Carey Lewis Devotions
Wednesday, September 19th, 2018
Gotcha's Demons: Lust & Emptiness
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.
1 John 2:16 (NASB)
Behold, all of them are false; Their works are worthless, Their molten images are wind and emptiness.
Isaiah 41:29 (NASB)
Lust is a strong desire, a deep craving. Certainly, lust is often sexual.

More broadly, lust covets many things, like food, drugs, cars, clothes, crowns, money and mansions. It yearns for beauty, titles and power. It wants upgrades, attention, approval, security and notoriety.

Here's the thing: lust seeks to fill emptiness--an emptiness of heart, mind and purpose. Lust seeks to distract us from suffering. Because troubling questions threaten our peace, like:

Why am I here?... Where do I belong?... What happens next?

Lust is super-octane gasoline: a fill is costly and it won't last long. Therefore, it requires constant refueling... or its victims get stranded on empty.

Since God 'Planted eternity in the human heart' (Ecclesiastes 3:11, NLT), a limitless space inside us looms large.

Believers know only God can fill it. How can we best pass along this Answer?

1. Obviously, avoid all temptations. If lust has overcome you in the past and Jesus broke the chains of addiction... then you have a stunning story to share.

2. Offer the fruit of the Holy Spirit to every unfulfilled person you meet who's been attacked by these common demons. God's real food will begin to work wonders.

## Gotcha's Demons: Lust & Emptiness (Part 32)

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Gotcha! series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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