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I read my bible a lot, and spend quite a bit of time during the day praying and talking to God. But I continually fall into lust! I don't understand what I am doing wrong!

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 ---jeremy on 7/5/12
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Jeremy, I know exactly how you feal. Don't stop trying. Flee from temptation. You know the things that are tempting so try to avoid them. Fleeing from sin (Paul calls it bringing your body under subjection) is a workout, and the harder you try and the more you resist the stronger you become and the better of a Christian you become. When you feal weak don't give up, cry out to Jesus. Pray without ceasing. Work on memorizing scripture. Flee youthful lust which warreth against the soul(Lust robs us of our joy in Christ.). When you fail, and we all fail because we are sinners, go to Jesus your advocate and beg for forgiveness and then try again the next day. No one ever said warfare was easy, it is a never ending struggle.
---trey on 7/16/12

Very easy... FLEE fornication, and those who promote it
---walrev on 7/16/12


which every is appropriate for you
---francis on 7/10/12

Scott: Well, it worked for me. Yes, women also struggle with lust.
---Trish on 7/9/12


Your thought life is where the battle is. You need to keep your mind stayed on Christ and things of God.

There are many Scriptures that discuss this, Col 3:2-3, 2 Cor 10:5, Phil 4:8. Rom 13:13-14, Gal 5:16-17.

Lust is the action that follows the thought. Jesus told us:

Matt 5:28 "But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart"

When Jesus says already commited adultery in his heart he is telling us that the thought of adultery was already there before the lustful looking.

Whenever a rogue thought pops in, pray, call someone, distract yourself with something wholesome, and most of all, don't follow it.
---Mark_Eaton on 7/9/12

Scott, you obviously know very little about how to resist temptation, and how to grow Spiritually, and even less about how to change one's behavior.
---Trish on 7/6/12

exactly because i have tried to what you suggested and it does not work.
---Scott1 on 7/9/12

---jeremy on 7/5/12

May I suggest a fresh teaching on RIGHTEOUSNESS BY FAITH?

I recomend Joe crews: Christ human nature, and life in the spirit

Righteousness by faith is the imputing and imparting of the results of His sinless life and atoning death. It includes both justification and sanctification.
He imputes, or credits, to us the merits of His sinless experience to deliver us from the penalty of sin. This is justification.

To deliver us from the power of sin, He does not merely reckon us as righteous, but He actually imparts the strength to overcome sin. In either case, He can only bestow upon us what He attained through His own incarnate experience as the Saviour of the world.
---francis on 7/9/12

Jn 3:27 What John says hold true in everything. Everything! A new creation is what we have obtained 2C 5:17. It is God Who works both to will and to do of His good pleasure, not us Phl 2:13. We are not our own achievement. He is the builder. We are His achievement. Yield the right of way to the Spirit, do not deny your weakness before Him. Admit you are lost without Him. Where sin abounded, grace did superabound. We, on our own merits, deserve nothing. Do you sin? We all do. Get up, press into the word, get on to the next phase He has for you. Quit you like men 1C 16:13
---Phil on 7/8/12

lust is a superimposition of a heart's longing. this may manifest itself in sexual desire, but it can also be in other areas... lust for power, money, material goods, position, al.

sexual desire is normal. it is the superimposition of the desire that turns it into lust. it is not simply thinking of the stuff, it is trying to get things to happen for you despite the welfare of others.

---aka on 7/7/12

Jeremy, let me throw in my two cents since we are all giving our opinions. When a person is born of the Spirit, it is called regeneration, or transformation. It is a vital aspect of salvation in which the divine nature is imparted to the believer and he becomes a son in the Father's family. A believer is never competely transformed in this life. People have had many habits in their lives, and God, little by little, removes many of our habits. It is a process of cleansing everyday til we die. Then our flesh is gone and at the Second coming we will receive our new bodies prepared for heaven.
---Mark_V. on 7/7/12

Scott, you obviously know very little about how to resist temptation, and how to grow Spiritually, and even less about how to change one's behavior.
---Trish on 7/6/12

Hi, Jeremy . . . God's love does not have dominating and dictatorial emotions which drive us and waste us. God's love is gentle and humble, like Jesus is "gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." (in Matthew 11:29)

So, as we get into the character of God's love, with His almighty power to keep us immune against Satan's sin-sick stupidity of pleasure seeking, it becomes easier to say no and stay busy with loving, instead.

Love does not have us wanting to use women, but care about them, instead. God bless you to do better, too (Hebrews 5:2)
---willie_c: on 7/6/12

"But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust.""Dont be deceived, EVERY GOOD AND PERFECT GIFT IS FROM ABOVE, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights"
Therefore, victory in this as all areas is from God, to His praise and glory, by the power of the Holy Spirit dwelling within.
"Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and HUMBLY ACCEPT THE WORD PLANTED IN YOU, WHICH CAN SAVE YOU. Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says whoever looks intently into the PERFECT LAW THAT GIVES FREEDOM, and continues in it,not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it,they will be blessed in what they do"
---chria on 7/6/12

You "fall into lust" because you want to.

James 1:14
"But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust."

While you can be tempted, this is not sin, temptation can only lead to sin if you allow it.

James 1:2-4
2 Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,
3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.
4 And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing."
---wivv on 7/5/12

Atheist, it is just my opinion. Every post on this site is just opinion.
---Catholicus on 7/5/12

trish - you cannot work your way (especially guys) out of lustful and sexual sins. you are replacing one behavior with another behavior and that just creates more fear

jeremy - sexual sins are by far the most addicting habits. health officials are just starting to treat sexual sins and finding out it has similar effects to hard drugs like cocaine. reading the bible is great but it takes not just knowledge but also transformation. i would suggest some accountability and preventative steps like no internet, tv, etc. also there is probably a root issue like control or insecurities causing the sin.
---Scott1 on 7/5/12

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It's part of the human condition.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 7/5/12

good response Catholicus.
---atheist on 7/5/12

Jeremy, memorize specific Scripture about lust and sexual sin. The New Testament has some good verses. When tempted, quote a Scripture about it. I am thinking of the passage about honoring God with our bodies, found in 1 Corinthians 6.

Jesus did not analyze temptation, or obsess with temptation when he completed his fast in the wilderness. He quoted Scripture to Satan.

Finally, find a ministry, or charity where you can minister using your Spiritual gifts. Volunteer in a homeless shelter, or a hospital. Start giving of yourself, even to the point of sacrifice. Doing such stuff helps us take the focus off our needs and desires, and puts it on being loving and giving to others.
---Trish on 7/5/12

Jeremy, it's because something which is perfectly natural for human beings is perceived by Christians to be sinful, and that has caused you to obsess on it and make yourself miserable.
---Catholicus on 7/5/12

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