“But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh to fulfil the lusts thereof ” – ROMANS 13:14 (KJV).
Lust is a passion of the flesh with the sole aim of the flesh, to gratify or satisfy its desires (Galatians 5:16). The manifestations of the flesh are predominant in the lives of those who live in it, hence such lives become a product of the flesh.
The demands of the flesh seeks not to please God, but to express the desires, aims, objectives and purpose of he who controls the flesh – satan, hence those who walk in the flesh cannot walk with God.
The passions of the flesh (lust), has lead many away from God with the defilement of God’s temple, which is meant to be kept sacred for worship and reverence.
CONSEQUENCES OF LUST
The above mentioned can be classified under one umbrella, called sexual immorality. These acts are sinful in nature, and unlike other sins, these are committed against the body, which is the temple of God.
In this post, we would take an introspection into the word of God to explore biblical principles which gives a curative approach to this type of sin.
WAYS TO DEAL WITH LUST
1. CONTROL YOUR EYES
“The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single,thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!” ~ MATHEW 6:22-23 (KJV).
The eye is the light of the body, and the nature of your eye determines whether your body will be filled with light or darkness. Inorder words, this means that the eye is a gateway, and what you look at, determines what fills you – light or darkness. 100% of cases of lust can be traced to sight, because the seed of lust is first planted in the heart through sight. This is the reason why many masturbate today, because some of them started, by watching pornographic movies, while others focus their eyes on sensitive parts of the opposite sex, thereby filling their bodies with evil, hence their lives become a product of lust which leads to sin against the body which is the temple of God.
It is however imperative that we control our eyes, by selecting what we see and what not to, because what fills us is determined by what we see.
Job understood how important the eyes are, hence, he said in the book of Job 31:1 – “I have made a covenant with my eyes; how then could I gaze at a virgin?”
However, like Job, we should make a convernant with our eyes, that we do not gaze upon anything that would fill us with darkness, rather on things that will edify and fill us with the light of God.
2. GUARD YOUR HEART
“Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids” – PROVERBS 6:25 (KJV).
The Holy Bible tells us in the book of Proverbs 4:23, that we should guard our hearts with all diligence, because out of it, comes the issues of life. This is to say that, what goes on in your heart, determines what happens in your life. This means that, if you accommodate lustful desires and thoughts in your heart, you must invariably become a product of lust (You are a product of your thoughts).
The Holy Bible tells us in the book of James 1:14, that everyone is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desires. Lustful desires make sin appealing, and denies such an individual the capacity to make right judgement. It is for this reason, a married man or woman will jettison the word of God that says “Thou shall not commit adultery ” because he or she is lured or enticed by his/her desire.
When lustful desires are conceived in the heart, a seed of sin is planted, and when it is fully grown brings death – James 1:15.
It however the responsibility of every man or woman to filter what comes into the heart. We must learn to use the word of God to filter out thoughts that are not of God, while thinking about, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy.
3. SET BOUNDARIES
“For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the spirit, the things of the spirit” – ROMANS 8:5 (KJV).
As children of God, there should be clear, defined rules and principles which guides our operations, and anything that falls short of this, should not be found in the vicinity of our lives. When we relate with people, there should be clearly defined rules of engagement that will help us keep our sanctity in Christ.
There are many today, who have gone back to the sins associated with lust, or those who have taken residence in lust, because of the type of people they associate with. Spirit and flesh cannot operate together, because they are never in agreement (they oppose each other). Both seeks dominance, and when one dominates, the other must be subdued.
As obedient children, we must not be conformed to the passions of our former ignorance (1 Peter 1:14), hence we must be careful of anything or anyone who tries to weaken our spirit, for our flesh to dominate, because such are enemies.
“But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn” – 1 Corinthians 7:9 (KJV).
The English Standard Version of the Bible, of thesame verse, makes it clearer saying thus;
“But if they cannot exercise self-control, they should marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion“.
Marriage is not a total cure for lust, but it helps when combined with godliness. Getting married without knowing God, will not tame lustful desires, until the seed of lust is removed. This is the reason why you still see or hear about married people still committing adultery. In fact, cases of adultery are on the increase, which makes one wonder what else do these people want.
The knowledge of God, and the application of godly principles in marriage goes a long way in dealing with lust, hence it it highly recommended to know God before marriage.
However, we must be conscious to the fact that, the desires of our heart and our entire being must be for the sole aim of pleasuring God.
God bless You.
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