“But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” James 1:14-15
Today’s Christian daily devotional
“Whoa. I’m feeling it kick in. Are you?” I heard Jessica’s voice but it seemed to move at a different pace than her lips. It was an odd sensation to watch. I stared at her mouth waiting for her to talk more so I could see the anomaly again.
“Are you okay?” She leaned closer to me as I watched her features become so exaggerated they almost looked cartoonish. “Let’s find the restroom. You don’t look so good.” I nodded as she grabbed my arm noticing that her hand felt unusually good on my skin.
We forged through the crowd, Jess confidently leading the way as if she had been to this nightclub a million times. She was tiny, but something about her made even the biggest guy move out of her path. The little pill didn’t seem to have the same affect her at all.
My legs felt rubbery and sluggish. I became distracted by all the visual delights around me and I let go of her hand.
The light show felt like it was actually alive and had become one with the music. The fog around the DJ made him appear to be a mad scientist spinning his latest potion. The crowd lifted up their arms in unison drinking in the music he was pouring out. I lifted my hands to join in. They felt so heavy.
“There you are.” Jessica grabbed my falling hand, this time her grasp was tight. “Don’t ever do that. This is Vegas.” She pushed through the line of girls waiting outside the bathroom.
“Look at me.” She grabbed my head and pulled my face closer to hers while she examined my pupils.
“Oh my gosh. Jules, how do you feel? I need to get you some water.” Her reaction should have worried me but it didn’t. I had little concern for anything at this point.
I grabbed a hold of the sink beside me and hoisted myself up to look in the mirror. The face staring back at me was no longer mine.
My heart felt like it was beating out of my chest as my jellowy legs gave out beneath me. The floor was dirty, but it was cool and the beads of my sweat craved the coolness. What was I becoming? I felt like a pig on the floor but I just couldn’t get up. I wanted to, but not enough to try.
James 1:14-15 warns that when we give into our lusts, we give sin the power to control our lives. When we allow our own lust and sin to rule, they are a like a whirlwind force of evil. Our weak flesh can only handle so much of it—and we rob our own lives of health, vitality and every good thing. Lust seduces and fulfills for a moment—and when the moment is over, it may just cost you everything. Is it really worth it?
“Dear Heavenly Father,
I have been feeling pain for so long. I just wanted a bit of respite—a place where I did not have to think, give, be, or try anymore.
I should have come to you to comfort me, instead of turning to whatever lustful desire I felt would make the pain go away in that moment.
Many of those moments and the bad choices I made in them flew by quickly with heavy consequences attached to them. I am still paying for those decisions today.
Lord, I need healing. I need rest. I need comfort. I realize that I need more than anyone else could ever possibly give me. The only one who can restore me is God Himself.
Lord, I come to you—broken. I am so broken that I feel like shattered glass that has no chance for restoration.
I know that you can make me into a beautiful mosaic if I allow you to pick me up of the floor of the pigpen I have been lying in.
I am ready now. In Jesus’ precious name, give me all that you got, Lord because I need a lot. Amen.”
Thank you for reading today’s Christian daily devotional on verses: James 1:14-15
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Author: Julia Shalom Jordan