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    Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul. II Peter 2:11

    I believe everyone has struggled at some point in their life with lust, and today the world is bombarded with every kind of lustful thing that one can imagine through the media. Satan has flooded the earth with perversion, pornography and filth of all kinds to trap the unsuspecting soul!

    Satan, although a cunning adversary has no power over us but to temp and to seduce us by the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life! Like every good fisherman, the devil knows what bait it takes to catch the unsuspecting and he uses the five senses to attract us. Within his tackle box are a multitude of lures that have worked since time began.

    The First Family was seduced by Satan using the lust of the eyes when he told Eve that God created the fruit and that it would make her wise and that she would be like God; she fell for his lies just like we all have done and did that which we are commanded not to do!

    So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that is was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Genesis 3:6

LUST OF THE EYES

    Do not lust after her beauty in your heart, nor let her allure you with her eyelids. For by means of a harlot a man is reduced to a loaf of bread. Proverbs 6:25,26

    When dealing with lust, physical strength is of no benefit because two of the strongest warriors on the planet succumbed to the lust of their flesh. Both Samson and King David were seduced by the devil's "Fatal Attractions," leaving one dead and the other suffering the consequences of his actions all the days of his life!

    Samson seemed to be consumed with lust all of his life which finally set him up by the enemy to destroy him. He not only sought out pagan prostitutes but married a Philistine woman, something he was forbidden to do. He ended up in the lap of a seductress named Delilah, who wore him down and found out the secret to his great strength, giving the enemy access to shave his head, gouge out his eyes, and make him a slave. Samson ended up dying with his enemies when he pulled down the structure where they had him chained. The wages of sin is death!

    David, on the other hand was a man after God's own heart, the sweet psalmist of Israel, mighty warrior and brilliant military commander who defeated the enemies of God and won many victories and accolades. The devil waited to catch him at a weak moment when he didn't go out to battle, but stayed home. I believe he was burned out and exhausted from battle and the drama of his family. That's all it took, a beautiful woman bathing below his balcony and the spirit of seduction luring him to gaze upon her naked body. BAM! Another one bites the dust!

    Do not let your heart turn aside to her ways, do not stray into her paths; for she has cast down many wounded, and all who were slain by her were strong men. Her house is the way to Hell, descending to the chambers of death. Proverbs 7:25-27

OPENING THE DOOR TO LUST

    I will set nothing wicked (worthless) before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; it shall not cling to me, a perverse heart shall depart from me; I will not know wickedness. Psalm 101:3,4

    God put within us a natural affinity for the opposite sex and Satan perverts it by us opening doors that should not be opened. We are not supposed to look on one's nakedness outside of wedlock for obvious reasons because we become aroused and the door opens to further exploration!

    When I was around the age of 12 or so I was walking on the lake road below our home when all of a sudden the page of a magazine came blowing down the road and stopped at my feet. It was a pornographic magazine and I had a choice to make, either keep on walking or pick it up. Well, what was a twelve year old going to do, of course I picked it up and from that point on until I was saved and delivered at age 33, I was addicted!

    Over the years I have been swarmed by lust at times, I believe as a test, but have continued to overcome it by walking in the Spirit. I have ministered to multitudes of men and women, (yes, women also struggle with lust) from seminary students to pastors and ministers who were addicted, some even consumed and possessed by it! We as believers must stand firm in our faith, resist the devil and flee youthful lusts in order to overcome lust and live in victory!

    Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. II Timothy 2:22

Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin