Ephesians 2:1-7 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

Did the desires of the flesh stop when you were born again? No, flesh is flesh and the appetites remain. So how can we eat and be satisfied without sinning? As I pointed out yesterday moderation is key and not allowing those appetites to dictate not only behavior but also your very thoughts.

Psalm 36:1-4 The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes. For he flattereth himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity be found to be hateful. The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: he hath left off to be wise, and to do good. He deviseth mischief upon his bed; he setteth himself in a way that is not good; he abhorreth not evil.

Your heart’s desire is not to be wicked, yet within us is the capacity to sin, not the inclination. We must remember that love is a choice. Do you choose to love the Lord more than the desires of the flesh?

One thought on “Desires”

  1. “Lovest thou me more than these?”
    For myself, I have taken the liberty to include in the word “these” the things my flesh is drawn to.

    Good message.

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