“Dangerous desires birthed inside our unsettled disappointments are nothing but a setup for a takedown. A quick rise to a hard fall.”- Lysa TerKeurst
“Sin will take you father than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay.”- Ravi Zacharias
In Chapter 9 (“Exposing the Enemy”) of It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way, Lysa TerKeurst reminds us about what she wrote about Satan in Chapter 1. First, Ms. TerKeurst stated that when Satan’s able to isolate us, he then begins to influence us. Second, disappointment remains Satan’s favorite of all entry points.
Therefore, it’s crucial that we understand how Satan operates and how it’s possible to live free from the entanglements of darkness. Most noteworthy, Lysa states, no condemnation exists here. However, help and hope do exist. So, in the process, Satan is exposed. Not us.
Thus, the author provides information about Satan in order to protects us as well as free us. Because Satan loves to use disappointments to cause great trouble in an unsettled heart. Ms. TerKeurst explains:
“A heart hungry for something to ease the ache of disappointment is especially susceptible to the most dangerous forms of desire. Especially when the heart isn’t being proactive about taking in truth and staying in community with healthy, humble people living out that truth.”
As a result, Lysa stresses, Satan sniffs out our interest in dangerous desires. Then he prowls around us with calculated motives. Although Satan certainly doesn’t know our thoughts, he’s quite aware when we begin to entertain sinful possibilities. Or flirt with compromise.
In conclusion, sin – to put it bluntly – is a lie. It promises to use satisfaction as the filler between the gaps of our disappointments. But, in reality, sin heads straight for our hearts – and fills them with shame.
Today’s question: What Scriptures keep dangerous desires birthed inside your unsettled disappointments at bay? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “Satan – death on his breath”