Have you seen Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory? One of the children with a golden ticket is Verruca Salt. She is easily the world’s biggest spoiled brat. It is easy to raise Verruca Salt’s. Donald Miller in one of his talks referred to a spoiled girl one time. She got that way because when the family was eating Mac & Cheese, she whined for chicken nuggets and the family caved to her whining. Samson is the original Verruca Salt.
What happens to a person who is unchecked and no one or no thing can stop it?
Samson had a problem with his eyes (Judges 14:1-4). He didn’t want what God wanted or what his parents wanted. He was unfaithful to his parents, his Nazirite vow, and to his God. Although he is found in the Hall of Faith (Hebrews 11:32), he was not a faithful man. Samson is not a guy you would want your daughters to date.
Samson had a problem with his flesh (Judges 14:5-9). He was unfaithful to his vow and lived a life of secrecy. Living in the shadows is never a good idea. Samson was a closed book for no one to see.
How do we win against the battle of mounting desires?
Physical desires will challenge us till we die. They are like trying to fill up a leaky cup. Once it is filled up, it is gone in a matter of time, needing to be filled again.
Winning the desire battle is intense and stressful. It requires the seriousness of a funeral and resolution of one on a mission. I once heard that the person who desires to live a life of obedience must struggle with the intensity of a drowning man struggling for air. The Apostle Paul challenged many to, “Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry” (Colossians 3:5). He also said, “For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live” (Romans 8:13).
Personal Funeral planning is hard work. Being consistent is difficult. It takes effort, daily effort. Ask anyone who has ever struggled with addiction recovery, it is difficult. How do we fight this in our lives? What steps should we take to stop desires from overtaking us? The enemy knows us. He watches us. He knows our struggles and tries to exploit them.
- Take responsibility. You are responsible for what you do with temptations. God is not the author of your sin, the devil didn’t make you do it. James 1:14
- Focus on the big picture. Temptations show how sweet the pleasure of sin is but not the stinging pain that sin brings.
- Identify areas of weakness in your life. Recognize which aspects of your life are easy targets for Satan’s attacks. Never let yourself get too Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired.
- Make yourself accountable to a friend. Find someone you trust and tell them about the temptations. We can never outgrow our level of accountability.
- Treat the Bible like Bread not Cake. The Scripture is God’s path to wisdom and food for everyday use. It is not cake for special occasions in life.