When Satan tempts to reveal the ungodly desires in a person's heart, he often knows what they desire, because
the invisible world can see what one says and does in secret.
Satan, taking advantage of one's desires, knows that the passion of one's desire can
overwhelm one's self control resulting in disobeying God and causing others to do likewise
(1 Cor 7:4-5).
The most common desire, appealing to one’s physical senses, is the desire for pleasure.
Jesus speaks of this desire for pleasure with the sense of one being consumed with wealth and
material comforts at the expense of the Good News (Luke 8:14).
The apostles and the author of James are more explicit in describing one's priority of
desiring for pleasure as enslavement, because of the extent one would go to achieve it: deceit, violence and
murder (Tit 3:3; Jam 4:1-3;
2 Pet 2:12-14).
The New Testament is very clear that the desire for wealth and pleasure makes one susceptible to temptation
especially when these desires are qualified as extreme (i.e. avarice, lovers of…;
1 Tim 6:9-10; 2 Tim 3:1-7).
When Satan tempted Jesus to disobey God with food (Matt 4:3),
personal safety (Matt 4:5-6), and wealth / dominion
(Matt 4:8-9), He did not fail, because Jesus Christ's only
desire was to love His Father and be obedient to Him.
The only way to manage one's desires is through the study of God's to remind ourselves the
priority of loving God and to remain obedient to His word.
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