Life Over Lust – Fasting & Prayer Day

Temptation

Life Over Lust

The orgasm, the blunt, the cocktail, the juicy gossip, the “lazy day” you took when you had so much to accomplish, the words you speak which tear others down, the thing you put before God and ministry, the jealousy that drives you to spend what you don’t have on what you don’t need… Is it worth it? Is it worth your salvation? The salvation of your family? The salvation of your co-workers and friends?

Today from 12:00 a.m.- 11:59 p.m. we will be asking God to reveal to us the lusts of our flesh that we may give into.  In this society, where giving into your lusts is encouraged and entertained, it may be difficult to recognize these lusts at all.  God always provides a way of escape, but the temptations to give into these lusts will always be present. God won’t always remove them altogether because He wants us to grow spiritually stronger by overcoming them. We have to weigh the pros and cons: is feeding my flesh worth my salvation? How can feeding my flesh separate me from my God? How will God get the glory and how will others be drawn closer to God if I withstand this temptation?  

Below are all the lusts of the flesh as found in Galatians 5:19-21 and their definitions according to Merriam-Webster dictionary:

Adultery: voluntary sexual intercourse between a married man or woman and someone other than his or her spouse.

Fornication: consensual sexual intercourse between two persons not married to each other — compare to adultery.

Uncleanness: morally or spiritually impure, dirty, filthy, lacking in clarity and precision of conception or execution.

Lasciviousness: filled with or shoring sexual desire.

Idolatry: the worship of a physical object as a God. Immoderate attachment or devotion to something.

Witchcraft: the use of sorcery or magic, communication with the devil.

Hatred: a very strong feeling of dislike.  Prejudiced hostility or animosity.

Variance: an amount of difference or change.  Law: an official decision or document that allows someone to do something that is not usually allowed by the rules

Emulation: ambitious or envious rivalry.  Ambition or endeavor to equal or excel others; imitation.

Wrath: strong vengeful anger or indignation.  retributory punishment for an offense or a crime : divine chastisement.

Strife: bitter sometimes violent conflict or dissension. An act of contention : fight, struggle. Exertion or contention for superiority.

Sedition: the crime of saying, writing, or doing something that encourages people to disobey their government.

Heresies: a belief or opinion that does not agree with the official belief or opinion of a particular religion.

Envying: the feeling of wanting to have what someone else has. Painful or resentful awareness of an advantage enjoyed by another joined with a desire to possess the same advantage.

Murder: the crime of deliberately killing a person.

Drunkenness: drunk or often becoming drunk caused by drinking too much alcohol. given to habitual excessive use of alcohol.

Revelling: to take intense pleasure or satisfaction.

Pray for Faith

To DO

  • Post on your social media:
    Today, I’m asking God to deliver me from the lusts of the flesh as per Galatians 5:19-21 #MyGenPrays #MyGenDayOfPrayer #LifeOverLust
  • Connect with your Prayer Partner and encourage them to ask God to deliver them from the lusts of their flesh.
  • Recognize that the Fruit of the Spirit and the Lusts of the Flesh cannot dwell in you heart simultaneously. When you feed one, you starve the other.

Do Not

  • Allow the devil to distract us from asking God to reveal to us what our flesh lusts after.
  • Allow our environment to encourage us to give into the Lusts of the Flesh. Remember, we cannot be a beacon of light in the world if we are emulating their sins.
  • Be hearers of the word only, but doers as well. You must be honest with God and yourself about which lusts of the flesh you are feeding into and why – that’s how God can truly cleanse you.

Beginning at 6 AM, join us for prayer as we pray every hour on the hour on Google Hangouts. Corporate Prayer is at 8 PM

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Verses for Meditation

I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.Galatians 5:16-21 NKJV
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.1 Corinthians 10:13
Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.James 1:12 NKJV
Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.James 1:13‭-‬14 NKJV
Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.James 1:21 NKJV
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.James 1:22‭-‬25 NKJV
About the Author

Hannah Love

While I am a born and raised Seventh-day Adventist (I was baptized at the age of 8, and then again at 21), I am not a product of Adventist Education. As a matter of fact, it is my public school education, both at DeWitt Clinton HS, and the University at Albany that has strengthened my relationship with. High School reignited my love for singing in choirs, and led me to join the Angelic Voices of Praise, the only gospel choir on campus. It was at corporate prayer before choir rehearsal one Thursday evening in Albany that my prayer life was brought under a microscope. You see, up until that point, I was praying these little Baby Prayers, the Patty Cake Prayers, the rehearsed Prayers, the One Liners. There wasn’t any conviction, and it almost appeared that I was afraid to talk to God in a very real way. That night a seasoned member saw something that I didn’t see in myself, and because she allowed the Holy Spirit to use her, took me to the back of the LC during corporate prayer and taught me how to pray. I mean Really Pray! That night not only changed my life, but changed my Prayer Life forever. My prayer life translated well as I served as a Pathfinder Leader and an Assistant AY Leader and Praise and Worship leader. It was my constant communication with God that allowed Him to use me to lead Teens and Young Adult closer to God, and many more into Praise and Worship. While I understand that our life experiences have differed, I believe that our God is the same. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. He is the God that desires to have a deeper communication with us, who longs to chat with us, and craves quiet moments that we can offer as sacrifice to Him Do not for a moment think that I am perfect. In fact I am far from it. I mess up and mistakes, but my relationship with God is just as real as this letter you are reading. It is my relationship, and my prayer life, that restores me each and every time I fall. It is my prayer life with God that has allowed Him to use me for His work, and the furtherance of His Gospel! I charge each and everyone of you to explore a genuine and real relationship with God! Sit at His feet, talk to Him, worship him, Praise Him! Ask God to show Himself to you in a very “You Specific Way” Just in case you don’t know where to start, I encourage each and everyone of you who are able to join in with us on our Weekly Prayer and Fasts that meet each Wednesday. It is in these Fasts, that God reveals our character flaws to us, in hopes of not only correcting our Spiritual Cancers that seek to draw us away from God’s divine love, but pull us closer to the feet of Jesus! I pray that each and everyone of you experience God in a very real and “You Specific Way”. I Love you and God Loves you more!

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