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.
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).