How Should Men Rise Above Lust?
August 20, 2017
Battling lust is not a recent struggle, nor is it an issue confined solely to men; different things tempt each gender. As Christ followers, rising above lust requires God-honoring boundaries to be placed around natural, God-given desires.
Luke 6:45 says,
“A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.”
In other words, what you feed on, you lead from. In order to rise above lust, or any other sin that tempts, one first has to make an internal decision that he or she wants to make a change and begin to feed on whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—anything excellent or praiseworthy” (Philippians 4:8). It is by the renewing of our minds that we are transformed (Romans 12:2).
Second, master the art of making a right decision in that 2-3 second window of opportunity after temptation hits and pray that God will help you make the choices that honor him. Finally, find 2-3 godly people who agree together with you to fight for righteousness and let them hold you accountable.