Monday, May 23 |

There Fell A Lusting

  Lust is the cause of every problem man ever had. We want what we want, when we want it, and how we want it. In this day and age, lust is normally depicted as something emotional that happens between a man and a woman, but we don't see it as the downfall to everything else that goes wrong in our lives - the wrong neighborhood, the wrong purchase, the wrong relationship, the wrong job.

Lust is the desire for any thing, place, or person other than what is intended for us.

  In and of themselves, these things aren't bad; a better paying job, for instance, isn't bad, unless it interferes with my service to the Lord.

  Remember when the Lord brought you that job, that spouse, that home, and how, in the beginning, it was the best thing that ever happened to you? You told everyone about it. You sang it's praises, and nurtured it and made it grow. You were happy to see it, to do it, and looked forward to more. What happened? Where did that joy, pride, and contentment go?

  In the wilderness, when the children of Israel first received the manna, that sustenance which the Lord provided for them, they said it was 'like wafers made with honey' the 'corn of heaven' and 'angel's food'. But then something changed. They no longer appreciated what God had provided. "And the mixt multitude that was among them fell a lusting". Numbers 11:4,6

  Taking your eyes off the One who provides your every need is the first step in the landslide of lust. If you don't see things the way you once did, it's because you're looking in the wrong direction. You've chanced your focus. You must purposefully, intentionally, remove your gaze from what distracts you.

Part two tomorrow.

Fight the good fight!


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