Now self-will, as well as pride, is a species of idolatry; and both are directly contrary to the love of God. The same observation may be made concerning the love of the world.
But this likewise even true believers are liable to feel in themselves; and every one of them does feel it, more or less sooner or later, in one branch or another. It is true, when he ‘first passes from death unto life’, he desires nothing more but God. He can truly say. “All my desire is unto Thee, and unto the remembrance of Thy name”: Whom have I in heaven but Thee? And there is none upon earth that I desire beside Thee. But it is not so always. In process of time he will feel again, though perhaps only for a few moments, either “the desire of the flesh,’ or ‘the desire of the eye,’ or ‘the pride of life”.
Nay, if he does not continually watch and pray, he may find lust reviving; yea, and thrusting sore at him that he may fall, till he has scarce any strength left in him. He may feel the assaults of inordinate affections; yea, a strong propensity to ‘love the creature more than the Creator’; whether it be a child, a parent, a husband, or wife, or ‘the friend that is as his own soul.’ He may feel, in a thousand various ways, a desire of earthly things or pleasures. In the same proportion he will forget God, not seeking his happiness in Him, and consequently being a ‘lover of pleasure more than a lover of God.’
Excerpt from a John Wesley Sermon
E. H. Sugden
Brothers in Christ, let us watch and pray without ceasing.