In Western culture, we have a real commitment to our rights. We want to express our right to do good, evil or just be ourselves.
Lust says that you have the right to lust, but I want to give you a tip on this: You have the "right" never to lust.
You have the right to a lust-free lifestyle every day you live. Jesus paid for that right. He died to give you the right to be free. His blood, paid in full by the Father, allows you to be free.
You are not a slave to lust. Lust is your enemy and must flee from you when you exercise your right to be free. Lust will fight and try to convince you of many different beliefs so that you allow it to stay. The truth is, you have the right to see all women as sisters. You have the right to be pure in heart toward every woman, regardless of how she thinks of herself.
You have a right to be lust-free. Today I hope you are militant to maintain your right to be lust-free all day!
Lust is an opportunist. Another lie that lust leads you to believe is that you are to take advantage of every opportunity to lust. Lust likes to convince you to stroll through an area to look for women and images, or to allow fantasy because you have an opportunity.
Lust tells you the lie that opportunity is for you. Lust tells you that you will feel better, wanted, relaxed and powerful. In reality, you are being injected with a disease that will slowly kill you and drain you of your energy, creativity, time, productivity and even your sexuality.
Lust wants you to participate in the lie of opportunity so it can continue to infect you. When lust tells you nobody's looking, it wants you to look at the opportunity. Most people like legitimate opportunities, but these are not legitimate.
Your true opportunity is to slap lust into reality and refuse to objectify women. Instead, pray for her, or just move on into your inheritance. The real opportunity for you today is to have another lust-free day, paid for by the blood of Jesus.
So much of our Christian walk comes down to one question: Who rules?
Who rules your money, time or relationships? Who tells you whether you are your own god, or God is your God?
Here's the simple answer to who rules: Whomever you obey is the current ruler of your life.
Being human can cause you to vacillate on who rules in your life. When it comes to lust, it can only rule when God doesn't. It can happen in a second, minute or hour. When you choose to submit to lust's dominance, you choose lust to rule your life.
There are a few things you can do when lust starts to rule your life. First, remind yourself that lust doesn't rule you. Second, call on God to rule you. Stop, pray to God and ask Him to rule your heart and mind, and to fill you with His Spirit, love and a sense of the value of people. Tell lust that Christ rules you regardless of the opportunity. Tell lust you give God the authority, and when it comes to lust, you are no longer authorized to make that choice.
If lust persists, call in the troops. Call on an accountability partner, and let him know you want to be ruled by the Spirit of God. Your desire to be ruled by God can bring good to you and give you insight into situations you might need to avoid. When God rules your life daily, living lust-free is a normal lifestyle.
Doug Weiss, Ph.D., is a nationally known author, speaker and licensed psychologist. He is the executive director of Heart to Heart Counseling Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the author of several books, including Clean. You may contact Dr. Weiss via his website, drdougweiss.com, on his Facebook, by phone at 719-278-3708 or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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