Lusting: Law vs. Grace
That is 100% on point but the natural follow-up question is… HOW???
How do you “cure” lust?
HERE’S A TIP: Joseph lived over 400 years BEFORE The Law was ever given.
He lived under the Abrahamic Covenant of GRACE!
That’s where his power came from.
He knew who he was and who God had made him to be.
He knew it was by God’s divine power and not by his own human efforts.
He told Potiphar’s wife, “How can I do this great evil and sin against God!”
Do you see where his focus was? Not on himself but on his God!
Joseph knew where the source of his power came from… Jehovah!
Today, we live under the New Covenant of Grace, which is a direct continuation of the Abrahamic Covenant of Grace.
So, to effectively deal with lust, you have to trust NOT in the letter of the law but in the Spirit of Grace.
Grace and Truth came by Jesus Christ, so as we continue to behold Jesus we are changed more and more into His glorious image.
To “behold” Him means to receive the revelation of all that He is and all that He has done for you.
The Bible says, “But we all beholding the glory of the Lord with open face, are transformed into the same image from glory to glory, as by the Spirit of the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 3:18
Living in victory day by day is NOT about, “Thou shalt not, Thou shalt not” it’s about trusting in the finished work of Jesus Christ for you.
It’s not about what YOU can do but about what HE has already done for you.
Live by faith in the victory Jesus has already provided for you and not by works, trying to manufacture your own victory in the flesh.
As a practical example, if you’re married and have a problem with lust your focus should NOT BE, “Thou shalt not commit adultery” BUT RATHER, “Husbands love your wives even as Christ loved the Church and gave Himself for it.”
The former is the Letter of the Law – Old Covenant, the latter is the Spirit of Grace – New Covenant.
If you concentrate on the former your subconscious will naturally focus on commiting adultery but if you concentrate on the latter your focus will naturally be on loving your wife.
What you feed into your mind is what will dominate and come out of your mind!
Grace vs. Law… Your choice!