Today is day twenty-four in the Love dare book, love verses lust. The book explained lust best, “That’s the progression. From eyes to heart to action. And then follows shame and regret.”
When I look back on my own life my sin always started with my eyes then I convinced my heart it was okay then my actions soon followed. Then I was left with shame and regret.
I think about the saying “the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.” Everyone knows this is not true, so why do so many people believe the lie? LUST.
The desire, craving, yearning, hunger, thirst, the aching of wanting more, or something better, this is what leads people astray. Lust is powerful when we choose to entertain it. Lust always comes with a high cost. Lost fellowship with God, divorce in a marriage, broken friendships, mistrust, lying, cheating, anger, emptiness, loneliness, regret, fear, and isolation. The cost far outweighs the false promise of satisfaction and joy.
Many times I was convinced if I only has something else I would be happy I would have joy, only to get the object and not enjoy it at all, why? Because people, and things can never bring us joy, satisfaction and fulfillment, only God can.
Now this doesn’t mean we can never enjoy people or things of course we can, but they just cannot become our source of satisfaction. We need to keep our eyes fixed on the one true source of peace, hope, joy, and strength Jesus Christ. All other things we enjoy are just added bonuses, icing on the cake.
Now as I type this same paragraph over for the third time I find myself upset and crying frustrated at my unsuccessful attempts. Why? For what? It’s my own selfish desires that led me away, to achieve the perfect blog, the acceptance of you the reader to like what I said, to check the blog off my to do list, maybe it is all of the above. In the end I am left with the truth that my eyes were taken off the Lord and frustration, fear, anger and loneliness immediately came in and stole the peace and joy I had minutes earlier. That is just what lust does, it steals what we already have and it promises something better, something bigger and its a lie people. A huge lie.
That was not what I intended on writing. But when I started this blog it was God’s idea I dedicated this to Him. Everything in it is His, I gave Him permission to lead it. Thank you Jesus for your amazing faithfulness.
Romans:4:20-21 (NLT) Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises.
Lord Jesus thank you for your light for your truth and how you love us so much you never leave us where we are, instead you take us as we are and you transform us into your likeness. You love us so much that you correct us and show us the right way, the narrow path that is only possible with our eyes fixed on you. God you are mighty to save. Jesus you are our savior and you have conquered all of our past, present, and future sins and lusts. God show us freedom today in you Jesus Christ alone. Show your light through us so we may be a beacon to the world, that it is possible to die to our flesh daily. In Jesus name amen.