The Heart of the Problem

The Heart of the Problem

A new life in Christ leads to a changed life - a life that is consistent with your calling.

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. (Romans 12:1)

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.  (Ephesians 4:1)

Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.(Ephesians 5:1-2)

 and not to steal from them, but to show that they can be fully trusted, so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive. (Titus 2:10)

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. (1 John 3:1)

Christian Freedom leads us to an inner self-control and not self-indulgence which leads us to a servant-like living thinking of others above ourselves, serving according to the will of God.

What is the Condition of your Heart?

Do you have insatiable cravings and inordinate desires?

Now the people became like those who complain of adversity in the hearing of the LORD; and when the LORD heard it, His anger was kindled, and the fire of the LORD burned among them and consumed some of the outskirts of the camp.

The people, therefore cried out to Moses, and Moses prayed to the LORD, and the fire died out.

So the name of that place was called Taberah, because the fire of the LORD BURNED among them.

And the rabble who were among them, had greedy desires;  and also the sons of Israel wept again and said, 

"Who will give us meat to eat?

"We remember the fish which we used to eat free in Egypt, the cucumbers and the melons and the leeks and the onions and the garlic, but now our appetite is gone. There is nothing at all to look at except this manna. "

Now the manna was like coriander seed and its appearance like that of bdellium.

The people would go about and gather it and grind it between two millstones or beat it in the mortar, and boil it in the pot and make cakes with it; and its taste was as the taste of cakes baked with oil.

And when the dew fell on the camp at night, the manna would fall with it.…

So the name of that place was called Kibroth-hattaavah, because there they buried the people who had been greedy. (Numbers 11:1-9, 34)

They quickly forgot His works. They did not wait for His counsel. (Psalm 106:13)

Do you crave for evil things?

“Crave” is from the Greek word "epiqumhths" = “upon" + “to desire”, meaning to keep your desire fixed upon something. 

This noun, plus the present tense of the verb “to be,” in the verb that follows (epiqumew), describes this as an enduring disposition, state, or condition of the heart or mind. It is a condition of greed or craving of the heart.

This brings out the principles of (a) insatiability and (b) loss of control.

Things can never satisfy or fulfill you as we need or hope to be. Pursuing them can literally dominate us. Craving for something creates a mad and fruitless search for happiness and fulfillment in what we desire, which it can never provide.

To desire in essence, is worshiping something other than God.
To seek happiness, security and meaning in position, power, prestige, possession, pleasure, or anything other than God is idolatry. 

It is operating under the demonic and human delusion that things have the god-like ability to bring happiness, security, and significance. To desire something will mean treating something it as if it were God, with the capacity to make you happy and secure. This is a form of idolatry.

Craving things stems from a deeper root problem. 
It stems from wrong perspectives, values, belief systems, and priorities.

Is your heart truly fixed upon God?

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