What’s Your Desire? What came to your mind when you read that title? Desires come in many packages. It’s kind of like the saying in I Corinthians 3:12 building with gold, silver, or precious stones or wood, hay, straw… the latter will be burned up. A similar thing happens with our desires. We have at least 3 types of desires that I want to unpack.
- Fleshly Desire – The “Self-Life”
- Legitimate Desire – Our “Basic Needs”
- Spiritual Desire – Our “Appetite for God”
I believe the human problem here is setting “personal boundaries”. We make decisions throughout any given day to meet our legitimate needs. The lines become gray when it comes to what are “legitimate needs” and what are “fleshly desires”. We justify our flesh rather than crucify it, but if we want change in our lives, we will need to be much more deliberate about our choices.
Fasting, real fasting (abstaining from food) helps us in this. When I abstain from food, I am not catering to even my basic needs. I become more aware when my flesh rises up, and I am more deliberate to tell it to sit back down! In fact, this was not supposed to be a post on fasting, but… in order to crucify the flesh, posturing ourselves by stirring up our spiritual appetite is imperative. Besides, Jesus did not say “if” you fast.. He said “when” you fast. My wife has a wonderful teaching resource on fasting “The Joy of Fasting”. Fasting is spiritual, if you don’t believe me tell your spouse, students, or congregation with conviction in your voice, “Today we are ALL going to fast lunch and dinner” and watch their reaction.
Desires of the Flesh!
Meeting my lustful needs – I John 2:16 (NKJV) For all that is in the world–the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life–is not of the Father but is of the world.
- Lust of the flesh – food disorders (gluttony), illegal sexual involvement, substance abuse. (false comforts)
- Lust of the eyes – all things beautiful – diamonds, gold, neighbors wife, (covetousness)
- Pride of life – social status, prestige, assets, new younger wife (home, car, boat, memberships) (power/position)
The paramount issue that we are addressing here is the self-life!
There is nothing wrong with getting our “basic needs” met, but Ecclesiastes teaches “there is a season for everything under the sun”.
What’s your desire?
What will you need to change in order to grow spiritually?
I hope this has challenged your spirit man to put to death your soulish man…
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