EVERY ONE IS TEMPTED WHEN THEY ARE CARRIED AWAY BY THEIR OWN LUST
EVERY ONE IS TEMPTED WHEN THEY ARE CARRIED AWAY BY THEIR OWN LUST
“But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” (James 1:14-15, King James Version)
Lust is “excessive or unrestrained sexual desire.” It is probably best defined in this context as “sexual desire for what is forbidden.” The author of the book of James chapter 1 verses 14-15 doesn’t equate lust with sin. He says that “when lust has conceived (when the lust of the eyes and lust of the flesh combine or team up, lust acquires a life of its own), it gives birth to sin.” (James 1:15 (NASB)
Every person is tempted when they are willingly carried away or dragged away or drawn away from their place of safety and lured as by a bait by their own lust and then enticed i.e. led on by exciting hope of or desire for something beneficial or pleasurable. Powerful emotions and the possibility of pleasure or benefit or happiness from the object of lust pull the victim towards the bait or object of attraction or the object of desire. The victim is then seduced into yielding to the temptation the way the young man yields to the seduction of the adulterous woman in Proverbs chapter 7. “For at the window of my house through my window lattice I looked out and I saw among the naive – I discerned among the youths – a young man who lacked wisdom. He was passing by the street near her corner, making his way along the road to her house in the twilight, the evening, in the dark of the night. Suddenly a woman came out to meet him! She was dressed like a prostitute and with a secret intent/hidden agenda. (She is loud and rebellious, she does not remain at home – at one time outside, at another in the wide plazas, and by every corner she lies in wait.) So she grabbed him and kissed him, and with a bold expression she said to him, “I have fresh meat at home; today I have fulfilled my religious vows of thanksgiving for the many blessings I have! That is why I came out to meet you, to look for you, and I found you! I have spread my bed with elegant coverings, with richly colored fabric from Egypt. I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon. Come, let’s drink deeply of lovemaking until morning, let’s delight ourselves with sexual intercourse. For my husband is not at home; he has gone on a journey of some distance. He has taken a bag of money with him; he will not return until the end of the month.” She persuaded him with persuasive words; with her smooth talk she compelled him. Suddenly he went after her like an ox that goes to the slaughter, like a stag prancing into a trapper’s snare till an arrow pierces his liver – like a bird hurrying into a trap, and he does not know that it will cost him his life.” (Prov 7:6-23 [NET])
Lust is conceived when the lust of the eyes (that are by then so engrossed or so absorbed in what you are looking at that you don’t notice anything else and it is as if time stops) and the lust of the flesh (unlawful sexual desires) team up to stimulate you so much that they destroy your power of self control. Their self control is blinded by their aroused sexual urges. Their minds are blinded by their evil desires. They are already in enemy territory, deep in the kingdom of the evil one, sliding downhill towards the horrible pit. “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” (2Cor 4:4 [KJV])
The command of “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” that is found in the book of James 4:7 means nothing to them. Godliness, reasoning, self-control fly out of the window. They ignore God’s warning that tells them not to love the world. “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.” (1 John 2:15-17) They know that what they are doing is wrong but they do not care. They ignore the good practice of subjecting every thought to the obedience of Christ. “Take every thought captive to obey Christ.” (2 Cor 10:5) They somehow forget to subject every thought to the truth test which says that “whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.” (Phil 4:8-9 [KJV]) That truth test rule requires one to reject or refuse or resist anything that does not pass through the truth sieve. They have forgotten or are ignoring God’s absolute command through His Holy Spirit who is tagging at their heart telling them to “Walk in the Spirit and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh,” (Gal 5:16) “For the flesh desires what is against the Spirit, and the Spirit desires what is against the flesh; these are opposed to each other, so that you don’t do what you want.” (Gal 5:17 [HCSB]) Those who are tempted and lured by their own lust do not want to watch pornography but they find themselves watching pornography and searching for more content that will quench their thirst for more and more as their addiction requires to be satisfied by more hardcore porn. They find themselves unable to stop watching porn. It is as if they are wired to sex or pornography. They are held captive by the porn images and content running in their minds which urges them to open pornography websites again and again.
Paul said that “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature.[a] For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who does it, but it is sin living in me that does it. I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present within me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God;” (Romans 7:15-25 New International Version (NIV)
God’s warning concerning sin and His offer of a solution are very loudly shouting that “the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Rom 6:23 [KJV]) “For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.” (Romans 8:6-11 New King James Version (NKJV) “For if you live according to the flesh, you are going to die. But if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. All those led by God’s Spirit are God’s sons. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father! ” The Spirit Himself testifies together with our spirit that we are God’s children, and if children, also heirs — heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ — seeing that we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.” (Rom 8:13-17 [HCSB])
After lust is conceived, it acquires a life of its own and gets power to control you and that is when it leads you into sin where you transgress the divine law and offend God. And when sin is accomplished and finished, it brings forth death. Sin is an affront, an insult and an offensive rebellion to the holiness of God. The Bible says that God is holy and in Him there is no darkness at all. “Jesus saith unto Thomas His disciple, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6 [KJV]) When one rebels against God, it is tantamount to choosing the opposite of life which is death. However, because of Christ’s death on the cross and His resurrection, if we repent and have faith in the atoning work of Christ for us, we are freed from the penalty and sting of death for our physical death then ushers us into the glorious presence of God in Heaven to be united with him for eternity. How wonderful of God that death, which was the ultimate penalty for sin, should be the very means whereby believers are restored to God and to beautiful holy perfection forever! The way out of this tragedy is therefore to “Look unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2) and ask Him to be our shepherd so that “He guides us in the paths of righteousness,” (Psalm 23:3) and He will help us to “walk in the spirit so that we do not satisfy the lust of the flesh.” (Galatians 5:16) “Whosoever believes in Christ shall not perish, but shall inherit everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
AMEN. PRAISE THE LORD. HALLELUYA.