The Dangers of Lustful Desires and How to Overcome (Part 3)

We would continue in our series of the dangers of lustful desires and how to overcome them in this concluding part 3. In the previous parts 1 and 2, we basically looked at the 3 categories of lust and examples of those who were drawn away by their own lust at one time or the other. In this concluding part, we want to consider how to overcome lustful desires.

How to Overcome Lustful Desires

Every problem definitely has a solution but when the solution is yet to be discovered and appropriately applied, the problem continues to ravage the sufferer.

Spiritual problems demand spiritual approach. When Lucifer attacked Jesus in the wilderness cajoling Him to turn stone to bread, that was a spiritual problem and Jesus approached it spiritually. So, for one to overcome excessive lustful desires that is able to kill man spiritually and disconnect him completely from God, one has to take spiritual steps to tackle it. Hence, these steps to overcoming lustful desires outlined below would suffice:

The Word of God

Immersing oneself in the Word of God is the first step to overcoming lustful desires in whatever form the thought of such inordinate affection projects into one’s mind. This involves familiarizing oneself with the Bible, the written Word of God, in order to know the mind of God concerning any issue. When Satan came to tempt Jesus on three different occasions, if not by the accumulation of God’s Word in Him (which Adam and Eve could not retain in their spirit), maybe, Jesus would have failed and ended up like Adam and Eve too. But for His knowledge of the Word of God and its appropriate application, Jesus conquered. Even when the wicked one came and twisted the same Word, Jesus, being filled with the knowledge of the Word, was able to dish out to Satan the true mind of God concerning the situation at hand.

Correct Application of God’s Word

It is one thing to be filled with and full of God’s Word, it is another thing to be able to appropriately apply it and on target too. It is not just enough to know how to shoot a gun but to be able to shoot on target. Eve had the Word of God in her when the tempter came to appeal to her sense of sight but she could not apply it appropriately. The tempter came twisting the Word of God to her but she could not correctly appropriate it. She eventually fell and that signaled the beginning of eternal woe and condemnation on man. But thank God for Jesus Christ who, by the divine arrangement and plan of God, came to rectify, recover and restore all the blunders that transpired in the Garden of Eden that led to man’s loss of dominion and authority.

Infilling of the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the spirit of wisdom and inspiration (Prov. 8). The Holy Spirit is the one who teaches us and brings all things to our remembrance (John 16:13; 14:26). So, only a man who is full of the Holy Spirit can regurgitate God’s Words in time of need and able to apply them correctly and appropriately too. Adam and Eve were not fully filled with the Holy Spirit even though they had a measure of the Spirit of God breathed into Adam when he was formed and activated by the same Spirit to live. But the fullness of the indwelling of the Spirit came with and through Jesus Christ and so we, in our dispensation, stand a better chance of being filled with the fullness of the Spirit of God and of Christ, the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us to teach and remind us all necessary scriptures in time of trials, temptation and tribulation.

Self-control

This is one of the components of the fruit of the Holy Spirit mentioned in Galatians 5:22-23 and it is simply a moderation in the indulgence of the appetites and passions. Self-control, birthed by the presence of the Holy Spirit in man, helps to put the 3 greatest urges in check. These include the urge for food, sex and sleep.

Daniel was able to put his urge for food under control (Dan. 1:8-16), he became the President of presidents and prince of princes in a foreign land called Babylon. Joseph was able to put his urge for sex under control (Gen. 39:7-12) and he became the Prime Minister in a foreign land called Egypt. David put his urge for sleep under check; he became a man after God’s heart and a king who never lost a battle just because he preferred to worship God in the midnight time than sleeping away his destiny (Ps. 132:3-5). Our Saviour and Lord Jesus Christ was able to exercise control over self and He was lifted above the world (Philip. 2:6-11).

May the fruit of the Holy Spirit be released to you and me today so that, that same fruit can germinate and grow and fully blossom such that, like Daniel, Joseph, David and Jesus the Christ, we can rule our world. Remember, righteousness exalts a nation… (Prov. 14:34).

Remain blest!


Grieve not the Holy Spirit

“And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption”. (Ephesians 4:30)

The Holy Spirit is the spirit of grace and power. The Holy Spirit is also the spirit of meekness and that is why one of the components of the fruit (evidence) of the holy Spirit is meekness.

In other words, meekness is an attribute only the Holy Spirit can birth. Ordinary men who are not yet filled with the power and presence of the Holy Spirit, can at best, be humane and nice on the surface but inwardly can be dangerous. They may not be able to overlook or let go of certain annoying issues. But a man filled with the Holy Spirit can just decide to trivialize a weighty matter that can infuriate an ordinary, carnal man.

This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (Eph. 5:16-18;22-23)

Meekness

The Greek word for meekness is praotes, meaning the disposition to be gentle, kind, indulgent and balanced in tempers and passions. It also means to be patient in suffering injuries without feeling a spirit of revenge. Meekness is a fully developed and advanced form of gentleness but while gentleness is more facial or outward, meekness is soulish or inward. This is because a man may be gentle but not meek but a man cannot be meek and not be gentle. Meekness is more spiritual while gentleness is more attached or identified with outward appearance except gentleness birthed by the Holy Spirit.

Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. (1 Pet 3:3-4)

Long-suffering

The Greek world for long-suffering is makrothimia and it means patient endurance, to bear long with the frailties, injuries and even deliberate offenses and provocations of others, without whining, repining or resentment.

Long-suffering or patient endurance energizes and lubricates meekness. Long-suffering helps meekness to be total and complete. Without this attribute, meekness can be overstretched and this could lead to outburst.

The Man Moses, the Meekest Man

The Bible refers to Moses as the meekest man of his time. (Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth. Numbers 12:3), yet at a point in his ministry, he became so angry and disobeyed God’s command by striking the rock twice instead of speaking to it. He became so angry even against the God who called him into the same ministry and his outburst also made God, the meekest God of the whole universe, also angry and infuriated at his disobedient action.

Moses the meekest man got so infuriated to the extent that he lost his Holy Spirit-birthed meekness and invariably also got Jehovah, the meekest God of the universe irrevocably angry too, and was banished from entering into the Promised Land he has laboured so much for, for several years.

The Way Out

In other, therefore, not to fall after the order of Moses, who having labored for more than 40 years in ministry standing in the gap for the people in intercession and shouldering all their burdens but still was denied access to the promised land, ministers of God should let the Holy Spirit develop in them other components of the fruit of the Holy Spirit most especially long suffering and temperance.

Long-suffering, hand-in-hand with meekness when the minister of God allows them to be fully developed and effectively and efficiently deployed, would help him to finish strong and end well.

While love, joy, peace, goodness and faith will endear the minister to the sheep he is shepherding, meekness, long-suffering and temperance will make him finish well and strong and able to declare like Apostle Paul in 2 Timothy 4: 7-8:

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. (2 Timothy 4: 10-11)

This is because Apostle Paul allowed meekness, patient endurance and temperance to be fully developed in him.

The man of God must, therefore, rely on the full indwelling of the Holy Spirit to end well.