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Desire is a tricky thing. It has the power to lead us either to a throne or a tomb, to slavery or freedom, to true joy or mirages of satisfaction.

The war of faith and desire began in the Garden. In Genesis 3:5, Satan is ending his conversational attack on Eve’s faith by influencing her logic, causing her to question not only the commandment of God but the character of God. He uses his demonic craftiness to subtly lie to Eve, telling her that God will not do what he said, that he’s not as good as she thinks he is.

Sinful Desires?

When the character of God comes into question, the mind and the heart will begin to reroute its desires onto something else. After all, so the questions go, can God really be trusted? Eve started down this path, which then led her to see things in a tree that did not exist. Her desires craved satisfaction, and her heart turned away from her Creator.

Eve believed the tree would be good for food. She believed it would be thedelight she longed for. She desired it in order to become wise.

But were these desires sinful in themselves? Who doesn’t desire something pleasurable to the senses? Or who wouldn’t want wisdom? Is it wrong to want knowledge? Solomon prayed for it and was commended by God for asking.

We all have this same pleasure factory hidden deep in our souls, causing us to desire comfort when hurt, healing when sick, peace in the midst of chaos, or provision when in need. These desire aren’t inherently sinful or wicked, just human.

The Fatal Bypass

So how is it that when Eve decided to take up the fruit and eat, along with Adam, that sin and death entered into the world?

Written by Jackie Hill Perry
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