WHAT’S YOUR LUST?
Lust as defined by Encarta dictionary is a great eagerness or enthusiasm for something.
Lust is an emotion or feeling of intense desire in the body. It can take any form such as the lust for knowledge, the lust for sex or the lust for power. It can take such mundane forms as the lust for food as distinct from the need for food. It is a psychological force producing intense wanting for an object, or circumstance fulfilling the emotion.
Lust is a strong and subversive force that it can be very difficult to see through it or see it through. Lust is such a powerful force that it is often beyond the power of reason to contain.
PS:this write-up focuses on negative lusts
Beware, evil cravings and lusts can result in sin. You are tempted by the evil things you want. Your own desire leads you away and traps you. Your desire grows inside you until it results in sin. Then the sin grows bigger and bigger and finally ends in death. James 1:14-15
These verses of scripture framed my belief – that an individual will only fall for a temptation based on that individual’s lusts or cravings. From the story of two figures in the bible, we see that the temptation Samson gave-in to was different from that of Judas Iscariot. Samson had a thing for women, and Judas Iscariot, a thing for money. Also, from an understanding of James 1:14-15, one can infer that Samson might not have fallen if he was tempted with money and Judas Iscariot wouldn’t have if he was tempted with a woman.
When you fuel lust well enough, it will blossom and once there’s a physical/real opportunity, there’s the danger of having sin as its fruit/result, and with sin comes its wages; death.
You have to shine the light on whatever lust you’re nursing in your mind and know that it has the capacity to make you sin. Don’t keep quiet about it, deal with it before it deals with you.
When lust takes over ones emotions and psyche, such person can act as one that is hypnotized and when that happens, in shame and confusion, the person would say stuff like “I don’t know what came over me” or “It is the devil”
It is easier to do the right thing than explain why you did it wrong. This statement triggered in me, a strong sense of responsibility that made me look forward to having a near zero tolerance for excuses and indiscipline.
It’s easier to identify your lust and deal with it, than to be ravaged by sin and start making unsolicited excuses and explanations. No one may know you better than you. It is like this: No one knows the thoughts that another person has. Only the person’s spirit that lives inside knows those thoughts… 1 Cor. 2:11
So the question is; what is/are your negative lust(s)?
Deal with it now!
Take a stand today. This post would also be helpful. It’s a post on dealing with bad habits.
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