- James 4:1-12
- Philippians 2:3
- Proverbs 16:18
- Galatians 5:19-21
- 1 Corinthians 6:18
Lust, Entitlement, & Pride
Samson had three big issues that caused his demise. They were pride, lust, and entitlement. Honestly, I cannot think of a man I know or have known who did not deal with at least one of these. In fact, most of us deal with all three. I believe that dealing with these is not a “one and done” thing. We must continue to deal with them. Every time I think I have gotten control of my pride, it jumps out at me again. Lust is such a big part of our culture that it attacks us from all directions every day. Finally, entitlement is a never ending battle inside of us.
This is my take on the “Big Three.” As long as we say they don’t affect us, they will. Acting like they do not exist for us is simply an act of lying to ourselves. Acknowledging that we need help is our first step. Until we admit that we are vulnerable, we are just fooling ourselves. It’s interesting isn’t it? We become strong by admitting that we have a weakness. It’s not managing the temptations. Instead, it’s starting a consistent battle to eliminate them from our lives.
Of pride, lust, and entitlement, which of the “Big Three” is the biggest issue for you?
What are you doing to deal with these issues is your life?
What is the difference between “managing temptation” and “eliminating it?”
List out the areas where you are most vulnerable. What is your first step in getting the help you need?