The way of the world, the things for which it lives, the principles upon which it operates, do not come from God.  He cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth He any man.  God never instructed a man to live for the lusts of the flesh, which entangle the millions in snares that plunge them into destruction.  God would have us to deny ourselves, and not to give rein to our sinful passions.  The world wants to cast aside all restraints, and satiate itself with covetousness, adultery, and all manner of illicit pleasures which gratify the carnal passions of the flesh.  This spirit does not come from God, but from the wicked world which is alienated from God and on the road to hell.

The eyes also are filled with divers lusts, which originate from the heart of a depraved world, rather than in the mind of God.  The eyes desire to look upon vanity, which the child of God prays that he may be turned away from.  The sight of the eyes kindle all manner of illicit desires, and thus the wretched depraved world prints its magazines, emblazons its billboards, and fills up the internet with indecent advertisements and raw pornography, all too overcome the soul of the sinner through Eyegate.  These things not only do not come from the Father, but they are utterly opposed to His revealed will for mankind.  The man who lives to satiate his lusts by the things seen with his eyes has not the love of God abiding in him.

The pride of life is also a predominating factor with men.  R.L. Dabney said that, along with Adam, Diotrophes was the preeminent example of what man is like, for he desired to have the preeminence.  Men strive for excellence and superiority in all different fields, simply to inflate their own bloated egos, which refuse to recognize that anything good they have came from the hand of a sovereign God.  A woman craves victory in a beauty contest, a man strives for higher political office, an athlete contends for the trophy, a preacher pumps his own reputation in order to get to a bigger church, all because they are motivated by the goal of personal glory rather than the glory of God.  Let me qualify these examples by stating that it is not necessarily sinful to strive to do our best at the things we engage in.  The Scripture commands us to do with all our might whatsoever our hands find to do.  A man does not sin by laboring hard at his job, and striving to get up the ladder so that he may more efficiently provide for his family, providing he does it humbly seeking the blessing of God, and not to aggrandize his own reputation.  Even in our recreations, we do not necessarily sin by trying to do our best, provided we keep a rein upon the pride which causes us to despise those over whom we may triumph in a contest.  But pride has such deadly venom that we can hardly be free from it even in the noblest pursuits.  John Bunyan once replied to a man who complimented him on a fine sermon, “You are too late, the Devil has already told me.”  Thus, even in a holy calling a man is always in danger of being ensnared by the pride of life.  As believers in Christ, we must take to heart the principle, “Whatsoever ye do, in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus.”  We must take care that we engage in no pursuits motivated by pride, designed to pump up our own egos, rather than resulting in glory to our Creator and Saviour.  Pride and self-aggrandizement is what the world seeks after.  He who lives for personal glory, rather than the glory of God, has not the love of the Father in him.

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