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Winning Over Lust

JD-ex
Jul 24, 2016, 8:45 PM 2

by HJS

Of all the Old Testament heroes I would someday like to meet, none has any more fascination for me than David, the shepherd-boy who became king. Of all the individuals mentioned in Scripture, David stands alone as a man after God's own heart (see Acts 13:22).

Yet though he had everything power and position bring, he took what he had no right to - another man's wife. Until the day he died, he paid dearly for not curbing his desire. His problem still confronts many men today. It's called lust.

The solution to lust is fourfold, involving your brain, eyes, heart and feet.

First, your brain. Your thoughts control every aspect of your being. Paul instructed us to bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5). This means saying, "Lord, what I've been thinking is wrong. Take this thought and cleanse it."

Second, your eyes. Job said, "I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a girl" (Job 31:1). You can do the same thing.

Third, your heart. Jesus said the issues of life, including our sins, flow from the heart. But God promised, "I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you, I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh" (Ezekiel 36:26).

Fourth, your feet. Obviously you can't always help what you see - David couldn't. You can't always control the thought that pops into your mind, but you can always control the direction your feet are headed. And making them walk the right direction can save you from sin and preserve your integrity.

 

Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit.  EZEKIEL 18:31

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