Starving for freedom

Matthew 5:6
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
For many, the desire to quit an addiction fluctuates like a thermostat. At one point in time, these individuals feel like quitting. However, when the guilt they feel after falling into temptation subsides, they once again wrestle with, and fall back into the same old temptations: indulging in the very things they wanted to quit. The question is, why the inconsistency?
Why are we hungry for righteousness at one point in time, and for unrighteousness at another? It\’s hard to fathom our double-minded behavior, however, or thankfully, the Word of God gives us the key to understanding the reason behind our falls. This key lies in Genesis 3:4-5, \”And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.\”
Over the years, beginning from the garden of Eden, the devil has taken many people captive by first making them feel they lack something in life: something they can only receive after they have seared their conscience. This is the same lie he keeps telling many of us, whenever we try to quit sinning. To add to his lies, he continues by telling us that we need to keep indulging in what he offers to receive everything he says or has made us feel we lack. In plain terms, he is offering toilet water to very thirsty people till they are killed by the germs in it.

The truth is, unless we come to the realisation that, we are not going to get what we want by listening to his lies, we will always be hungry or thirsty for unrighteousness. Unless we realise that everything we need is in Christ, we will always yearn for false pleasures that will always leave us empty, or that will keep us going back for the very things that slowly destroy us.

How hungry are you? How ready are you, to trade all you have received from drinking \”toilet water\”, for something real that only comes from God?
Salvation doesn\’t begin after we say a simple prayer we do not understand, but rather, when we call out to Jesus because we are dying inside and are ready to trade all the illusions of love we keep chasing after, for everything He is: He, God is Love.


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