Lay Aside the Weight of Lust

Lust is a killerand a serial killer at that. Men and women have fallen into the sinful grip of lust since the beginning of time. We first see lust come on the scene in Genesis 3:6. When Eve sets her gaze upon the tree that God had forbade her and Adam to touch, she lusted after it. The Hebrew verb originally used to describe what Eve thought about the tree is ḥâmaḏ, which means to desire lustfully. Eve desired and lusted after wisdom. At least thats what she thought. In reality, she desired what we all desire when giving in to the temptation of lust. She desired to be like God. 

 

When we fuel the fires of fleshly passions by giving into lust, we are telling God that we know better than He does. We are telling our creator that His plan for us to remain pure wont quite cut it. Isnt that the angle the serpent took when tempting Eve? But the serpent said to the woman, You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.’” (Genesis 3:4)

 

Its time for believers to lay aside the weightiness of lust, and fix our gaze upon Christ. (Hebrews 12:1) Here are 10 methods and reasons to help you overcome your battle with lust:

 

 

1) Pluck out your eye

 

 

Jesus probably isnt commanding that you literally perform a self-enucleation. In Matthew 5:29, I think He is going to such an extreme to emphasize the danger of this particular sin. In other words, lust is so incredibly deadly, that we need to do whatever is necessary to flee from the temptation. Even if it means removing your eye. 

 

So what are some ways that we can tear out our eye, so to speak? I think you should ask yourself which door the temptation enters from. Once you have that door in your cross hairs, blow it away. For instance, youre scrolling instagram one evening, an attractive woman scrolls across your screen, and satan begins to whisper lustful temptations in your ear. What does Jesus say about this situation? Its better for you to delete the friend, or delete your instagram account, or even smash your phone than to risk spending an eternity in hell. 

 

2) Your eternity is worth it

 

Fighting lust is essential to your salvation. Hebrews 10:26 says that a truly regenerated person will not go on living in sin. That means if youre just training your sin to hide better instead of killing it, there no longer remains a sacrifice for your sin, and fiery judgment awaits you. 

Its definitely an eye-opening verse. But if youre not fighting your sin, I would much rather advise you to work out your salvation than to make you feel better about your sin by downplaying the dangers of it. If youre alive in Christ, you have the victory through Him. You will stumble, but get up, dig in the word, and keep fighting. God is for you. 

 

3) Suit up

 

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. Ephesians 6:10-11

 

I think Paul systematically lays out the armor of God as though hes getting ready for the days battle. You cant expect to fight sin in the flesh if you dont have your armor on. Lay a foundation for each day by reading the Word, meditating on that Word, and praying to the father. I encourage you to read through Pauls description of the whole armor of God in his letter to the Ephesians, and apply it. 

 

4) Watch what you watch 

 

We live in a pornified culture. My wife and I struggle to find a show or movie to watch that isnt filled with nudity or sexual references. We have a strict no-nudity policy when it comes to our entertainment. This policy isnt just for our kids purity and protection, its for ours as well. It doesnt honor God (or my wife) to be entertained be the things that dishonor Him. 

 

Satan will try to plant seeds of destruction wherever he can. Hell try and justify your freedom to watch these shows and blame it on legalism. Dont buy it. Be proactive against this scheme by researching what youre about to watch. Dont let the enemy get a stronghold in your mind by allowing nudity on your tv. 

 

 

5) Gods design for you is better

 

Whether youre a spouse, parent, or single, God has designed you for a purpose. Lust isnt part of that design. He has designed you to be a minister to your wife or husband, to be a spiritual leader to your family, or to be a minister to your peers. Lust enters the mind and tears that design apart. 

 

When we give into lust, we shift the focus of our lives from this design onto ourselves. This is the enemys plan. He doesnt give a rip about your self-gratification. Satan only wants you to focus on anything but God. The enemy doesnt place the idol in front of you to make you happy. Its only purpose is an attempt to pull you away from glorifying King Jesus, push you face-first into sin, and keep you there. Try and see the bigger picture here. Know the tactics of the enemy. Start doing what God designed you to do. 

 

6) Realize who you are in Christ

 

What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? (Romans 6:1) Jesus came to seek and to save the lost. His atoning death on the cross paid the debt for your sin. His resurrection means He has the victory over your sin. If your faith is in Christ, you too have that victory. 

 

A great lie from the enemy that I believed most of my Christian life was that there was no escape from the grip of porn. If you get anything from this article, let it be this: You are not a slave to lust. Jesus victory over sin made it possible for you to say no to sin. Your lust was nailed to the cross and you are alive in Christ. Walk in that victory today, not defeat. 

 

7) Fear God

 

By steadfast love and faithfulness iniquity is atoned for, and by the fear of the Lord one turns away from evil. (Proverbs 16:6) The fear of the Lord mentioned in this proverb isnt the same fear a child has of an abusive father. Rather, its the type of fear that stands in awe of your Heavenly Father. This type of fear is motivated by the reverence of God. 

 

To fear God means to honor Him with obedience. Its cultivating a deep relationship with the Lord by marveling at His power. He commands us to fight our sin. He commands us to take up our cross and follow him. Who are we to disobey? He is our redeemer and sustainer. His breath fills our lungs. Meditate on who He is. Pray for a deeper fear of God and to know him better. I assure you, lust will never survive it. 

 

8) Be accountable

 

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. (James 5:16) Lust is a nearly impossible battle to fight on your own. Confession of sin is absolutely key to fighting it. The enemy will tempt you to keep it hidden. Hell try to convince you that youre the only one that struggles with lust. The reason that he wants this is because he knows sin thrives in darkness. 

 

Find your pastor, a brother/sister in Christ, or your spouse, and come clean. Pray for healing and restoration in your life. When we drag sin into the light, we can see it for what it is. Lust cannot survive in the light. 

 

9) Value women more

Lust and pornography change the way your brain is wired when interacting with people. Over time, youll start to view women differently. Youll start to view them as a product instead of a person. Youll only consider what they have to offer you rather than who they area person created in the image of God. 

 

This is actually the anti-gospel. 

 

Instead of viewing women through the lens of self-gratification, view them as Christ would view themeither a sister to be loved and protected, or a soul in need of a savior.   Repent, and pray for God to turn your affections towards Him. When we truly treasure Christ alone, we automatically value life. 

 

10) Jesus is better

 

Lust operates like any other sin. It promises instant pleasure, but delivers destruction. The promise of the enemy is death veiled in beauty. Just like satan tempting Eve, promising vast wisdom, that promise came with a deadly price. Concealed within the promise was the end of perfect communion with the Father, and the fall of humanity.

 

Jesus promises, on the other hand, are not the veiling of death. His words are the promise and deliverance of eternal life. They are a solid rock ground to stand on. He is the way, the truth, and the life. Lay the weight of lust upon Him and find rest that only Christ can give. 

 

 

(Find this piece along with many other articles written by Topher Haddox featured on Crosswalk.com)

One thought on “Lay Aside the Weight of Lust

  1. This has been a very good article worth reading and implementing.Seduction is a very common practice in the world of the devil.

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