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Command 7 : Do Not Lust | Day 44

Surrender for Victory!

Conquering lust is one of the most serious matters a man will undertake. The wisest man who ever lived was defeated by lust. The world's strongest man was also defeated by lust, as well as David, who was a "man after God's own heart." (See I Kings 11:1-4, Judges 16:1-4, and II Samuel 11:1-5.)

Paul's description of the battle with sin, including lust, is painfully true to life. "The things that I want to do, I don't do, and the things that I hate, I keep doing!” (See Romans 7:15.) Yet, standing out in Scripture like a victorious banner is this promise:

“Sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace” (Romans 6:14).

God uses the Law to expose the sinfulness of our lust, yet the Law does not give us the power to overcome it. (See Romans 7:7.) The power to overcome lust comes by exercising the gift of God's grace through righteousness by yielding the members of our body. Thus, we are not to yield our members to unrighteousness, but “yield [surrender] yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments [weapons] of righteousness unto God. For [then] sin shall not have dominion over you ...” (Romans 6:13-14).

This is explained in Romans 5:20-21, “Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Righteousness is the Greek word dikaiosune, which in the broader sense means "the condition acceptable to God; integrity, virtue, purity of life, rightness, correctness of thinking, feeling, and acting." “The grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world” (Titus 2:11).

“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death” (Romans 8:2).

Scripture promises that if we walk in the Spirit we will not fulfill the lust of the flesh (see Galatians 5:16). This means asking the Holy Spirit to forgive us for grieving Him by our lust and quenching His power in us. Then, it means surrendering ourselves to God and the members of our body as instruments of righteousness to overcome lust.

Now would be an excellent time to accomplish these spiritual objectives in a sincere and earnest prayer to the Lord. God's grace will then be able to accomplish His purposes in us.

“And if thy right eye offend thee [concerning lust], pluck it out, and cast it from thee ...” (Matthew 5:29-30).

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Contributing writer: Bill Gothard