Choose the joy of lust-free living. (Pixabay)

Lust's natural enemy is the fear of the Lord. This is a very practical tip, not one full of religious doctrine. Contemporary Christianity has forsaken the whole idea of fearing God, embracing only God's love for us.

If the father who raised you was a manly man, he was there to help you stay out of trouble. If you feared your father, you had respect for your father, understood his values and knew the consequences of violating them.

My son knows I love him, and I tell him and demonstrate this to him daily. He also knows my value of respecting women, especially his mother. He knows disrespecting women would be immediately painful. He has a healthy respect and fear of dad.

Respecting our Father God's value of women is really helpful to walking lust-free. I know God loves me, but I also know He hates lust. He knows the pain it causes inside and the damage it does to those around us. Honor your Father and fear Him in order to maintain a lust-free life. Having His values and value for women in your heart is an antidote to lust.

Lust has been around since the garden of Eden. Lust is simply thinking and believing differently than God about a woman. Lust also wants you to believe it will always exist. Lust is like a parasite. Lust came to the earth when Lucifer was kicked out of heaven and exists on earth only if it has a human host. Lust is limited to time.

You will live eternally with the Father. You were designed by the Holy Spirit to live lust-free, forever. You will live eternally in heaven, among all of God's perfection, and never lust. You will see the Creator in women and honor and respect them. You will walk and live free from even a memory of lust. Most of your existence will be lust-free. It's glorious to think that lust-free living is your inheritance and mine.

You are not a slave to lust. Lust is your enemy and must flee from you when you exercise your right to be free. Lust will fight and try to convince you of many different beliefs so that you allow it to stay. The truth is, you have the right to see all women as sisters. You have the right to be pure in heart toward every woman, regardless of how she thinks of herself.

Lust leads you to believe that it's just dropping by. Interestingly, rarely does a man ever question this lie. He fails to think about how lust reappears in his life instantly as if it left and came back. Lust is lying to you. The intention of lust is to come to you often and stay for as long as it can.

Have you ever thought about the visits lust makes to your life? Think about how the visits become closer and closer and longer and longer the more involved you are with lust. Now you are making more and more time to hang out with lust.

Lust strategizes to stay in your life permanently. There is an old Chinese proverb that says, "First a man takes a drink, then a drink takes a drink, then the drink takes the man." This proverb explains completely the true agenda of lust. Lust starts with a drink, and then it can become your life.

In Western culture, we have a real commitment to our rights. We want to express our right to do good, evil or just be ourselves. Lust says that you have the right to lust, but I want to give you a tip on this: You have the right never to lust.

You have the right to a lust-free lifestyle every day you live. The right was paid for by Jesus. He died to give you the right to be free. His blood, paid in full by the Father, allows you to be free.

You can experience heaven's lifestyle today. Grasp the concept of eternally living lust-free. Today, practice your blood-bought right to be free.

You have a right to be lust-free. Today I hope you are militant to maintain your right to be lust-free all day!

Doug Weiss, Ph.D., is a nationally known author, speaker and licensed psychologist. He is the executive director of Heart to Heart Counseling Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the author of several books including Lust Free Living. You may contact Dr. Weiss via his website, drdougweiss.com or on his Facebook or by phone at 719-278-3708 or through email at heart2heart@xc.org.

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