John sounded the following warning. “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. (1 Jn 2:15-16). As we shall see all of the various hindrances that we encounter in this life are linked in some way to the pursuit of these three items, 1. the lust of the flesh, 2. the lust of the eyes, and 3. the pride of life. In order to over comers, when it comes to our personal hindrances and stumbling blocks we must have the victory in these three distinct areas of our lives.
From the beginning Satan realized that the most effect way to cause us to stumble is by manipulating our desires. Therefore he sought to manipulate Eve’s desires, knowing full well that the wrong choice would follow. At the heart of these manipulated desires are three items which from Eden up until now has caused the downfall of many. 6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, (#1. lust of the flesh), and that it was pleasant to the eyes, (#2. lust of the eyes), and a tree to be desired to make one wise, (#3. the pride of life) she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. Gen 3:6.
The road of discontentment is crowded with those who have made it their lifelong goal to pursue these three items. These are the three areas where Eve was tempted and stumbled in Eden. These are also the three areas where Satan tempted Christ, in the wilderness. We class these three items as #1. The things that feel good, #2. The things that look good, and #3. The things that make us look good. (we call them F-L-M for short).
These are the three items which gave Satan power over Eve, and eventually over humankind. These three items which gives Satan power over us, don't come from Satan, they originate in us. As we saw earlier The scriptures speaks of individuals who are consumed with an insatiable urge for carnal pleasures, possessions, and position. Those who put their hopes of obtaining contentment, via the obtaining these items will be sadly disapointed. "They commit adultery with their eyes, and their desire for sin is never satisfied. 2nd Pet 2:14, (NLT).