Text: But every man is tempted,when he is drawn away of his own lust and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived,it bringeth forth sin: and sin when it is finished bringeth forth death. (James1:14-15).
LUST IS A UNIVERSAL REALITY. I dare say a global reality. It is as ubiquitous in our world as oxygen and carbon dioxide.
For ALL that is in the world, the lust of the flesh,and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life,is not of the Father,but is of the world.(1John2:16)
You need not travel far to realize that we live in a lust saturated society. Lust drives our fashion,our movies,our music and even our marketing initiatives, smack of lustful messages. This lust is the principal means of global corruption(2Peter1:4).
LUST IS A PERSONAL REALITY. As if the lust around us is not overwhelming enough,Paul,the apostles suggests that their is inherent lust within all our flesh no matter how holy we claim to be.
But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ and make not provision for the FLESH,to fulfill the LUSTS THEREOF.(Romans13:14).
This means that we carry the lust problem around with us in our flesh, every where we go. It is one thing to confront the enemy without but how does one conquer the enemy within? Hopefully this book will provide dynamic solutions to this colossal problem.
LUST IS A KINGDOM REALITY. Lust is not just around us. It is not just within us,It is also among us. En route the promised land,almost no other problem cost God’s chosen people their lives like the problem of lust. In fact 23,000 people lost their lives in a single day to the lust generated sin of fornication.(1Corinthians10:8). This might as well be a prophetic parable of the greatest challenge of the end time church,because the book of Revelations suggests that Jezebel,the spiritual principality of lust,fornication and abomination was said to be drunken with the blood or the life of the saints(Revelations17:6). Lust is among us.
We have therefore established that lust is not only a world problem,it is also a church problem, as well as a personal problem. Lust is not only around us,it is among us and within us. In the following chapters we intend to solve this problem as best as we can. There is no better way to start, than to unveil some distinctive natures and qualities of lust. This will go a long way to help us diagnose if we actually do have a lust problem or not. It will also help us differentiate between love and lust,so we don’t get it twisted. Finally,it will lay a firm ground work for us to base the development of exit strategies and solutions to this universal challenge. I call this distinctive qualities of lust; The Anatomy of Lust. Do turn the page now, as we learn from one of the greatest victims of lust I have ever known. His name…AMNON.