THE LUST OF THE FLESH

“For everything in the world – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life – comes not from the Father but from the world.”     1 John 2:16 NIV

 

When the Bible refers to “the flesh” it can mean one of two things. The first meaning of the word “flesh” pertains to living beings on earth such as animals, birds and people (1 Corinthians 15:39). But most often the Bible uses the word “flesh” to refer to the propensity to sin. Our sinful nature, dominated by sin and rebellion, is so closely tied to the physical aspect of being human that it is called “the flesh”. Every human being is born of the flesh, the union between a man and a woman. Desires that arise from being fleshly creatures in a fallen world can quickly become sinful lusts. We desire food, water, shelter, sex and comfort. God created us with those desires. However, we are born sinful, desiring to please ourselves, regardless of God’s moral law. When fleshly desires rule us, taking priority over God’s will, they cause us to violate God’s righteousness. They become lusts. For example, hunger propels us to find food. Eating is good. It is not sin. Jesus ate and drank when He was on the earth. But when hunger becomes a lust for food, it turns into gluttony which is a sin. This is also true when our natural sexual desires turn perverse. These are the lusts of the flesh. If we follow the lust of the flesh, we cannot do the will of God. But we can choose to consider ourselves “crucified with Christ” (Galatians 2:20) so that we might live for the glory of God and not give in to the lusts of the flesh.

 

PRAYER THOUGHT

Lord Jesus, I chose to do Your will and not give in to the lust of the flesh.

 

PRAYER FOR TODAY

Lord, as we keep our desires and urges within Your limits and do not allow them to usurp Your rightful place in our hearts, our lives will bear the right fruit for Your Glory. AMEN

 

I.B.R.A. Readings

Matthew 3:1-10

 

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