Overcoming Lust
Every day, television, movies, billboards, newspapers and magazines bombard us with lustful images. And when lustful thoughts become part of our lifestyle, we feel like prisoners to those controlling desires.

But God does not want us to suffer in the prison of lust. He offers hope and freedom when we turn to Him for help to understand the truth behind the lies of lust.

The Roots Of Lust

Lust has been with mankind throughout history. In fact, at the creation of the world, God met Adam and Eve's basic needs for food, companionship and protection. Yet He put one thing out of their reach to test their love for Him - the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Gen. 2:16-17).

Due to lust, they failed God's test! Satan tempted Eve by telling her that God was holding back something good. She and Adam, through lust, ate the forbidden fruit. As a result, they subjected all mankind to God's curse (Gen. 3:6, 16-19).

A Thirst For More

The roots of lust run so deep that it is almost instinctive. And once we begin to fulfill our own lusts, a vicious cycle begins. Lust leads to sin. Sin breaks our relationship with God (Romans 1:24-32). We become numb to lust's impact, so we think we can lust even more.

That is the very nature of lust: an unquenchable thirst for more and more ... . More money, fame, power, revenge, food, clothing, love. Unless our desires are turned over to the Lord, we will never be satisfied.

Quenching The Thirst

If you have been searching in vain for fulfillment through the things of this world, then now is the time to discover the answer to the greatest desire in your life.

The Bible says that our greatest need is to worship God. This is why we created (Col. 1:16). But sin has separated us from God (Romans 3:23) and only through Jesus can we be forgiven of our sins and restored to God.

Jesus said, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life! ... Without me, no one can go to the Father" (John 14:6). If you have never given your life to Jesus - and made Him Lord of your deepest desires - then do so now. Simply pray and ask Jesus to come into your life by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 10:9,10).

The Daily Battle

Due to our fallen nature, we will have to deal with lust until we die. The temptation to lust will come in many forms. There are external lusts, including ungodly sexual appetites and overindulgence in food and drink; and there are internal lusts, such as the lust of power, fame or position.

Therefore, we must rely on the power of the Holy Spirit inside us to overcome lust every day. "Let the Lord Jesus Christ be as near to you as the clothes you wear. Then you won't try to satisfy your selfish desires" (Romans 13:14)

No matter the form of lust we face, we can be assured that we have an Advocate who "understands every weakness of ours" and "was tempted in every way that we are. But He did not sin" (Heb. 4:15). Jesus is not a distant God who is looking to judge you, He is your friend, and he has walked the road you are walking right now!

Victory over Lust

God does not want you to be a prisoner of lust. The Bible says, "Christ has set us free! (Gal. 5:1). We have assurance from our Lord that he will help us to battle lust (Romans 8:31-32). Try these practical steps and ask God to lead you to victory.

Ask God for help. Sometimes we are too ashamed to take this first step. Don't try to fight the battle of lust on your own. Go to God and ask Him for help. This is what humility is all about.

Die to lust. The Bible says "sin does not have power over dead people" (Romans 6:7). So to overcome lust, we must recognize that "the persons we use to be were nailed to the cross with Jesus" (Romans 6:5). Of course, we are not actually nailed to the cross. We just recognize that our old way of life died with Jesus. When we understand what it means to be dead to sin, we will then find freedom from lust.

Walk in the Spirit. The next step is to submit your life to the Holy Spirit. "If you are guided by the Spirit, you won't obey your selfish desires" (Gal. 5:16). Remember, you can't fight lust on your own, so ask the Holy Spirit to help you.

Renew your mind. Focus on God's Word and allow Him to remove your lustful thoughts and actions (Rom. 12:2). put away everything that appeals to the flesh and focus on God (Eph. 4:17-24; 2 Cor. 10:5).

Resist and flee. Perhaps the best advice all is simply this: Run! Don't allow lust to linger in your mind. Get far away from situations and influences that threaten to trap you (Prov. 5:8; James 4:7-8).

As You Pray

"Dear Heavenly Father, I can't deal with lust apart from you. Please forgive me and cleanse me from my sin. And please replace my lustful desires with Your desires for my life, so that I can glorify You in everything I do. Thank You. In Jesus' name, Amen"

God's Word On Lust

"Don't love the world or anything that belongs to the world. If you love the world, you cannot love the Father. Our foolish pride comes from this world, and so do our selfish desires and our desire to have everything see. None of this comes from the Father. The world and the desires it causes are disappearing. But if we obey God, we will live forever" (1John 2:15-17).

Scriptures For Study

The origins of lust
James 4:1-4 (KJV)
 From whence come wars and fightings among you?
come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?
{2} Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain:
ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.
 {3} Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss,
that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
{4} Ye adulterers and adulteresses,
 know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God?
 whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

Our struggle with lust-Romans 7:14-25

Consequences of lust-1 Corinthians 6:9-10

Freedom in Christ
Rom 6:8-23 (KJV)
Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:
{9} Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more;
death hath no more dominion over him.
{10} For in that he died, he died unto sin once:
 but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
{11} Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin,
 but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
{12} Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body,
that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
 {13} Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead,
 and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
{14} For sin shall not have dominion over you:
for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
{15} What then? shall we sin,
 because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
{16} Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey,
his servants ye are to whom ye obey;
whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
{17} But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin,
 but ye have obeyed from the heart
that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
{18} Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
{19} I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh:
for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness
and to iniquity unto iniquity;
even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.
{20} For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.
{21} What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed?
for the end of those things is death.
{22} But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God,
ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
{23} For the wages of sin is death;
but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
James 4:5-10 (KJV)
{5} Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain,
The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?
{6} But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith,
God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
{7} Submit yourselves therefore to God.
Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
{8} Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.
Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
{9} Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep:
 let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
 {10} Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord,
and he shall lift you up.

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