Before we discuss how lust is one of the 7 deadly sins I feel like we should define lust, not only in the physical (visual), but also the mental (imagination and such) sense and furthermore how this, like all sin, is deep down an issue of the heart.
Lust: The majority of times we hear the word lust it is in a sexual context, but I think it is important to note that it can also be referenced to anything in which one has strong desires or longings for, thinking most commonly power. In the most simple sentence or phrase ever it would be, Any desire or craving that is placed above God.
As far as the sexual means of lust, a friend and I discussed how for men it is a much more (but not limited to men) visual issue in lusting or longing after the physical being or body. Many times though for women it is a lusting of the imagination, perhaps the lusting for the fairy tale ending, or the dream guy (you know the overly thoughtful, loving, cuddly man who wants to talk about emotions and feelings all day long and doesn’t always want sex). I also want to clarify that because we are sexual beings, we are often caught in the sin of sexual lust and desiring physical sexual pleasure before God. It is not “wrong” to desire sex… as long as it is in the God-ordained sanction of marriage and is for the glory of God and the desire to express true love and joy to your spouse.
Lust in the context of power is pretty self-explanatory so I think I will leave you to draw conclusions on this one and move on.
So, now that we have defined lust it’s time to talk about the heart of it. Stay with me here, I believe that our lust, for anything at all comes from us trying so hard to fill the crater sized hole in our lives that can only be filled by our Savior, Jesus Christ and the presence of the Holy Spirit. I can speak to the lust that I spoke of for women, when I was young, single and trying so desperately to find my Special One. Along the way to finding my husband, I found that the only person, the only thing that could fulfill me was Jesus and through the Holy Spirit I came to the understanding that He was the only one who would satisfy. Here are some verses on lust that I think are good to remember.
“But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”
1 Thessalonians 4:3-5
“For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God;”
“He who commits adultery lacks sense; he who does it destroys himself.”
1 John 2:16
“For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world.”
The Lord is jealous and He desires for us to seek and want nothing more than we want HIM. Isaiah 42:8 says, “I am the LORD, that is My name; I will not give My glory to another, Nor My praise to graven images.”
Let us always strive to want Him most and place our desire to do His work and seek Him above all else.
I believe the only way this can be possible is through the Holy Spirit and a good way to start is with prayer.
I come to you today and I am asking that you would guide the Spirit within me so that I might desire You above all things and look to you first and foremost. Lord, I can’t do this of my own accord. It is only by your grace, mercy, and Holy Spirit that I could ever desire you the most. Lord, remind me of how you are truly the only one who can satisfy me. Lord, I know you are a jealous God and you desire for your children to want and look to you first and Lord you know that there is no good in me, not even a speck, so for me to desire and place you first in my life it must be of the Spirit. Lord please I am begging you to soften my heart an open my ears to hear what you would have me hear and convict me where I need convicting. Lord, come to me now, convict me, show me what you would reveal to me here and now and guide me and help me to be obedient to you so that you might be honored and glorified. For it is my duty and goal in life to glorify and honor you. Please help me to continue on and do what you would have me to do, say what you would have me say, and act how you would have me act.
It is your Good, Sovereign and Loving name I pray,