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Topic: LUST (all-consuming desire; excessive craving) (01/08/15)
TITLE: Lust - Given A Bad Name
By LaVonne Wood
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To validate my point, let me take you back in time to when I first accepted Jesus into my life. It seems I just couldn’t get enough of the Word of God. I spent many late nights reading all the exciting miracles in the Bible. Though I seldom went to church before that time, I now attended even the smallest event that opened the church doors. The Lord’s presence filled my heart with so much joy I couldn’t get enough of Him. You might say I lusted after Him.
Through the years, there have been many other times when I felt an intense desire to know God more intimately. In fact, the desire for knowing His love never seems to be completely satisfied.
Getting back to my defense of the word lust, could be it was intended as a good word that has been sabotaged by the enemy. Satan has a way of taking what God intended for good and turning it into something bad. Let’s examine the three worldly lusts I mentioned earlier, sex, money, and power.
Mention sex around people and you will hear comments like, “they did the nasty.” or “let’s get dirty.” God, however, intended sex to be a beautiful thing between a husband and his wife. We can read the Song of Solomon to get a glimpse of how God intended a man to love a woman.
Likewise, wanting financial gain may be considered evil in many religious groups. Yet we know that God says the love of money is evil and not money itself. Finances are needed to provide for our families and to promote the gospel to all nations.
The word power is a little more acceptable in Christian circles, if we associate it with the all-powerful God. Yet the Lord sent His disciples out with power from on high to heal the sick and raise the dead. Power given to us to use as a means of glorifying God should be desirable. Power used for our own personal gain or exaltation is the enemy’s lustful intent.
According to my bible dictionary, the word lust was originally a neutral term describing any strong desire. The Hebrew equivalent nepes expresses a craving or desire and the Greek word epithymia expresses any strong desire. So you can see the negative use of the word lust is given way too much credit in the world today.
Therefore, let us not be fooled by the way the enemy twists the words of God to satisfy his evil plans. Always look at things in a positive sense as God intended. Do not lust after worldly things, but lust after God. If the definition of lust is an intensive craving or an all-consuming desire, then let me LUST after You, my LORD!
The New Bible Dictionary – WM. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. 1962
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