Tuesday, March 5, 2013

My Love Dare: Day 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



Day 24: Love vs. lust

We want more.

Despite God’s promises to provide us with all we need – we want for more.

We constantly think we could be happy if we just had _______.
We lust after many earthly things – possessions, sexual fulfillment, power, money.

Lust is in direct opposition to love. Lust is never satisfied. It only leads to longing for more. Something new. Something different. Leading us to constantly see fulfillment in earthly things instead of seeking God.

Lust is “a misguided thirst for satisfaction that only God can fulfill”.

Lusting for power, money, people, or things can destroy marriages, families, and your relationship with God.

To escape the lies of lust – focus on being grateful for all God has given you. You’ll find that your heart is so full of the many blessings God provides – you won’t have room to be hungry for more!

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.

You can read more of my thoughts on lusting after things and seeking fulfillment through things other than the Lord in my post “I Could Be Happy If…”.

I have also been keeping a gratitude journal for several months, and sharing some of it with you here in my series of posts “A Spirit of Gratitude”. It is important to focus on all the blessings you have, all the things God has given you and you will realize you are content. Seek God, and you won’t need to chase all the other things you think will fill that space. He will provide and fulfill you.

2 comments:

  1. Just found your cute blog through the GFC Collective. I'm a new follower. Hope you'll stop by sometime!

    RebeccawithanR

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  2. Focusing on being thankful has been a target for me since Thanksgiving. I found an app for my iphone (Gratitude365) where I write down those things for which I'm thankful, and if it's appropriate I take a photo. It's uplifting to sift through each entry and see what things are new and which ones I use over and over.

    Being thankful keeps me in the now - Lusting is about what's not here or I can't see for the future.

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