This is week is the last of a five part series I’ve called the “Five Fails of Spiritual Battle” Every Christian faces battles in the spiritual realm and no one should go into battle without a plan. But I’ve noticed that if we aren’t intentional about a good plan, we tend to default to a bad plan. Each of these is a strategy that falls into the category of “bad plan”.
Week 1) "FEET BEFORE KNEES"
Week 2) "FREE RANGE THOUGHTS"
Week 3) "FEAR BASED DECISIONS"
Week 4) "FEEL SORRY FOR YOURSELF"
Week 5) "FEED YOUR DESIRES"
Every fall we get a vivid picture of the danger of unchecked desire: Around Mid-October the whitetail deer population, here in Iowa, goes into mating season. We call it "the rut". A whitetail buck is one of the most cautious, sneaky animals in the wild until he gets his sexual desire cranked up by a passing doe. He throws caution to the wind and becomes focused on one thing only. He wants a wild moment of passion, with that sweet little doe that just walked by him, worse than he wants anything else. (including food or safety) I've watched bucks step out in front of a semi-truck without even looking at the danger headed towards them because they had there nose to the ground trailing a doe in heat.
Desire is not the problem. (We wouldn't have a whitetail deer population without it.) The danger comes when the desire dominates everything else.
It's the same for us. All of our base desires were placed there by God. The desire for relationship, food, sex, success, love, and many more are God-given desires. The problems happen when we begin to serve the desires instead of the Giver of desires. Sin happens when we pursue those desires in the wrong place or at the wrong time.
Psalm 37:4 says this, "Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart" Depending on how you read that, it could be understood that He literally places the desires in our hearts when we delight in Him.
Our sinful, selfish nature constantly twists good desires, but when God is the object of our desire, He offers the perfect satisfaction of all our desires. So the key is in feeding His desires not your's. He intends to meet every desire that we have in a place where we are free from the sinful, selfish nature we were born with. There is nothing that will have been better here than it is in heaven. There will be no unfulfilled desires for God's children.
Don't let the enemy convince you that you deserve to have every want met right now. If we become driven by our selfish desires, we will fail at defeating his agenda for our lives.