Why is it so hard to resist? Especially on the internet. Even the Man after God's own heart failed when temptation came (bathing Basheba). Joseph was presented with the greatest temptation but he ran. What would Joseph do?
Jesus said this, "You have heard it was said to not lie with another man's wife for it is adultery, but I say unto you whoever looks at a woman with LUST in his heart has committed adultery already."
Job-"I have made a covenant with my eyes how could I even lust after a woman?"
Samson was consumed by LUST and it destroyed his life, but God still used him. He ran over Samson in spite of his disobedience to the calling on his life. Through Samson's death he was able to complete the calling on his life. Such a shame Samson didn't take this calling before it was too late.
The internet is freely available, roughly no embarrassment or guilt at first-no upset other person. God is upset; however, HE will provide consequences to change us and will always provide a way out. This is why I need accountability partners to hold me accountable and to truly find out how I have been doing. Get to the heart of the matter and find out where the problem is. We all need iron sharpening from others and a daily renewal of the spirit through repenting.
Lust is like a parasite, it attaches itself to someone and slowly kills them spiritually, but we can only see its effects.
L.U.S.T. (LEWD, UNSACRIFICIAL, SUPERFICIAL, TAKE OVER) It is Lewd because it is the wrong place and time, since it is not with your future wife. It is Unsacrificial, because you are just pleasuring yourself without giving any pleasure to anyone else as well as you are doing something that is displeasing God, it is superficial, because it will end and leave you broken, it is finally a take over, because it takes over your mind so that it is almost impossible to get out. This is why scripture says "FLEE from evil and do not go near it" I guess this is the answer I was looking for. I should stay away from any site that has questionable material, and to be very careful while I am searching for a project, ect. Scripture also says to think on uplifting things and gives a list, as well as it qualifies what is not healthy and gives a list.
Results of Lust in my life:
Separated relationships, consumed my life, brought death, guilt, and shame. When Lust is present, it feels like there is no way to have J.O.Y. or be filled with the Holy Spirit. Lust effects everyone not just me. Lust>Guilt and Shame>DEATH (spiritually dead)>DEAD (emotionally and possibly physical). When I LUST, I am a hypocrite and a fool! It is only temporary and has horrible precusions. Obessions destroy lives and relationships.
When confronted with temptation (LUST) PRAY! Humble yourself and repent don't continue. Put myself in the place of the person I am looking at or the creator/photographer who is in desperate need of a Savior. He too has a trouble with LUST, possibly more so then I do, since he lacks self-control that comes from the Holy Spirit. I should have empathy for those people and others like me who are trapped!
How can I be free from Lust? I can't, but I can know the TRUTH and be freed by it not by my own will, but by God and his way out submission and sacrificial love. The reason I don't desire to Lust after a person as much is because it is easier to see them as a creation of God rather than a photograph or whatever. I also can see that they are someone who needs Jesus as everyone does.
The internet creates unrealistic situations and people which in turn creates "ojectism" vs. personality. Men tend to view women as objects now as well as trophies rather than People. This is a great wrong that has come about through the internet. We need to learn to have self-control and sacrificial love that says I will wait till I am married.
Sex is a gift by God for both participants who draw their love from God. God created sex and attraction for a man and a woman for marriage (oneness) purity. World: sexual freedom, "anything goes", objectism, girls are "bitches" not people!
Internet glorifies many unnatural sexuality so it isn't a SHOCK anymore. Lust can be many things I played around with acronyms. Here are some: L is what I couldn't decide on Lure, Lousy, Liar, Liable, Lamprey, Leisure, Lewd, . Next T is Torpedo, Take Over, Torment, Torchure, Terror, Tempest, Tomb, Turmoil, Treason.
I will post more on this later and refine it. I need to go study for my biology test on tuesday. So I will leave you all with my working article.