Saturday, June 2, 2012

it begins with a natural desire…

now when you make your plan to avoid temptation you need to understand that temptation always begins with a natural desire in your life.

for example, sex is a natural desire.  where do you think you got your sex drive?  you got it from GOD.  sex is not evil.  sex is not bad.  sex is holy.  it is a gift of GOD.  but anything that’s a gift of GOD can be abused or misused or perverted. 

in fact, everything GOD’s given the human race has been abused, misused and perverted.  but that doesn’t mean it’s bad.  it just means it’s been abused, misused and perverted.

so your sexuality, your sex drive – thank GOD for it.  listen it’s a natural drive to want to be loved. 

it’s a natural desire to eat.  there’s nothing wrong with eating.  it’s a natural desire to eat.  it’s a natural desire to sleep.  nothing wrong with sleep.  or drink.  or whatever.  but anything that becomes out of control becomes damaging to your life.  those are all GOD given. 

but what temptation is, it takes a natural desire that you have and it challenges you to fulfill it in the wrong way or at the wrong time.  that’s what it is, the temptation to fulfill a legitimate desire the wrong way at the wrong time.  it takes a very natural or routine desire and turns it into a runaway desire.  all of a sudden it’s all you can think about.  all of a sudden it possesses your mind.  it becomes more important than anything else.  you’ve got to have it and it’s all you can think about. 

now please note that any desire no matter how good it is when it’s out of control becomes destructive.  a fire in the fireplace can warm your house.  but a fire out of place can destroy your house.  it’s just what you’re doing with it that makes the difference. 

you need to understand GOD says you need to build boundaries in your life.  once you know the patterns you’re used to falling into then you say, “i’m just not going to put myself in this situation.”  that’s the smart way to do it.  that’s the way to keep from falling into the traps that satan has laid for you and me to keep us from living the effective, peaceful life that GOD has for us to live.

just a thought from the front porch…

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