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Dealing with Desire

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Scott Bessenecker

on 11 January 2015

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Transcript of Dealing with Desire

Addressing unhealthy desire
Cultivating healthy desire
Wrestling with unfulfilled desire

Addressing Unhealthy Desire:
Dealing w/ our Passions
Name it
: Identify where desire has become unhealthy?
Cultivating Healthy Desire:
Dealing w/our Apathy
Earth has nothing I desire besides you. Psalm 73:25

Now eagerly desire the greater gifts. I Cor. 12:31
Wrestling with Unfulfilled Desire
Dealing with Disappointment
Biblical examples
Anna and Simeon
Dealing with desires of the flesh
Desire: a strong feeling of wanting to have something or wishing for something to happen. "a desire to work in the dirt with your bare hands"
Romans 8:5
Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.
Name it
: Profess your healthy desire to someone else.
“You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife. You shall not set your desire on your neighbor’s house or land, his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” Deut. 5:21
but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. Mark 4:19
Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love ... But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. ... For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Ephesians 5:1, 3, 5
Train it
: Where are the healthy
boundaries? Fasting
Sustain it
: Is there a safety valve
or accountability partner?
If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.” Gen. 4:7
Train it
: Cultivate this desire as you would a healthy relationship
Sustain it
: Build in rhythms which give life to this desire.
Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. II Cor.12:8-10
Name it: Wrestle with God
Train it: Ideal, Ordeal, New Deal
Sustain it: Maintaining hope
You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former. You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel. Matt 23:23-24
You will always have desires outside the bounds of what is good for you.
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