Just starting the book The Good Life by Trip Lee when I encountered this sub-section in Chapter 1 titled ‘The Liars’. The explanation is so clear and succinct I wanted to share it with you …
‘We have three great enemies in this life: the world, the flesh, and the Devil. The Devil is God’s greatest adversary … he does have a lot of influence in our world. In fact, he has so much sway that the apostle Paul refers to him as “the prince of the power of the air” (Ephesians 2:2). He is constantly feeding lies to whoever will receive them. The Bible calls him “the father of lies” (John 8:44).
The “world” is the system that supports and distributes his lies. “World” refers to the system and method of operation among sinful men. This world system is controlled by the Devil and it leads us away from the truth. And the “flesh” is our fallen, sinful nature. Our flesh receives and believes these lies. Something has gone wrong inside of us, so our hearts have an appetite for falsehood … Instead of rejecting these lies, our fleshly taste buds crave them. The result of this devastating world, flesh, and Devil trifecta is that all of us have aligned ourselves with false ideas about how we should live.
This is humanity’s greatest problem … It’s that we believe the lies of the enemy over the truth of God.’
So how clearly do I see and understand who my enemies are?
And what will it take to ensure I embrace the truth of God over the lies of the enemy?
What is the reality? And what is the deception?
Food for thought …