Wisdom from Above
Dr. Charles Stanley
June 21, 2018
Impoverished by Desire
He who loves pleasure will become a poor man
Does today's verse mean the Lord doesn't want you ever to experience
any pleasure? Absolutely not. In fact, Psalm 16:11 promises, "In
Your presence is fullness of joy; in Your right hand there are pleasures
forever." Rather, Proverbs 21:17 addresses the problem of giving your
life over to the pursuit of gratification rather than God. When your desires
become your focus, you're going to begin making compromises in
order to fulfill them and will eventually act in a way that contradicts your
core beliefs. The steps toward disobedience will begin small, but they'll
quickly speed up and take you in a very definite direction-which is
away from the Lord.
Eventually, you develop an attitude that anything goes, which results
in chaos in your life and your relationships. You become increasingly
susceptible to peer pressure, and your disobedience to God increases, as
does your spiritual weakness and discouragement. Ultimately, you lose
sight of the Father altogether, which means you lose your peace, joy and
strength, and you are no longer able to handle the storms that come into
Friend, don't let that happen! Remember who you are in Christ.
You're a child of the living God! The Spirit of God has sealed you as
His beloved, and He teaches you how to live in the freedom of your
salvation. Because of Christ's provision on the cross, you are not only
completely victorious, but you're also a coheir with the Savior-which
means you have an eternal kingdom waiting for you that is beyond imagination.
You have no reason to chase after temporary pleasures and no
reason to compromise. So don't! Don't do anything that could trap you
on the downward slide. Rather, look up and see all that God's promised
you if you'll obey Him.
Lord, I confess the ways my desires have gotten
hold of me. Free me, Father.