Grace and peace be unto you.
The Journey continues…
Some time ago, I spoke with a family member who was removing weeds from her lawn. She was concerned about the weeds which is understandable since they compete with the healthy grass for nutrients, among other things. Interestingly, this scenario reminds me of the evil or unhealthy desires in our minds and hearts. They compete with our good or healthy desires for our attention and action. The apostle Paul wrote, “For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do this I keep on doing” (Romans 7:19). When we allow our unhealthy desires to flourish through tolerance, meditation, or translating them into action, they multiply and intensify, while suppressing our healthy desires.
The story is told that Ananias and Sapphira sold a piece of property, withheld some of the money, and gave the rest to the apostles. In those days it was customary for Christians to sell their property and give the money to the apostles for ministry. Regrettably, Ananias and Sapphira told the apostles that they gave them all of the money. According to the story, they fell down and died the moment they lied. Peter stated that they lied not only to man but to the Holy Spirit (Acts 5:1-11). Ananias and Sapphira did not control their desire to lie, instead, they acted on it and paid the consequence which was their lives. What consequences have you paid for your unhealthy desires? What consequences will you pay?
The Bible says, “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry” (Colossians 3:5). We must put appropriate measures in place to control our unhealthy desires before they destroy us like Ananias and Sapphira or Judas (Luke 22:1-6; 47-48;Matthew 27:3-5). Daily submission of our heart, mind, body, and spirit to God combined with constant opposition of these desires will help us to control them. We have the hope that God has delivered us through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Romans 7:25).