Desire or conscience–which leads you today?

Not getting what you want is often a blessing in disguise. Some desires are helpful; others are harmful. It helps to know the difference.

Satisfying a wrongful desire, doesn’t end it. Instead, its demands return even stronger.

Wanting more can easily become a distraction from fully enjoying what you have. When we put feelings before facts and desire before discernment, we “ignore the science.” Neither the facts of global warming nor the facts of physiology should be ignored.

Lack of self-control is the enemy of long-term happiness. To follow your feelings, without discernment, is to dive into deception.

More happiness can be found by controlling your desires than by letting them control you. All desires aren’t equal. Some pull you toward good; others toward evil. Be wise. People are happier when they avoid thoughts and activities that cause guilt. Desires, unregulated by conscience, wisdom, and self-control, are dangerous.

My thoughts, feelings, and desires, often try to turn me away from following Jesus. However, when I let your conscience, declare me a wretch, the concept of grace becomes amazing! Without guilt and remorse, I feel no need for forgiveness, mercy, or grace.

If there isn’t a way to “love your enemies,” Jesus wouldn’t have commanded us to do it. There’s no inequity in iniquity. The Bible says, “All have sinned & fallen short of the glory of God.”

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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