Here is the devotional:
When you believe a scripture, lust has no strength against it. Scripture does to lust what kryptonite does to Superman. It weakens the grip of lust on your mind and can make it quickly flee from your heart. Remember, lust is your flesh. The Word of God can kill your flesh and heal you at the same time—like nothing else on this planet!
For scripture to achieve its designed purpose, you must believe. Use a concordance to find and study Bible verses with these words: “lust,” “covetousness,” “adultery,” and “flesh.” Stockpile scriptures containing those words in your arsenal. You might also find it helpful to add to your arsenal scriptures on love, holiness, sanctification, or other positive words to give you a boost in fighting this war.
Once you find a scripture that works for you, there are several principles you can use to apply it to your life.
1. Read it daily.
2. Put it in your phone or use it as a screen saver.
3. Memorize it. Finally, pray it to God.
Whatever principle you choose to use with the scripture, be consistent. Let its truth become true to your heart. When you and scripture believe the same way, you begin to manifest the mind of Christ. Scripture can be a very powerful and ever expanding tool to encourage a lust-free lifestyle.
Walk to Freedom
1. What do you think about using scripture in your battle to be lust-free?
2. How have you used scripture in battles in the past?
3. Which particular scriptures did you choose that will help you maintain a lust-free lifestyle?
4. How will you use scripture over the next thirty days to become lust-free? (It has been said that it takes 30 days to make a habit.)
Here are the scriptures referenced:
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Hebrews 4:12 KJV
Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.
With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.
Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
Blessed art thou, O Lord: teach me thy statutes.
With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth.
I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches.
I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.
I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.
Psalm 119:9-16 KJV
Here are Stu’s thoughts:
For those struggling in any area of sin whether it be lust, greed, pride, laziness, anger, resentment, etc, I can not express to you how important it is to use scripture against your sin.
All I can say is this. I used it a lot when I first starting becoming free from porn.
Here are a few that I used…
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
2 Corinthians 10:5 KJV
For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
Ecclesiastes 12:14 KJV
The one in Ecclesiastes is a hard one for some to see as a defense against sin. But in essence every thing we do begins with a thought. And every thought that is acted upon becomes a work of the flesh especially lustful areas of ones life. So I used that one.
Only God know the extent of my sinfulness. Angie does not know it all. Joey does know it all. Only God.
But one day everyone will see how messed up Stu really was as Jesus stands up and says I paid for that at every turn.
One of the other verse I used has become my life verse…
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
James 5:16 KJV
That verse helped me more than any other because one has to truly be vulnerable to another person. When you air out your “dirty” laundry to another person one always expects being shamed or ostracized. But once the other shares you then realize that you are not alone in your struggle even though yours may be a lot “worse”.
There are so many verses in scripture than can be memorized and used to combat our sins. We just have to want to stop bad enough to use it.
Because using scripture takes patience, determination and prayer.
Are you willing to take that step?
I hope so. It’s a life changer!