By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel
The spirit of lust has blossomed forth in these latter years for many reasons. There is the increased availability of lustful pursuit through an electronic age and the immorality of man. There is the impromptu manner of dress that encourages lust; no longer addressed by the church.
Scripture reveals that the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passes away, and the lust thereof, but he that does the will of God abides forever (1 John 2:16-17).
Scripture reveals that the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful (Mark 4:19). Man has evaluated himself above the Word of God doing what is right in his own sight (Romans 1:25).
Lust is a sinful longing; the inward sin which leads to the falling away from God (Romans 1:21). Lust, the original sin, has its place in the heart, not of necessity, but because it is the center of all moral forces and impulses. Lust is an object of desire; with the spirit of lust bringing an eager and inordinate appetite.
Jesus addressed lust in saying: Whosoever looks on a woman to lust after her has committed adultery already in his heart (Matthew 5:28). Whosoever looks is one whose glance is not checked by holy restraint and results in impure lusting after a person.
It has been said that sin (with lust falling into that category) will do three things in one's life: (1) It will take one where they never intended to go. (2) It will keep one longer than they intended to stay. (3) It will cost one more than they intended to pay. Lust becomes a costly object of devotion in that it separates one from God.
Hollywood has been dedicated to its own ideal of entertainment; which includes a spirit of lust; in its profanity, vulgarity, and nudity. Television, which use to be of a wholesome family entertainment, now includes profanity, vulgarity, and nudity in its content as well. The internet is an outlet in which one can feed on the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, to one's heart's desire; if not brought under subjection!
The Book of Proverbs drives home the poisonous effects of bondage to alcoholism: Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has contentions? Who has babbling? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes? They that tarry long at wine; they that go to seek mixed wine. At last it bits like a serpent, and stings like a viper. When shall I awake? I shall seek it again (Proverbs 23:29-35).
This could certainly identify with some of the traits of the spirit of lust; especially the words: "I will seek it again!" As previously noted: It will take one where they never intended to go; keep one longer than they intended to stay; and cost one more than they intended to pay.
Ungodly and lustful traits, adopted by the electronic age, has helped rob America of its moral and Christian heritage. Many are becoming desensitized to vulgar language, immoral portrayals, and nudity, with little conviction or shame being in evidence (Jeremiah 6:18).
God's Word does not condone ungodly behavioral traits that many have allowed to penetrate their life. Tolerance towards violence, profanity, vulgarity, and nudity is becoming the norm in many households. Scripture reveals that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; having their conscience seared with a hot iron (1 Timothy 4:1-2).
In the church world; in many Western nations, reproach for such is rarely given from the pulpit towards ungodly lifestyles being adopted!
The spirit of lust; noted as one of the 17 works of the flesh (Galatians 5:19), is a sexual longing or urge that is prompted by opening the door to allow such into one's life; rather than the door of one's heart towards the Savior of the world, the Lord Jesus Christ (Revelation 3:20).
Scripture reveals that one is to walk in the Spirit (that of God's Spirit), and you will not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary the one to the other: so that you cannot do the things that you would (Galatians 5:16-17).
Upon conversion to the saving grace of Christ; one must believe that God's Spirit lives within; who enables one to live a spiritual life pleasing to God. The flesh attempts to thwart the Spirit, who, in turn, attempts to frustrate the flesh's evil desires, of those who would lean towards the sinful nature of man. There has to be a willingness; and determination, to allow God's delivering power to work on one's life!
Scripture reveals that one is to cleanse themselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God (2 Corinthians 7:1). To present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
And be not conformed to this world; but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God (Romans 12:1-2).
Spirit of lust does not have to result in an unforgiven state! Thank God for His mercy, and the saving grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, His Son, who died that our sins might be purged and made white as snow; to be tossed in the sea of forgetfulness to be remembered no more!
Such is through first recognizing that one is under the bondage of sin! If one is bound by the spirit of lust; through a electronic world that readily makes it available, been made captive to its influence, there is a deliverer! Allow Jesus to come into your heart and life; to set you free from the bondage of sin (1 John 1:7-9).
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