RCCG Open Heavens Devotional Monday 4 February 2013
VICTIM OF NATURAL DRIVE
By Pastor E. A. Adeboye
Memorise: :Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners" 1Corinthians 15:33Read: 2Samuel 13:1-14Bible in one year: Nehemiah 10-13Key point: Father, let me not become a victim of legitimate thirst, hunger and sex drives. help me that these needs might be satisfied within the bounds of Your love.
One unfortunate trend we see around us today is, how so many people have become victims of their needs. There are very legitimate needs but some people have used this as an excuse to do something wrong. For instance, in every human being, there is a drive called thirst. This ¡s natural and can be satisfied through wholesome, healthy and legitimate means. However, using this drive as an excuse to indulge in alcohol is an abuse of the body from which this drive emanates. So also is the sex drive. This is natural. It is natural for those of the opposite sex to feel attracted to each other. Yet, this drive is not to be consummated except after marriage. Anyone who engages in premarital sex, saying that if it is wrong, why then did God put the drive in man in the first place, is only a victim of his need. In what way are you becoming a victim of your legitimate needs? Ask God to deliver you today!
Similarly, a Christian who needs a spouse and decides to marry an unbeliever or just any Christian will definitely become a victim of a legitimate need. A certain brother who had been separated from his wife for years was becoming so lonely that he began to associate with unbelievers. Before long, he regularly visited beer parlours and went back into smoking and drinking until some members of the church led him back to Christ. No matter how highly pressed you are, never allow yourself to become a victim of your need! Amnon was influenced by his friend to satisfy his sex drive through an incestuous rape of his half-sister Tamar. Who should you make friends with? Choose fellow believers as your friends and prayer partners. Not every believer should be your prayer partner if you are unmarried. Prayerfully, choose someone who is spiritually compatible. Also, your partner must be someone who does not willfully sin but lives holy. Let it be someone you can confide in, with whom also you can pray prayers of agreement. Take time to ask God to choose your friends for you. Above all, let Jesus be your partner. If you allow Him, He will help you with the grace, strength and wisdom to do all that you should. Remember that you cannot achieve much without Him. Your success in life is dependent on Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Give the Lord the space, time and energy due Him. Your thirst tor friendship is truly satisfied in Christ.