The Lust of the Eyes

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

Why do we get tempted in our minds? Because it is command central. It is here that we reason. It is here that we intellectualize. It is here that we contemplate. It is here that we dream. It is here that we fantasize. The Bible tells us, "For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds" (2 Corinthians 10:3–4).

That is how Eve was tempted—through the lust of the eyes: Eve, check it out. Have you ever seen a piece of fruit like this? Satan attacked Eve's mind. The lust of the eyes is mental temptation, temptation that comes through the realm of the mind.

As the apostle Paul wrote to the church at Corinth, "But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ" (2 Corinthians 11:3).

It is in our minds that we can commit horrible sins. We can reach into the past through our memories. We can reach into the future through our imagination. Often, the devil will get us to just think about it: You don't have to do it. Just think about it. That is all. It doesn't have to go any further than this. You can handle it.

But after a while, thinking about it isn't enough. After a while, fantasizing about it isn't enough. We want to take it to the next level. So we start flirting. We start touching. We start tasting. We start playing with it. Then, the next thing we know, we are caught in it.

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