By Roy Burner (Minister of the Gospel)
The spirit of lust has blossomed forth in these latter years with an increased availability of lustful pursuit through an electronic age; with little desire to curtail such activity, in a society of acceptance.
Scripture reveals: Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, 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 2:15-17).
A Bible commentary noted: In the sense of pledging personal loyalty and devotion of one's whole being and means, Christians are to love God first and foremost. The term World, in this these verses, signifies the evil desire and sin so much a part of human existence.
Scripture reveals: And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts (desires) of other things entering in, choke the word (Word of God), and it becomes unfruitful (Mark 4:19). Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain (futile) in their imaginations (thoughts), and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they become fools (Romans 1:21-22).
Who changed (exchanged) the truth of God into (for) a lie, and worshiped and served the creature more (rather) than the Creator, who is blessed forever (Romans 1:25). A Bible commentary noted: Lust has its place in the heart because it is the center of all moral forces and impulses. Lust is an object of desire; with the spirit of lust, having an eager and inordinate appetite.
Scripture reveals: Whosoever looks on a woman to lust after her has committed adultery (a sin) with her already in his heart (Matthew 5:28). A Bible commentary noted: Whosoever looks on a woman in such a manner; whose glance is not checked by holy restraint, results in impure lusting after a person.
Scripture reveals: The wages of sin is death (what we deserve); but the gift of God (His unmerited favor) is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23). A Bible commentary noted: Sin will take one where they never intended to go; it will keep one longer than they intended to stay, and it will cost one more than they intended to pay. Sin, and lust, becomes a costly object of devotion in that it separates one from God.
Hollywood is dedicated to its own ideal of entertainment; which includes a spirit of lust with vulgarity and nudity. Television, which use to be of a wholesome family entertainment, now includes profanity, vulgarity, and nudity in its content. The internet is an outlet in which one can feed on the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and one's heart's desire; if not brought under subjection!
In addressing the woes of alcohol, God's Word drives home the poisonous effects of such a bondage: Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has contentions? Who has babbling (complaints)? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes? They that tarry (linger) long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine (Proverbs 23:29-30). At the last it bites like a serpent, and stings like an adder (viper) (Proverbs 23:32). These verses are finalized with: I will seek it yet again (another drink).
These scriptures, though addressing alcoholism, could certainly identify with some of the traits of the spirit of lust; especially the words: I will seek it yet again! Such traits lead to an increase in both physical and psychological effects; if allowed to take hold, of any individual.
Ungodly and lustful traits, adopted by the electronic age, has helped rob nations of their moral and Christian heritage. Many are becoming desensitized to vulgar language, immoral portrayals, and nudity; with little conviction or shame.
God's Word does not condone ungodly behavioral traits; but tolerance towards profanity, vulgarity, and nudity is becoming the norm. In the church world, in many nations, reproach for such is rarely given from the pulpit with ungodly lifestyles being condoned!
Scripture reveals: Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing (deceiving) spirits, and doctrines of devils; speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron (1 Timothy 4:1-2).
The spirit of lust is a sexual longing or urge that is prompted with opening the door to allow such into one's life! Scripture reveals: Walk in the Spirit (God's Spirit), and you shall 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).
A Bible commentary noted: One's sinful human nature (flesh) and the Holy Spirit have desires and yearnings that are contrary to one another. The Christian is then in a battlefield, having desires to do good and evil. The outcome is that you cannot do the things that you would; for the flesh seeks to thwart the Spirit, who in turn attempts to frustrate the flesh's evil desires. There has to be a willingness; and determination, to allow God's delivering power to work in one's life!
Scripture reveals: Having therefore those promises, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God (2 Corinthians 7:1).
By the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable (rational) 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).
A Bible commentary noted: The believer is to resist being poured into the mold of present day thinking, value systems, and conduct of this world. The body that had been an instrument of sin (formerly under the Spirit of Lust) is now to be presented to God as a channel through which the righteousness of God is manifested.
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, who died that our sins that we might be purged and made white as snow; and if confessed, are tossed in the sea of forgetfulness to be remembered no more!
One must first come to the knowledge that they are under the bondage of sin; being bound by the spirit of lust; being held captive to its influence, but that there is a deliverer! His name is Jesus, who when invited, will come into one's heart and life; to set one free from the bondage of sin! Scripture reveals: If we confess our sins, he (Jesus Christ) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).
And if any man sin, we have an advocate (intercessor) with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And he is the propitiation (atonement) for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:1-2).
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