A Look at Lust (Part 2)
In my previous post I spoke about lust, and how lust doesn't have to be just a guy lusting after a lady. Lust is anything that we go after that isn't what God wants us to go after. But there is a big issue that has been brought to my attention lately that has to do specifically with lust. I will explain with a story from my own experience.
A friend and I were really into this TV show where the main character had his shirt off most the time. My friend and I would look forward to each new episode, and after we had finished watching the show we sat and talked about how hot this guy was. One time after we had watched the show and talked about this attractive man we went online to find more pictures of this guy and drool over his body.
That’s when my friend Mark came in and said, “Hey guys, I really don’t think what you’re doing is right.” What? How could what we were doing be wrong? We were “just commenting on how nice God created this guy.” We persisted to defend ourselves, and Mark persisted to point us to truth. “What you’re doing is lusting!” Mark proclaimed. “It’s not just a guy thing. And as your brother I want the best for you to point this out.” After a while, I started to feel convicted as the truth sank in deep – I WAS lusting! I WAS committing adultery because this guy was not my husband! That was a huge wake-up call for me.
Recently I've been talking to some girls in the ministry here on campus, and I was hit with this thought: Many women give themselves excuses to continue in sin because it doesn't look like how men lust after women and/or because many just don't see it as sin.
Sin is sin, ladies. Just because it’s where we naturally tend towards, it doesn't mean we shouldn't do what Christ has called us to do.
Jesus said in Matthew 5:27-28, “You have heard that it was said, 'Do not commit adultery.' But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”
Looking isn't so much the issue – if it was it would mean that we would have to walk around with our eyes closed. It’s our thoughts behind the looking that causes the issues and can easily lead us down paths we shouldn't go.
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 says, “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
Instead of letting our minds wander, we need to take our thoughts captive – which I think of it like how Violet from “The Incredibles” would put a force field bubble to capture things and throw it to the side. We need to capture these thoughts and hand them over to God.
The life God has called us to isn’t just hard – it’s impossible!! But when we surrender control to Christ, let the Holy Spirit fill us and let Him have the control to guide us and lead us into all truth, then ALL things are possible!!
Dear Lord Jesus,
I admit I can’t live life on my own! I admit that I’m a stinker when it comes to my flesh at times. I can never be a good enough person to even live an okay life – let alone a holy life that you have called us to live. Thank you Lord for not leaving anyone high and dry however! Thank you for giving me your Holy Spirit to not only survive this life, but thrive in this life!! Thank you for giving me not only strength to fight against sin, but the truth that I can fill in the places of lies and deceit.
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Leah works with Master Plan Ministries at Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO. Other than watching college students' lives change, she enjoys getting her mind blown by God and His Word, watching sci fi, baking cupcakes, and spending time with her hunky husband.
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