A Few Thoughts about Lust
Lust is desire
B1 Sex, money, power, anything to satisfy sinful pleasures.
B2 The more one thinks about their pleasureful object, the more they want it, the more they seek it, and the more they will do anything to get it.
C1 They will seek in themselves. Some ways people work to get what they want.
D1 They will love bomb.
D2 They will manipulate.
D3 They will push boundaries.
D4 They will seduce.
D5 They will blackmail.
D6 They will lie.
D7 They will threaten.
D8 They will punish, abuse, use, control, etc.
C2 They will seek out others who have or do these things to help them.
C3 They will seek, even pay money, to pay those who supply such pleasures.
C4 They will turn to the devil and sell their soul.
B3 A list of some sinful pleasures. Galatians 5:19-21 WEL Now the works of the flesh are obvious. They are adultery, sexual sins, moral corruption, unrestrained lust, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, strife, provoking jealousy, hot anger, pushing to be first, selfish scheming, dissensions, heresy, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, wild partying, and so on, about which I have told you before, and as I have also told you in the past that those who practice such things will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
B4 James 1:14-15 NLT Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. 15 These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.
B5 These actions have consequences. No matter how one may justify them, there will be consequences in this life and the next. Romans 6:23 NKJV For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. [Emphasis is mine]
C1 1 Timothy 3:1 WEL This is a trustworthy saying, if anyone desires the oversight [of the church], he desires a good work.
C2 The qualifications, duties, attitudes, work, methods, etc. are given by God in 1&2 Timothy and Titus. Pragmatic and business models may bring numbers but are not usually in God’s plan. There are wrong motives, wrong goals, and many times fake results.
B2 Kingdom of God
C1 Matthew 6:33 GW But first, be concerned about his kingdom and what has his approval. Then all these things will be provided for you.
C2 To come. This is the kingdom where God rules. It is the kingdom of His worldview, lifestyle, and rules. It is the kingdom that brings, not necessarily happiness, which is temporary, but joy.
D1 Mark 1:15 EMTV and saying, “The time has been fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”
D2 Galatians 5:22–23 NLT But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!
D3 Philippians 2:17–18 NLT But I will rejoice even if I lose my life, pouring it out like a liquid offering to God, just like your faithful service is an offering to God. And I want all of you to share that joy. 18 Yes, you should rejoice, and I will share your joy.
D4 Isaiah 61:10 GW I will find joy in the LORD. I will delight in my God. He has dressed me in the clothes of salvation. He has wrapped me in the robe of righteousness like a bridegroom with a priest’s turban, like a bride with her jewels.
C3 To be lived. We can live a life of living according to sinful pleasures or a life of godly pleasures.
D1 Psalm 16:11 CSB You reveal the path of life to me; in your presence is abundant joy; at your right hand are eternal pleasures.
D2 2 Timothy 3:4 CSB …traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God…
B3 Souls be saved. There is pleasure and joy in
C1 God Isaiah 42:11 The LORD says, “Here is my servant, whom I strengthen— the one I have chosen, with whom I am pleased. I have filled him with my Spirit, and he will bring justice to every nation. (GNB92)
C2 Angels (God’s angels) Luke 15:10 GNB In the same way, I tell you, the angels of God rejoice over one sinner who repents.
C3 Humans Jeremiah 9:23–24 CSB This is what the LORD says: The wise person should not boast in his wisdom; the strong should not boast in his strength; the wealthy should not boast in his wealth. 24 “But the one who boasts should boast in this: that he understands and knows me—that I am the LORD, showing faithful love, justice, and righteousness on the earth, for I delight in these things. This is the LORD’s declaration.
B4 These derive from pleasures that glorify God and help others with or without gaining anything for ourselves.
Let us find contentment in what we have in this life, in our salvation, and in God’s promises for our future.
B1 1 Timothy 6:8 GNB So then, if we have food and clothes, that should be enough for us.
B2 Hebrews 13:5 NRSV Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with what you have; for he has said, “I will never leave you or forsake you.
B3 1 Timothy 6:6 NLT Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth.
B4 Isaiah 26:3 NLT You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!
B5 Matthew 6:19-21 NLT Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.
B6 John 5:24 NRSV Very truly, I tell you, anyone who hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life, and does not come under judgment, but has passed from death to life.
A Few Thoughts about Lust
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