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How Worldly Pleasures Become Our Desires

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“MOM! MOM! MOM! The new game system has come out and I really, really want it!” How many of us have ever done this? Something new comes out and we automatically crave it? Whether it be a video game, a new pair of shoes, a new phone, or even something as small as a new style of pencil, (Okay, yes, that was me growing up. I like stationary items.) we crave it. We need it now. We need it at exactly this moment and not any other moment or it will not make us happy. It will not give us that pleasure.

What seems wrong with that situation? We are craving that item more than we are craving God. We make that item the center of our worship and praise for a certain amount of time. I can remember getting game systems for Christmas when I was growing up and within twenty seconds, I was already setting up the system on the television trying to figure it out. For two weeks until going back to school, I would worship this game system, playing it all day and all night, only stopping to eat and sleep. Seems harmless, right?

Apply it to another situation. Imagine that you have just gotten into a relationship with someone new. You are doing everything to try to impress them or woo them to make you seem like you’re the perfect fit. Now take those two weeks from the game system, and multiply the time by 26 (which is 52 weeks which equals 1 year). This relationship is still the center of your world, except one thing. Things have escalated. It is not the “cupcake” stage of the relationship now. Things are intense, intimate, and on the verge of becoming something more than you wanted a year ago. This is where Satan does his dirty work. He knows that you are on the fence with what decisions you are going to have to make. The lies Satan puts in our head tells us that it is okay to make that next move or to do that next thing.This is the crucial point where a decision has to be made.

Speaking for myself, this was my situation many times. At some point, you would have thought I had learned to avoid it but Satan made the worldly desires seem better than what I knew was right, which is God’s word. With hindsight, I can tell you now that things would have been quite a bit easier on me had I listened to what God had wanted instead of what I wanted. Colossians 3:2 says that our focus needs to be on things about and not those of the world. Our focus needs to be on God. The desires we have in our heart are going to be the ones that we act upon. When we put the desires of money, sex, or anything worldly that will bring us immediate gratification only, and not bring us eternal peace like the desires God has for us, we will always be let down. There will be a super high after the experience but as soon as it is over, there will be an all-time low.

1 John 5:19 says that “ We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.” Flee from the sin. Flee from the temptation. Turn to God. He will provide you the strength. He will provide the means in order to help you through. God will not give you a temptation that is too tough for you to bear. Say no to the temptations. The worldly things will pass but God is eternal.

 

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