Lust is a strong desire of any kind. It can cause humans to turn away from God and to behave in harmony with the principles of that desire. Lust is strongest when the desire is to take charge of a person or thing that catches a person’s eye (as when Adam and Eve deliberately turned from God by eating the fruit He had forbidden).
Psalm 81:12 tells us that because people would not listen to God, He “gave them up unto their own hearts’ lust: and they walked in their own counsels”. In Romans 1, we read that when people “exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator”, “God gave them over to shameful lusts.” (See verses 25 and 26.) Verse 28 states, “Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, He gave them over to a depraved mind; to do what ought not to be done.”
In an unredeemed soul, lust continually leads to self-centered distractions. It can lead to many kinds of addictions, including alcohol, drugs, sex, money, and physical things of various types. Without Jesus Christ and His Spirit, people cannot do what they know they should do. They may try to do right but cannot because of the power of lust. But when the Holy Spirit possesses and rules the heart, the carnal mind is destroyed; and only then can carnal activities be abandoned. (See Galatians 5:16.)
Jesus taught that the human heart is naturally corrupt; but He also said His followers are “pure in heart”. A heart transformed by following Christ is “turned off” by sin.
The proof of following Christ is the fruit of the Spirit formed in a person’s life. That fruit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control) comes through the power of the Holy Spirit by faith. Paul wrote, “And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.” (Galatians 5:24, KJV) In other words, “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.” (Galatians 5:24, NIV)
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