Lust

What comes to mind when you see the word Lust?
I’m not going to talk about the typical sexual desire aspect of lust. But I do want to talk about what happens when we lust for things other than knowing God’s heart.
We live in an amazing time. We have state of the art technology at our fingertips. We can communicate with people around the globe instantly via text, email, video chat and cell phone. And despite all this technology we are still a people who find it difficult to connect with God.
We have so much technology available to us, yet we don’t know how or where to begin in establishing and maintaining an intimate relationship with God.
We pursue power, prestige, accolades and achievements. We lust after things and desperately try to create a spiritual reputation to let others know who we are and what we are about.
Unfortunately in all these pursuits we wander from God’s heart. We look for satisfaction in things rather than in His Holiness, His love, mercy and forgiveness. In our instant gratification society, we want it now.
Online banking, online shopping even online dating, all intended to be helpful tools to enrich our lives and serve us well have set us up for failure. We want everything in life to come at the click of a mouse.
Now, I am guilty of this too. I have all the tools available to me that would allow me to grow in my knowledge and understanding of God and His word. I try to use technology to help me in my spiritual journey and yet what I am finding is that in a world of sound bites, online devotionals and online sermons I have sold out.
I want things to be easy. I want things to be comfortable. I don’t want to have to work hard. I want to click the mouse and have spiritual growth delivered to my inbox. I want to type the right Google search and arrive at God’s plan for my life in a downloadable PDF.
So what am I saying, that all this technology is bad? No. Just that anything worth having is worth working for.
If knowing God is what we want (what I want), then I need to be willing to invest the time in building and maintaining the relationship. In our online culture where we can have what we want instantly, we run the risk of prostituting our souls. We get what we want to make us feel good in the moment only to find ourselves bankrupt and destitute a short time later.
So, I’m going Old School. I will read my Bible – the one that has paper pages that I turn rather than the online Bible in 52 translations on my ipad. I will unplug when I spend time with God. I will not use online tools to “enhance” my knowledge or relationship with God. I will simply be available to Him. I will pray & listen. I want to have a strong desire to know God and be known by Him. Let me know how you spend time with the Lord and what helps you to focus your heart and mind on God.

Grace & Peace ~
Karen

Psalm 51:9-11 (New International Version, ©2010)
10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11 Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.

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4 thoughts on “Lust

  1. Justin says:

    I have to unplug when it’s time to be still with God. Too much distraction! You named several of them here. They’re also a distraction to quality family time. We’ve made a pact in the Falls house that technology, in all it’s forms, can only be used at certain times during the week. Otherwise, we’re just a bunch of droids. Great post, Karen Cook!

  2. Karen Cook says:

    Thanks Justin. Great reminder too about setting limits for our family time…really important that we are more than physically present, but emotionally as well.

  3. Danie Marie says:

    Karen, once again, great post. After breakfast, I sit with a cup of tea at my breakfast table. I like to remind myself that Jesus is with me holding my hand as I pray and seek His face. I ask the Holy Spirit to fill me and speak to me. It has become my practice of late to use Sarah Youngs, Jesus Calling. I then turn to the scriptures and meditate.

    As a writer, having the house quiet throughout the day, gives me plenty of opportunity to hear His voice. 🙂

  4. Wanda Binford says:

    One way I spend time with the Lord is a “Prayer Walk” several times a week. I have used the simple “Five Finger Prayer” (pray for those close to me, for pastors/teachers, leaders, the weak/orphans/widows, and lastly myself) as I walk the neighborhood or wherever I am throughout the day. My Bible is permanently open on the dining room table with my BSF study ongoing throughout the week. I also carry a pocket Bible with me for other moments during the day when I find myself with a few minutes to connect with God’s Word. Before school, we read a daily scripture on the kitchen table and I do a short devotional with Emma, along with her AWANA lessons. Allan and I try to make a daily practice of praying together before he leaves for work, too. Of course, I love to sit at the piano and worship or sing along with Christian music in my car. All these moments throughout the day remind me that God is ever present with me and “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Phil 4:13

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