“Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23-24).
The apostle Simon Peter was known to have had the unhealthy desire of impulsivity. This desire was obvious in at least three different ways. Firstly, while Jesus was speaking to his disciples about his suffering and resurrection, Peter drew him aside and rebuked him (Mark 8:31-32). Secondly, when the soldiers and officials came to arrest Jesus, Peter drew a sword and cut off the high priest’s servant right ear (John 18:10). Thirdly, he denied Jesus three times (Luke 22:56-60).
Peter had a close relationship with Jesus, yet still, his impulsivity was not under control. Similar to Peter, you are in a relationship with Jesus, but have an unhealthy desire that is manifesting in different ways. For example, perhaps, you have a desire for recognition, and so, you engage in behaviors such as fraud, exaggerating the truth (lying), and being a people pleaser. Sadly, the inappropriate behaviors will continue unless you choose to effectively manage the desire.
How can you manage the unhealthy desire? While you cannot undo your past, you can prevent your unhealthy desire from influencing your present and future actions. This can be accomplished by doing the following:
1. Identify and submit it to Christ. A prayerful introspection of your thoughts, feelings, and past behaviors will help to identify the sinful desire.
2. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil (Ephesians 6:11).
3. Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8).
Heavenly Father, help us to identify the unhealthy desire that manifests in various ways, and grant us the humility to submit it to you. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Additional Resource: The 9 Unhealthy Desires of the Mind: How to defeat the enemy and accomplish your purpose. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B08V5F72V8