Lust is not limited to the sexual. “Lusting after” is wanting something so much that compromise of integrity takes place. It reveals a lack of contentment and thankfulness. It reveals a lack of rest. A person starts to think, speak, and do beneath their God-given dignity, their essence, and their potential when they engage in any kind of lust. It exposes the condition of the heart.
The attractive object, person, or experience; the status, position, and prestige; the beauty or handsomeness of it so grabs your attention that you cannot go on without it. You must have it, or you will not be content. Then you do what you would never do in a state of contentment in the Lord: you give yourself to it. You defile your heart, which belongs to only God. As the cycle takes its course, the object, person, or experience begins to use you, control you, and give fruit to the defilement.
The Sovereign Lord gives you over to what you pursue if you refuse to respond to His corrections. There are consequences and suffering.
People have lists of sins: bad sins and more acceptable sins. The Sovereign Lord says they are all detestable. They are despicable in His eyes. Be certain: your sins will expose you. Gal. 6:7 says, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.”
Often, when a person continues living in their adultery against the Lord, they even sacrifice their children to the practices, values, and ramifications of their current culture. They use their God-given lives and resources to live for themselves. This enables their offspring to follow that same pattern – justifying and making excuses the entire way. They indoctrinate their children in the current culture without training them how to navigate it and stand as a beacon for Jesus. They don’t train their children how to stand against the flow while holding out a hand of love, mercy, and grace – like Jesus does. In fact, they lack the credibility to teach critical life skills to their children. Even so, the children are watching. So are others. Col. 2:8 says, “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.”
The Lord is faithful in every way. He will always forgive, heal, and rebuild, if you repent of anything that stands between you and Him. God always honors the person who will respond to Him. Yet, He is also faithful to follow through with consequences for unfaithfulness. His faithfulness includes punishing if you refuse to respond to Him.
You have a lot of choice over how God relates to you. Your bigger concern should be – “How am I relating to God?” Which end of His faithfulness have you positioned yourself to be on?
** This post, Day 33, joins 4 additional posts Wear and Tear, Stone Heart , and 2 Keys to Survive a Melting Pot and 4 ThingsTo Do When You Don’t See The BIG Picture – taken from my new book Despicable We: Daily Studies in Ezekiel. Check out these posts for practical tips on how to live in a tough world.
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