Sinful Desires…….

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Sometimes Our Sinful Desires May Be The Least of Our Worries! 

It is important to emphasize the fact that idols can arise from good desires as well as wicked desires. It is often not what we want that is the problem, but that we want it too much. For example, it is not unreasonable for a man to want a passionate sexual relationship with his wife or for a mother to want to stay at home with a newborn baby. Nor is it wrong for an employer to want diligent workers or for a pastor to desire respect from his deacons. These are good desires, but if they turn into demands that must be met in order for us to be satisfied and fulfilled, they can lead to bitterness, resentment, or self-pity that can destroy a family, business, or church.

 

How can you discern when a good desire might be turning into a sinful demand? You can begin by prayerfully asking yourself “X-ray” questions that reveal the true condition of your heart.

  • What am I preoccupied with? What is the first thing on my mind in the morning and the last thing on my mind at night?
  • How would I answer the question: “If only ______, then I would be happy, fulfilled, and secure”?
  • What do I want to preserve or to avoid at all costs?
    Where do I put my trust?
  • What do I fear?
  • When a certain desire is not met, do I feel frustration, anxiety, resentment, bitterness, anger, or depression?
  • Is there something I desire so much that I am willing to disappoint or hurt others in order to have it?

Taken from  The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict
by Ken Sande, Updated Edition (Grand Rapids, Baker Books, 2003) p. 104-105

Food for Thought

What was the first thing on your mind this morning? How about the last thing on your mind last night? Is there a good desire in your life that’s beginning to becoming a recurring thought pattern for you? As you consider this, remember the good news: God has ultimately satisfied that particular “good desire” through his Son. What remains is for us to trust and, through his grace, receive God’s eye-opening insight into the ways in which we are beginning to trust, fear, or dwell on something other than God himself. Spend time today in prayer to ask God to reveal areas of your life where you might be elevating a good desire into a sinful demand.

So, I thought I would answer these questions to see where the condition of my heart is:

  • Preoccupied with what am I going to do today, how will I get everything done, and at night, what have I forgotten and what’s up for tomorrow? And depending in the days events, I will mull over my relationships.
  • If only my relationship with my husband were better, then I would be happy, fulfilled and secure.
  • I want to preserve my boy, his purity, I want to avoid conflict, and avoid this growing up thing and avoid a disastrous relationship with him, like relationships past.
  • I would like to say I put my trust in God, but realistically I put my trust in me, if it doesn’t get done by me, it doesn’t get done, or doesn’t get done right.
  • I fear losing my son and hubby. When they are gone from me for a long period, my thoughts wander to what would happen if…
  • Yes, I feel all those things….
  • Yes, pretty much ‘I want my own way’

I’m obviously in a pretty sad state, just another reminder of how I need to put my trust in the Lord, the God who gave His Son up to die to save me from my sins, to save me from myself.

Blessings on your day, Kristina

I took this quote from this blogger

”Dear Lord, I pray thy will be done. And I pray for courage so that I will not resist should I be thrown into the furnace. I can not guarantee I will not resist so help me with my need to resist. Amen.”

I prayed this after I read it, and we shall see what the Lord has in store for me…..


Ps 115:11 – You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD; He is their help and their shield.
Ps 118:8 – It is better to take refuge in the LORD Than to trust in man.

Ps 118:9 – It is better to take refuge in the LORD Than to trust in princes.

Ps 125:1 – Those who trust in the LORD Are as Mount Zion, which cannot be moved but abides forever.

Pr 3:5Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding.

Pr 22:19 – So that your trust may be in the LORD, I have taught you today, even you.

Isa 26:4 – “Trust in the LORD forever, For in GOD the LORD, {we have} an everlasting Rock.

Isa 30:15 – For thus the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel, has said, “In repentance and rest you will be saved, In quietness and trust is your strength.”

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