Sunday, June 20, 2010

What is lust?

The difference between love and lust is pretty easy right? Usually when someone talks about lust in Christian circles, it usually pertains to sexual things (pornography, nudity, gratuity etc.). But what really is lusting? Surely is has more meaning that simply sexual things. Lets look at the dictionary meaning:

1. Intense or unrestrained sexual craving.
2. a. An overwhelming desire or craving: a lust for power.
b. Intense eagerness or enthusiasm: a lust for life.
3. Obsolete Pleasure; relish.
intr.v. lust·ed, lust·ing, lusts
To have an intense or obsessive desire, especially one that is sexual.

Lust for power: now, let's look at some of the kings of the Old Testament. Like Manasseh, the most wicked of all kings. His father Hezekiah was one of the best, but Manasseh did not follow suit. Tragically he killed several God followers and prophets. He wanted power over Jerusalem. Queen Athaliah wanted all in David's kingdom dead, in order to get power. And several more.

lust for life: now, this is usually not very frowned upon, as most lust is. Perhaps it could be someone who lives each day like it was their last. (cliff jumping, bungee, dangerous things etc.) Or someone just enthusiastic and glad to be alive (ever meet these people? Ever notice many think they are on some kind of drugs or are usually ski instructors?)

Intense sexual drive: well, there's a difference between liking a potential mate and lusting after them. When you like a girl, you think she's attractive, has a nice smile and a good body. Usually nothing more. When you lust, it goes a little far: describing in detail their bodily attributes and what you want to do with them in a sexual way. Strongly desiring something like that is lust. Or having a strong desire for ANYTHING can be lust. "I really want the iPad by any means." ( I really dont, the iPad looks LAME, but my point being).

Look at your desires, ask God if they are lust.

Lust comes in many forms: pornography, shopping (yes! addictive shopping can be. If you want more "stuff") and many others. Look at your life. Lust is a dangerous slope to be walking on.

Get on the straight and narrow

JTI over and out.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Psalm 51: Remix.

I was journaling today in my Message Solo Devotional Bible and todays entry was about Psalm 51. Now, often we think of this Psalm as David crying out to God for forgiveness after having intercourse with Bathsheeba. The reader (including me) seems to make sin the bigger issue than the love one has for God. It's like I love God too much to fall into certain sins. The sin itself becomes a big issue because we disobey God. Sin likely affects God more than it does us because we created it and God is holy, perfect and pure. Although we are affected because of the consequences that follow. Lets look at God and not the sin itself (like: oh! I did this again. Woe is me!). We make sin the bigger issue because of the heavy guilt involved. It's tough to hang on to and I tend to do the same. My past sucked and I have alot of baggage. I seem to hang onto it, but an amazing friend has been telling me otherwise. That I am moving forward! I encourage you all to do the same. Move far from your past, it's already forgiven!

Anyways. The rest of this devo called for me to rewrite or paraphrase Psalm 51:1-13 here it goes:

Loving God. Give me grace and love. Clean my slate and erase my guilt. I know how terrible I have been because I have angered only you. and am paying dearly for it. I deserve death, punishment, suffering and eternal damnation for the way I have treated others and you. God, you are just and I do deserve my punishments. Abba Father, restart my life and help me move forward; far away from my troubled past. Wash me clean and pure, cleaner than a new car. More pure than an untouched virgin. Put joyful worship songs in my heart and never forget me. Love me and move forward with me. Never let me go
Amen