THINGS THAT CAN DESTROY A MAN (1)- LUST (Adonijah’s Death Wish)
As a young man, I battled with lust big time. I was the perfect poster boy- great academic results, sings in the choir, preached on Children’s Day or Teenagers services but I was eaten within with lust.
There were images driven by wrong songs lurking in my heart. There was the tendency to undress the opposite sex mentally. There were the magazines hidden away from eyes of accountability. Lust wrecks. Thank God for the life in Christ.
There was a man that lust drove to his death:
After Solomon was confirmed King despite Adonijah’s rebellion, everyone went back to his or her life. Adonijah showed up one day in Bathsheba’s Quarters with a strange request.
He first spoke about how the throne should have been his own but well, it is now for Solomon. However, he does not mind if Bathsheba can speak to Solomon so he can be given the most beautiful girl that was gotten for King David on his sickbed- Abishag.
That was his death wish.
Adonijah must have seen Abishag as one of the “things” to inherit when he eventually becomes king. He must have built lustful thoughts in his hearts.
Strangely, even after he lost the kingship, his lust did not allow him to sit calm. The spirit of lust pushed him till he requested what sealed his death warrant. He saw Abishag as a consolation prize in a game of power. That action opened his condolence register.
Lust kills. It first kills the spirit of fellowship. You cannot worship at the frequency of God. Prayer is hard. Bible Study is not working. Why? Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God.
Lust kills. It places a stronghold on your mind. It plants the seed of distraction. You cannot focus on productive things. Your productivity drops. You cannot think straight.
Lust kills. It eats up the body eventually.
The Temple of the Holy Ghost is desecrated. It has become a den of thieves and robbers.
The strategy of the devil has not changed. In the Garden of Eden, he used the lust of the eyes and the lust of the flesh. He did the same at the temptation of Jesus.
The Apostle John still warned us about the same thing:
For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.
I John 2:16-17 NKJV
Beware of lust.