the world offers is the pride of life. This ungodly belief makes some people think that you can control your own destiny. This desire is what has caused some in Hollywood to believe that they are God. Unfortunately, the god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, 2 Corinthians 4:4. You may try to fill the void in your heart with all that is in the world, but only Jesus satisfies, John 10:10.

by Jay Mankus

Insatiable for Sin

One of the best aspects of the internet is that you don’t have to open up a dictionary every time you come across a word that you’re not familiar with or don’t know. Instead, all you have to do is copy and paste terms like insatiable into your favorite search engine. What I discovered is that insatiable is an appetite or desire that is impossible to satisfy. Peter appears to be referring to an earthly addiction in the passage below. An unquenchable lust that doesn’t stop until you give into what your flesh desires.

They have eyes full of harlotry, insatiable for sin. They beguile and bait and lure away unstable souls. Their hearts are trained in covetousness (lust, greed), [they are] children of a curse [[b]exposed to cursing]! – 2 Peter 2:14

This insatiable thirst appears to be linked to individuals who cherish the world along with the various temporary pleasures that it offers, 1 John 2:15-17. The disciple whom Jesus loved makes a distinction between the lust of the flesh and lust within your eyes. The first aspect of lust craves for sensual gratification like the harlot in the passage above. However, when your eyes become fixated on something that you want, your mind works hand in hand with lust to satisfy insatiable passions.

But every person is tempted when he is drawn away, enticed and baited by his own evil desire (lust, passions). 15 Then the evil desire, when it has conceived, gives birth to sin, and sin, when it is fully matured, brings forth death, James 1:14-15.

One of Jesus’ earthly brothers details the process that leads up to insatiable actions. James removes God from the equation by using a fishing analogy. The Devil relies on temptation like a fisherman seeking to hook hungry fish. Each day the Devil dangles something in front of you based upon a specific weakness that you possess, 1 Peter 5:8. You may not bite initially, but once the seed for sin has been planted in your mind, enticement, lust, and passions will eventually wear you down. If you’ve come to a point in your life where you’re ready to change, look for the way out of temptation, 1 Corinthians 10:13.

by Jay Mankus

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