Being your own worse enemy!

The Lust of the Eyes, Lust of the Flesh, and the Pride of Life

Cain, Korah, and Balaam exhibited these three things: lust and pride, which showed up as murder, rebellion, and soothe saying.

Lust of the eyes: (Lessons from the life of Cain)

In envy and jealousy of his brother Abel, Cain murdered him when God didn’t accept his sacrificial offering. When you look at what he did, you have to understand how he got to that point. Jesus referred to Abel as a prophet (Luke 11: 50-51). God accepted Abel, and God essentially told Cain that if he did what was right (in his eyes), he would be accepted too (Genesis 4:7). Can you imagine being full of covetousness and having a brother/sister who always did everything, right? Not only do they do right in public but privately, and you have to hear them tell you what is right and good to do and how to live, can you imagine?

Before an act is done, there is a “thought or imagery,” then the planning process for performing the act enters the heart, whereby action transpires. So, there is a lot of time to change the mind (2 Corinthians 10:5). Jealous people want what you have, and envious people want to be you. Through the lust of the eyes, Cain seethed in his “own” illusions until he made it his brother’s fault that he wasn’t where he wanted to be in God! He seethed to the point where he killed his brother but understand that he first murdered him in his heart. He lusted (coveted) after his brother, not after God. The lust of the eyes will consume your life until you move to become that which you see in your flesh.

The Lust of the Flesh: (Lessons from the life of Korah)

Korah was a Levite, a cousin of Moses, and in leadership, but it wasn’t enough. He found fault with everything that Moses did because he wanted to lead Israel. Korah, Dathan, and Abiram spoke against Moses. They made a direct attack through dissatisfaction/complaining. Moses hit the root cause as Korah wanting the priesthood (Numbers 16). In other words, Korah incited rebellion to fulfill his “own” selfish desires. Dathan, Abiram, and the men of the tribe of Reuben weren’t even Levites, but they rebelled nonetheless, used by someone who didn’t care about them and only wanted what he wanted. Their families incurred the same punishment as did Korah (v 23-36). Korah wanted power and preeminence among Israel. He operated in the lust of the flesh. He coveted those things that made him feel good and of worth.

Pride of Life: (Lessons from the life of Balaam)

Balaam was a greedy prophet…a prophet for hire (Jude). God took great lengths to stop the greedy prophet by confronting him personally. Balaam operated in the pride of life because all human beings want things, to have a sense of importance and fulfillment. Pride is rooted in the sinful nature. It was not Balaam’s desire to be someone great because he was already that: he had power with God (Numbers 22:6)! Whatever he said happened so much so that the enemy knew it and sought him out. What Balaam desired was sovereignty. Balaam desired to be worshipped for all he had and everything he could do; that’s the pride of life. He said to Balak, “if you give me your home filled with silver/gold, I can only speak what the Lord God tells me.” (Numbers 24:13). He was writing his ticket, but in the end, he got what he wanted and everything he didn’t. Balaam lost the ability to hear God, no longer had power with God, and became a soothsayer (what prophets become when they lose the anointing). And he died with the enemies of God (Numbers 25:1-18). The pride of life will always get you cut off from God.

Believers must understand that they will lust twice as much because lust (in it’ many manifestations) is the fruit/spawn of pride. Lust of the eye (what you see), the lust of the flesh (what you want/desire), and the pride of life (idolatry/self-exaltation); the deception and nature of Satan, the father of lies. The tricks and wiles of the enemy come through these means: lusts rooted in pride.

Watch what has your ears, your desires/appetites, and your heart. These are how the enemy seduce/entice you away from your protection: Jesus Christ (James 1).

~Faith Walker

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