Are you wishing your life away?
Youve no doubt read or heard a
message such as this or similar to this in the past, because the "I wish I
hads" and the "if onlys" are very common to every womans
life to some extent. The degree to which these thoughts will consume her directly relates
to her level of trust and commitment to waiting on the LORD. Ouch
but maybe you can see how true it is.
The LORD says to be content with such
things as ye have
Not talking about *worry*
thats a whole nuther message! Im simply talking about wishing.
I have wished away decades wishing for days to pass. I have wished away wonderful seasons
of my life wishing for the next season. I have wished away months wishing for days to
You see I was so discontent with where I was at those times that I thought *any*
where or *any* time would be better that where I was at that time. Sadly, I was in
such bondage to slavery of selfish desires that I didnt even know it and would
likely have denied it had I been confronted about it.
I wished to be older, and when I began to
get older I regretted the loss of youth. I wished to be thinner, when I was thinner, I
wished to be taller and then I wished I could have nicer clothes and then I wished I could
have more money to spend on clothes. Then my wishes turned into greed, greed over what
others had and what I thought I wanted. Do you see, sisters, the terrible cycle of selfish
desire? This all led to other sins
because sin rarely walks alone, it loves company
and the deceitfulness of sin is that it seeks affirmation or justification.
Youve heard hundreds of times women
saying "O, I love this!!" or "O, I love that!!"
and I know that
not all the "O, I love thats" tun into "I wish I hads" but
most of them do, dont they?!
We say things like, "O, I love your
" and on the inside we are thinking "I wish my hair looked like
that" or, "I wish I had nicer hair
" You could exchange the word hair
for any thing or any other word
home, house, children, husband, furniture,
you name it
weve all complemented a sister on
something that later became for us an "I wish I had
This really sort of turns into lust,
doesnt it? In a way, lust, the very thing or fault we accuse or hate in men, we
ourselves struggle with
but we dont call it lust
we call it
we call it dreaming
we call it anything but what it is. Its
lust. Its the insatiable desire for things that we think will satisfy us.
The Lust of Women
This seems like an unlikely subtitle for
a message written to and about women, doesnt it
or does it? I want to talk
with you today about this because it is such a serious problem and such a voracious
destroyer. The lust of the eyes and the hearts of women drawn after things that seem will
satisfy. This is generally a word slapped on men
and while men surely do have to
face, and to deal with the problem of lust to whatever degree it has a hold of them, this
term is not usually ascribed to women. The desire that I am here calling "lust"
today is this wishing and wishing, the desire that fills the mind, consumes the thinking,
and unlike sexual lust or desire, this lust is the continual lusting after things that are
perceived to be the answers to our problems
not necessarily a release of or
satisfying of the flesh. I am talking about lusting after those things which are not ours,
those things which belong to another, those things which consume our thoughts, those
things which the LORD has not provided us in our lives and homes
. Those things which
we perceive to be genuine needs for our happiness. The hard part about this is that one
kind of lust, sexual lust, usually involves immorality and sin and violates Gods
commands. But the lust that I am talking about with you today involves things
the very fine line between planning for the necessary things in our lives and the over the
line obsession with what we do or dont have. Its sort of like that fine line
concerning food. Maybe you have had to deal with this area---I know I have! Food: we all
need it to survive
we eat to live. Its when the line is crossed and food
becomes one of the objects of our obsession and we live to eat, this is when food---one of
the necessities of life---becomes an area we must face, deal with and over which we must
confess the sin of gluttony.
Lust destroys life
it is selfish, greedy, and is so deceived. Have you noticed that no matter how
much you want, how much you get, how much you like the item you finally get, its
never enough? No, its never enough because riches and things are deceitful
they pass away, and vanish as quickly as they are realized. Theres always
another day when the cycle of the battle begins again.
1John 2:16 For all that is in the world,
the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the
Father, but is of the world.
I dont know if you know what I am
talking about, or if this is a problem that you deal with or recognize in your own
but I have faced this problem many times and recognizing it and understanding
the ugliness of it has made me continually make decisions to not give into lustful
thoughts but to take them to the LORD. When lust is seen for the sin it is, and when
confession is made, then cleansing and new direction can be undertaken and freedom can be
realized. When you stop wishing your life away you will have a renewed desire to live it
and a new desire to walk with the LORD over the hills and through the valleys.
1 Peter 4.1-2 "Forasmuch then as
Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for
he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; That he no longer should live the
rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God."
You see, for many years, I thought if
only I had certain things or could do certain things that I would be happy. I am sorry to
say that all that lusting after things did not accomplish any thing and one of the things
I most regret is the loss of time
time that was spent wishing and producing nothing.
I would study in the Word and continually I would see that my life didnt measure up
with what the LORD had designed for me. When I would read, I began to be ashamed that what
was going on in my mind was not compatible with what I was coming to know in my heart.
Faith and trust in the LORD do not walk hand in hand with lust and discontent. They cannot
coexist. As one grows the other dies. I realized I faced a decision---I had to decide if I
was going to follow self or if I was going to follow the LORD. At first, the desire was
simply to not be in bondage to the sin of lusting after what I thought would make me
happy. Miraculously, when I began to walk with the LORD in a new way I began to see my
longings fulfilled in Him and my needs met in Him and the consuming desire for the things
I didnt have or the abilities I didnt possess began to fade away. Though I am
continually faced with needs and desires today, my reactions and my decisions determine
which ones grow and which ones are choked out by the growth.
Mark 4.19 And the cares of this world,
and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the
word, and it becometh unfruitful.
Maybe you have had to face the ugly
dragon of lust and envy. It is so damaging. It eats away our reality, it destroys the
foundations of our marriages if we allow it to come between us and our husband, and it
damages our relationships with our children if we allow it to be a part of the measure of
their performance. It distorts our view and diminishes faith that God is who He says He is
and that He will do what He promised.
Hebrews 13.5 "Let your conversation
be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I
will never leave thee, nor forsake thee."
I pray that if you are struggling in this
area that you will join me in the daily seeking of the LORD and give this area over to
Him. He alone will save you and lift you out of the never ending cycle of destruction of
lust. His grace is sufficient for you and whatever you are facing. It does, however,
depend on you: you must decide you will follow and obey Him. Here again, just like I have
written to you in recent weeks, we must apply what we know to be true and what the LORD
reveals and directs in our lives.
Philippians 2.13 For it is God which
worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
Lust or discontent is the enemy of Faith
and it will fight to win your heart at every turn. It will deceive you into thinking that
you are simply looking at things to make your home or life nicer
you may even go so
far as to justify all the things you think you need so that you can minister more
effectively. Oh, sister, be careful
I know some of the bends in that road and that
road will take you nowhere fast! Be careful, so careful, about the fine lines in
the lines that divide truth and deception. Were so easily deceived and we
are so easily impressed. If the desire for things is consuming you, if you are wishing
your life away wishing to be or to have things the LORD hasnt provided, please today
take these desires to Him and lay them at His feet and ask Him to provide what is best for
you. Ask Him to be the desire of your heart and then, take His Hand and walk with Him
today. Dont waste another day wishing your life away
He truly will be
sufficient for you and will righteously fulfill the true longing of your soul.
This is my prayer for each one of us.
Philippians 4.11 "Not that I speak
in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be
I pray for you as I pray for myself as we
continue to grow in the faith, to be the women that God has designed us to be, that we
will truly learn the joy of contentedness and rest in His abiding love and care for us. I
pray that we will be women whose lives are a fragrant offering and will bear much fruit
for the LORD who loves us with everlasting love.
Ro 6:22 "But now being made free
from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end
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