Desire—ungodly desire—is the first stage that may lead to catastrophic failure in your life. Secret desires can be destructive. We all have them—negatives that come from our fallen nature. Paul outlines them for us in Galatians 5: The effects of the corrupt nature are obvious: illicit sex, perversion, promiscuity, idolatry, drug use, hatred, rivalry, jealousy, angry outbursts, selfish ambition, conflict, factions, envy, drunkenness, wild partying, and similar things.
It’s not a sin to have a desire, but when you allow it to conceive in your heart, then it becomes sin. It’s during this stage—the desire stage—when the victory is often won or lost. When we think on ungodly desires, they can become a stronghold. It’s so important to recognize when we feel the pull of our fleshly desires.
James says, Everyone is tempted by his own desires as they lure him away and trap him. Then desire becomes pregnant and gives birth to sin. When sin grows up, it gives birth to death (James 1:14-15 GW).
You can control what desires pop into your brain. Be diligent and pay attention to your thought life. As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. Let us drag our sinful desires to the altar, and then we will have peace.
What thoughts or desires do you need to bring to the altar? Open your heart and ask Jesus for help to overcome those thoughts today.
For more on this topic, listen to the podcast http://www.lakeviewchurch.org/2015/09/20/four-stages-that-may-lead-to-catastrophic-failure/
 Galatians 5:19-21 GW
 Proverbs 23:7 NKJV