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Lust - The Laws of Temptation

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An overpowering and compulsive desire or passion, especially of a sexual nature. Scripture condemns lust of all kinds, and urges believers to show self-control.

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Lust has its origins in the heart and mind

What exactly
Pr 6:25–29; Mt 5:28
See also Ge 3:6; Job 31:1; Jas 1:13–15; 1 Jn 2:16

Lust is natural to unbelievers

Romans 1:21–27 NLT
21 Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. 22 Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. 23 And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles. 24 So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies. 25 They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen. 26 That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. 27 And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved.
See also Ro 7:5; 1 Co 6:9–10; 1 Pe 4:3; 2 Pe 2:14–18

Believers can and must fight against lust by showing self-control

Ga 5:16–21; Col 3:5
See also 1 Co 9:27; Ga 5:24; Eph 4:22; 1 Th 4:4–5; 2 Ti 2:22; Tt 2:12; 1 Pe 2:11

Examples of lust

Lust expressed as sexual desire

Ge 39:6–12 Potiphar’s wife and Joseph; 2 Sa 11:2–5 David and Bathsheba

Lust for money

1 Timothy 6:9–10 NLT
9 But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.
See also 1 Ti 3:3

The lustful desire of Israel and Judah for alliances

Eze 23:1–21 Both kingdoms sought security from such alliances, rather than trusting in God.
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