DESIRE is dangerous because it is so powerful–and volatile. We must train to overcome it through Jesus.
21 With persuasive words she led him astray; she seduced him with her smooth talk. 22 All at once he followed her…
All sin begins with DESIRE. In James’ letter, he tells us, “each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. James 1:14. Where did this evil desire come from? Why do we even have it? Let’s go back to the beginning…
27 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness…” Genesis 1:27 The ability to discern and to choose is part of being like God.
7 Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being [soul]. Genesis 2:7 We are different than all creation in that our bodies have a soul.
22 Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib He had taken out of the man… Woman, too, has a soul and is man’s counterpart.
6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, Genesis 3:6-7
There are some key points in this passage that apply to us today:
- When Eve “saw” that the fruit was good for food, it was a justification. Nowhere did God say that it was for consumption. In fact, He said not to eat it. Eve made an assumption that since it was a tree and was in the garden that it was like all the other trees from which she could eat. We make the same justification.
- The fruit appealed to her, which in itself is not a bad thing, but it became all she could focus on–she obsessed! Of all the trees in the garden from which to eat, she centered on the ONE that she could not have. Granted, it was pointed out to her by Satan, which he does to us, too.
- It was “desirable” in that she believed it would do something for her. The problem is that it was in direct violation of what God had told her. The truth was that it would give her knowledge, NOT wisdom. Satan twisted the truth. Being like God in power and position is not wise; seeing from God’s perspective under His authority and guidance is godly wisdom.
- Adam was with her, but did nothing. The phrase, “silence gives consent,” was certainly in play here. He then took the fruit she offered him and ate it. Their eyes were, indeed, opened–to their nakedness! And DESIRE was born.
The curses that were placed on them were natural consequences of not following God’s purpose and plan. Sex became a weapon that both man and woman use against each other. The garden itself, which they were to tend, was taken away. On the outside of the garden, the ground did not respond to Adam. Why? Because the deed had been passed to someone else:
5 The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. 6 And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. 7 If you worship me, it will all be yours.” 8 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only [Deut. 6:13].’” Luke 4:5-8
Satan got his wish! Now we understand that the Gospel was MORE than just about mankind, but about all of nature, too. Jesus came to redeem mankind AND nature. It’s a progressive redemption:
- He saved our souls. Our bodies still die. Creation still waits.
- He will come again and when He does, we will either come with Him and be rejoined to our earthly bodies or we will meet Him in the air.
- When He comes, all creation will be saved: transformed and restored to its former glory.
Concerning DESIRE in our own lives, we fight desire with a higher desire. Jesus, through His Holy Spirit within us, gives us first the desire to do His will, then He gives us the power to do His will.
13 [Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the desire and power], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight. Philippians 2:13 AMP
We must recognize the devil’s lures, traps, hidden snares, and deceitful lies and turn from them to the One who loves us and desires us to live righteous and holy lives WITH HIM! Let’s not let desire get the best of us. Let’s use our desire to live for HIM. It all starts with us spending time with Him in prayer and Bible study. Let’s get to it!
Abba, may You reveal to us the devil’s schemes that he uses to push our DESIRE buttons. As we become aware of our weaknesses and tendencies, help us to put into place guardrails that keep us away from the edge. May we walk in the center of the road, O LORD. May we feel the tension when we start in a direction that is not from You, and may we feel Your good pleasure, satisfaction and delight when we “course correct.” Help us to overcome our desire with desire for You. I’m looking forward to walking with You today. Let’s get started! Amen.