What is your desire?

Before you answer, let me share something that I can accross in my bible study this morning....

James 1:14 - "But each on is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed"

I read that scripture as I was passing through the book of James and got stuck on this verse. "...tempted when he is drawn away..." The thought of what is drawing me? What are my desires that draw me? Should I let them draw me? Answering that, I have to refer to another book that I'm reading, it reminds me that I shouldn't follow my heart, but that I should lead it. Lead it how? Lead it by filling it with what God says to fill it w/...His word. I was struck w/ the realization that if I keep MY desires, I could sin. I need to change or exchange MY desires for GOD'S desires. My desires are of the flesh and my flesh wages war against my spirit. My spirit is lead by God's word, but if I'm not careful, I could be lead away from Gods best.

Now I know that it's possible to exchange my desires for Gods because it say in Romans 13:14 - "that I am to put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill it's lusts." So if I put on Jesus, His desires take over, easier said than done. Let's take smoking for example, an analogy that we at some point we can all relate to. If I were to start up smoking, my body would fight it for all it's worth. I would cough, spit & sputter every time I took a drag, but after awhile, my body would come to accept the smoke and make way to function with it, even to the point of desiring it. We need to do the same w/ God's word. We need to force a change of desire in our life, we need to LEAD our heart and not let it lead us. Jeremiah says "that the heart is more deceitful than all else" it will pursue what feels right. Be careful with your heart and the desires you're feeding it.

More to come......