Monday, July 30, 2012

Marriage Monday - Love Dare 24

The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.
1 John 2:17

The Word tells us in 1 Timothy that we brought nothing into this world and cannot take anything out.  We are also told if we have basic clothes and food we are to be content and that God will provide these basic needs for His children.  Yet we always want more.

Many think of lusting as a sexual thing.  However, we can also lust after possessions or power or prideful ambition.  God provided us with a car, but we want a newer car.  God gives us food, a simple fair, but we want steak.  God gives us a job, but we want more money.  We are rarely satisfied and always lusting after more.

When I looked up the word lust in the dictionary, one definition is this: as passionate or overmastering desire or craving.  When we are desiring or craving something, we are lusting after it.  Whether it is in a sexual way, with  money, possession, or position, it is lust.

Lust is the opposition of love.  It means to set your heart and passions on something forbidden.  And for a believer it's the first step out of fellowship with the Lord and with others.  When we are focusing on those things we want -not need- then we are not focusing on God.

It's time to expose lust for what it really is -a misguided thirst for satisfaction that only God can fulfill.  Lust is like a warning light on the dashboard of your heart, alerting you to the fact that you are not allowing God's love to fill you.

When we are focusing on God and letting His love fill us, we are full on what He and His perfect love provide, not on the lies that lusting tells us.

Today's Dare:
End it now.  Identify every object of lust in your life and remove it.  Single out every lie you've swallowed in pursuing forbidden pleasure and reject it.  Lust cannot be allowed to live in a back bedroom.  It must be killed and destroyed -today- and replaced with the sure promises of God and a heart filled with His perfect love.

Sweet Blessings~

1 comment:

  1. I liked how you wrote this. I have never really thought about lusting being in so many forms, but you are right! We always seem to want more. We need to be satisfied with what God gives.


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