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Topic: LUST (all-consuming desire; excessive craving) (01/08/15)
TITLE: Chocolate Cake & Other Serious Battles
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Now I ain’t gonna lie.
I just signed up for Faithwriters.com after a long hiatus. I was looking forward to my first writing challenge. Then I clicked on the topic. I saw this word in all caps: LUST
Are you kidding me?
I decided I could slowly back away from the keyboard. Very, very slowly. Just pretend I did not even see that topic and return in a couple of months. But I’ve never been one to shy away from the difficult stuff. So here goes...
The first thing that comes to mind is that lust is something we can all relate to. It starts out harmless enough. You lust for that last piece of chocolate cake. You fight it with all your might. Lord help me! I’m really trying to lose that last ten pounds.
But you cave.
As life’s battles continue, you may lust for that great new job position. (or is that covet?) You secretly hope the younger, prettier employee is not really qualified. In your mind, you have already bought a new wardrobe.
One day you get married to a wonderful person. A short time thereafter you suddenly get flirted with. All the time! And by several good looking people in the coffee shop who previously showed no interest. What the heck?
But it’s all good.
You are growing in your faith. You listen to Christian Radio during your daily commute. You take notes at church. You thumb through your Bible’s concordance to find just the right verse for a friend going through a rough time. You’re part of an email prayer chain. You’ve taken all the logical steps to shore up your spiritual house. You are smiling and humming to Chris Tomlin’s "Our God is Greater."
Then LUST shows up.
Maybe it’s a serious one this time.
It might start as an “innocent” internet chat. Just for fun.
It might start as an “innocent” lunch. Just to be friendly.
It might start as an “innocent” conversation. Just to be sociable.
First, you may deny its power altogether. You decide to wait it out. It can’t hang around forever, right? You do not even see the need to take it to prayer because that would make it a bigger deal than it probably is.
But eventually you may feel the door opening wider. You may feel a secret pleasure in this new lust. Entertain some thoughts. Some images. Maybe you are even comforted by it.
This lustful spirit attempts to take you prisoner through food, drink, or sexuality.
You gradually obey the flesh more than the Spirit. More than your common sense. You may even be aware there are root causes and your flesh is demanding a plethora of bandaids.
You frantically consult God’s Word because it is the right thing to do. You may recall 1 Peter 2:11, “Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.”
You understand the theology.
You are motivated to succeed.
And then lust breaks you down anyway.
You feel like a failure.
This is when the Enemy loves to taunt you the most and reinforce a sense of failure and hopelessness. Even tries to convince you to give up altogether.
It is never an easy battle. And no one will escape these carnal battles. All of us will fail in this area. But we serve a compassionate and loving Father, whose son Jesus Christ understands every aspect of the battleground. He knows we are often weak in this area, even when we try our very best to protect ourselves.
We have a blessed assurance that even when the powerful spirit of lust captures us temporarily, we have a mighty Saviour who will not forsake us. He has stood in our place. He has intervened on our behalf. Rejoice in this Good News!
Even when the spirit of lust tackles our earthly bodies, our hope and refuge remains the same.
We are forgiven.
We are loved.
We are His.
“ My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” (Psalm 73:26)
Now pass me that last piece of chocolate cake!
Scripture verses taken from the HOLY BIBLE, KJV and NIV versions.
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