“Shackled by Lust”

JAMES 1:15 (KJV)

“Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.”

Lusts of the flesh refer to our strong desires for things that seem pleasurable but do not bring lasting satisfaction and peace. A person who is controlled by lust pursues money, fame, power, pleasure, or sexual gratification in ways that God forbids. In reality, that person is in bondage to his unbounded desires and is shackled by sin.

God forbids these inordinate pursuits, not because he wants to make our lives miserable, but because He knows that lust destroys our spiritual health and the possibility of a relationship with Him. He realizes what people often do not understand — that lusts are self-gratifying appetites that cause people to worship themselves and God’s creation in place of God the Creator. The consequences for this idolatry are misery here and punishment in the future. Many people who have passed from this life are presently experiencing eternal torment because they yielded to lust and never experienced freedom in Jesus.

Lusts of the flesh, particularly sexual passions, are so strong that they cannot be overcome without Jesus abiding in a person’s heart. While some people do not even try to control their lusts but engage in whatever they feel like doing, Satan deceives others into thinking they can control their lusts in their own strength. Either way, the result is failure and death. People who try to control their lusts in their own power become slaves to their passions rather than becoming servants of God.

Thankfully, there is a way up to Heaven. We can be delivered from the power of lust and set free from the shackles of sin. When we give our hearts and lives to Jesus, He gives us godly desires that are stronger than the desires of the flesh. He also gives us the power to resist temptation. Satan will try to tell you that there is no way out of the traps of lust. He will try to make you believe that you cannot be victorious. Don’t believe his lies. Yield your life completely to Jesus. Jesus will help you! He will give you new desires. He will help you to say no to the lusts of the flesh. There is hope!

Connecting Bible references: 1 Peter 2:11; Ephesians 2:3; 1Peter 4:2; 1 John 2:16; 1 John 2:17; Matthew 5:28

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  1. David Bernard Thornton

    I believe that the Lord allowed me to see this billboard today, as a divine appointment. I am thankful that I googled 83- for- truth and listened to this message. Thank you

  2. I saw this billboard in zip code 19720. Thank you for bringing this disease out into the open. I am the wife of an SA and a member of S-Anon.

  3. Who takes these calls? Are they paid? Can they be trusted or is it a generic call center?

    • These Gospel billboard calls are taken by a team of several dozen Christian men. Some take calls full time and are paid, while many answer calls part-time along with their other jobs. Many of these men volunteer their time.
      This is certainly not a “generic call center”. All these men have been vetted and are supervised by leaders, both within GospelBillboards.org, as well as the parent ministry, ChristianAidMinistries.org. This last website will give you a good idea of all the different ways that this organization serves more than 12 million people each year in 119 countries around the world. All to the glory of God!

  4. I’ve experienced this to be a fact…I NEVER find true happiness after endulging in temptation n things of the flesh…things just get worse..no matter how happy I think I am at the moment I give in to temptation..I walk away more depressed then. ever later..on the flip side when I follow the Lord n keep his commandments I feel such a sense of love n unimaginable peace inside!! I love the Lord with all my heart!!

  5. This year for so many months I’d been free from luseful mind but this time suddenly I’m overwhelmed by lust and I’m automatically drawn by it without even discerning. Then at the end I feel like I’m a wretched man. Please help me

    • Thanks for sharing. That is often the first step to victory. Here are a few other things for you to consider:
      1. Spend time every day in Bible reading and prayer. [Start reading the Gospels]
      2. Find Christian fellowship and ask some friends to hold you accountable to them.
      3. Make sure you are part of a Biblical church fellowship
      4. Avoid places / movies / news sites / books that you know will tempt you to lust.
      5. Depend on God, not on your own strength
      Blessings in your ongoing walk with God.

  6. I am a slave to lust. And for me there is no excuse. I have had spiritual experiences that go beyond the normal. Including spiritual experiences like Samuel in the Old Testament where the voice of the lord spoke to him as one man speaks to another man. And when I was 25, I experienced eternity, and had the veil partially removed. I am both a man who has strong prophetic gifts, (and who is naturally kind, and selfless in demeanor,) and a man who struggles with strong sexual addiction. Like Samson it will lead me to death. Both physical and spiritually if I don’t overcome it. I wish I can say I was a good man but I am not. It is obvious from my spiritual gifts that I have the potential to be a great man, or I could be led down to hell. My spiritual knowledge and experiences will only further condemn me when I stand before the Judgment bar of Christ. Samson was without excuse, and neither am I.

    • Thanks, Kenny, for sharing your experience and struggles. What you say is very true. Note the following passage…

      “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ (Mat 7:21-23).

      You need to find help for your addictions. It will require you to trample any pride underfoot. But it is the only way to find peace and joy in your life. If you need help in finding someone to help you, call our toll free number and someone will be glad to pray with you, and also to help you find somewhere to get further help. God bless you as you find your way. If you want to have an offline discussion, leave a note in the comments and I will touch base with you. Your email address will not be posted online or shared with anyone.

      • If Jesus died for our sins and salvation is a free gift why do christains have to work for it. Eph. 2:8,9

        • If you keep on reading in Eph 2:10, it says that we are His workmanship. If we accept his Grace, He will make turn us into who He wants us to be. If we reject that process, we have no claim on His grace or His free gift.

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