SHORT TERM PLEASURES
All of life is about choices. Each day you get to choose who or what you will live for. There was a time that you were controlled by your emotions, fleshly lusts and cravings. You did what you wanted, or so you thought. Then you realized that you were enslaved by the wicked one. You longed to be free as I had intended.
When you cried out to Me, I heard your cry and came to your rescue. Though you ran back to the pigpen many times, I was patiently waiting for you to return to Me. Each time I accepted you with open arms. Even so, you had to come to the end of yourself on your own.
You have discovered that there is nothing like being in My presence. You are finally understanding the joys of living an obedient life. You now see the truth that it was the enemy who was deceiving you all along. Now that you are well on your way to freedom, share your story and bring others to Me. Many are in the valley of decision and I have given you the keys to set them free.
Titus 3:3 Living Bible (TLB)
Once we, too, were foolish and disobedient; we were misled by others and became slaves to many evil pleasures and wicked desires. Our lives were full of resentment and envy. We hated others and they hated us.
Luke 15:13-17 Living Bible (TLB)
13 “A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and took a trip to a distant land, and there wasted all his money on parties and prostitutes. 14 About the time his money was gone a great famine swept over the land, and he began to starve. 15 He persuaded a local farmer to hire him to feed his pigs. 16 The boy became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the swine looked good to him. And no one gave him anything. 17 “When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired men have food enough and to spare, and here I am, dying of hunger!
Psalm 16:11 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
You reveal the path of life to me;
in Your presence is abundant joy;
in Your right hand are eternal pleasures.