Food, sex and comfort are the three things our bodies may lust for. It’s the body’s desires. However, the body— this earthen vessel has been flawed as a result of the fall of Adam. It has to be controlled or tamed. if we are to enjoy a close fellowship with God.
When a person becomes born again, his spirit becomes regenerated but not his body and its lust. It still has those feelings it had even after he even accepts Jesus. The flesh still lust for its desires.
Samson was a man who was highly anointed and set apart for God’s use even before he was born. He had a might that no human at that time in history had. But he could not tame the lust his flesh wanted.
Now, what really made Samson fall prey to sexual temptations? It wasn’t the fault of Delilah or how seductive she was. It had to do with him— his insecurities, his lust, his inability to tell his body what to do, his need for the caresses of a woman. He failed to handle his sexuality. He battled with his enemies but he failed to battle with self.
It was what Delilah used to capture Samson —his vulnerabilities, his weakness, his tiredness, his hormones, his feelings, his sexuality, his emptiness.
The greatest battle we need to fight is self and we need to fight this battle more than once. Its a daily battle. So what do we do?
But clothe yourself with the Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah), and make no provision for [indulging] the flesh [put a stop to thinking about the evil cravings of your physical nature] to [gratify its] desires (lusts). [Rom. 13:14, The Amplified version]
- Give no provision for lust.
When it comes to the lust of the body, it doesn’t understand whether you have been born again for 30 years or whether it is in a fast or you’re filled with the Holy Spirit. It has a continuous craving for gratification. And you know what? You are still vulnerable! If you really want to stop the unnecessary desires of the flesh. You have to make no provision for it. But how?
Walk in the Spirit.
To walk in the Spirit is to let the Holy Spirit take the lead of your life. It is the submission to his control and lordship over your life. He takes the lead and you follow. When God is first in your life, even your seeming mistakes and errors are part of God’s plan.
But I say, walk and live [habitually] in the [Holy] Spirit [responsive to and controlled and guided by the Spirit]; then you will certainly not gratify the cravings and desires of the flesh (of human nature without God).[GAL. 5:16, The Amplified version]
Let the word of God dwell in your heart.
You have to let the word of God stay in you heart by stuffing your spirit with God’s word. The more you feed your spirit with God’s word, the more your unnecessary lustful desires begins to fade. (Col. 3:16). Only then can the fruit of the spirit begin to Manifest.(Gal 5:22)
Make your body your slave.
This can only be done with the function of your will. Where you choose or choose not to do something. Now, your will can only be your slave when you have submitted your will to the Holy Spirit and have allowed God’s word to dwell richly inside you. Thus, he comes to energize your will not to go contrary to the will of God or gratify any lust your body craves for. In essence your will become His will. Hallelujah!
But [like a boxer] I buffet my body [handle it roughly, discipline it by hardships] and subdue it, for fear that after proclaiming to others the Gospel and things pertaining to it, I myself should become unfit [not stand the test, be unapproved and rejected as a counterfeit]. (1st Cor 9:27,The Amplified )
What is your Delilah?
Your Delilah could be what you focus on when you are weak, tired or drained. It may be what you love so much that competes with God’s calling for your life. Your Delilah is a strength depleter. It could be a failed relationship, business, rejection, lack of parental love, unreached goals… You name it. Those are moments we are very vulnerable. Listen to what Delilah told Samson.
And she said to him, How can you say, I love you, when your heart is not with me? You have mocked me these three times and have not told me in what your great strength lies. (Judges 16:15, The Amplified version)
So kill (deaden, deprive of power) the evil desire lurking in your members [those animal impulses and all that is earthly in you that is employed in sin]: sexual vice, impurity, sensual appetites, unholy desires, and all greed and covetousness, for that is idolatry (the defying of self and other created things instead of God).[Col 3:5 The Amplified version]
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