For years we have had this collection of short articles posted on line and we slowly add to them as new topics come up. We don't claim to have all the answers, but we're sharing how we see things. As we all share, our perspectives are widened, and it becomes easier to lay aside fear and dead religion and to choose instead pathways of freedom, boldness, life, and love. We hope you enjoy the mythbusters.
Myth #12 - If You Give Up Your Desires, You Will Be More Spiritual.
Most people do not know the basic difference between the desires of the flesh and the desires of the heart.
Galatians says that the works of the flesh are selfish ambition, control, jealousy, envy, addictions, lust, anger, idolatry, hate, and the like. When somebody lives according to these things, it hurts them and everyone around them. These are the things we are supposed to walk away from.
It is an entirely different thing to bury the good things, the talents, gifts, dreams, and heart desires which God has given to us, thinking that to do so will be pleasing to Him. Many people walk away from the very things which would bring joy and enrich themselves and everyone around them.
When people get confused and bury the good things in their lives, in their lack of fulfillment, they begin to manifest the very things that Galatians says we should not walk in. The more we buy the false idea that it is spiritual to bury our gifts, talents, and good desires, the more the "Christian" life will become empty, false, and frustrating, and the more the Christian community will become judgmental, tense, and unpleasant.
It is vital to turn away from the things that weigh us down and to pursue with God's leading, the things which makes us vibrant, unique, and alive. So, allow God to fulfill all the good dreams and desires He has given to you.