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Topic: LUST (all-consuming desire; excessive craving) (01/08/15)
TITLE: Forbidden Fruit & Consequences
By Terrie Ellington
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That thing you should not do.
That person you should not want.
That feeling you should not emote.
Who is it or what is it that causes you to do, want, or emote what you should not?
It’s me! I’m the culprit who influences you to operate outside of what you know is best, and causes you to go after pleasant things in ungodly ways.
I’m that cake on the counter; your diet I will blow.
I’m that car on the lot; your budget I will bust.
I’m that house on the hill; your bank I will break.
I’m that promiscuous woman down the street; your trust I will betray.
I’m that flirtatious man at the gym; your virtue I will soil.
I’m that promotion on the job; your family time I will take.
I’m that porn on tv; your marriage I will destroy.
I’m that flashy, fast cash; your greed I will increase.
I’m that alcohol, that weed, that drug; your morals I will forsake.
“No, thank you”, you say.
“No, really, I shouldn't!”, you insist.
Yet, my call you hear and it tickles your ear.
Somewhere deep within it speaks to your soul,
and a self gratifying, primal instinct soon takes control.
Drawn by my power to lure you in, your flesh begins to respond:
Your eyes stare longingly at the coveted prize drinking in its attractiveness.
Your lips openly sing its praise into the drums of your ears.
Your ears: that place that tunnels to your brain and communicates to your mind.
Your mind then assigns each coveted prize to an area of your body to inflame.
Your mouth salivates and your tongue drools for the sweetness of the cake and the crisp, cool dryness of the alcohol.
Your eyes--the windows to your soul--cause your mind, your will, and your emotions to obsess over the car, the house, the cash.
Your pulse quickens with excitement, your spine tingles with anticipation, and your knees become weak as your groin throbs and pulsates with arousal for want of the man, the woman, the porn.
“What a wretched man I am; Who will rescue me from this body that is subject death?” is every believer's cry, because all humanity is vulnerable to me; the unsaved and the saved.
But alas, I too have a nemesis. His name is Jesus Christ, and those who believe in Him may resist me if they choose, because Jesus helps them and strengthens them. He transforms and renews their minds so that they are empowered to exercise self control. Every time I think that I have them in my clutches, they break free by casting down every ungodly imagination and capturing their thoughts to make them obedient to Christ. I can’t win with Him helping them. 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 passeth away, and me; the lust thereof.
My concession speech: “I, Lust, am defeated by The Most High God! Thus the believer conquers me in God’s strength. For as they submit to Him and resist me, I must flee.
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