Neither Yield Ye Your Members
Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
Romans 6:13 (KJV)
As Christians, we are commanded to “abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul” (1 Pe. 2:11). Of course, every Christian at one point or another struggles with lust. Whether it be the lust of the eyes, the lust of money, the lust of possessions–all forms of lust are rooted and grounded in the flesh. We know that without the power of the Holy Ghost, we cannot prevent ourselves from lusting. It is part of our sinful nature to desire things that are contrary to God’s Holy Law. Sin goes in direct opposition to the will of the Savior. We know that for the unsaved person, sin has dominion over them and they can be overtaken by sin because they have not the Spirit of God, but that is not so for the believer, praise God! Romans 6:14 boldly proclaims, “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.” As born again Christians, sin does not have dominion over us; we may act like it does, but it doesn’t. Thus, we have the wherewithal: that is, we have the power to overcome fleshly lusts by the Blood of Jesus Christ. However, we also have to realize that we have a formidable foe who does not want us to proclaim victory over sin, especially not fleshly lusts. The devil himself has (and still has) an evil and lustful desire to be like the Most High. The devil loves lust! His whole plan is based on lust! But praise God, we can overcome the devil if we submit ourselves to God.
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
James 4:7 (KJV)
Notice that James doesn’t just say to resist the devil; he first says to “submit yourselves therefore to God.” In order to proclaim victory over any sin, especially the sin of lust, we MUST submit ourselves to God. We must be filled with the Spirit of God day in and day out in order for us to stamp out the lusts of the flesh and proclaim victory over sin. Ephesians 5:18 proclaims, “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess: but be filled with the Spirit.” We are commanded to be filled with the Spirit daily so that we can overcome the lusts of the flesh. This is a critical part in proclaiming victory over the sin of lust. Secondly, we must resist the devil. The last part of verse seven says, “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” That is a true statement. If we simply say no to the devil, he will flee from us. The devil is the weakest, poorest, most cowardly little scoundrel you would ever want to know. The devil cannot stand up to the Holy Ghost inside of you, because “greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world” (1 Joh. 4:4). The devil and his little imps will simply flee and run right back where they came from. You see, when we become filled with the Spirit of God, the Spirit enables us to be valiant, and say NO to the devil so that he will flee. This boldness does not come without the Spirit of God. We must pray to be filled with the Spirit every day, so that we may be given this boldness to say no to the devil and the fleshly lusts wherewith he tempts us. We must pray the prayer that Paul prayed in Ephesians 6:19, “And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,”. The final aspect of overcoming and abstaining from fleshly lusts is to yield our bodies to the living Savior.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Romans 12:1 (KJV)
Romans 12:1 commands us to present our bodies a living sacrifice. What does that mean? It means to allow God to take full control over your body, so that with it, you can use your body as an “instruments of righteousness unto God” rather than an instrument of sin. We must yield all our body parts to the living Savior who made them, and ask Him to take complete control over them so that we might use our bodies for the things which God intended, and under the right circumstances that God intended (such as sex within marriage) and so forth. This is the only way we can truly abstain from fleshly lusts is by yielding our entire bodies unto God and submitting ourselves unto Him for His use and for His service. May God bless you all.