Followers of Jesus have been given a new life thanks to Jesus. Now we have the capacity to live lives that honor and please Him, motivated by gratitude for all He has done. As we see in this week’s message, we are now in a battle between our old nature and the new one we received when we accepted Christ.
Why do you think God didn’t just take away all of our temptations the moment we became followers?
Think about it this way: there are many legitimate desires (hunger, sex, comfort, peace etc.), but problems come when our desires rule our lives.
The book of James describes the struggle this way:
14 Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. 15 These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.
James 1:14-15 (NLT)
Now look at 1 John 1:15-16:
15 Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. 16 And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.
What are some of the cravings (lusts) that get people in trouble?
Think about ones that you struggle with.
At the beginning of this message series, we saw that once we accept Jesus as our Savior and Lord, we become citizens of a new kingdom under His rule and care. In this new kingdom, there are new values and priorities. With that in mind listen to the guidance in
1 Peter 2:11:
Dear friends, I warn you as ‘temporary residents and foreigners’ to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls.
Take a moment and think about what God might be saying to you right now about how you are living. What desire(s) do you think He wants you to bring under control? Do you need help?
Do a quick review of the message notes and then go to God in prayer.