Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.
The problem of getting what we want now:
1. If we always get our way, we will lose our way.
What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?
2. If we always do what we want to do, we will end up where we don’t want to be.
Each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
3. If we get what we want now, we may not get what we really want later.
There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.
Truth about what we really want:
1. We will never get what we really want until we discover what we really value.
Romans 7:15-16, 18-19
15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good.
18 For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.
How do we discover what we really want?
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Slide 9
3 Questions to ask yourself
1. What do I really want?
2. What’s dragging me away?
3. How long do I plan to let what I naturally want drag me away from what I ultimately want?