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!


Downloading and Activating Pending Promises or Blessings

Downloading and activating pending blessings or promises
Old Testament altar of sacrifice

How to download and activate pending promises or blessings is our focus in this article. This is because any pending blessings not downloaded and activated may not be consummated.This is because the Bible tells us that the kingdom of God permits violent moves and only the violent in spirit can posses it. To be able to appropriate miracles, blessings or pending promises, one must learn to involve God. One must learn how to invest his/her time, money, energy, intellect, talent, etc, in relevant area of the vineyard of God and God will, in turn, act unhindered. For example, for someone trusting God in the area of the fruit of the womb, s/he can invest in or be relevant in the children department, or for some other believing God for job employment, s/he can be active member of Sanitation Unit or if s/he is a skilled applicant, can join the technical department or other skill related area and offer his/her skill to God’s service free of charge.

“Blesssed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:” (Ephesians 1:3)

Activating with a Vow

One can seal a deal in form of vow with God as Hannah did and Samuel came forth, or as Jephtha did in Judges and won the battle even though his was an irrational and regrettable vow.

Activating with a Sacrifice

The king of Moab in 2 Kings 3:26-27 sacrificed his first son to God when he discovered that the battle was fierce against him and the Israelites were almost winning the battle. And, even though he was an alien and enemy of God as a Moabite, he won the battle against Israel.

When one is looking unto God for His speedy divine intervention, we can make a (rational) vow with God. For example, someone who is trusting God for breakthrough in the area of employment, can make a vow to God that a certain percentage of his salary would go to, say, an orphanage for a certain period of time or would sponsor an indigent child through primary school or one can even take it further by giving a sacrificial gift to God and tying it to the need in point as done by the King of Moab during a very challenging, life-threatening moment confronting him. Even though the Moabites are generational enemies of God, the King got God’s support and won the battle against Israel, the covenant people of God.

So, for speedy victory and answer to prayers, a sacrifice can be offered unto God. Desperate situations demand desperate moves. The King of Moab understood this and capitalized on it to gain victory.  Even God had to sacrifice his only begotten son, Jesus Christ, by making him an offering in order to redeem sinful and condemned man from eternal destruction. He gave up Jesus as an offering in order to reap the whole world.

Do not Make a Vow You Cannot Fulfill

“When thou shalt vow a vow unto the LORD thy God, thou shalt not slack to pay it: for the LORD thy God will surely require it of thee; and it would be sin in thee.” (Deut. 23:21)

 “When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed.” (Eccl. 5:4-5)

The fact remains that, whether one makes a vow to God or not, God would still do what He purposed to do. So it will be foolhardy to make a vow to God that one would eventually not fulfill or be able to fulfill. Remember Jephthah who irrationally, because he was under pressure to win the war, made a vow unto God to sacrifice anything that first came out of his doors to God. Unfortunately, it was his only daughter that came out to welcome him from the war and to celebrate his victory. Even though Jephtha still kept his vow, he lamented and grieved for his rash and erratic action.

Do Not Sacrifice What You Cannot Let Go!

There is a common axiom that when you sacrifice a goat, you also let go of the rope. The implication of this saying is that; do not sacrifice what you hope to retrieve back later. A sacrifice is expected to be given up completely, and forgotten.

Vow or Sacrifice is not Bribing God

Making a vow or sacrifice is not to bribe God as some think but a demonstration of faith in the immutability and reliability of the almighty God. God is a covenant-keeping God and cannot fail in or break any covenant he makes with or agrees to with man.

“That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:”(Hebrews 6:18)

 “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not dot? Or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? (Numbers 23:19)

 “And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent.” (1 Samuel 15:29)

 Be blest!