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How all can Satan tempt us? Only 3 ways



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]

Temptation had been there from the time this world was created till date. We see different forms of temptation even now also but the interesting part of all these temptation is that they all fall under any one of the only possible 3 categories. Its been proved in the Bible at different books that Satan can tempt us or anyone for that case, in one of the 3 possible categories. We are just given one from any of these 3 categories or a combination with a new wrapper, and we think that its a new situation which no one had ever faced.

Lets look at the 3 main category which devil has for us, and from where he pick and adds new wrapper and tempts us..
These 3 are very self explanatory statements and I am sure, we all would have gone through them either directly or with the wrapper, in our lives.
1. Lust of the Flesh
2. Lust of the Eyes
3. Pride of Life

I would like to present one examples for this from Bible, which is from the Old Testament, and this scenarios is know to almost everyone. This is about Adam and Eve and see how did Satan tempted Eve in the garden of Eden. Genesis 3:1-6 highlight the first temptation of the world.

Now the serpent was more subtle and crafty than any living creature of the field which the Lord God had made. And he [Satan] said to the woman, Can it really be that God has said, You shall not eat from every tree of the garden? And the woman said to the serpent, We may eat the fruit from the trees of the garden, Except the fruit from the tree which is in the middle of the garden. God has said, You shall not eat of it, neither shall you touch it, lest you die. But the serpent said to the woman, You shall not surely die, For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing the difference between good and evil and blessing and calamity. And when the woman saw that the tree was good (suitable, pleasant) for food and that it was delightful to look at, and a tree to be desired in order to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she gave some also to her husband, and he ate.

Eve had gone through all 3 category in this incident.

1. Lust of the Flesh : she took of its fruit and ate (nothing happened as she had in mind)
2. Lust of the Eyes : the woman saw that the tree was good
3. Pride of Life : your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God

She fell in all the 3 categories, and the result is that they had to leave Eden garden, and with that pain, suffering and death came. So with eve following the temptation and falling to it, they actually lost everything instead of gaining what devil made them feel they will get. 

If we see our lives, we can map the tough scenarios we face, to any one of the 3 categories, and hence we can assume the result of falling to those temptations. Falling to those will make us feel good for that time, but soon you realize the mistake but at time we are very late to get back what we had lost by then. We have to be very careful in making sure we understand the temptation and take the strength and blessing from God to keep us away from them.

Satan cannot make you do anything, he can only tempt. If we fall to that then we make devil win over our lives. If we keep our faith strong then no temptation can over come us. I pray we understand that temptation are from devil and not God and that God has provided us with the option and strength to defeat devil by not falling to any temptation going forward.

Lord is Grace...

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