My son love video games, he goes through great lengths to play the games even to the point of blocking others out to focus on the one thing. Lust is no different. We block out God’s desires, emotions and even boundaries in effort please ourselves.
What is lust:
A major issue that I have seen leaders struggle with is lust. Not in a cell phone or addiction but a struggle with what you see and how you react to it. Lust is our uncontrolled visual aid that sparks the heart into action. It is our responsibility that we find a way to control, subdue and create boundaries for our personal lust issues, because suppression alone won’t do it.
So lets’ define lust: sinful longing; the inward sin which leads to the falling away from God (Romans 1:21). “Lust, the origin of sin, has its place in the heart, not of necessity, but because it is the center of all moral forces and impulses and of spiritual activity.” In Mark 4:19 “lusts” are objects of desire. In short lust is the visual scope of sexual perceptions, feelings and motives. If the motives go unchecked you risk carrying out your heart’s desire.
Sexual desire vs. lust.
In a healthy context we try to limit our thoughts and suppress our desires, but that would be limiting the very things that God created. Will we have to deny ourselves? Yes, but not suppress ourselves.
In short, it is perfectly fine to have desire of sex, to have sexual thoughts and even intimacy. God created each person with feelings, but how we act on those thoughts, feelings and desires determine if it is lust or @Ezekiel Elliott Authentic Jersey a simple desire. Desires, usually come by way of thoughts. and even thoughts aren’t lust. But desire that goes unchecked and lacks boundaries will turn in to lust, and lust will turn into pleasurable yet sinful action. ( Is 55:7,Prov 9:17,2 Cor 10:5)
How do we counter lust
The bible speaks about the way of escape 1 Cor 10:13, my hope is that these 10 things can help you escape and or manage the lust that may live in your life:
- Create boundaries around your hands, heart, ears, and especially eyes. (Matt 5:27-30)
Respect your covenants (Job 31:1)
Respect your weakness and stop feeding them (2 Tim 2:22)
Repent and acknowledge your problems and issues honestly.
A way of escape is available for those who desire it (1 Cor 10:13)
Re-calibrate your focus (Psalms 42:1)
Don’t be controlled by your lust (Rom 6:12-14)
Seek the Lord
I write this article as a person who at times struggle lust. However these things pull me back in to the center, where Jesus is waiting on me with open arms.