The world we live in today has been contaminated by an over exposure to sexual sin. Everything we watch, read and hear points to sex and purity has become unfashionable. We have become so blind that we fail to acknowledge that sexual sins have spiritual consequences. Sexual sin is so serious that it can bring weakness to anyone’s walk with God. It is almost impossible to develop or maintain intimacy with God when we allow sin to take over our bodies.
“Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart” Psalm 24:3-4
A major sin that many Christians battle with is lust. Lust is the root cause of many sins in our world today such as fornication, adultery, premarital sex, pornography, and homosexual relations. A popular Christian author once defined lust like this: "To lust is to want what you don't have and weren't meant to have. Lust goes beyond attraction, and appreciation of beauty, or even a healthy desire for sex—it makes these desires more important than God. Lust wants to go outside God's guidelines to find satisfaction."
Ok but, what is lust exactly? The dictionary defines lust as an intense or unrestrained sexual craving. The Bible also mentions lust in a variety of different ways but Job 31:11-12 summarises what lust is perfectly:
"For lust is a shameful sin, a crime that should be punished. It is a devastating fire that destroys to hell. It would wipe out everything I own."
Lust pushes its slave (us) to continually do what pleases us. That doesn’t make sense right? How can a slave master want their slave to always do as they please? Well that’s how it works, we think we are doing what pleases us, but in reality the more we do what lust wants such as watching pornography, fornicating, dwelling on impure thoughts, the longer we stay in its bondage. When we do what lust tells us to do, the more enslaved we become, and freedom becomes harder to achieve.
Why do we struggle with lust?
“Promise me, do not awaken love until the time is right” Songs of Solomon 8:4
That’s the problem with our generation, we are too quick to let our emotions run wild and control us instead of allowing the Holy Spirit to lead us. We awaken feelings and emotions before Gods appointed time and allow the devil to plant seeds of sexual desire in our minds and that now influences our actions.
Another reason why many of us struggle with lust is because we think we won’t get caught. We believe that lust isn’t a visible sin. It’s not stealing and it’s not murder, so it’s not that big of a deal, right? So technically God has to forgive you. No!
“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.” Galatians 6:7-8
“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid” Romans 6:1-2
Modern day Christianity tells us that some sins are bigger than others so God won’t mind if you commit small sins. That’s a lie! We are also led to believe that God will always forgive as long as you keep asking. This is partially true but not completely.
1. Sin is sin; there is no hierarchy for sin. Murder and premarital sex are both the same in Gods eyes. We shouldn’t allow the devil to trick us into thinking that some sins aren’t as important as others. 2. If you ask God for forgiveness, He will forgive. However, if you approach God with no desire to change and with the intention of staying in your sin and just asking for forgiveness when you’re done, then we have a problem. God’s forgiveness is based on true repentance. To repent means to turn away from sin completely, admit that you were wrong and decide that if you face the same temptation again, you would make the right decision.