What is the Lust of the Flesh?


As Christians, we are taught a lot about lust.  The Holy Bible says a lot about lust.  Let us look at some of the verses having to do with it.  Galatians 5:16 tells us to walk by the spirit.  If we walk by the spirit, we will not want to satisfy our flesh. 

Our flesh is strong.  Many temptations come out of it.  We often feel tempted to do what we know is wrong.  We often fall into temptation when we put our bodily wants before Gods desire for our lives.  It’s important to stay grounded in the word of God. The more that you read the Holy Bible, the better chance you will have at pushing away the lusts of the flesh.

Jesus made it clear that adultery is not only committed through our actions, but through our thoughts.  Jesus said in Matthew 5:28, if a man looks at a woman with lust, it is the same thing as committing adultery.  Therefore, it’s important to control what we look at.  Today it is hard to do this when many men and women dress inappropriately with sexy clothing.  As Christians, its important to ask God for forgiveness if you are looking at someone with a lustful intent. 

Have ever had trouble with lusting after someone or taken pride in your possessions?  The Holy Bible teaches us that this doesn’t come from God.  It says in 1 John 2:16 that this comes from the devil. 

Romans 13:14 tells us to become Christ like so that we can avoid the desires of our hearts that are against God.  When you put on Jesus Christ, it means that you are going after repentance.  You are choosing to do things God’s way instead of your own way.  Have you ever seen fallen Christians that still want to follow their own fleshly desires instead of what the Bible says? They are always looking for some excuse to discredit the Holy Bible.  They are often trying to find ways to live in sin and say that somehow a passage in the Bible was misinterpreted. 

1 John 2:15-17 teaches us that those that do the will of God will last forever. People that go after the “things of this world” will perish along with it.  This world will not last forever. Once again, we are reminded to not love our possessions or to take pride in them. That comes from the devil and not from God. 

Putting Away Your Own Desires for Christ

The world teaches people today to be themselves.  They teach that a person should do what they feel is right for themselves.  The world teaches that a person must do whatever they feel like in order to be happy.  However, this is not what the Bible teaches us. 

In Galatians 5:24, Christians are reminded that once we become born again and saved, we put away our fleshly desires and start living for God.  This means that we no longer live to lust in the flesh or be greedy with money. Instead, we live for Jesus and walk with him. 

Jesus begins to show us that we are loved by him. Your desire should be to now please God and not yourself.  Living for the “things of this world” will never make you happy.  Wealth is unpredictable. It can either be with you forever or leave you. God will never leave you. 

1 Peter 2:11 tells Christians to not follow your fleshly desires.  Your flesh is battling against the soul.  There is a war going on between your body and your soul.  Your soul will live on forever, but your body will die.  It’s important to not fulfill your fleshly desires, but to live for Jesus and do things his way.

In find it interesting that your own desires are what causes temptation to come to you.  It’s not the other way around.  What is going on inside of you causes the temptation to happen.  Read James 1:14 and you will come to understand that you must keep evil desire away from yourself. Don’t invite evil into your heart. Keep away from things that will cause you to sin. 

Paul the apostle warns us in Galatians 5:19-21 that people that commit the following sins and do not repent of their sin, will not inherit the kingdom of God:

  • Orgies
  • Drunkenness
  • Enmity
  • Sexual immorality
  • Idolatry
  • Sorcery
  • Homosexuality
  • Sensuality
  • Jealousy
  • Fits of Anger
  • Divisions
  • Envy

In James 4:7, the Holy Bible is telling us to flee from evil.  It says that if we run away from evil, the devil will also back away from us.  Today, its hard to run away from evil when temptation is all around us and we can’t see clearly because temptation is everywhere.  It is corrupting the souls of mankind.  It’s amazing how this book tries to warn us of what can happen to us if we don’t run away from evil. We will fall into it. However, the Holy Bible teaches us that God will always give us a way out. 

James 1:15 shows us that our desires of the heart are birthed within us.  Once they have grown up and becomes stronger, they cause us to sin. So, desire comes first and then acting out on our desires become sin.  Afterwards, the letter of James warns us that once our sin is fully grown, it brings forth death. 

Have you ever had a sin in your life that was once so small and then when you acted out on it, it began to take over you?  Eventually, the Holy Bible says, it will destroy you completely. 

An Example:

When Sonya was 15 years old, she began lusting after guys in her class. Her lust was so strong that it was hard for her to control herself from sleeping around. When she turned 18, her desires became even stronger.  At 20, she began acting out on her desires because she felt that her desire was to strong and couldn’t hold back anymore. 

She was not a Christian and this sin eventually overtook her, and she began to sleep around with many men.  Eventually, this sin made her sleep around with man after man. At the age of 25, she had over 30 men that she had slept with. She felt so depressed about it because she was ashamed of herself. She also felt that all the men that she had slept with were only using her for sex. 

Now she is so sad by her actions that she can’t take it anymore. She longs to die and wishes that God would take her life. The pain is far too much for her to bare.  One night she goes out for a drive and gets into a car accident and it kills her.     

The Bible teaches us that if we stay true to God’s word, sin will not overtake us.  Instead, Jesus gives us a way out.  If you worship God in song, you will often find that Jesus gives you an inner peace that you have never felt before.  Yes, singing songs to Jesus will often give you peace that you have never felt before. 

Spend your time worshipping Jesus and reading God’s word. This will help you to stay true to the Lord and avoid corrupting your soul with sin. 

Ephesians 2:3 tells us that before we came to the Lord, we were children of destruction.  We were doomed for hell.  We were living for what our bodies told us to live for (money, sex, power).  However, when we gave ourselves to Jesus Christ, we began to follow his will and not the will of our own selves.  Instead of living for ourselves, we began to live for Jesus and helping other people. 

Is There Good News?

Yes, there is good news for all people.  When we confess our sins, 1 John 1:9 tells us that Jesus will forgive our sins.  This means that you can repent of your sin today and Jesus will forgive you.  Yes, not matter what you did, Jesus will forgive you.  What a blessing!

Are Christians Ever Safe from the Devil?

Just because you are saved doesn’t mean that the devil isn’t trying to attack you.  The Holy Bible tells us in 1 Peter 5:8 that the devil looks for people to tempt and cause them to sin.  Yes, the devil is a real being and is trying to destroy your soul.  He wants to devour you in any way that he can. Be careful of the devil’s traps. 

1 Peter 4:1-2 tells us to no longer live for the flesh.  Don’t live for wealth and pleasing your flesh. Instead, live for Jesus.  The Bible says to no longer live for the things of this world.  This is a concept that many Christians are not hearing anymore.

All that you hear on television from pastors is to try and get as rich as you possibly can with money and to send in donations to pastor that want to drive around in a Rolls Royce.  That is not from God, but from the devil.  As you can see, the pride of material possessions comes from the devil and not from God.  God’s will be that Christians should share what they have with others that are in need.  That is what pleases God.

Colossians 3:5 tells us to put away the fleshly desires of the heart and to live for God only.  If something is earthly in you, do away with it.  If you are hungering for that new sports car, forget about it. Instead, live for Jesus and see if you can help someone that is in need with the money that comes your way.  Your sports car will not be here forever.  It will eventually be gone when you die.  You cannot take any material possession with you when you die. 

The Bible tell us that if we put away our fleshly desires, we will live with Jesus in heave (Romans 8:13).  Many Christians believe that just because you accept Jesus and repent, that you are always saved forever.  However, if you read the New Testament, it’s not that easy. The bible tells us that we must not live in sin.  By doing so, we can lose our salvation. Therefore, sinners will not inherit the kingdom of God.

God knows that difference between a sin and living in sin.  When we sin, it’s a one-time thing.  Jesus is quick to forgive us.  When we live in sin, we keep on doing the same thing repeatedly and not truly sorry.  Many Christians have a reprobate mind.  A reprobate mind is a mind that keeps on sinning and doesn’t stop.  This kind of mindset does not please God. 

If you are a Christian and intentionally sin because you know that Jesus will forgive you the next day, you are in danger of the fires of hell.  Quickly repent of your sin and tell Jesus that you are sorry.  Pray that Jesus will take the desire out of your heart that is causing you to get tempted and then sin.   Ask Jesus to take this temptation away. 

The New Testament reminds us in 1 John 2:15 that if you love this world, then the father is not in you.  If you wake up everyday loving all that the earth is, then God is not inside of your heart. This world is full of pain, greed and sorrow.  When you see people sinning, you should not feel happy about that.  You should feel sorrow in your heart and look forward to the day that you can be with Jesus Christ your savior in heaven. 

When you live for the spirit, you cannot do whatever you feel like. You must instead live for God.  You cannot serve two masters. 

Giving Thanks to God

Colossians 3:16 tells us to give thanks to God in song.  Worship is key to pleasing God.  Worship God always.  2 Corinthians 5:17 shows us that when we become a Christian, we become a whole new person. We are no longer living the way that we used to live.

If you are a Christian and struggling with a certain sin, you must pray and ask God to take that away from you. Don’t follow the fleshly desires of your heart. Instead, live for doing things God’s way. If you refuse to repent of your sin, are you truly living for yourself or God?  When you accept Jesus Christ into your heart, are you really accepting him or still desiring to live for your fleshly desires. 

It’s easy to get caught up in sin. Today’s world keeps on telling you that you should live in sin.  They tell you to do whatever you feel like. Many Christians pastors are becoming false prophets. They tell you, “If you are a homosexual, be yourself and practice it.  If you want to have multiple marriages, that’s okay to.  Just keep on doing what you feel is right in your heart.”  This is not God’s way and certainly not taught in the New Testament. The New Testament is more about repenting of our fleshly desires and following God. 

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