Desire. The pull is so strong at times, isn’t it? I want __________________. You fill in the blank. Besides a God-honoring companion, potato chips would be written in my blank. Lays, Lightly Salted. If it’s late and my desire to crunch is putting up its dukes, if the bag’s empty, and if the drug store is open, it’s highly likely that I’d hop in my car and drive to the store. Desire on its own is not wrong, for God created it. Like the fish in the sea, we were made to live and to procreate. But desires doled out by the devil are a different matter. Like the fisherman’s beguiling bait and persistent patience, the devil also uses these highly effective means to lure us onto his hook of deception, depravity, and finally death.
Christ-follower, don’t be bamboozled. The devil, too, has desire, and his is to destroy you. He’ll do whatever it takes to set you up. He is not omniscient, but He knows you. He has watched you from the beginning and is in no hurry, for plans fail unless they are carefully and patiently executed. This is his modus operandi, and it works. So the question is: How do we win?
- By reading God’s word. You see, it is stronger and sharper than any two-edged sword. If you are immersing yourself in it, studying it day and night, it will divulge your weaknesses and offer brilliant suggestions to avoid those ghastly pyramid schemes from the dark side.
- By praying to the One Who knows you to your core. He knows your desires and can meet them at anytime, day or night.
- By surrounding yourself with people who are like-minded. Phone a trusted friend before you tiptoe across that deadly line. Accountability is priceless.
Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. James 1:15
To put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:22-24
For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1