Lust

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"Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am being tempted by God"; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust." (James 1:13-14).

What is the source of temptation? We know that it is not God for God does not tempt us. We have clear evidence that Satan is involved in temptation.  The classic case is when Satan tried to tempt Jesus in the 4th Chapter of Matthew. "And the tempter came and said to Him, "If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread." But He answered and said, "It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God'" (Matthew 4:3-4). So we know that Satan and his fallen angles (demons) use temptation as one of their primary weapons to get people to sin.

But even temptation from the devil will not work, no matter how hard he tries if you do not have lust in your own heart. For temptation to work there must be an object or person that you consider as desirable to the extent that lust begins to control your thinking.

Proverbs 6 - Teaches us today?

Proverbs 6:25 "(25) Do not desire her beauty in your heart, Nor let her catch you with her eyelids."

Psalm 73:6-9 (Theme: Faith Reborn). "(6) Therefore pride is their necklace; The garment of violence covers them. (7) Their eye bulges from fatness; The imaginations of their heart run riot. (8) They mock, and wickedly speak of oppression; They speak from on high. (9) They have set their mouth against the heavens, And their tongue parades through the earth."

Today's question.  How does lust work?

Consider David. David saw a beautiful woman bathing from his roof top.  If David has just considered her as a beautiful woman, no sin would have occurred. It was when he began to consider her as an object of desire that he made his first mistake. His second mistake was to inquire who this woman was. Now lust is controlling his thinking and not his spirit, his reasoning mind or his spiritual teaching. When he inquired who this woman was, it was for a lustful intent. His third mistake was even now knowing that she is married to Uriah the Hittite, he still proceeded to execute his lustful plan. "And David sent messengers and took her, and when she came to him, he lay with her; and when she had purified herself from her uncleanness, she returned to her house.  And the woman conceived; and she sent and told David and said, "I am pregnant." (2 Samuel 11:4-5). 

It is also instructive to consider what was in the mind of the beautiful woman whose name was Bathsheba. Did she also have an opportunity to stop this lustful plan or was she a willing participant who conceived lust in her own heart? She appears to have been a willing participant because the evil that David did was fornication (adultery) and the murder of Bathsheba's husband, but not rape.

Dear God, I pray that this story is taught and understood by millions of people. This same play, this same drama, this same tragedy is repeated in every generation with dire consequences. Amen.

The Newness Of Life Daily Bible Message is designed for those who like to take a short respite from the day's responsibilities to enjoy the contemplation of God's word. This daily message is based primarily upon the belief that to read some of Proverbs and some of Psalm everyday will provide us with great spiritual growth and development when done consistently with discipline.  Phillip Saxton and contibute to Newness Of Life Ministries (NOL) Phillip Saxton, www.NewnessOfLife.com. Phillip can be reached at saxton AT MiTowne dot com

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