Lust is defined as an intense longing or craving for something. Lust is commonly defined as a strong desire for sexual encounters. Either way, one who lusts goes after their desire with enthusiasm, and vigor and won’t stop until the lust is satisfied. Usually after one craving has been satisfied, then another craving pops up for bigger and better than the last episode of lust.
James 1:14-15 reads: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
The devil is quite good at listening to our conversation and watching our actions so he can mount an attack. And he uses what we have a craving for, what we strongly desire and what we covet the most against us. He takes our desires and turns them against us.
We can want something so bad that we are then tempted to do wrong to satisfy that desire. Maybe it’s stealing and lying. Maybe the lust we possess is tempting us to be unfaithful to our spouses.
When lust overpowers us, we wind up committing sin. And the sin we commit can lead us into death, eternal death. The best way to combat this attack is be content with what we’re already blessed with. Being content is much to our advantage in fighting temptation that springs up from our lust (1 Timothy 6:6). Our desires can be turned against us if we don’t pray, ask God for guidance and glorify God is all that we do (1 Corinthians 10:31)