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Saturday, August 24, 2013

lust - desire out of control (life under control week 5 day 2)

In short, don't lust. Life Under Control defines lust as a desire to gratify the senses or appetite; to feel an intense desire for something. I would add that desire to gratify by itself is not bad, but when placed above the well being of others or put outside the will of God or even above God is when that desire, that lust, becomes an idol.

The Bible uses lust as a characteristic of unbelievers (1 Ths 4:5) and evidence of a sinful nature (2 Pt 2:10). Whether one lusts for money, power, possessions, sex, or even food, the Bible clearly labels these as idolatrous.

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.
But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. (1 Timothy 6:10-11 ESV)

God wants us to "seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness..." (Matthew 6:33 ESV)

When we pour ourselves into the Word through Scripture reading and prayer, idols will begin to be replaced with God himself. We might not live to see the day when we are idol-free in this earthly bodies, but our Redeemer has promised us eternal life that will see our new bodies idol-free in godly perfection.

It's no wonder that "lust" is considered one of the Seven Deadly Sins. When lust takes over our hearts and minds, we push the Spirit out. How can we live without the Spirit?

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