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Conquering Lust

by Gary Smalley; The Smalley Institute

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Lust makes us think that having some person we don’t presently have would make us happier. Often that person is simply a figment of our imagination. Even if the person is real, we often attach character traits to him or her that are not real. Usually our lust focuses on sexual involvement. We imagine someone who is terribly fond of us and who prefers our presence and intimacy over anyone else’s. We imagine that if we had such a person to hold in our arms, it would be exciting and wonderfully fulfilling. This is a terrible deception, for we forget or ignore the devastating consequences of living out our imaginations.

Sensual imaginations reveal our selfish desire for stimulation. Unchecked, sensual stimulation actually increases the desire. We see this exhibited in several ways. For example, one of the primary reasons people smoke or consume alcohol or drugs is to stimulate their physical senses. As a person continues in this selfish frame of mind, the desire grows until he or she needs regular and increasing doses of stimulation.

Psychiatrist Gerald May observes that God created us to attach to him. All humans have a God-given, built-in need to attach to God in a meaningful way. When we ignore God, we instead try to attach to his creation—people, things, and career. This is where all types of addictions are formed.

Even if we feel we’ve conquered lust, the emotion can strike when we least expect it. One friend discovered this when he spoke at a Christian conference. Dick’s wife was in the final months of pregnancy, so they were not as sexually active as usual. While several hundred miles away from home, Dick suddenly found himself infatuated with a woman attending the conference. She was attractive and seemed to enjoy his company. But while admitting his normal sexual drive was heating up, he also knew that yielding to that desire would bring at best only a very temporary satisfaction. He came face-to-face with his own selfish desire to be stimulated and realized that the devastating long-term consequences to his ministry, to his wife and kids, and to his relationship with God would far outweigh any momentary pleasure. That knowledge helped him control his physical drive, which took about forty-eight hours to subside.

The motivation behind extramarital affairs seems to be very different for men and women. Men tend to lust for physical release or conquest, viewing women as challenges for satisfying their sexual drives. Women, on the other hand, tend to involve themselves in affairs because of their deep need for communication and a meaningful relationship—a deep need that is not being met.

Recently we’ve seen a huge increase in affairs on the Internet. These affairs don’t need to be consummated to cause a serious threat to a marriage. Many women find themselves more comfortable talking with a stranger in a chat room than to their own husbands. Many men enjoy the power they seem to have counseling a woman by means of an impersonal computer rather than face-to-face. In too many cases, men and women let their imaginations go wild in these relationships.

How can we use lust to strengthen our relationship with God?

First, by recognizing the basic motive behind this emotion. Lust is not serving a person in love; it is viewing a person as an object to be used. This happens even within the marriage relationship. With Norma, I had to realize that I was violating God’s law by trying to use her for my own happiness rather than loving her by serving her needs.

Second, lust can reconfirm our awareness that God — not another’s body, not even our mate’s — is the source of our fulfillment. As pleasurable as sex can be, it can never substitute for the lasting joy and satisfaction of knowing God.

Third, in the midst of lustful thoughts, as an act of our will, we can pray something like this: Lord, I know there are times when I wish my mate acted sexier. And there are even times I have entertained thoughts about being in the arms of another person. All the advertisements on TV have tried to convince me it would be exciting. But right here and now I continue to trust you to energize my life and provide all I need. I am willing to rest and wait in your faithfulness. I don’t even know all I’m trying to gain from these lustful thoughts, but you know, and I know you’ll meet my needs as you always have.

Because God knows our thoughts, we can share them with him and admit that we don’t understand. That’s what Paul instructs us to do in Romans: [God’s] Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but … he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will (Romans 8:26-27).

What practical help can we offer those stuck in the quicksand of lustful desire?

Some try to struggle out of the grip it has on their lives through visualization, masturbation, or regular participation in sexual activity. But the more we struggle, the deeper we sink. If no one is available to pull us out, the one way to escape from quicksand is to relax, lie back in the sand, take a deep breath, fill your lungs with air, and allow your limbs to float to the top. We can take similar action with lust by not fighting our thoughts and desires and instead ask Jesus to perform what he promises to do release us from bondage. He can supernaturally pull us out as we rest in him.

If no one is available to pull you out of quicksand, you can still escape by slowly moving your arms above your head, putting them slightly into the sand, and swimming slowly to the edge, as if doing a slow-motion backstroke. Experts say it may take several hours to swim just a few feet. But freedom is as close as the bank. When battling lust, we can do the same thing by persistently looking to Jesus for strength and patience.

I have known men stuck in the mire of lust who didn’t make it to freedom for several months. It may take a year or more for some to swim to freedom. Day after day we must reconfirm truths given to us by Jesus. God promises he is faithful to answer the requests of his children. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours (Mark 11:24). And, If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you (John 15:7). Real freedom comes from abiding in a close relationship with God and from allowing God’s Word to become alive in us. The Bible urges us to live a life of love …. But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality (Ephesians 5:2-3). And, It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery (Galatians 5:1). It is God’s will that we experience freedom from lust, so we can stand in his line daily, knowing it is just a matter of time before he will bring us freedom from sexual slavery.

Once we’re free from the quicksand, we’re usually weak from the effort.

Here are four ways to regain strength and remain strong so we don’t fall back into the mire:

First, rehearse the negative consequences of sexual involvement, even in the midst of lustful thoughts. Remember what it feels like to be trapped. The consequences are far more than we can mention here, but they include enslavement to passion (see Galatians 5:1); reinforcement of our self-centered tendency that diminishes genuine expression of love; callousness of our soul (see Ephesians 4:19); and, of course, the possibility of catching a sexual disease. In other words, the truth and life of God are darkened within us when we engage in unrighteousness (see Romans 1:18-32).

Second, memorize sections of Scripture that deal specifically with sexual freedom. After memorizing them, persistently ask God to make your life consistent with these verses. Start with Galatians 5:1-14, Ephesians 5:1-6, and 1 Thessalonians 4:3-7.

Remember, when we read God’s Word, we don’t read it for what we can do by our own efforts. Don’t think, I need to start living more by this or that law. Rather, read God’s Word and see his commandments as what you’ll look like as you continue to abide in Christ. If you love me, you will obey what I command, the Lord says (John 14:15). Keep your focus on loving, knowing, and abiding in him and watch him enrich and strengthen your life.

Third, for men especially, beware of the anger/lust cycle that often develops. Many men experience their most severe times of lust after a struggle or problem at home or at work. If we fail to make things right after a disagreement or confrontation, we may be setting ourselves up for temptation, because such encounters leave us feeling depressed and inadequate. Because none of us likes to feel bad about ourselves, we look for something to perk us up, to make us feel powerful and important again.

Sexual stimulation can have a temporary euphoric effect. Like alcohol or drugs, it can bring about a heightened sense of self-worth until the shame and reality of our actions bring us crashing down. Some men who never take a drink or try drugs submit to a life of erotic escapades that is every bit as addictive and deadly. Sin always takes you further down the path of destruction than you want to go.

Writing in the book of Proverbs, Solomon has sobering words for those who use any form of lust actual sexual encounters, fantasy, or pornographic pictures to make up for feelings of anger or low self-worth: For the lips of an adulteress drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil; but in the end she is bitter as gall, sharp as a double-edged sword (Proverbs 5:3-4).

Giving in to lust does not break the anger/lust cycle; it only intensifies it. Now we are not only angry and depressed about our problem at work or at home, but we are also angry about our lack of self-control. And on top of our shame, those of us who are Christians also have the Holy Spirit convicting us of sin.

Genuine repentance is a biblical solution, but getting furious with ourselves and vowing it will never happen again do little good. In fact, when we browbeat ourselves (a way of punishing ourselves so that God won’t, or so that he will let us off the hook), we actually dig a deeper rut for ourselves and set ourselves up for our next lust fix.

Unless we truthfully deal with the anger/lust cycle and admit it is signaling that a relationship needs repair or that we need the help of a Christian friend or counselor, we may continue in the downward spiral for years. This vicious circle of sin can cause even Christians to spin so fast that right seems wrong and wrong seems right. But returning to Christ’s healing is always the answer.

Finally, realize that for most people the gaining of freedom from lust is a long-term process, especially for those who have developed a habit of immoral thoughts and actions. You might consider starting or joining a support group for those who struggle in this area. This can be a men-only or women-only group who testify as to how God has produced freedom and who encourage and support one another in memorizing and meditating on Scripture. These folks also hold each other accountable, pray with each other, and talk honestly about their entrapment. Much healing can come just by confessing our weakness and praying for each other: “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective” (James 5:16).

Al meets regularly with several other men in a discipleship group. Once he returned from a business trip and reported that his hotel room had a cable movie station. He watched a PG-rated movie, then started to watch a sexually explicit film but caught himself and turned it off. However, he expressed concern about handling temptation on an upcoming ten-day trip. One of the members asked Al to develop a plan for using any of the time that was not being spent in meetings, which he did.

On his return Al had to give a report. Near the end of the trip he had found himself seated next to a single woman at an athletic event. The thought entered his mind, You could take her out for dinner and no one would ever know. Rather than allow time to entertain the thought any further, he left the game early. Knowing he was accountable to men back home helped him resist temptation because he knew they would ask him how he did. Accountability is good, but remember that it doesn’t replace the most important solution God’s grace doing its work in us.

I have focused on the sexual aspects of lust because it is so out-of-control in our society. But other forms of lust such as craving sweets, overeating, and stimulating the senses through drugs and alcohol can be just as damaging. The thoughts I’ve shared can apply in any area of sensual temptation that robs us of life.

What error messages appear most frequently in your life? Jealousy, envy, or lust? Take the time necessary to deal with those emotions.

 

Excerpted from the book “Joy that Lasts”.

© Copyright 2003 Smalley Relationship Center

Smalley, Gary. Joy that Lasts. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2002. Print.

Stand With a Brother

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Be Free in Christ is a ministry that was established so Christian men would have a place where they can reach out to one another. Whether for the purpose of confession, asking for advice or prayer, or offering encouragement. It is vital that we let Jesus wash us clean of the filth in our lives, but it is also important that we have some earthly person to turn to who will help us stand when we need help in battling our desires.

First we need to identify the seriousness of lust.  If we consider lust to be like a drug that pulls us in and destroys us from the inside out, it can help shine a light on just how dangerous it can be to our spiritual health. Romans 8:6 – The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.

Pastor John Piper writes: Lust Is Psycho-Erotic Euphoria. It is just like power in your body that makes you so pleased by the erotic, by the visual, that you are moving toward it visually with such a force that it starts to nullify moral conviction. It puts you out of touch with all the arguments you had before to be pure and move you into behavior that you are then later going to disapprove of.

It is like drunkenness. Suppose you go to a bar with a buddy … and he wants to drive and go watch a movie downtown while he is drunk. And you say, “You are not driving. I am not going to let you drive.” And you bend his arm behind his back and just throw him in the back seat and grab his key, and since he is your friend, he doesn’t hit you, and you drive him home and throw him in bed.

Is that right? Should we do that? And I think most people would say, “Yeah. Yeah, you should do that. I mean he was drunk. He was going to kill himself.”

We need to attack lust like we would alcoholism or drug addiction. We need to rid our lives of the source of our temptation, whether drink, drug, or porn. Matthew 5:29 – “If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out”.

So, along with attacking temptation ourselves (in Jesus’ power) we should surround ourselves with brothers in Christ who will stand alongside us.  And in turn, we need to be there for our brothers to help them in their struggles.

As Pastor Piper adds: we need people in our lives who will break our arm? Not just, as Paul says, “I pummel my own body.” I am saying you should pummel me.

If you are drunk, and you are going to kill yourself, you had better be glad somebody is in your life to throw you in the back seat of a car. And later on when you wake up, you will glad they did. Then you can pray towards some kind of appropriate stance where you obey freely from your heart.

Helping Each other Stand

Having brothers who will try to shake some sense into you is an incredible blessing. We can help to keep each other stay focused and on the right path. Proverbs 27:17 – Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.

Accountability, like we find in groups such as Be Free in Christ is a powerful tool in helping us feel like we are not alone, that there are others with similar struggles.

We must not be afraid to admit we cannot overcome on our own. First and foremost we need Jesus.  His grace and His strength are essential in winning the battle over temptation.  Second, having Christians who will allow us to lean on them is vital.

Hebrews 3:13 – Exhort one another every day, as long as it is called ‘today,’ that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.

 

John Piper (@JohnPiper) is founder and teacher of DesiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is author of more than 50 books, including A Peculiar Glory.  Quotes attributed to John Piper were taken from his writing that can be found in its entirety at the following link: http://www.desiringgod.org/interviews/how-can-we-serve-one-another-in-battling-lust

Battling Lust

God created sex to be enjoyed in the bonds of marriage, between one man and one woman.  Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. – Genesis 2:24

The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband. – 1 Corinthians 7:3

Man on the other hand, has taken this beautiful gift and spoiled it by indulging in lustful desires outside of the marriage bed.  Each one of you know how to take a wife for himself in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like heathen who do not know God. – 1 Thessalonians 4:4-5

And by attempting to satisfy our lust outside of the marriage bed, we objectify the other person and we abuse God’s beautiful gift.

Today’s World

The perception of sex has changed dramatically over the last few decades.  Abstaining from sex until marriage, which was once considered normal and honorable, is now seen as strange and prudish.  Sexual promiscuity and pornography are no longer taboo, but commonplace.

But God sees all attempts at feeding sexual desires outside of the marriage bed as adultery.  “You shall not commit adultery. – Exodus 20:14

But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. – Matthew 5:28-29

He who commits adultery lacks sense; he who does it destroys himself. – Proverbs 6:32

For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. – Ephesians 5:5

As we can clearly see in these verses from Proverbs, Ephesians and Matthew, the view of the world that sex out of marriage is no big deal does not harmonize with God’s view.  God sees it as destructive and damaging to our relationship with Him.

Fighting the battle against lust is not easy.  Many of us have fed the fires of our desire for years prior to accepting Jesus as Savior and Lord.  Trying to change a pattern of a lifetime is extremely daunting.  In fact, I would say it is impossible to do, at least in our own power.  However, we do not need to accomplish this on our own, but in Jesus’ power.  For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace. – Romans 6:14

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. – Ephesians 2:10

Battle Plan

Turning to God is the only way to defeat those lustful desires we all have.  A growing relationship with the Lord is the only thing that can ever truly satisfy us.  Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” – John 4:13-14

Additionally, by seeking God in all things, He will ignite our passion for our spouse. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. – Galatians 5:22-23

Can you imagine a marriage that is built on love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control?  What more could we need?

 

BefreeinChrist would like to know what you have found to be helpful in living this out.  Is it the accountability that this or other groups afford, or the encouragement of the scriptures? Perhaps it’s a 12-step group, like Sex Addicts Anonymous.  We have so many tools and weapons at our disposal, that we should avail ourselves to, including the many on this site.  Please send a response HERE.

4 Tips for Beating the Lust Trap

By Mark Dance who is director of LifeWay Pastors.  Prior to LifeWay, Mark pastored churches for 27 years.

We would all like to believe that pastors are above the same sexual temptations and traps that snare other people. Quite the contrary, I believe that ministers are the most strategic of targets on hell’s hit list.

Ministers are rightly expected to preach for sexual fidelity as well as against sexual immorality. We have no shortage of material these days with homosexual and transgender headlines staring at us daily. We are not only supposed to address sexual immorality in our churches, but also in our homes and in our hearts.

I want to share some encouraging ways to help you avoid the lust trap. These are not four easy steps for purity, only time honored strategies that have been learned the hard way. My list is not exhaustive, so please feel free to recommend more in the comments section of this blog.

  1. Holy Spirit > Your Will

Some of you may have thrown in the towel so many times that you are skeptical about another purity strategy. I have a good news/ bad news scenario for you.

Bad News = WE ARE ALL LOSERS.

You have no inherent strength to live and serve in victory. My inner strength is insufficient to avoid the lust trap, much less overcome it.

“Apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).

Good News = CHRISTIANS ARE FULL OF SUPERNATURAL POWER.

“The weapons of our warfare are not worldly, but are powerful through God for the demolition of strongholds…taking every thought captive to obey Christ” (2 Cor. 10:4-5).

  1. Recruit Your Spouse as an Ally

God not only expects us to win, He sets us up for success through the awesome gift of marriage. Since most of my readers are ministers, and 98% of ministers are married men – I want to speak to you man to man. You need your wife more than she probably realizes.

There are two sex talks every woman needs. One from her mother, and one from her husband. If the first one makes her sick, the second one will make her mad. Early on in our marriage I told Janet how men really think and she was mad.

For a year.

Seriously.

Marriage was awkward for a year, then awesome for twenty!

Not only has Janet become my greatest ally in the endless war against the world, flesh, and devil – but a terrific coach to other women who do not fully understand the sexaholic they married. A great place to start is 1 Corinthians 7.

The pastor’s closest friend and strongest ally is his spouse, but hopefully she is not the only one.

  1. Walk In Purity & Victory With Other Men

Isolation makes us vulnerable. Godly ministers cannot win the battle for purity alone, as much as we would like to because of its private nature.

Pornography is not just a problem in the clergy, it is an obsession. One poll found that a disturbing 75% of ministers say they have zero accountability systems in place to help them stay pure (Heath Lambert, 10/14).

“Flee from youthful passions, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart” (2 Tim. 2:22).

  1. Build a Firewall Around Your Life

Before we can lead others, we must first be able to lead ourselves.

“Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock that the Holy Spirit has appointed you to as overseers, to shepherd (pastor) the church of God” (Acts 20:28).

People don’t fall into traps, they walk into them. Here is a better, biblical plan:

“Run from sexual immorality!” (1 Cor. 6:18).

Solomon gives great practical advice to his sons about the dangers of adultery in Proverbs 5-6, which applies to both the literal and virtual versions of it. His double barreled counsel to them was to enjoy their wives and avoid “the forbidden woman.” In a nutshell – she will take your marriage, reputation, fortune, and possibly, your life.

“Keep your way far from her. Don’t go near the door of her house” (Prov. 5:8).

 

This article originally appeared on Lifeway.com on June 18, 2015 and is reprinted with permission from the author.

The Dangerous Mindset of Lust

By Steve Gallagher
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In spite of the fact that sexual sin was widespread under the surface in the Church, it was hardly ever discussed openly in 1986 when I founded Pure Life Ministries. Men who struggled were terrified that if they were discovered they would be ostracized by fellow church members. The fear was legitimate.

Gratefully, this has changed, and today sexual sin is talked about openly. Those who struggle are no longer stigmatized and treated as outcasts as they once were. After all, lust is “Every Man’s Battle.” Indeed, the new catch-phrase in the Church is: “God hates the sin but loves the sinner.”

Yes, much has changed for the good in the past 18 years. And yet, I fear that the pendulum has swung too far in the opposite direction. Could it be that in our attempt to show compassion to those bound up in sin that we have minimized the evil nature of the sin? In our rush to assure fallen men that “God loves the sinner,” have we forgotten that He also “hates the sin?” Are we giving men the wrong message that God really isn’t too concerned about wickedness?

Unlike many today, Jesus spoke of lust in the most sobering and even frightening terms. For instance, we are all familiar with the passage dealing with lust and masturbation in the Sermon on the Mount:

You have heard that it was said, “You shall not commit adultery;” but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. If your right hand makes you stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to go into hell. (Matthew 5:27-30)

Before we blow over these well-known (and to many, worn out) words, we should stop to examine an important term Jesus used in this passage: stumble (Gk. skandalizo). It seems as though Jesus is saying, “If you occasionally have a spiritual lapse, you must sever the cause of it lest you be sent to hell.” How could that be the case? Would Jesus really send a man to hell because he “stumbles” in sin every now and then? Since these words don’t seem to line up with our ideas about God’s grace (“God loves the sinner”), most people tend to think that Jesus really didn’t mean what He said. But I want to say that Jesus made no mistakes in His statements. He said exactly what He meant to say and it is very dangerous to assume otherwise.

One of the reasons these words aren’t taken very seriously by many men today is that the English translation used here is very weak. The Greek term skandalizo is much more alarming than our English term stumble. Perhaps glancing at a couple of other verses where this Greek word is used will give us a better sense of what it really means:

“And in a similar way these are the ones on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy; and they have no firm root in themselves, but are only temporary; then, when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately they fall away (skandalizo).”  (Mark 4:16-17)

“And at that time many will fall away (skandalizo) and will deliver up one another and hate one another.”  (Matthew 24:10)

In the context of these two passages, we can see that this term refers to spiritual apostasy. But is that really what Jesus is talking about? Isn’t this term also used in a less dramatic way? Yes, and that is precisely the point. The strength of Jesus’ statement about lust and masturbation should be understood in direct correlation to each individual’s situation.

For instance, if we are talking about a godly man who “walks with the Lord,” but then—in a moment of uncharacteristic weakness—succumbs to temptation and lusts or masturbates, but repents and gets back on track, that would rightly be termed “stumbling.” On the other hand, the word stumble would not be the appropriate term to use for the man who regularly indulges in lust or masturbation. His sin is causing him to fall away from the living God.

Many men I have dealt with over the years have deceived themselves about their sin. They like to say that they “struggle” with lust or masturbation, when the truth is that there really isn’t any struggle going on at all: they regularly give over to the passions of their flesh. Peter described men like this in the Church of his day: “They have eyes full of harlotry, insatiable for sin. They beguile and bait and lure away unstable souls. Their hearts are trained in covetousness (lust, greed)… Forsaking the straight road they have gone astray…”  (II Peter 2:14-15 AMP)

This is the sort of man who I believe Jesus is addressing in this passage: men who are habitually sinning. They don’t occasionally slip into the gutter; they live there. It would be very foolish for such men to minimize the gravity of Jesus’ words in this passage. He only used the term hell in a handful of occasions; in this case he used it twice. The implication of His words is unmistakable.

The deception many fall prey to is that since they remain faithful in their church attendance, they can’t be considered as apostates. A backslider is someone who has thrown off all semblances of Christianity and is living in open sin. However, much of the Bible is taken up with the hypocrisy of those who “honor Me with their lips but their hearts are far from Me.”

The context of Jesus’ statements in Matthew 5 revolves around the heart, the inward life. The point Jesus made that is even though a man may not be committing actual fornication the very fact that his heart is full of lust makes him just as guilty as if he were actually practicing it. Thus, it is possible for an individual to fall away from God in his heart even though he still maintains an outward semblance of religion.

The true telling factor of whether a man will face the terrible sentence pronounced by “He who has been given authority to execute judgment,” is not whether or not he is sitting in church every week, but what is going on inside him. Those who have “gone astray” and “fallen away” in their hearts, would do well to drop to their knees and cry out to God for a spirit of repentance. God can restore innocence to every heart that truly desires it – truly cries out to Him for it.

This message was graciously provided by Steve Gallagher, the founder and president of Pure Life Ministries. Be Free in Christ thanks Steve for his dedication to helping men find freedom from sexual sin and the abundant life in God that comes through deep repentance.

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