How to Overcome the Lust of the Flesh

For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live (Romans 8:13 KJV) 

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Lust is simply the desires of the body and the mind ( Ephesians 2:3) that produce sin( James 1:5). But sin is not the only problem with Lust or the manifestation of the flesh. Whenever the flesh operates, the Holy Spirit is quenched like water quenches fire on burning coals. So how do we overcome the lust of the flesh to avoid these problems?

Paul gives us the secret to overcoming all forms of Lust in Romans 8:13 above. He says we “mortify” or “deaden” the flesh by the Spirit. Paul’s message is clear: the only way to escape lusts is to walk by the Holy Spirit. We cannot overcome Lust using human efforts. How many times have you heard in the news how sexual sin, for example, has brought down great people? In fact, even those who might be professors of ethics cannot stand before the power of sexual lust. 

The power of Lust is beyond mere human sincerity, honesty, or integrity. It requires the supernatural ability from the Spirit of God to overcome it. This is what happens when you feed your spirit with the Word of God and fellowship with Him in prayer. When the Spirit takes over our lives, we cease struggling or battling with Lust; He does not cause us to have inner conflicts or struggles inside and then empowers us to subdue lusts. No! Lust simply dies by itself in the presence and power of the Spirit. You need not fight it. Besides, God is not asking us to fight lust directly. Instead, He has commanded us to walk in the Spirit, and lust will die in that realm.

In summary, walk in the Spirit, and you shall not gratify the desires of the flesh. 


Please take a moment to meditate on Rom. 8:13 above—ponder and mutter upon it.

Apply the Word

If the Christian life is difficult for you or feels impossible, it is because of one thing—you are trying to do yourself. Let the Spirit of God take over and carry you on eagle wings.


Ask the Father to help you mortify Lust in any area of your life by the Holy Spirit. 

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