And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,
But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.
You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore, whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world.
If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is contrary to you, but you must rule over it.”
Your desires propel you toward your destiny.
The Bible describes desires as either carnal or divine. The carnal desires are enforced by the activity of the world around you. But the divine are God’s heart and character imprinted in us through HIS Spirit.
The carnal desires are naturally thrust upon us from the day we are born. The world and culture around us bombard us with images, sounds, and smells to entice us. In a sense, our family, friends, neighbors, teachers, along with social media, movies, and books have program you and me on what we want most from life. One day we wake up and realize our natural inclination is to act and think like the world around us even though at times we don’t want too. Why?
Because at the same time God’s Spirit is alive and active. He is likewise revealing HIS way of life and the fruit which comes from living with HIM. And as we slowly learn more and more who HE IS, we want to become more like HIM and experience life the way HE does.
Then we will either spend the majority of our lives deprogramming our minds from worldly influences and cultivating eternal values which lead to a more abundant life, or succumb to the world’s carnal pressure of living life like animals seeking to breakout of our cages.
The Bible calls it repentance; to change one’s mind or worldview; to set aside carnal values and pursue divine attributes. When we do, we begin the process of allowing God’s Spirit to program our heart and mind and soul with HIS truth and character. We then also realize we are walking against the world’s culture and will be persecuted for it. But we are willing to accept the abuse. Why, because we know this is the best way for you, me, and others to live which leads to real freedom, flourishment, and fulfillment for the world. This is the reason Jesus Christ came, lived, died, and was resurrected. So, you and I can live life with our Creator the way HE designed everything from the beginning of time.
Your passion is fueled with the desires you choose to pursue and act upon. And the repercussions are either life-giving or hell-bent. Choose wisely.
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