Lust is an interesting sin. It desires what it does not have, and slowly destroys the ability of the host to function as God intended. If our minds are God-given super computers, then lust is a virus that enters looking very innocent, but in the end this Trojan horse is full of destruction that only demons could conceive. This “innocent” sin can actually damn a soul to hell.
Although commonly thought of as a part of maturing, lust is actually a sign of immaturity. At it’s core, it is a sign someone is being controlled by the flesh, and not the Spirit. The Scriptures are full of warnings, including one from Jesus that suggests it would be better to gouge out your eye or cut off your hand than to let something cause you to “sin” and damn you to hell (Matt 5:29/18:9). Why so severe? Because in the end, the presence of lust in one’s heart will make it impossible to see or hear or even conceive the things of God. Like all sin, this sin is poison. And those who wish to walk with the Lord must be very aware of this sin. Virtually every arm of the media dangles this forbidden fruit as bait. Don’t bite! There is a hook!
Lust must be dealt with today, not tomorrow. This is not a secret sin, as the Lord looks at the heart and knows all things. Admit this sin, give it to the Lord, learn to live in the here and now and not in the fantasy world. Lust is not a precursor for “love”… it is the opposite of love and only serves itself-it kills one’s ability to truly love.
“Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.” Galatians 5:24
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