There were three lust that John wrote about in the new testament.The lust of the flesh, eyes and pride of the eyes.
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of the life, is not of the father,but is of the world. (1 John 2:16)
LUST OF THE FLESH
Jesus had been tempted by the lust of the flesh. In The Gospel of luke, he tells the story of Jesus in the wilderness for forty days tempted by Satan.
(Jesus) Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered. And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread. (Luke 4:2-3)
Jesus was tempted by Satan to turn stones into bread and eat it to satisfy his flesh but Jesus denied doing whatever Satan had tempted him to do, then replied saying:
It is written, that men shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God. (Luke 4:4)
This Temptation to the “Lust of the flesh coincides with the serpent’s Temptation of eve in which she “Saw that the tree was good for food”(Gen 3:6)
Though Jesus was experiencing earthly hunger, he resisted all influence and direction from Satan.
In this as in other phases of Temptation, Jesus used the word of God as his weapon..
IT IS WRITTEN…
We know from 1 Timothy 4:1 that Satan is a seducing spirit. To yield him one iota is to give him opening for greater inroads. Once you accept one Temptation to takeover, you are opening a road where Satan will keep on coming, hitting you in every aspects of life. But luckily God gave us a weapon that we could use to withstand the devil’s arrows. That weapon is the word of God. The Bible even describes the word of God as a two edged sharpened knife. Jesus used it in the wilderness to defeat Satan as we read earlier. So if Jesus withstand Satan’s Temptation of the flesh using the word of God then so can you.
We cannot say to yourself that, “This Temptation is too hard to resist”. No! This is the voice of the devil. Every Temptations of the flesh can be overcome through the word of God,and I mean every single one.
There hath no Temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that you may able to bear it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
During the temptation of Job as in the case of Jesus, God knew exactly what was going on at all times. He was always completely in control. He is the one who made the rules and set the limitations. He lets Satan tempt you to test your faith in him and to see if you are strong in his word.
LUST OF THE EYES
And when the woman saw that the tree…was pleasant to the eyes… (Genesis 3:6)
Seeing the forbidden fruit, the first couple coveted it and took it…their disobedience bringing the death that only Jesus’s obedience under similar Temptation could remedy;
For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. (Romans 5:19)
The lust of the eye is a favourable tool for Satan today. If he can cause the eye to look with longing upon the forbidden, covetousness enters the heart and leads eventually to all manner of gross sin: murder, theft, adultery etc.
Lust of the eyes is an area in which Satan is running rampant today, using every conceivable means to cause people to desire that which ia not theirs and go to great illegal and immoral lengths to acquire it.
…The eyes is not satisfied with seeing…
That is why people do crazy things just to have what they see.
To quench this evil lust of the eye, throw powerful and effective Bible verses to Satan beginning with:
“Satan for it is written…”
As soon as you see Satan trying to tempt you from your eyes, throw him punches of effective bible verses. Don’t give him time to complete what he’s trying to do, because as soon as you let him in, he’s going to start throwing you punches that you won’t see coming, you are going to trip my friend. Yes it’s just like boxing. You won’t even know how he got in. Remember you let him in in the first place. 1 Timothy says once you let him in you are opening a road where they will keep on coming.So don’t let him in.
PRIDE OF LIFE
The third Temptation parallel to the third Temptation of Eve and the things John warned us as being among “all that is in the world”…The pride of life.
Eve’s Temptation to pride of life was Satan’s promise “Ye shall be as gods.” Jesus’s Temptation was to here and now prove His deity to the world.
The temptation to man today is to prove himself, his power,his superiority, his merit. It becomes the deflection of spiritual Goals in a materialistic age.
Satan today uses the “if” in God’s relationship to man to challenge acts presuming upon that relationship. However our right relationship to God is based on our obedience to him, not presumptuous insertion of our own wills.
In this Temptation as in others Jesus used the word of God as His authority and weapon:
…It is said, Thou shalt not tempt thy Lord thy God.
Submit yourself to God . Resist the devil and he will flee from you. ( James 4:7)
As Jesus submitted to God and resisted the enemy, Satan had no power over Him.
Jesus was not here for a holding mission. God sent Him here for far more than to withstand the devil. His warfare was far greater than that.
Jesus’ purpose on earth was simply this:
….For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he may destroy the works of the devil. (1 John 3:8)
Jesus’ purpose was…attack and destroy the enemy.
Our purpose …The same!
As it is written in the book of John:
…as my father hath send me, even so I send you. (John 20:21)
We can escape Satan’s temptations but we should remember that Jesus said even as God sends him so he sends us throughout the world to destroy the work of the devil.