INTRODUCTIONThough the testimony of each believer has its own unique circumstances, each stood guilty of sinning against a holy and righteous God. The apostle Paul testified that prior to his salvation, he too served divers lusts and pleasures. The apostle Paul, though he may have been oblivious to this fault, knew that he had been a slave or servant to his own desires. Unfortunately, the unending need for pleasure drives those who do not know the Lord as Saviour, just as it drove each believer before he or she was born again. For those blinded to the truth, this form of servitude brings plenty of distraction with no satisfaction. The individual who partakes in worldly pleasures does so only to find a greater need for additional pleasure. Apart from the Lord, he becomes pleasure’s servant with no hope of freedom.
- (For children): When we become a child of God, the Lord gives us the power and warns us to live differently from the world (Galatians 2:20; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 John 2:15-17). Solomon tried many pleasures (Ecclesiastes 2:1-11) but found they did not satisfy. God was angry that Solomon became a servant to pleasure (1 Kings 11:1, 2, 9-11).
- (For everyone): What are some types of pleasure that have historically been able to enslave individuals? Have any of these pleasures been able to enslave you?
- What things changed when you got saved? Did you forsake any former pleasures after you were born again? Are there any pleasures you need to forsake now?
- Thank the Lord that you do not have to be a servant of pleasure.
- Ask the Lord to give you victory over pleasures.