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The devil will use close things over time to create evil desires. Last week we gave the example of the man who had an affair with his secretary. His lure came from an evil desire. You know that the desire is evil when the desire is telling you to cheat on the marriage covenant.
Understand that the luring has to create a desire in you for the thing that you are lusting after. James 1:13-15 teaches us that we are drawn away by our own lusts. These are not lusts of the devil. The thought may have come from the devil, but the drawing away is because of your own lusts. Titus 2:11 teaches us that we are to deny worldly lusts. We cannot afford to give place to the devil and allow him to create evil desires in us. Our submission should be to God and we should think on the things that he told us to think on in Philippians 4:8.
Philippians 4:8King James Version (KJV)
8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
If we would renew our minds to this scripture and not allow TV shows like “Empire” and that new movie “Fifty shades of grey” to shape our thinking we wouldn’t give place to the devil to lure us by the creation of evil desires. We want to be entertained though! We want to see the disagreements, backbiting and hatred between couples. We want to see the fights and the arguing. We want to see the sex scenes and the handsome men and the fine women. We want to see those things that keep our minds from the things of God and on the things of the flesh, even Christian folks! . . . hence the drawing away by our own lusts.
The only way to overcome the devil, evil desires and the lust of your flesh is with the Word of God. Make it a point to spend time with God daily, in prayer, in praise and worship and in study of His Word.