Just One Bite

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Lust: a strong desire for something

When God created Adam and Eve, He gave them a set of rules—an owner’s manual to help them navigate life in the garden of Eden. So when the serpent entices Eve, she knew in her head his suggestion violated God’s wisdom. Instead of walking away, she dwelled on the serpent’s lie that she could know all that God knows. Her desire became strong enough that she would disobey the rules to have just one bite (Genesis 3:2-6).

Let’s flip the script. A guy starts hollering at you. You would not necessarily “bring home to mama,” but you keep him around. In the beginning you have the strength to say no. You have been “trying to be good” lately not giving your body to anyone who wants it.  As you resist, his game of sweet talk and lavish outing invitations become more enticing. You start to long for a touch, a night out, or just a little attention. This guy has the word “wrong” written all over him. Even your friends tell you to stay away from him. But somehow now something about him intrigues you. You have a choice to make, just like Eve, to eat or not to eat?

Lust breeds when we give the thought breath. It can make something or someone who does not look that good become the best looking thing around, but then leaves you empty. If gone unchecked, lust has the ability to control your free time, your thoughts, and eventually life decision (James 1:14-15). While these thoughts may not start out lustful, what you do with them matters. What if Eve denied the serpent and didn’t dwell on what he said?  How would the outcome be different if she had placed worth in her position?

When you have an all-important goal, the enticement has no power. Going back to the guy, if your mind is set on “trying to be good” that might get you through the temptation of his enticements. However, if the doctor said you will die if you fail to resist, you have greater motivation to “be good.” When you know your worth as a woman and believe God can fulfill your every need, the lust dwindles. We have to wrestle to overcome our lustful desires. It takes hard work to train your brain, but the results are great. You are worth it!

Here are some practical things you can do:

  1. Set boundaries- you need to set healthy boundaries that will keep you out of trouble. For example: I will not be alone with a guy in a private setting or guys are not allowed in my bedroom.
  2. Get accountability- share your journey with a trusted friend and give her permission to call you out on lustful thoughts or actions.
  3. Start reading- What does the Bible say about sex, sexual immorality, and lust? Here are some verses that will help: Matthew 5:28, Genesis 3:6, 1 John 2:16, Romans 1:21-27, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, Galatians 5:16-21, 2 Timothy 2:22. Write some of these down and put them on your mirror as reminders.

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