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Sex, Lust and Physical Beauty – Knowing the Difference. Part 2: Lust

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Sex, lust and the admiration of physical beauty aimed at the opposite sex are things that some Christians have trouble separating. Today in the second installment of the trilogy. I’d like to focus on Lust.

Mis-directed lust is a cancer of the mind. Nothing can consume a person faster than lust. Lust can be applied to anything that overwhelms the mind and the body. Alcoholism, drug additions, the need for an abundance of material possessions, pornography, illicit sex and many other indulgences can be attributed to the spirit of lust.

I call it the “spirit of Lust” because the spirit drives a person to partake in its pleasures even when the person consumed doesn’t want to participate in their vice any longer. The kind of lust I want to focus on in this article centers around sexual sins.

Lust clouds the mind and poisons the heart. Lust makes no sense. Lust causes a man to frequent strip clubs and give his hard earned money to strippers whom he cannot touch, or have sex with instead of going home to his wife whom he can touch and have sex with for free.

Lust clouds the mind and poisons the heart. Lust makes no sense. Lust causes a man to frequent strip clubs and give his hard earned money to strippers whom he cannot touch, or have sex with instead of going home to his wife whom he can touch and have sex with for free.

Sex sells

Lust centers around fantasies that real life cannot compete with. Lust is a thirst which can never be quenched. The world of consumerism has caught on to just how strong the spirit of lust can be. Have you noticed TV commercials advertising burgers, cars, vacations, alcohol and various other products using scantily clad women in sensual poses to sell their products? Have you ever stopped to think about what a good burger has to do with a half-naked woman?

Advertisers know that all they have to do to get their product or service in front of the consumer is to wave a sexy body in front of potential buyers to get their attention. This type of mental manipulation is rampant in the advertising industry.

Refocusing your Lust

I don’t know it all, but from what I understand there are only two things that we are supposed to lust after. The first one is God, second is our spouse. Can you imagine what kind of spiritual giants we would be if we lusted after the knowledge of God like we lust after other things? The growth and development within the church would be awe inspiring if we aggressively pursued God like some pursue physical gratification.

Likewise, if married Christians developed a lust for one another like some lust for other things, the high divorce rate within the church would dissolve overnight. God gave me an amazing wife and I’m proud to say that I lust for her. We have an amazing relationship and like anyone who is consumed by lust, I can’t get enough of her.

Sin shall not have dominion over you

In order to take back our minds and our bodies from the satanic onslaught of mis-directed lust, we must take control of our minds and re-focus them on the Word of God. What you give attention to is what you will develop a desire for.

If you truly want to be free from the spirit of lust, ask God to help you. He will do His part if you do your part. Your part is to immediately stop doing what you’re doing. Stop exposing your mind to sexual perversion. There is no such thing as weaning your way off sex sins. Repent. Turn away from it. Replace your mental stimulation with the Spiritual stimulation that can only be found in God’s Word.

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you (James 4:8). The cleanup process of the mental garbage that fills your mind may take some time. But thank God that we have the Word of God which tells us what to occupy our minds with (Philippians 4:8). If we are determined to do our part, the God of freedom will do His part and the chains of bondage that you’ve been held captive by for so long cannot remain.

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