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  • Writer's pictureDave Rodriguez

Dealing with Temptation – Lust

This devotional was written by Neal Frey, he is the lead pastor of Huntington Assembly of God. I found it to be an insightful and thought provoking word for the day so I pass it on.

I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully. Job 31:1

To win the battle against lust you must decide once and for all to be fully committed to God. Steve Afterbum says that means establishing three perimeters of defense: (1) Your eyes. Job said, “I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully.” It’s the lingering look that opens the door to trouble. Before David messed up with Bethsheba we read that: a) He saw,  (b) He inquired,  (c) He took. Train yourself to pull your eyes away immediately. What you are looking at isn’t yours. God says, “Leave it alone.”

(2) Your mind. Paul writes, “Take captive every thought make it obedient to Christ” 2 Corinthians 10:5. Does your mind traffic in daydreams, the Internet, magazines, movies, and anything else that can alter your mood at a glance? Replace these things with memorized scriptures, and mental images of your best moments with your mate. It will work! With your transformed mind actively policing itself and capturing rogue thoughts before they capture you, your defenses will begin to grow strong.

(3) Your heart. “Above all guard your heart” Pr 4:23. Work on strengthening the bond with your mate. Begin to repay the debt you owe from the times you neither honored nor cherished them. Decide to love, even though you don’t “feel” like it, and watch yourself become your mate’s biggest fan. No matter how badly you have failed, victory can be yours if you are willing to humble yourself, ask for God’s help, and make a covenant with your eyes, your mind, and your heart, to live in purity!

Guard you’r heart and mind today and live for Christ.

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