Unchecked Desire

By Pastor Joel Sims

“And when the woman saw that the tree was good (suitable, pleasant) for food and that it was delightful to look at, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she gave some also to her husband, and he ate.” ‭‭Genesis‬ ‭3:6‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

The very thing that was dangerous for man was the very thing man desired. So I ask you, what do you desire today, and what’s on the other side of that desire?

Adam watched his family fall apart. His son murdered his other son, and toil and pain entered his life, all because desire went unchecked. He was told by God that this would happen. He knew this was his reality. But yet he didn’t see it. In hearing Him, he did not listen.

I find this fascinating. David knew Bathsheba was bad for him. But he still desired her. The thing that was dangerous was the very thing he desired. We see the enemy’s first trick in Genesis: bombarding man with thoughts, ideas, and suggestions. These thoughts and ideas turned something harmful into something to be desired, by telling lies like:

“It will not hurt you.”

“No one will know.”

“Everyone does it.”

“It’s just a little.”

“You can handle it.”

“You deserve it.”

He’s playing on our pride, but we end up wounded. We are hiding, shameful, and make a garment of leaves to hide our mistakes. But God doesn’t leave us! Thank God. He fought to bring man back to Him, back to blessing, and back to peace. How? Through sacrifice.

The successful must sacrifice, delay a present desire, crucify it, and kill it so that the future may be better. In other words: check your desire! Don’t eat the food, Cain, offer it. Don’t eat the lamb, Abel, offer it. Check your desire. Discipline yourself in the present so that the future may be better. In doing this you can restore a measure of Eden, safeguard your future, and you have no master but the Lord.

We desire to hold on to an offense. It feels good in the short term, but I’m telling you – let it go. We desire pity and the attention it gets, but it’s ruining you! Let go of the forbidden fruit. We desire numbing instead of nourishment – don’t eat that fruit. We desire entertainment over wisdom –  sacrifice instead. We desire to have it now, so we charge it and go into debt for it. Instead, save, discipline, and sacrifice. You cannot be a disciple without discipline.

Is your desire unchecked? Speak out this prayer today: “God will you show me any desire in my life that is dangerous? Will you open my eyes and show me what I need to run from? What choice do I need to make differently? What do I need to stay away from?”

Then take this action: sacrifice. Today, pick one thing to discipline. Trade the pleasure in a moment to make the future more pleasant. Stop eating from the forbidden fruit. Walk away from the tree.

July 1, 2024