It is not the things or the temptations of this world that defile a man, but man’s reaction in his heart to the things of this world.
In Matthew 15:11 Jesus said:
Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man: but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.
Jesus’ point was to show the source of mankind’s defilement, from within one’s own heart.
It is mankind’s love of the things of this world that stands as mankind’s greatest danger.
Rather than loving God above all else mankind loves the things of this world.
The devil would have no power over mankind if mankind’s own natural heart was not susceptible to temptation, covetousness and idolatry.
God warns of the wickedness and deceitfulness within the heart of natural man in Jeremiah 17:9
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
God repeatedly warns man not to trust his or her heart.
In Proverbs 28:26 God has this to say to those who trust their own human heart:
He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.
God clearly teaches that it is our heart that causes us to react to temptation and thereby commit sin.
Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. For when lust has conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. James 1:13-15
The heart of man is the problem and not the things we covet in this world.
The world is no friend of God, so why would someone who loves and knows God, love also the things of this world?
Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world in enmity with God?
Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. James 4:4
As a child of God tastes the goodness and mercy of God other gods lose their appeal.
Though no believer will ever be perfect or absolutely impervious to temptation, they will however, grow in their love of their Lord and Master, so that their love of this world will lessen greatly.
How we look upon the things of this world reveals the god whom we serve.
If we love the things of this world, we then should examine ourselves whether we be in the faith.
Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? II Corinthians 13:5
If our treasure is truly in heaven our love for the things of this world will fade.
The occasion for any defilement will decrease, as our longing for Christ Jesus and our new, eternal home increases.
If we observe a genuine change in the things we truly love, we can be encouraged God’s Spirit has indeed has done a work in us.
Think, what glory awaits you if God’s Spirit has breathed upon your heart!
Think- what it means to have been named as a “joint-heir” with Jesus Christ!
Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven… Matthew 5:12