Notes: The Lust of The Flesh



There is a difference between the joy of the lord, and the joy that comes from the lust of the flesh.

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Romans 8:5-6 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

The brain is the capital of the body, the seat of all the nervous forces and of mental action. The nerves proceeding from the brain control the body. By the brain nerves, mental impressions are conveyed to all the nerves of the body as by telegraph wires, and they control the vital action of every part of the system. All the organs of motion are governed by the communications they receive from the brain.—Testimonies for the Church 3:69 (1872). 1MCP 72.3

  • So we see here that the brain is the centre of all activity in the body. This is something we all know.
  • We see how the brain has been described as the capital of the body.
  • The brain controls the body

We should preserve the strictest chastity in thought and word and deportment. Let us remember that God sets our secret sins in the light of His countenance. There are thoughts and feelings suggested and aroused by Satan that annoy even the best of men; but if they are not cherished, if they are repulsed as hateful, the soul is not contaminated with guilt, and no other is defiled by their influence. Oh, that we each might become a savor of life unto life to those around us!.—The Review and Herald, March 27, 1888. 2MCP 432.2

  • Thoughts and feelings can be suggested by Satan.
  • So if we sin or do something wrong we see hear that the main cause came from the brain, the mind. Something was triggered in our thoughts

Have you ever wondered, why do we sometimes have pleasure in doing the wrong things? Why do you sometimes watch the wrongs things? or why do you sometimes find yourself going back to the same sins? It all begins in the mind.

There is a chemical that is produced in the body that has the power to break down the wall of judgement and give us pleasure. It is excreted in different parts of the brain. This is called Dopamine.


  • was only discovered in the 1900’s. The chemical that makes you focus
  • It gives you the drive
  • The chemical that gives makes you feel good about yourself (Self esteem),
  • It gives you pleasure
  • It’s just a feeling
  • It the chemical in the body that is linked with addictions, when you’re addicted to something, it is because of this chemical called Dopamine.

People that have attention problems take drugs, as these drugs are designed to increase their dopamine. When something becomes addictive in our lives it is because that action or thing, produces Dopamine.

  • The reason some are addicted to alcohol is because it produces Dopamine
  • Other Addictions: Food addictions, drink addictions, entertainment addiction, sex addiction, pornography addiction, gossip addiction, television addiction…the list goes on. 

Is there a link between the lust of the flesh and Dopamine? Let’s find out.

The lust of the flesh

Young people need to be taught about these things, so that they can save their lives.

2 Timothy 2:22 – Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart

  • This message applies to everyone, but more specifically to young people, as they tend to make many decisions based on feelings when their young. eg. girlfriend boyfriend relationships which are based on feelings. It’s only after making the wrong decision that they come to realise that they shouldn’t have done what they did.

Why is this important? because when a girl gets a boyfriend, or a guy gets a boyfriend, or when a man tells a woman something, all of a sudden this person now has an increased self esteem, they feel good.

  • They think they’re in love. They are actually in love with the Dopamine.
  • The only thing that has changed is the Dopamine level.

Slight digression: In males, the height of climax is caused by a raise of dopamine release during intercourse. Prolactin is the counteracting chemical that brings back the sanity, this chemical brings things back to normal.

Why is Lust wrong?

Matthew 5:27-28 .27 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: 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.

  • Men are stimulated by sight. When a man looks onto a woman to lust after her, what does it do to the brain? It releases dopamine. And if it releases Dopamine then you have already committed adultery. So when you allow yourself to lust in your mind, then it is only a lack of opportunity that stops the lustful action from happening in the flesh. This is because as we saw at the start, the mind controls the body.

The main point is that it can be a deception.

There is a difference between the joy of the lord, and the joy that comes from the lust of the flesh.

Every single addiction on the planet has it’s root in what have studied today, Dopamine. That TV program, those things you watch or read, the activities you take part in when no one is looking. This is the lust of the flesh.

  • This is why many people are deceived, they get caught up in relationships. And they refuse counsel. And it’s only after they come out the relationship that they realise that should have never been in that relationship in the first place.

1 Thessalonians 4:3-5

3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: 4 That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;

The ideas of courtship have their foundation in erroneous ideas concerning marriage. They follow impulse and blind passion. The youth trust altogether too much to impulse.{AH 55.1,3}

  • Following Dopamine, the courtships have their foundation in lust (You may even say the courtships have their foundation in Dopamine)


  • Dog chewing a bone example: when you take the bone away that dog will be vexed, why? because it’s in a passionate state.
  • Judgement and reasoning have gone out of the window.
  • Same as us, if you find yourself in a position where you can’t accept advice, then you’re also in passion, lust, dopamine.


Two persons become acquainted; they are infatuated with each other, and their whole attention is absorbed. Reason is blinded, and judgment is overthrown. They will not submit to any advice or control, but insist on having their own way, regardless of consequences. Like some epidemic, or contagion, that must run its course is the infatuation that possesses them; and there seems to be no such thing as putting a stop to it. AH 71.3

  • Sounds like someone who is on drugs right?
  • The best way to know if you’ re not infatuated is to call it off. If you can’t call off what you’re in then you’re infatuated.

DOPAMINE – when it’s out of its natural sanctified use, is a bad path.

Some will acknowledge the evil of sinful indulgences, yet will excuse themselves by saying that they cannot overcome their passions. This is a terrible admission for any person to make who names Christ. “Let everyone that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” Why is this weakness? It is because the animal propensities have been strengthened by exercise, until they have gained the ascendancy over the higher powers. Men and women lack principle. They are dying spiritually, because they have so long pampered their natural appetites that their power of self-government seems gone. The lower passions of their nature have taken the reins, and that which should be the governing power has become the servant of corrupt passion. The soul is held in lowest bondage. Sensuality has quenched the desire for holiness and withered spiritual prosperity. {CG 446.2}  …read on more of this in the same chapter

Dopamine is dangerous when it is unsanctified.

1 Timothy 2:15

15 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. 16 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. 17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

YOUNG PREACHERS – addicted to the pulpit

  • New preachers get excited when they hear people say Amen, they then think it’s the power of the holy spirit but it’s actually just Dopamine
  • The way you can tell if you’re addicted if to get rid of something as a test


  • Can get addicted to learning.
  • The way you can tell if you’re addicted if to get rid of something as a test


We need to shun everything that would encourage pride and self-sufficiency; therefore we should beware of giving or receiving flattery or praise. It is Satan’s work to flatter. He deals in flattery as well as in accusing and condemnation.{COL 161.2}

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 5:16

Christ overcame the world.”In the heart of Christ, where reigned perfect harmony with God, there was perfect peace. He was never elated by applause, nor dejected by censure or disappointment.” {DA 330.3}


The things you have described as taking place in Indiana, the Lord has shown me would take place just before the close of probation. Every uncouth thing will be demonstrated. There will be shouting, with drums, music, and dancing. The senses of rational beings will become so confused that they cannot be trusted to make right decisions. And this is called the moving of the Holy Spirit. 2SM 36.2

The Holy Spirit never reveals itself in such methods, in such a bedlam of noise. This is an invention of Satan to cover up his ingenious methods for making of none effect the pure, sincere, elevating, ennobling, sanctifying truth for this time. Better never have the worship of God blended with music than to use musical instruments to do the work which last January was represented to me would be brought into our camp meetings. The truth for this time needs nothing of this kind in its work of converting souls. A bedlam of noise shocks the senses and perverts that which if conducted aright might be a blessing. The powers of satanic agencies blend with the din and noise, to have a carnival, and this is termed the Holy Spirit’s working. 2SM 36.3

  • The way you can tell if you’re addicted if to get rid of something as a test

SCREENS/TELEVISION – When the screen changes every 3 seconds (current method used on TV programmes, every 3 seconds the screen changes.

  • And then when you open the bible it’s boring. Because it does not release dopamine.
  • The way you can tell if you’re addicted if to get rid of something as a test


  • Speaking in tongues (glossolalia a deception based on feelings).


  • 2 Timothy 3 – 1 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,
  • 1 Cor 16:15 – 15 I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints)

The battle is this great controversy in for the mind. For this is where the sealing takes place, See Rev 7:1-3. Protect what comes into your mind, learn to control your passions. Submit your will to the will of God.

Romans 8:5-6

5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

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