Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Pleasure as a foil for sin

If the primary thing keeping you from sinning is the fear of getting caught or the prospect of shame or of being exposed as immoral, you don't stand much of a chance. Oh, these might work for a while. You might find enough strength to resist for the time being. But the relentless assault of temptation will eventually wear you down and the power of resistance will gradually erode until you give in, tired, frustrated, bitter, angry with God, doubting if a life of obedience will ever bring the satisfaction your soul so deeply craves ... in the final analysis, something more is needed to energize our hearts to recognize their truth and find joy in obedience to the direction in which they point us ... the only way for us to successfully resist sin is by maximizing our pleasure in God. (Storms, C. Samuel. Pleasures Evermore: the Life-changing Power of Enjoying God. Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, 2000. Print. 25-27, emphasis mine)

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