Day 24
"Love vs. Lust"

"The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever."
(1 John 2:17)

Adam and Eve had everything they needed in the garden of Eden. Yet Eve was deceived, Adam joined in, and they broke God's command. The progression was such an example of our sin - from eyes to heart to action, then shame and regret. Like Adam and Eve we have been supplied with what we need for a full life, yet we want more. We struggle with contentment with what we have. We say, "I would be happy if only I had ________".

Lust operates like that. Our eyes see something forbidden, and our heart turns to desire for that person or thing. And it grows . . . . lust leads to more lust. And instead of filling us, it empties us and can destroy our marriage.

It's time to expose lust for what it really is - a misguided thirst for satisfaction that only God can fulfill. Lust is like a warning light on the dashboard of your heart, alerting you to the fact that you are not allowing God's love to fill you. When your eyes and heart are on Him, your actions will lead you to lasting joy, not to endless cycles of regret and condemnation. It's time - do it now. Remove every temptation to lust. Replace it with truth from the Bible and your heart turned towards His pure love.

When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away through my groaning all day long. (Psalm 32:3,4)

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)

But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts. (Romans 13:14)

. . . and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ. (Ephesians 5:21)

All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16)

Marriage is to be held in honor among all, and the marriage bed is to be undefiled; for fornicators and adulterers God will judge. (Hebrews 13:4)

The one who commits adultery with a woman is lacking sense; He who would destroy himself does it. (Proverbs 6:32)

For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God. (1 Thessalonians 4:3-5)

Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body. (1 Corinthians 6:18-20)

Turn my eyes from worthless things, and give me life through your word. (Psalm 119:37)

"Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, "You have faith, and I have works." Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works."
(James 2:17-18)

For intimacy to take place in any relationship trust is a foundational component. Yet when it comes to God we do not trust His judgment. So on this journey to meet with God you should heed the call by trusting God's judgment concerning your life. The bible says in Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the thoughts that I have toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil but to give you an expected end."

The journey for intimacy with God includes working out your issues in trusting God.

1. Trust means to rely on God's judgment despite your level of discomfort or lack of comprehension.

2. People who don't trust God typically use one of three excuses: they are afraid; disappointment with God turns off the trust in Him; or they are confused as to why God allowed something negative to happen in their lives.

3.THe bible urges us not to lean on our own understanding but to acknowledge God in all of our ways.

Prayer: Father, if I am a person without complete and total trust in You; and not just obscure trust, but complete trust. Then open my heart with Your words that You will submerge me into Your protection of trust in every action I make daily. Keep me under your wing of protection so I can trust you with my life, my wife, and our marriage. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Scripture For Today: Colossians 3:12-14 ... Is there anyone you need to forgive or anyone in your life from whom you need to ask forgiveness? Why wait? Do it today.

God Bless - and may He keep you and your family safely under His wings. -
The Dove Alliance