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Lust is a desire for that which is forbidden.  John 8:44 shows where all lusts that are sinful originate. Romans 6:12 explains how lusts act as ruler of the flesh when given to. When a person accepts Christ, there is a Spiritual crucifixion where the flesh is crucified to the affections and lusts. Gal. 5:24 and Eph. 2:3 tells us that when we were lost we had our lifestyle in the “lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and the mind.”  Eph. 4:22 explains these lusts as “deceitful.”  Paul in 1 Tim. 6:9 calls them “foolish and hurtful lusts.”  2 Tim 2:22 warns to “Flee also youthful lusts.” Chapter 3:6 explains how people are “led away with divers lusts.”  Titus 2:12 calls them “worldly lusts.” James 4:1 tells us of  “lusts that war in your members.”  1 Peter 2:11 calls them “fleshly lusts.”  2 Peter 2:18 tells us that false teachers “allure through the lusts of the flesh.” and 3:3 speaks of “walking after their own lusts, as well as Jude v16
Lust can refer to anything that is wrong, such as immorality, riches, selfishness, etc. 1 Cor. 10:6 speaks of the Old Testament examples that God intended to us to teach us that “we should not lust after evil things.”
Now James 1:13-15 gives a great teaching on how lust works to bring a person under condemnation before God. Please read and notice: Temptation comes and with it the drawing away of our own lusts.  Then when “lust hath conceived” it “bringeth forth sin” and when sin is finished, “it bringeth forth death.”
Please notice the cycle. First comes the temptation. If the person does not take the “way to escape” seen in 1 Cor. 10:13, they are drawn away (from the will of God) and then lust conceives, brings forth sin and sin when it is finished it brings death. 
The place to win over temptation is at the moment the lust is presented in temptation.  1 Cor. 10:13
Satan uses lust to keep lost people unsaved and saved people unspiritual.

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