As we live life, we have many, many desires; people, places, things, and experiences that we long after. Some are deeper than others, but we have them none-the-less. Having a desire is not so much a problem until we cross the lines entering into lust. To be sure, lust is not just a sexual thing, but it is any unbalanced or selfish desire. One could lust after power just as much as after a sexual escapade. When we lust, it is not a good thing, because are lusts are never satisfied. Much like a junk food craving, indulging in lust will only propel us into wanting it more and more. (Lays potato chips bet you can’t eat just one.)How can we over come what the Bible calls, “the lust of the flesh”?*
(I bet you thought desire was the D-word. Sike!!)
Discipline, is what Paul calls temperance, or self-control. While we can overcome sin only by grace, we overcome lusts (or the flesh) only through discipline.
Discipline is consistently doing what is good and right, even when we are tempted to do something different. This is really difficult, especially in our society, that says, “Whatever feels good do it.” We live in a world that encourages and rewards every indulgent behavior, and will turn around and ridicule you for going too far.
God has designed us to be fulfilled in the control of our flesh,and not the lusts of it. Listen to what Paul says about discipline at the end of 1 Corinthians 9:
“I don’t know about you, but I’m running hard for the finish line. I’m giving it everything I’ve got. No sloppy living for me! I’m staying alert and in top condition. I’m not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else all about it and then missing out myself.” (v. 26-27, The Message)
You see, at the end of a disciplined life there are no regrets. I’m learning more and more everyday that you never regret doing the right thing. So when you feeling like indulging in something reckless remember, the difference between who you are and who you want to be , is what you do.
* Galatians 5:16
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