Does Your Flesh Lust?

Does Your Flesh Lust?

No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good.  - C.S. Lewis

I compiled the list of verses for the Overcoming Lusts of the Flesh version of Memorize Scripture – On the Go! for a particular purpose. I wanted to provide help for the many Christian men who struggle to keep their minds pure. It is difficult to follow Godly principles while being bombarded by sexual images in every area of life. I hope the verses will arm these good men in the spiritual battle they face each day.

I have since learned how helpful those verses are in fighting other lusts of the flesh. I use them for all kinds of temptation that comes my way. There are so many ways our flesh will try to take over in our daily lives. We can easily fall prey to materialism, gossip, laziness or watching a program we know we shouldn’t see. Unfortunately, the list goes on and on.

2 Corinthians 13:5 encourages us to examine ourselves. During your next quiet time, ask God to show you an area where you are allowing your flesh too much free reign. Then make up your mind to conquer your flesh in this area. Embrace the challenge by remembering that God loves us too much to leave us as we are.

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.  Romans 8:5 (NKJV)

I read somewhere that the key to overcoming temptation is distraction. If you can get your mind to dwell on something else besides the temptation, you will win the struggle against it. What could be more powerful to think on than God’s Word?

Jesus used scripture to fight off temptation during his 40 days in the wilderness. From this we learn that every verse we memorize is like an arrow in our quiver - ready to be fired at the enemy when he tries to tempt us. The Word of God is a way of escape that God has provided for us, use it boldly!

No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.  1 Corinthians 10:13 (NKJV)