How to Overcome Lust: Part 4 by Vincent Selvakumar
Lust is a powerful and destructive force that can ruin our lives and relationships. It can lead us to sin, guilt, shame, and addiction. But how can we overcome lust and live in purity and freedom?
In this fourth and final part of the series, Vincent Selvakumar, a renowned Christian preacher and teacher, shares some practical and biblical tips on how to overcome lust. He explains the root causes of lust, the consequences of indulging in it, and the way of escape that God has provided for us.
He also challenges us to examine our hearts and motives, and to seek God’s help and grace in our daily walk. He reminds us that we are not alone in this struggle, and that we have a Savior who loves us and can deliver us from every temptation.
If you want to learn how to overcome lust and experience God’s best for your life, you don’t want to miss this powerful message. You can download the mp3 or mp4 file of the sermon below, or watch it online on YouTube.
The Root Causes of Lust
Lust is not a new problem. It has been around since the beginning of human history. The Bible tells us that lust was one of the reasons why Adam and Eve disobeyed God and ate from the forbidden tree (Genesis 3:6). Lust is also one of the three main sources of temptation that the devil uses to lure us away from God (1 John 2:16).
But what is lust exactly? Lust is an intense and selfish desire for something or someone that is not rightfully ours. It can be a lust for money, power, fame, or pleasure. But most often, lust is a sexual desire that goes beyond God’s design and purpose for sex.
God created sex as a good and beautiful gift for married couples to enjoy and express their love and intimacy. Sex is also a way of procreating and fulfilling God’s command to multiply and fill the earth (Genesis 1:28). But when we misuse or abuse sex outside of God’s plan, we are sinning against God and ourselves.
Lust is a distortion and perversion of God’s gift of sex. It is a counterfeit that promises satisfaction but only delivers emptiness and pain. Lust is not love. Lust is selfish and greedy. Lust does not care about the other person’s feelings, needs, or dignity. Lust only wants to use and exploit the other person for its own gratification.
But where does lust come from? What are the root causes of lust in our hearts? The Bible gives us some clues:
- Lust comes from our fallen nature. We are all born with a sinful nature that inclines us to do evil and rebel against God (Psalm 51:5). Our sinful nature affects every part of our being, including our thoughts, emotions, and desires. We have inherited this nature from our first parents, Adam and Eve, who sinned against God and brought death and corruption into the world (Romans 5:12).
- Lust comes from our worldly influences. We live in a fallen world that is under the sway of the evil one (1 John 5:19). The world system is opposed to God and His ways. The world promotes values and standards that are contrary to God’s will and word. The world bombards us with messages and images that appeal to our fleshly desires and tempt us to lust after things that are not pleasing to God (1 John 2:15-17).
- Lust comes from our personal choices. We are not helpless victims of our nature or our environment. We have a free will that enables us to choose between right and wrong, between God’s way or our way. We are responsible for our actions and accountable to God for our decisions. Every time we choose to entertain or act on lustful thoughts or feelings, we are sinning against God and ourselves (James 1:14-15).