Proverbs 23:1-3 1 When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before thee: 2 And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite. 3 Be not desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful meat.
Do not be overly eager to partake of the savory, tasty food that is set before you. Do not become overly indulgent in your eating habits for they can become a snare. The drive to eat food on a regular basis is a God-given desire. Eating is a blessing of the Lord. All of us have wonderful family memories stored in our hearts from holiday meals. What delights we have enjoyed while fellow-shipping around a nice table of food. But, the warning is clear. Do not allow your appetites to control you for it is your responsibility to control your appetite. Our desires must be managed. What do we desire?
1Timothy 3:1 This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.
This is a good desire. It is also a desire born from above which will become a part of a man’s personal God story. It is a desire that has a mission. If we feed this desire, if we commit this aspiration to the Lord the path that we walk will become a way of blessing and will bring great glory to God. This is the pathway of faith as we learn to walk in agreement with our God. We learn to walk in surrender to a God who sees and knows all. This is a walk of faith born from the call of God.
Amos 3:3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed?
We must learn to pray with Jesus: “…not my will, but thine, be done."(Luke 22:42) Walking in agreement with God is choosing to live a life of faith and blessing. This is humility the source of grace. We must also note our desires can become a snare.
Matthew 5:28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
Here we see a God-given drive fulfilled in a God-forbidden way. Desires if not properly managed will deceive us and bring us to a place of bondage and sorrow. Desires must be managed. Desires are a part of our nature that will not go away. This is a very important thought to reflect upon when seeking to overcome besetting sins or strongholds that dominate our lives. Many a Christian have lost hope while seeking to overcome strongholds that have taken control of their life. A stronghold and many besetting sins do not simply fade away with age. Therefore, in many cases, believers begin to hide their sin, they excuse their sin, they even will blame their sin on someone else.
These activities grieve the Spirit of God and cause the grace of God to become of none effect. This is the very reason why many believers stop growing in grace and are placed upon a shelf to be used no longer, or at least, until they learn what is necessary for them to come back to faith. They tired of fighting the battle in their own strength. They were never able to learn the process by which they would enter into HIS strength by the grace of God. A stronghold will not be defeated by a determined attitude. A stronghold must be overcome by grace. Once grace overcomes the besetting sin, the walk of faith must continue for lasting freedom to be enjoyed. I have an entire book that is to be soon released on Romans chapter 6, but just a couple of thoughts for this blog will suffice.
“Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:11)
To reckon ourselves dead to sin is to count what God has said to HIS children in Romans chapter 6 as true. Our position and the practice of our faith will develop lasting freedom. For example, the personal worship of God by way of bible study will draw our affections away from the world and put them on things eternal. When the Spirit of God reveals to the soul of man the things that God has done and the things God will do in behalf of all of HIS children our hearts will be drawn from the things of the world to the things of God. The personal worship of God by way of Christian music stirs our soul to love, honor and worship HIM who is worthy of all our praise. Prayer is not simply telling God all the things we want HIM to do in our lives. He is Omniscient. Prayer is letting Jesus into our heart for fellowship. Prayer is surrendering our will to HIS will. So that, HIS will is accomplished in our lives in the same way HIS will is being accomplished in heaven.
As we learn to count the truths of God to be real in our own souls, our journey of faith brings us into fellowship with the living Christ. We develop a personal walk of faith as Scripture becomes our source of life and blessing.
John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
Remember, lust cannot be cured, for lust is simply desire. Lust must be managed. When we seek to cure lust, we only become frustrated, disappointed, hopeless and our pursuit is diminished instead of intensifying. There is a popular song that delivers this message accurately. We are not struggling to be free, we are free to struggle. The process of the struggle is very important. It is a part of the Sovereign hand of God teaching the sinner now saint the worth of humility, the power of surrender and the importance of the faithful heart of God to forgive, cleanse and fill the vessel sanctified and mete for the masters service. Humility recognizes that we live in constant need of the Savior and grace only comes to the humble. Grace is the desire and the power of God which enables the developing disciple to do the will of God.
2Corinthians 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:
God has grace available for every situation in our life, so that, we are able to glorify HIM. But if we resist his grace or frustrate his grace we will loose the ability to walk in freedom.
Guilt can be cured by forgiveness. Greed can be cured by giving. Jealousy can be cured by contentment. But lust is a desire that must be managed. If our desires are not managed biblically, they will lead us to further bondage and deception.
Proverbs 23:3 Be not desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful meat.