Neglected Biblical Truths
Run from Lust – Part II
Key Verses: 2 Timothy 2:22-24 NLT
Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.
Continuing our study of running from lust, here is a question: “Do women lust”? Of course, but not in the same way that men do.
Lust is the craving for anything that may cause us to sin against God if given the chance. Both men and women can have lustful desires that overcome their desire to keep God first in their lives.
This is why our Key Verse tells us to run from anything that would stimulate that kind of desire in us. This could mean stop watching a particular television show or stop reading certain books because they tend to stimulate lustful desires. The movies we watch or the websites we visit can also stimulate lustful desires within us.
Another example is a “friendly flirtation” with someone they should not be involved with. It is easy to justify this kind of behavior, but it certainly can stimulate feelings of lust.
There are many more illustrations of things we might allow in our lives that tend to stimulate lustful desires. If we are going to “pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace”, learn to run from anything that detracts from supreme loyalty and love for Christ.
Another question to consider: what should we do when we have given in to our lustful desires? First and foremost, claim the promise of God’s Word, found in 1 John 2:1-2:
My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.
We must never allow ourselves to sin, but if we do sin, we must put our trust in Jesus, knowing that He is advocating with the Father for us. We must believe the Word that tells us that Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross covers our sins.
Additionally, we must put in place a guardrail that helps us not repeat the sin, such as an accountability partner.
A scripture that is good to memorize is 1 Corinthians 10:13:
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
Doing all we know to do helps us not abuse God’s grace and grieve His Spirit. God has the power to help us, but we must ask and believe that He will help us!
Father, I want to serve You with a pure heart. Please remind me to ask for Your help during my moments of temptation. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.