Can I be transparent with you? I believe that most men (and some women) have had to battle sin of LUST in their lifetime. I know I have and still need to consistently guard myself daily. I remember hearing a prominent pastor quoting The American Heritage Dictionary’s definition of lust as “a sexual craving, especially excessive or unrestrained; any overwhelming desire or craving.” When I heard this I began to question myself and my sexuality. Were my desires for the opposite sex considered lustful? Do I have these feelings under control or do they overwhelm me? Do my actions in the vain reflect someone who is walking or the spirit or rather one controlled by the flesh? The conviction was strong and I realized that I was in a lustful state and needed help. So like most persons would, I decided to take matters into my own hand to defeat this “thing”.
I remember wearing a rubber band around my risk for a few days and stinging myself with it each time I looked at a young lady. Lol! Needless to say this and all other natural efforts failed miserably. Then I cried out for help! Why didn’t I think of this before? I confessed my sins to God and for forgiveness and requested that He do in me what was necessary to overcome. From that point God led me in His wisdom to numerous resources including scriptures, sermons, books and even other Christians who have been victorious in the fight against lust. In my quest I remember reading Romans 7:15-20 for the first time. It helped me understand the battle between good and evil that rages within us. Matthew 5: 28 (inspiration of our Don’t Look shirt) reminded me that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. Another key scripture that I remember and meditate on is taken from 1 Corinthians 9:27 “But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified”. This is what we have to do! Subject our flesh to the Spirit. With prayer, fasting and being intentional about my relationship with God I have gained the strength necessary to fight my own fight and I know you will too.
I wish to leave one piece of advice with you; GUARD YOUR GATES. Protect your eyes and ears from the seeds that can be planted by the perverse things we look at and listen to also control your tongue from professing adverse things into the atmosphere. The evidence of these actions is never immediate but trust me the trees and fruits they produce in the future are utterly destructive.