In How Can I Overcome Lust?, Ryan M. McGraw highlights the seriousness of sexual lust and gives readers hope for overcoming it. He considers the foundational principles of overcoming lust in general, identifies the nature of sexual lust in particular, and applies biblical principles for finding a path through it.
As McGraw shows, overcoming sexual lust is made possible by union with Christ as the Spirit makes us like Him through God-given means. He also encourages us to meditate on appropriate truths of Scripture so that our affections can be reordered in a God-honoring way.
Foundation: Overcoming ‘Lust’ and Lust in Christ
What Lust Is and How It Works
Uprooting and Replacing Lust
Focus: Identifying Sexual Lust
How Not to Kill Lust
What Lust Is
Forward: The Path to Victory over Lust
Nine Rules for Mortifying Lust
Consider the Dangerous Symptoms of Unmortified Sin
Develop a Clear Sense of the Guilt, Danger, and Evil of Your Sin
Load Your Conscience with the Guilt of the Sin
Long Vigorously and Constantly to Be Delivered from the Sin
Consider Your Natural Distempers
Prevent the Occasions and the Advantages of the Sin in Question
Oppose Vigorously the First Acts of Sin
Develop Low Thoughts of Yourself in Light of High Thoughts of God in Christ
We Must Accept Peace of Conscience Only from God
D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones once said that what the church needs to do most all is “to begin herself to live the Christian life. If she did that, men and women would be crowding into our buildings. They would say, ‘What is the secret of this?’” As Christians, one of our greatest needs is for the Spirit of God to cultivate biblical godliness in us in order to put the beauty of Christ on display through us, all to the glory of the triune God. With this goal in mind, this series of booklets treats matters vital to Christian experience at a basic level. Each booklet addresses a specific question in order to inform the mind, warm the affections, and transform the whole person by the Spirit’s grace, so that the church may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.
Ryan M. McGraw is associate professor of systematic theology, Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
“Although it appears we are in the midst of a deluge of sexual immorality inciting the unwary heart to all types of sexual lust and perversion, lust has been regnant in the human heart ever since the fall of Adam and Eve. And the Bible has much to say about it: how to fight it and how, in the words of the fourth membership vow in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, to “put to death your sinful deeds and desires.” Ryan McGraw helpfully shows us the biblical wisdom regarding lust in general and sexual lust in particular. He also draws from one of the most important treatises on how to kill sin penned by the great Puritan physician of the heart, John Owen, who originally preached it to teenagers at Oxford University. Pithy and piquant, may this booklet do much good in encouraging holy living.” — Michael A. G. Haykin, professor of church history and biblical spirituality, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary