Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Object of Affection

“What is the object of our affection? What targets our every desire? Is it God or anything else? What our eyes are fixed on, what our bodies crave and yield to, what our minds are constantly thinking about, will reveal what is most dear to us.” — F. Lugo
Beloved, my heart is filled with the love of God and it is busting at the seams wanting to share His love with this world. How I pray, I, lead and empowered by His willing Spirit, will live up to the perfect standard of the call I have been called by His grace to fulfill. Oh Lord, that the Holy Spirit will hasten to come and that heavenly baptism in which you were baptized into, I shall be baptized into as well. Amen. Beloved ones, let us look at a notorious woman and her great desire and what was the end result of such a desire. May we all learn from her choices and the legacy she left behind and will be remembered for, and may it shape our choosing in all areas of our lives. With that said, I now invite you Into My HEART…

An intimate look into the life of Eve
So when the woman [saw] that the tree was good for [food], that it was pleasant to the [eyes], and a tree desirable to make one [wise], she took [coveted; taking that which did not belong to her] of its fruit and ate.
(Genesis 3:6 NKJV emphasis added)
  • Eyes (sight): Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. But when your eye is bad [concerning yourself with what you ought not to concern yourself with], your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is! (Matthew 6:22-23 emphasis added). If you pull the blinds on your windows; that is, veil yourself from the light, what a dark life you will have!

  • Mouth/Stomach (appetite): There are many who whose conduct [actions] shows they are really enemies of the cross of Christ. They are headed for destruction. Their god is their appetite, they brag about shameful things, and they think only about this life here on earth. Philippians 3:18-19 emphasis added) This ‘their god is their appetite’ or as the NKJV puts it, ‘whose god is their belly’ is serving our own interests and not that of the Lord’s.

  • Mind (thought): ‘Love the Lord with all your mind..’ (Mark 12:30)

  • Body/Strength (submission): ‘Love the Lord with all your body..’ (Mark 12:30)
Through the devil’s deception, our sight, appetite, thoughts and ability to worship God are handicapped [incapacitated].
  • Sight what we perceive. Our reality can be distorted.
  • Our appetites if not subject to God’s will through fasting [leaning on God and trusting in His will and not our own abilities and understanding], can lead us to crave destructive things.
  • Our thoughts can deceive us, if we allow anything other than God’s Word to penetrate, hold us captive and be planted firmly in order to take root.
  • If not for submission to God and His will, we are surely doomed.

The woman [saw], and in her seeing she became thoroughly convinced in what the devil said, ‘You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil’ and not in what the Lord God commanded, ‘Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.’ Her seeing, is a picture of the Church’s glory, that is, to gaze upon the Cross of Christ and His glorious work on it being distorted to not see His work, but rather, what they can get from it rather than what He accomplished through it! That being the salvation of the world; to all who would call on the name of the Lord. So when the woman saw through her own seeing and not of the Lord’s revelation [unveiling or great showing], she gave into her own desires; that is, serving her own interests and giving into her own sight, that is, what she perceived to be good and right to attain, as opposed to what the Lord God had commanded, ‘And the Lord commanded, saying, of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat’ in which she clearly understood (Genesis 3:3), and as a result of her disobedience and her affection being in the creation and not the Creator; who is the Lord God, she rejected His Word in order to attain God’s Wisdom her own way; by her own wisdom and understanding, leading her to do exactly what He spoke against and in turn experiencing what the Lord God said would happen, ‘for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.’
Our bodies were created by the Lord; for the Lord. If they in all their varied functions are not for His glory and praise, they suffer to know a fate separated from God forever.
This doom and separation is never more known then in the rebelling of the first generation of the Israelites [in direct contrast with Joshua and Caleb’s report] and Judas Iscariot and him purposing in his heart to do that most detestable thing—to betray the Lord; and betray Him He did!
Oh Lord, you alone know all things and all things good come from you. I am a man who gives into many things and often my stomach is my god in whom I worship. I stand ashamed at this, yet I ask for your mercy my King and my God. Thank you that you are merciful and compassionate to whom you will. I ask you to forgive my weakness and give me the strength to submit to you in every area that currently displeases you. Let me not be like the first generation Israelites that looked to steal the joy of your people and destroy the morale of entering the land of promise due to their fear and doubt of your Word and promise, nor be like Judas, who for thirty silver coins, betrayed you. All I want to do is please you. Lead me in fasting of many sorts, so I rely on you and nothing else! For your glory and praise alone, I pray in Jesus name. Amen.

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