Breaking the Lie of Lust

Author Lance Phelps - 5 minute Read

Lust is a lie. As I covered in the last article on this topic lust tries to promise you something. It tries to promise you that if you engage in the act that you are lusting after you will be satisfied. But, as we saw before, this promise is empty. The satisfaction of the object of your lust is like holding mist. The vapors of the promise filter through your hands and the happiness that was promised gives way to an angry, cavernous emptiness.

The only recourse for the person who looks to sin for their fulfillment is to cover this emptiness with more sin, normally with a similar sin or a complimentary one. But the cycle continues and the emptiness slowly grows. The mist must fill the room.

But now that we know about this insidious lie what are we to do?

Know the Truth

The first step in undoing the power that the lie of lust has over the heart is to pound the truth into your heart. Of course, this step is not to be taken by those who do not already believe in Christ as their Lord and savior. The unbeliever cannot defeat sin, for they are slaves to it. But once we are saved by grace we can and will defeat sin. We are new creations the old has gone and the new has come.

We must preach the Gospel to ourselves, and hear the good news preached by others, everyday, for we begin to forget this great truth the moment our minds turn to other matters. It is the Gospel that God used as a means to save us and now it is the Gospel that God is using as a means to purify us. We must keep the promises of God in our hearts. We must remember that we are saved by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus alone. We must remember that God alone satisfies. This means that we can only be satisfied when we are pleasing Him in all that we do. We must live by all that God commands or we will not be settled. We must love God or we will not be settled. We will be restless, hopeless.

Know Your Enemy

But the enemy, the flesh, the world, and Satan, works tirelessly to destroy our rest in God's salvation. The enemy crafts careful masks for the lies of lust to make the lies seem more like truth. The lust is said to be just simply enjoying the good gifts of God. After all what is wrong with enjoying what God has given you? But the lie is in what we do in our hearts with these good gifts. Even good things can be made into idols and worshiped. We must reject the worship of these good things. We must turn to and worship the Kings alone. All good things are only moments that we can use to know and praise the giver of those good gifts more.

The current trends in our culture do not help in the least. The current culture tells us to “express” our deepest desires. We are to look into ourselves, find what makes us us, and latch onto that for our satisfaction. It is in the expression of our deepest identity that we will find hope, our culture tells us. This could not be further from the truth. The exact opposite is the case. We must deny our deepest desires until they line up with the Spirit. We must deny ourselves and take up our crosses. This means that our old identity, our old selves, must be put to death and we must instead live out our new selves in the Spirit.

Act on the Truth

 But how is this done? Quite simply we must live in line with the word of God. This means that we do this:

[1] If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. [2] Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. [3] For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. [4] When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

[5] Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. [6] On account of these the wrath of God is coming. [7] In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. [8] But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. [9] Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices [10] and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. [11] Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all. (Colossians 3:1–11 ESV)