4 – A Lustful Heart
3 /5/17 (MS)
“For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God…” 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5
Lust is a sexual desire that dishonors its object and disregards God.
“You have heard that the Law of Moses says, `Do not commit adultery.’ But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust in his eye has already committed adultery with her in his heart. … Read the rest
Me + You
2 – The Pursuit
Instead or pursuing the right PERSON, pursue the right PATH.
“I came that you might have life and have it to its fullest.” John 10:10
“For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.” 1 John 2:16-17
Crave the truth by pursuing the right path
If you focus on the person, you will likely miss the right path
If you will focus on the path of purity, then you’ll find the right person.… Read the rest
4 – Pursuing Passion and Purity
”When Joseph was taken to Egypt by the Ishmaelite traders, he was purchased by Potiphar, an Egyptian officer. Potiphar was captain of the guard for Pharaoh, the king of Egypt. The Lord was with Joseph, so he succeeded in everything he did as he served in the home of his Egyptian master. Potiphar noticed this and realized that the Lord was with Joseph, giving him success in everything he did. This pleased Potiphar, so he soon made Joseph his personal attendant. He put him in charge of his entire household and everything he owned.… Read the rest
Relationships: No Strings Attached
4 – Stimulating
“But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.” – James 1:14-15
“…since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” – 1 Peter 1:16
1. Pornography isn’t hurting anyone… it’s just something I watch.
TRUTH: Pornography attacks everything God cherishes most.
“Then God said, “Let Us make man in our image, in our likeness…” – Genesis 1:27
“Don’t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God?… Read the rest
Relationships: No Strings Attached
3 – Mating
“Your rounded thighs are like jewels, the work of a skilled craftsman. Your navel is perfectly formed like a goblet filled with mixed wine. Between your thighs lies a mound of wheat bordered with lilies. Your breasts are like two fawns, twin fawns of a gazelle.” – Song of Solomon 7:1-3
- The World’s Way: Do WHAT you want, WHEN you want and with WHOMEVER you want
- God’s Plan: Have a great time for a lifetime… 1 man + 1 woman, within 1 marriage.
”Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” – Romans 12:2
- Progression only moves one way… forward.
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The Talk: Week 2
Looking for Landmines
You can’t build a life of purity on a foundation of lies.
ms student + hormones + confusing messages + sexual landmines = potential destruction
“Run from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body. Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.” – 1 Corinthians 6:18-20
Landmine 1: Lust
“For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God…” – 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5
Lust is: a sexual desire that dishonors its object and disregards God.… Read the rest
1 – Clash of Cultures
If you want something you’ve never had, you need to do something you’ve never done.
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” – Romans 12:2
We have a choice to make:
1. I can take steps that are guided by THE WORLD’S VALUES
2. I can take steps that are guided by THE WAYS OF JESUS
“All of us have strayed away like sheep. … Read the rest
9 – Lured by Lust
Key Scripture: “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” – Jeremiah 29:13
The most attractive and common fakes in the area of sexual impurity that Satan will try to sell you:
1. Sexual immorality is normal
“He [Adam] gave names to all the livestock, birds, and wild animals. But still there was no companion suitable for him. He’s naming all these animals and then God says, “There’s no companion for you. Let’s create one.” “So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, He took one of the man’s ribs and closed up the place with flesh. … Read the rest
2 – Relational Pursuit
Key Scripture: Song of Solomon 2:8-17
1. Relational preparation must come before relational pursuit.
“… For behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.” – Song of Solomon 2:11-12
2. Relational practice understands Godly pursuit.
“The voice of my beloved! Behold, he comes, leaping over the mountains, bounding over the hills. My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag. Behold, there he stands behind our wall, gazing through the windows, looking through the lattice.… Read the rest