People pray to God to deliver them and their loved ones from the sins that plague our lives and souls.

They want God to take away the desire…the taste…the longing…

Can God do this…Yes!

Did He promise to do this…No!

Too many times those in the church associate deliverance with God taking away the desire to sin, but He never promised to do that.

In the bible, deliverance means to rescue.

God does know how to rescue or snatch His people out of sinful situations…

2 Peter 2:9 (NKJV)

t then the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment,

He rescued/delivered Israel from oppressors and enemies time and time again though out the Old Testament.

God delivered us from the power of sin through our Lord and Savior, Yeshua, Jesus Christ, but that does not take away the desire to sin…

Colossians 1:13 (NKJV)

13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,

Think about Lot (Go back and read Genesis 19). God rescued Lot from Sodom and Gomorrah. Lot wasn’t in a hurry to leave. He liked where he lived. The angel had to practically drag Lot away, and warned him and his family to not look back. Lot reluctantly left and was told to run after getting out of the city.

God rescued Lot, but did not take away his desire to be there.

God rescued Israel from Egypt, but they longed to go back.

God is a strong deliverer. He loves to rescue His people, but…

Asking God to take away our desire to sin is the easy way out!

There’s no love for Him in that…

There’s no devotion to Him in that…

There’s no commitment to Him in that…

There’s no relationship with Him in that!

What husband or wife wants to have to force his or her spouse stop wanting or desiring a serious rival? They want their spouse to reject them on their own.

That’s what God told us to do…

Colossians 3:8 (NKJV)

But now YOU YOURSELVES ARE TO PUT OFF all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.

Ephesians 4:25 (NKJV)

25 Therefore, PUTTING AWAY LYING, Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,”[a] for we are members of one another.

Ephesians 4:31 (NKJV)

31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking BE PUT AWAY FROM YOUR, with all malice.

2 Corinthians 7:1(NKJV)

Therefore, having these promises, beloved, LET US CLEANSE OURSELVES from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

Hebrews 12:1 (NKJV)

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, LET US LAY ASIDE EVERY WEIGHT, AND THE SIN which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,

God expects us to love Him enough to choose Him over our sin…not have Him conveniently take away our desire for it.

We do more harm than good when we give people the expectation God will take away their desire for their weakness.

That’s why people ‘go back’ after being snatched out.

The truth is that some people struggle with some sins all their lives with the help of God.

Yes, God can and does sometimes take away the desire, but only after we have truly lay it down ourselves.

Let’s stop expecting God to do what the Lord has given us the responsibility to do ourselves.



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  1. This is very true! My pastor always talks about how he is so thankful God took away his desire for alcohol when he gave it to Him, but that doesn’t mean it will be the same for everyone. Sometimes God will take desire/issues completely away, and other times He will guide us through it. It may be a thorn at our side, like Paul. But like Paul, this is all the more reason to boast in weakness, and give God the glory, so that His hand is upon us. God promises us to guide us away from temptation, and that what we experience isn’t anything He can’t handle. We will be able to say no, but we need to have a steadfast faith.

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