“But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. Do not err, my beloved brethren.” James 1:14-16

Satan will only show you the pleasure but he will never show you the pain of sin. Satan never shows you your children growing up without a father or mother. He never shows you your liver pickled in alcohol or your lungs smoked like barbecue.

Maybe you are watching porn now and you think that it is an innocent pleasure. Satan will never show you the girl being abandon by her father and abused, who then turns to prostitution to make a living. He never shows you that 10 years later, you will leave your wife because of the spirit of lust. He will never show you your child in prison because of the hate and anger because his father left. Finally, Satan will never show you an eternity in Hell.

The pleasures of sin are but for a moment and come with an extremely high cost.

God is the God of pleasures and His pleasures have no sorrow. Why not trust Jesus to lead your life into all of His blessings?

You can write down a list of the pleasures you want – a nice car, sexual pleasure, a house, great friends or adventure. Then say, “Jesus I am trusting you for this but I refuse to make pleasures my God. So Jesus in your perfect timing and will, You will give me freely all things to enjoy! And Jesus, if there is anything on my list that I never experience, I still you love and will still serve you. Jesus, you are not only My God of Pleasures but You, My God are my GREATEST PLEASURE!

They weren’t asking for a pleasure, but for their lives, yet they loved God more than their very lives.

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego gave us great lessons about dethroning idols. They faced the biggest idol of their time and what they were seeking were their very lives. These three dudes shocked Heaven and made God smile, as angels stood in wonder as they spoke, “The God that we serve is well able to deliver us………but even if He doesn’t, we will not bow!” Talking about loving God more than life itself!

The God that I serve is well able to give you a wife or a husband but even if He does not – will you serve Him? Even if you don’t drive a Porsche – will you serve Him? Satan really underestimated these guys like he did Job when he told God, “Skin for skin! A man will give up everything he has to save his life. But reach out and take away his health, and he will surely curse you to your face!” Job 2:4-5. Job sure taught him a lesson as he declared – YET WILL I TRUST HIM!

This crazy thing called love – The King of Kings loved us more than His life itself as He was mashed up on the Cross for us. Now I find myself laying down my life to be lost in His love….

“This King of Mine Is So Divine
Got So Much Love to Share
In This Crazy Love Affair…”

What a crazy love affair between the God of Heaven and me…. Father, you say – At your right Hand there are pleasures forevermore. So I find myself seated in Christ at the right hand of God desiring to be your pleasure forevermore.

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