James 1:13 NIV
“When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone;”
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.
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).
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.
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).
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!
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). Amen.
Scripture of the day: “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” ~ (1 John 2:15-17).
Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.
The Living Word Ministries Inc.
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