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Lust

Journal Entry: Thu Sep 30, 2010, 2:42 PM
(You Will Never Be The Same) Lust


We all know the power of lust, which is in our flesh. Eve lusted for the fruit. David lusted for the wife of Uriah. Is there anyone among us who does not know how lust can suddenly arise in our hearts? We think, for example, that we cannot live, if we cannot satisfy our desire for the other sex, for a certain person. This lust arises from time to time in our blood. It has an overpowering force which is unwilling to be confined within the limits of the commandments of God, and through it sin upon sin is born. "Desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin" (Jas. 1: 15a): adultery, theft, murder.

The power of sensual desires, when people give in to them, can make them so blind that they completely disregard the commandments of God. The consequence is unbridled sexual indulgence, premarital and extramarital intercourse or sexual relations with members of the same sex. Such behaviour is almost taken for granted today. But the judgment of God is upon it, for Scripture says: "God will judge the immoral and the adulterous" (Heb. 13: 4b). "No immoral or impure man ... has any inheritance in the Kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for it is because of these things that the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience" (Eph. 5: 5, 6). They will weep and lament in Satan's kingdom, the kingdom of torment.

The enemy knows how to cover up the curse that lies in indulging in our lust, by trying to justify the lust in our flesh: "God, the Creator, has laid this desire in our blood; we have to satisfy it, otherwise we will not have a well-rounded personality." In reality, however, to indulge in unbridled lust leads to ruin. Certainly our sexuality belongs to the creation of God and when we practise it in the sight of His holiness, with discipline according to His commandments, we will experience His blessing. But there is scarcely any other gift of God which is so terribly misused as this one. Here the devil has found an open door. We think indulging in our desires will bring us the happiness for which we long. But apart from the Creator, and in disobedience towards Him, lust will lead us into ruin, because it brings us under Satan's dominion.

The consequences of seeking to satisfy our desires by drinking, taking drugs or indulging in sex are dreadful. If we do so, we could literally experience our bodies' decay. Many drug addicts die from overdoses, or they end up in mental institutions. People want to "enjoy" life; so they drink the cup of poison that the enemy offers them. Body and soul become poisoned; they have to suffer dreadfully and are finally destroyed-here in earthly life and then in the next world in dreadful torment.

This is a law, for sin always gives birth to death. We think we can get more out of life when we satisfy our lust, but actually we just get death. This will be revealed in a horrible way in eternity. There everyone will be able to see on our bodies just how much we have given in to our desires, and some shall awake "to shame and everlasting contempt" (Dan. 12: 2). In hell the members of our bodies that indulged in sin (for instance, the tongue of the rich man, Luke 16: 19-24) will burn, without ever being totally burned up. The desires will continue to burn in our bodies but instead of satisfaction we will experience dreadful torment.

No matter how high the price, the sinful factor in our urges, that leads us into indulgence and fornication, has to be put to death here on earth. We have to turn away from it immediately and begin to fight the battle of faith today, for we never know whether tomorrow will still come. If we are suddenly called away from this life, we may find ourselves today suffering heartache, torture and torment in the kingdom of darkness. The Word of God warns us many times about extramarital sexual relationships and sharply condemns every sexual relationship with members of the same sex. "Immorality, impurity, licentiousness ... those who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God" (Gal. 5: 19, 20). "Neither the immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals . . . will inherit the kingdom of God" (1 Cor. 6: 9, 10). "Shun immorality ... the immoral man sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God? You are not on your own; you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body" (1 Cor. 6: 18-20).

We cannot tolerate the sin of lust in any area of our lives. It must be brought into the light at once, confessed and renounced. We have to break from this sin, otherwise Satan will hold us in his chains and we will not get loose. But that is not all that is necessary. Because these urges are so deeply rooted in us, we have to begin a daily battle of prayer, and praise the redeeming power of Jesus blood over our sin-infested blood. Part of this battle of prayer is that we confront in faith the cry of our hearts; "We want to live and satisfy our desires" with a clear resoluteness; "We want to die to our lust; we want to be crucified with Jesus and arise with Him to new life and inherit glory."

Is there any other way to come to the joy-filled life that we all long for except by dying? Even in nature we can see this law at work "Die and come to life!" All life is born out of death. Should there be any other way for us men who are so laden with sin and guilt?

The first step must be taken in our thought-life. Lust has to be confronted immediately and fought against, as soon as it appears in our thoughts. People are often tormented by impure thoughts, feelings and fantasies even in their dreams. Let this be our practical guide: Do not read anything in magazines, look at anything on television or listen to anything on the radio that could nourish such impure, lustful thoughts, feelings or fantasies. If we do not leave them alone, we will not become free. We will have to reap what we have sown, by letting all these things come into our hearts and thoughts. Here they torment us and will not let us go, and one day a terrible punishment will await us.

But whoever consistently refuses to look at impure things, or listen to them, and always claims the blood of the Lamb for that which is in his feelings and thought will experience that he will be set free.

That is also true when our desires are unduly directed at a certain person. Above all we must not let ourselves be deceived by the enemy's arguments such as: friendship with a married person is allowed because his spouse cannot offer him what he needs. The needs of the person justify the situation, and so on. We must unmask the camouflage of this temptation and then in practice avoid meetings where we might possibly encounter him, even it is painful to make such a sacrifice. Or we have to tear up letters or pictures, if they bind us ever anew to a person and make us lust for him.

Jesus Himself tells us how important it is to fight a radical battle for eternity. He exhorts us to pluck out our eye, if it causes us to sin through evil glances. But after the exhortation comes an even more cutting word, "It is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell" (Matt. 5: 29). The punishment for the immoral and adulterous which the Letter to the Ephesians (5: 5, 6) so earnestly speaks of is damnation into hell where we will be dreadfully tormented by Satan, the lord of hell.

That is why, if we are chained by this sin, we have to listen to Jesus' warning, "Fear Him (God, the judge) who can destroy both soul and body in hell" (Matt. 10: 28).

We must radically turn away from all indulgence in our lust, which is a trespass against the commandments of God. In the blood of the Lamb there is power to free from the chains of sin. Jesus' name is Redeemer. Indeed He is a Redeemer and that is why He will redeem us from the fetters of sin, which bind us to Satan. Whoever makes a thorough break with his desires in faith in Jesus will experience that Jesus has come to give us life and complete satisfaction. He will thoroughly develop all the gifts of our body, soul and spirit. He will make us complete happy. He will give us the divine radiance of a loving, joyous, natural personality. Jesus is the essence of life. He alone can give us the fullness of life-only He. That is why we have to dare to act according to His words. Renounce everything; that is, forgo what we desire and what our lustful desires yearn for; leave them and hate them, insofar as they go against the commandments of God. Then we will experience that such death is the entrance gate to a joy-filled life, where we will receive the abundance of divine life, which is in Him.

In Jesus' sufferings we can see the deadly curse of all sensual lust; we can see its dreadful manifestations on Jesus' body. The picture of our Saviour, scourged and crucified, is a sermon for us; Jesus had to lay down His life for us, because we do not want to lay down our lives. We are full of desire and lust. He had to offer His body up as a sacrifice, because we so often misuse our bodies, indulge in lust and disregard the limits that God has set in His word. He had to suffer so much, because we, through such sin, disfigure the image of God, although He created and redeemed us to bear this image.

Now Jesus is asking us: "Trusting in My sacrifice, dare to lay down your life and believe that I will give you the full life!"
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Taken from YOU WILL NEVER BE THE SAME by M Basilea Schlink


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levite May 14, 2012   Artist
~fujoshianimechick

It will be very difficult to receive an answer if you block those you seek answers from.

There is no sin in asexuality. As it relates to Christians, the Apostle Paul says as a concession, not as a command that it is better to be asexual as it is seen as a gift of continence ( [link] ). An unmarried person is concerned about the Lord’s affairs —how he can please the Lord (1 Cor. 7:32). Feeling an attraction (not sexual, taking into account that you claim asexuality) for different people is no different than me loving my family members, my best friend, etc.

Correction, our disapproval of same sex marriage has nothing to do with their inability to bare children. There are many heterosexual couples that are unable to bare children as well due to infertility. Our opposition is strictly based on God's word and what He clearly commands.

Regarding your philosophical question, no, if both individuals are heterosexual and are both asexual it may work. However, if you are asexual and your husband/wife is not, it becomes obvious that there will be a great problem (see [link] ).
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fujoshianimechick May 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
If lust is bad and must be controlled until the wedding night, how do you feel about asexuals like me? Asexuals are those do not experience sexual attraction. Asexuality differs from celibacy or abstinence. Celibacy is a choice, and those who are celibate still feel sexual attraction. Abstinence is the postponement of sex until marriage. Asexuality, contrary to the beliefs of some, is neither a choice nor a disease, despite what a previous episode of House may have led you to believe. Although asexuals do not experience sexual attraction, many feel romantic attraction. This romantic attraction can be felt towards members of the opposite sex (heteroromantic, like me! =D ), the same sex (homoromantic), or both sexes (biromantic). Those who do not experience even romantic attraction towards anyone are called aromantic.
I'm going to take this comment to something completely different. One of the reasons why you disapprove of gay marriage, from what I have gathered, is the fact that members of the LGBT community will not produce children. Neither can hetero-romantic or bi-romantic asexuals who marry members of the opposite sex.
This ties into my list of philosophical questions for everyone reading this. Do you think asexuals should be banned from the institution of marriage? In your eyes, is our asexuality a gift from God or a sin? Are we unnatural heathens or simply sinners like everyone else in the eyes of the god? Are the marriages between a man and a woman, if one or both is asexual, unimportant or void because they are not consummated? In short, as I have asked at the beginning of this note, how do you, or Christians in general, feel about asexuality if you condemn lust?
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CosmicGrounds May 11, 2012  Professional Writer
I struggle with lust and unclean sexual thoughts. I just knowingly sinned through entertaining myself earlier (alone, I won't go into details) and I stumbled across a story I had written years ago on an erotica site and in that story the main character reads a verse from James 1:15 -- I was an atheist then, but it's interesting that now I had written that in a story long ago when my mind was reprobate and my heart was darkened, against religion, most specifically, the Christian faith. I read that scripture from the bible that was in my bed and thought about it -- while I was looking at unclean things online from earlier, I prayed to God, asked him to deliver me from this junk and that I will promise to follow him forever (I've promised him countless times before and failed miserably); because I can entertain myself and not even enjoy it after awhile. No, I don't have demons in me; however, I can say, lust is one of the several things of the flesh I struggle with. This was a great read, but I wish it had went more into depth.
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Dexter96 Apr 7, 2012
I think lust is natural and inevitable.
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Deus-Lux Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Agreed.
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levite May 14, 2012   Artist
Unfortunately, due to our sinful nature it is. Therefore, while we are continually tempted by lust, it is necessary that we obey God and not our flesh.

Romans 8:9 "You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ."
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fujoshianimechick Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
*Takes deep breath, because she feels big rant coming on.* OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOKAY. This is from an agnostic outsider's perspective, so I hope you all will take it to heart. Please do not think I mean to demonize Christianity in any way.
First of all, I don't think that lust is inherently evil. It's just another biological characteristic. I think that the ways some people deal with lust can be evil. For example, the way lust was dealt with in The Crucible [link] Accusing your former lover's wife of witchcraft so she'll be executed, anyone? Evil, right? But what about the ways most people deal with lust? Like having consensual sex with your spouse?
This brings me to my next point.
Why do people condemn extramarital/premarital sex? Because it's supposedly dishonest and dirty. But what happens when people try to prevent this, or heck, even LUST from happening is even worse. Female genital mutilation? [link] Awful and shocking. It makes me shudder to even think about it. STONING ADULTERERS? Equally awful and shocking. Condemning Gardisil and refusing to teach people how to use condoms? Leads to even MORE super-happy-fun stuff like cervical cancer, unwanted pregnancies, and STDs. Just encourage abstinence without condemning those who don't wait for marriage. It will ensure that less people sneak around and are dishonest. It's human nature that people will admit more readily to things that are not wrong and immoral than to things that are (obviously). As for sneaking around and having affairs, that is unforgivable.
As for God "sharply [condemning] every sexual relationship with members of the same sex." What. All I've heard from the bible "condemning" homosexuality is "Thou shalt not lie with another man as you shall with a woman." Many Bible Scholars and historians agree that this was because it was a custom to ANALLY RAPE conquered peoples after defeating them in battle. The Bible says nothing about FEMALE homosexuality either. I'll leave that up to interpretation, but I think that it was because even in those days, a LOT of men thought that lesbians were hot. :facepalm: Also, we don't follow all rules of the Bible. [link] Like we shake hands with menstruating women. And we wear mixed-fiber clothes. We can't pick and choose what we follow and what we don't follow if we're all going to be 100% Christian. "Neither the immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals . . . will inherit the kingdom of God" (1 Cor. 6: 9, 10). " Homosexuals? I'd like to see your copy of the bible, pal. You might be reading a trollfic from the Westboro baptist church instead of the actual bible.
That is all I have to say on this matter. Replies are very welcome and very wanted.
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