Lust #5 – Desires of the Heart
Katrina Young | Nursery & Pre-K Director
“But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.” James 1:14-15
I once heard a pastor teach on lust and the desires of the heart. The emphasis was that “anything that distracts you enough to pull you away from your focus on God is something that you desire more; therefore, you are lusting after that thing.” As a new believer, that statement influenced me and still does today. There are so many things in this world set up to distract us, and once distracted we are vulnerable to temptation and ultimately sin.
We live in an age of technology. We do not go anywhere without our phones. From anywhere and at any time we can check e-mail, bank account, social media, or purchase something on Amazon. Ads are everywhere and geared to sell and appeal to our senses. We are constantly being lured to purchase the latest and greatest thing. What effect is this having on our relationship with God? The enemy wants nothing more than for our thoughts to be consumed with enticing things of this world and to distract and pull us away from the things of God. The verse in James tells us “the desire when it is conceived gives birth to sin.”
Psalms 37:4 says, “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” When we truly “delight” in the things of God, our desires will begin to parallel with His, and we will never go unfulfilled. Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” We will never be deeply fulfilled with the things this world has to offer. It is only when we place our joy and hope in Him that all of our desires will be met.