Got Lust? You May Have More than You Think

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When Jesus Christ calls His followers to deny themselves, He is telling those of us who repent and believe the Gospel that He died for our sins so we can be forgiven and promised everlasting life that we must turn away from our ungodly lusts and ways. How easy it would be to wave aside the “lust” issue and say that it belongs exclusively to adulterers, prostitutes, fornicators, pornography addicts, etc. But the word “lust” is translated from a Greek word that also includes in its definition the words desire, eagerness for, and inordinate desire, according to the Greek lexicon. Followers of Jesus Christ, therefore, are called to turn away from our desire for the unholy things of this world.

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We must deny ourselves the pleasures of that which is wrong, wicked, sinful, unholy, not of the Lord. This is not restricted to ungodly sexual lust. As we follow Jesus Christ, we must leave behind us anything in and of this world that is not godly. How, then, do we know what is godly and not? God makes it abundantly clear in the Bible the difference between what is right and wrong in His eyes. And what may seem right in the eyes of the world does not make it right. Our standards are to be God’s standards.

If you are lusting after and engaged in anything that runs contrary to the Lord’s will, it must be left behind as you pursue Him and His ways as your number one desire. Ah, but how can you leave behind such pleasures? The more you seek the Lord, the more you study His Word, the more you dive ever deep into intimate fellowship with Him, you will find the riches of the Lord, His countless spiritual blessings unto you, most importantly His ever love and mercy, exceed beyond measure anything that can possibly satisfy the lust of the flesh from this world.

Tit 2:11  For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 
Tit 2:12  Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world
Tit 2:13  Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 
Tit 2:14  Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. 

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