Before you read this post, you may want to read: Our Divine Nature vs. Our Earthly Desires
When it comes to our earthly, fleshly desires, we must remember this: What you feed, grows. What you starve, dies. If we feed our desires, they will grow. If we starve our desires, they die. Paul put it bluntly: Put them to death!
Put to death what belongs to your earthly desires: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires, and greed. Colossians 3:5
Paul makes a small list of earthly desires right here in Colossians 3:5: Sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires, and greed. You may not see your desire on the list yet it is right there. Any desire contrary to the best life God has intended you to live is placed in a ‘bucket’ which Paul calls evil desires.
Like to steal? Hate someone? Want to murder? Desire to take down a company? All of these and many others are placed in the bucket of evil desires. There is no escaping. Again, whatever desire you have away from your divine nature are evil, earthly, fleshly desires and we need to take action.
If we do not put them to death, they proceed to sin. Desires want to be fulfilled and sinning fulfills those desires. If they are not put to death, you will entertain them, desire to dance with them, and eventually, they will rape your spirit. A wise man once said, “Can a man walk on hot coals without his feet being burned?” (Proverbs 6:28)
So we need to starve them to kill them. We have to get rid of the things which feed our evil desires and cause them to grow. If you had two dogs and chose to feed one and starve the other, you will have eventually have one healthy dog and one dead dog. What you feed, grows. What you starve, dies. Take action today to starve your evil desires.
I have found to starve your desires, you have to take great actions. It could involve cutting friends, getting off social media, getting rid of the device – laptop, phone, or tablet – which are feeding your evil desires. It could involve meaning cutting off certain places or aisles or stores which feed your desires. It could mean eating lunch by yourself or spending the weekend with new friends or by yourself.
Jesus knew about our desires and expressed the vivid, strong action needed to put to death the desires which lead to sin:
“What sorrow awaits the world, because it tempts people to sin. Temptations are inevitable, but what sorrow awaits the person who does the tempting. So if your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It’s better to enter eternal life with only one hand or one foot than to be thrown into eternal fire with both of your hands and feet. And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It’s better to enter eternal life with only one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell. Matthew 18:7-9
We need to annihilate, kill, destroy, eliminate, terminate, butcher, massacre, wipe out, exterminate, mow down, cut down, and whack our evil desires. Whatever it takes, we have got to put them on the stocks of the guillotine, pull the blade, and put them to death. It is easier said than done yet I will cover it in other posts how you can begin putting them to death.
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