An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

The Problem with Desire

(Proverbs 12:12 KJV)  The wicked desireth the net of evil men: but the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit.

Our “desires” (2530) can really get us in trouble.  Too often they are the desires of our flesh, not of the Spirit.  This is a verb.  It is a word you are familiar with in other contexts.

You see it in the Garden of Eden.
(Genesis 3:6 KJV)  And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired (2530) to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
Forbidden fruit suddenly had a luster to it. 

Then we come across it in the Ten Commandments.
(Exodus 20:17 KJV)  Thou shalt not covet (2530) thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.
Original sin and coveting are the dangers that drag us down.  Instead we should have the desires of a heart in tune with the God of the Universe.  It brings to mind a chorus we used to sing in the dinosaur days.
My desire, to be like Jesus.
My desire, to be like Him.
His Spirit fill me,
His love o’erwhelm me.
In deed and word,
To be like Him.
So?  Walk in righteousness as the Holy Spirit empowers you and you practice the discipline of obedience. 

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