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Lust Is Crying To Be Satisfied

Every lust is a depraved habit or disposition, continually inclining the heart to evil. Thence is that description of him who hath no lust truly mortified, Gen. 6:5, “Every imagination of the thoughts of his heart is only evil continually.” He is always under the power of a strong bent and inclination to sin. And the reason why a natural man is not always perpetually in the pursuit of some one lust, night and day, is because he hath many to serve, every one crying to be satisfied; thence he is earned on with great variety, but still in general he lies towards the satisfaction of self.

– John Owen –

from The Mortification of Sin in Believers, volume 6 of Works, page 28

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