What are You Lusting For?

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Posted on 09 Jul 2015 05:32

Wednesday, January 7,2015

What are You Lusting For?

“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.” 1 John 2:15-16 NIV

Lust simply means to crave for or to desire for something intensely (That is the JMW definition).

God created us with the ability to lust so that we would always desire more of Him. God made us to lust — to desire intensely, to crave for and long for Him. But Satan wants to do everything possible to replace our lust for God with something else so he tempts us with substitutes.

St John warned us using these words: “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.”

The lust of the flesh is a craving for ungodly physical satisfaction — such as eating too much or for sex outside of marriage; in other words, trying to meet our physical needs outside the will of God. The lust of the eyes is an ungodly craving for material things and the pride of life is a craving for what makes a person feel important.

St. John said that those lusts do not come from God the Father. They come from the world and we should resist them.

What are you lusting for? Make sure you are lusting for the right things. Make sure your intense desire is for God and the things of God.

There's nothing wrong with lusting. God made us that way. There's nothing wrong with being tempted. All of us are tempted. Jesus was tempted and so are you and I.

There will always be temptations and lusts in our life. It's what we do with them that matters!

Dr. J. M. Wooten

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