The flesh’s desire; disregards the commandments of God, the judgment of God and the very existence of God. Because we have the will of god, through faith therefore we must put aside all sinful cravings, all those lustful desires that are opposed to God.
1 John 2:16-17
“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.
“And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”
The temptations within our worlds desire; make their way through our eyes into our hearts. Which makes our flesh is weak, yet our eyes are weaker still. Therefore makes our whole weak and more susceptible to sin. The Devil wants our eyes wide-open to all that is worldly, to all that this world has to offer. He wants us to covet all that which is opposed to God, whether it is ungodly status, ungodly success, ungodly pursuits, or ungodly possessions.
We live in world of images! We cannot drive the highway or ride the train, we cannot turn on the television or the computer, and we cannot walk the mall or the workplace without being surrounded by seductive images. And our fallen eyes, being so vulnerable to the wiles of this world, are greatly tempted to be lifted up to view such worldliness. It is hard to avert our eyes.
Now, there is nothing sinful about possessions, possessions are not inherently sinful. Scripture teaches us that God gives us all things richly to enjoy. Possessions are God’s gifts to us.
All false views of pleasure; false views of possession; false views of superiority; this is the pride of life. The flesh is ready to betray us into the hands of the world and of the devil; therefore there must be a marvelous strong guard.