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THE THREE ENEMIES OF THE WHOLE HUMAN RACE
Ephesians 2 (NIV) As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.
All of us at one time were with them, gratifying the cravings of our flesh[a] and following its desires and thoughts.
There is an oft used phrase; "The world, the flesh, and the devil." This phrase rolls off the tongue very easy and in the process reduces it to an almost harmless saying. In fact this is that which has been from the Garden of Eden where man died spiritually. This event was so tragic that it took GOD himself to provide a remedy for the damage done.
The world, the flesh, and the devil is a three fold enemy of all men. Even in an unsaved state they fight against the sinner. They will do everything in their power to keep the sinner from coming to Christ and receiving salvation. It doesn't stop there, they continue to harass the Christian even after being redeemed. A brief look at these three forces follows.
THE WORLD or better yet the world system. At every turn there are temptations of every sort and they are promoted as being good. They have perfected the ways to stimulate the lusts that dwells within all persons. This alone inhibits Christian growth. When one hooks up illicit desires with guilt (even if one never follows through) there is a breach in the relationship with GOD. We are lucky if there aren't lasting scars left as a reminder of our failure.
Another aspect of the world's system is political correctness. Evil men pass laws and insist Christians to accept them as their gospel and reject GOD'S truth. The pronouncement that if it's legal it must be right is deceptive to it's core.
2 Corinthians 10:12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
When evil compares itself with evil the outcome is evil. The world judges it self and is found wanting for it can only gain acceptance but never the righteousness of GOD.
THE DEVIL Since the Devil or better known as Satan has been portrayed in cartoons as being impish and in people minds the true nature of this evil spirit has been nullified. He no longer is viewed as the destroyer of men's spiritual nature and sending them to the fires of Hades. Those who underestimate him are soon his willing servants. His captives are constantly doing his will and buoyed up by a myriad of spirits who were cast out of GOD'S presence along with Satan.
These evil spirits (there are no other kind who follow Satan) are constantly searching for someone they can possess. Without a body they are limited as to what they can do. All of the false gods are a product their handiwork through men they have possessed.
THE FLESH This is the area of our being where we are the weakest. It is where we scum to temptation.; Where lust is conceived, Where our wills are compromised.
It is where resistance to the leading of the Holy Spirit is the greatest. All sin is the product of the flesh. It is where pregnancy, birth, and nurture of the seed of sin becomes full grown. It will take control of the body to destroy it. It is the place where sinfulness comes to fruition and enjoyed.
It is where addiction brings the body into subjection to the flesh. It is the hardest of the three evils to control and where spiritual warfare within the soul takes place.
There is only one way to control the flesh and the is to totally commit oneself to the word of GOD and the leading of the Spirit. This is pretty much what Jesus did when the devil came with all his temptation.
This is the end of my brief comments on your three greatest enemies.
Now as to resources; " The Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one." Take advantage of the ministry of each of the trinity and you will make it through and hear; "Well done thou good and faithful servant" waiting at the end.