The other day, I watched a movie entitled: Gods of Egypt. The film depicted a fantastical story about a group of ancient gods who decided to live among men in the city a long time ago. These gods were known to be stronger, taller and more powerful than men were. There was one god in particular — rather, a goddess of love — who exhibited powers that surpassed that of all the other gods. She could command anyone to do her will…even a god. Her beauty lured men and gods alike into a trap that was not so easy to escape from.
But as it turns out, there was one man by the name of Bek, whom she could not command. At one point she asks Bek a most compelling question: “Who does your heart belong to?”
Lust can have spellbinding properties and Christ knew this all too well. That is why it is of little wonder that Jesus was able to speak these words in Matthew 5:28: “But I say unto you, that whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart…”
Then, the Holy Spirit revealed this to me: The goddess of love in this film was likened to Satan. This same power is one that Satan uses today to steal, kill and destroy men in this world. He uses lust to entice and command men to do his most unfavourable bidding. The devil is the ruler of this world, and anyone who lusts after the things of this world will instantly be held captive to the influence of the devil. Their heart will forever belong to him.
Just like the goddess of love was deceptively attractive, so is Satan. He may appear appealing at first glance, but he is actually quite poisonous and the damage he exerts in lives today is lasting.
Yes, lust is dangerous and has severe consequences. Because Judas lusted after money, Satan commanded Judas to betray Jesus. (Luke 22: 1-6, 47, John 13, Matthew 26:13,14, 20-25, 47-50) Gehazi went down a similar dark path, in that his lust for riches led him to betray the trust of his master. (2 Kings 5:20-27) Esau was commanded to sell his birthright because he lusted after food and ultimately gave in to his appetite. (Genesis 25:29-34) Samson’s lust for a beautiful woman allowed Satan access to his heart, which led to his brutal end at the hands of the Philistines. (Judges 16)
“Only those whose hearts truly belong to God can overcome the wiles of the devil.”
Everywhere you look in the world today, you see the mark of the devil. That is why in 1 John 2, we are told to: “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the father is not in him… For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life is not of the father, but is of the world.” (verses 15-16)
But there is a solution to evade the devil’s trap. Let’s go back to the original question posed in the beginning: “Who does your heart belong to?” Bek did not fall under the spell of the goddess of love because his heart was with another. He had a girlfriend that he loved so very much.
So here’s where we find the answer to this question. The solution is love — God’s love. This is the only thing that can break lust’s influence over you, and it is only this love that can successfully dispel its “magical” feel. Only those whose hearts truly belong to God can overcome the wiles of the devil. These people will have their hearts so invested in God, that they will not be so easily lured into doing the devil’s unfavourable will. God’s love is the greatest power ever known to man. But we need to love God with our whole hearts in order to access this power.
So my friends, let your heart be so full of God’s love so that Satan will not have access to it. Resist his lustful temptations, for Satan is the father of sin and lust is the mother thereof. (John 8:44, Matthew 5:28) In the end, it is Christ who you need to fully take possession of your heart.
“And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.” (Deuteronomy 6:5)
Written by: Olantuji Emmanuel
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