Lust is probably the most common stumbling block for us, yet the least studied. From the encounter David had with Bathsheeba, we can learn a WHOLE lot about lust. I’m studying it, so let’s study together! I want to share this study in a series of posts.
Here’s part 1: Verse 2!
Disclaimer: I’m going to be real, so I pray you’re not uncomfortable…
Vision – Enticement
2 Samuel 11:2 (KJV)
2 And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king’s house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon.
Know that when lust comes, it’s coming for those eyes FIRST. When Lust introduces itself in the midst- it’s doing so in your field of view. Rather it’s physically (like David’s wondering eyes or porn) or spiritually (unfocused and distracted from what God has put before you in assignment & purpose) Lust will first use those “eye gates” or any sense of vision or sight. It’s a trademark of Lust’s. Knowing this, be mindful, intentional, and smart about what you allow in you field of view. Now, there will be cracks and slip ups that you won’t be able to help, but we’ll get to those…
Lust seeks to appeal to you in a way that seems “good”. It may look good, seem to feel good and even taste good. It will reveal itself in light of pleasure, delight, and as a sin that’s just “worth it”… Let’s just be real. It dresses itself as alllll of this – on purpose. A sure way to combat this is to be able to recognize it on sight. When you start feeling aroused, dazed, and enticed- realize it’s a lie. It’s a dress lust wears to trip you up. When you know better, you do better and you tend not to fall for the same trap.
The Back Drop:
Recently, God has been on my case about lust and honestly, I never dealt with it directly. When I rededicated my entire life to Jesus and started striving for holiness, I just dropped everything. Like y’all, I didn’t deal with any sin I was bound up in, I just quit cold-turkey and thought I was done lol. God had me realize real quick, putting it behind you without formally dealing with it will only work for so long- it will come back and it will come back stronger and it will take more than your will power to live Holy lol. So… I started targeting lust specifically. It’s been coming for me so now I’m coming for it- the more you know, the less finesse room it has. So keep current on the coming posts!