Lust #1 – Eye “Sour” Candy
Debbie Kerr | Office Administrator
“For all that is in the world-the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life-is not of the Father but is of the world.” I John 2:16 NKJV
The Urban Dictionary defines lust as a “purely physical attraction that has no lasting effect.” Have you ever wanted something so badly you just could not get it off your mind and with little regard to the financial ramifications, you finally purchased the item you could not live without, only to find that it really did not deliver the desired feeling you had hoped for? It most likely did for a short time, but it quickly lost its appeal. TV commercials feed into our lusts and now it has crossed over onto the internet and social media. Advertisements are everywhere to catch our eye and make us feel like our life will be complete and fulfilled because our desires will be satisfied. Lust is based on a lie; it is a cheap imitation of the real thing! Lust will not only leave you empty, but it will also rob you of many things. Many marriages are destroyed because of lust; people go bankrupt trying to keep up with the Joneses. People often think they are quickly falling in love when in reality they are falling in lust. Lust is closely related to greed, pride, and it serves itself!
The verses in 1 John 2:16 warn us that the lust of the flesh (I want) the lust of the eyes (I see) the pride of life (I deserve) are not of the Father but of the world. We are very easily seduced by the world system that tells us there is something we are missing that will make us happier. Jesus said in John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy but I have come that they might have life and have it abundantly.” Although the enemy promises us a lot, he cannot “give” us anything. He steals, kills, and destroys. Jesus said He is the giver of the abundant life. When we seek God’s desires and lay down our own that is the moment we will feel completely satisfied and fulfilled. Our needs and desires will change as we find our identity in Christ alone. Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Pray and ask God to help you delight in Him and to change your desires; that is the only place you will find true lasting happiness.