5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.[a] 7 You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived.
I read these powerful words by H. B. London recently. Preaching to pastors, he said: The other day some guy said to me, “H. B., what’s chasing you?” I said, “What do you mean?” He said, “What are those things in your life you need to run from?” That’s what prompted this message. I say to you: What’s chasing you? What is it in your life you need to flee from?
Paul gives us four simple categories: Sexual temptation—flee from it. Idolatry, building up things as substitutes for God—flee from it. Materialism, where we allow the things of this world to be more important than the things of God—flee from it. Evil desires—flee from it.
Lust is no respecter of persons. It’s a luring voice. It can infiltrate the most intelligent mind and cause its victims to believe in lies and respond to its appeal. And beware. It never gives up. It never runs out of ideas. Bolt your front door, and it will rattle the bedroom windows or crawl into the living room through the TV screen. Lust is persistent. If it’s knocked on your door once, it will knock again and again. You’re safe so long as you draw upon the Savior’s strength. Try to handle it yourself, and you’ll lose every time. Who is chasing you? What’s chasing you? When you look behind you, how close is it?”
Powerful message. At the end he offered these suggestions in battling lust:
1. Intimacy with God
2. Right relationships
3. Adequate rest
4. Honest accountability
5. Meaningful ministry
6. Attitudes of joy and thanksgiving
7. A vigilant spirit
These are all good, but Paul offers one more. Put it to death. Kill it. Don’t allow one opening for its return. This may mean selling the TV set or trashing the computer… but lust can and will destroy your Christian walk. An all out effort is the only thing that can defeat it.
If all else fails? Run!
Something is chasing you… when you look behind… how close is it?