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What’s Your Pleasure?

August 8, 2011

BIBLE READING PLAN:    Proverbs 19-22

MEDITATION VERSE:   Whoever loves pleasure will be a poor man…” Proverbs 21:17

THOUGHTS:

  • Pleasure is not a bad thing.  God created us with the ability to experience pleasure.  Therefore, pleasure has an appropriate place and function in our lives. 
  • It would be foolish to try and live a life devoid of pleasure.  It is a gift.  God created us with the ability to experience it and we should enjoy it.
  • The problem with pleasure comes when we love it; particularly when we love it more than God.  (Matt. 22:37). Most sin comes from seeking pleasure in a manner that makes it more important than God; We worship what we love.  The problem is when be become “lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God” (2 Tim. 3:4).  When we love pleasure, the result is that we worship it.  Pleasure then has become our idol.
  • It is our love for pleasure that results in the choice to disobey God’s commands.  We don’t fall into sin.  We choose what we love the most.  Sin is evidence that we love and worship something more than God. 
  • Consider the good things that give us pleasure: sex, food, relaxation, comfort, family, friends, work… All of those things are good and have a wonderful place in our lives.  The problem is when we begin to love them more than we love God.  That is when we make the choices that lead to our poverty (spiritually and physically).
  • Why do we do things that we know are bad for us?  Drugs, drunkenness, lying, cheating, gossip, bursts of anger, pornography, fornication, seeking the praise of man… all are a desire for pleasure that is not within the context that God designed.  When we love pleasure more than God then the nature progression is to seek that pleasure outside of God’s design. 
  • We must be diligent to check our love for the pleasures of this world.  Luke 8:14 tells us that the pleasures of the world can choke out the seed of God and our “fruit will not mature”.  Misplaced love can kill.

PRAYER:    Lord, thank you for the pleasures of this life.  Forgive me for loving them more than you.  Change my heart and desires.  Give me eyes to see your surpassing worth.  Show me that all the pleasures of this world pale in comparison to the pleasure of knowing you.  Amen

The above is my Bible Reading Plan.  I am providing it in hopes that it will encourage you to start one of your own. 

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