It’s easy to jump into deceptive desires.

Think before you jump! Satanic suggestions often call and coerce us to jump into our desires, feelings, and thoughts — to throw off the God-given safety net of our conscience and satisfy self instead. As people caught in the fall of humanity, we’re all tempted to define ourselves by our desires instead of by God’s Spirit and we all throw ourselves into that trap to varying degrees. “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”

Like Jesus, we need to put the Father and His will first. That’s what the kingdom of God is about — learning to throw off self-satisfaction and to surrender to moment-by-moment Christ-control. True glory doesn’t come from the public display of deceptive desire-focused self-identification. It comes from constant surrender to “Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

Follow the Lordship of the risen Jesus, not the Satanic suggestions that stir up your self-driven desires. Continually draw near to God and let Him train you to cast out and throw down the demonic suggestions that torment and manipulate you. “Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”

The way to get free from guilt isn’t denial. It’s to admit where you’ve done wrong and to ask for and receive God’s forgiveness and deliverance.

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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 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 in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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