“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation He will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13
This week Lead Pastor Carl Gulley continued our Let My People Go series with a message on the pharaoh of lust. Lust robs us of the authority we’ve been given and uses shame to keep us from pressing into the presence of God.
Throughout the morning, we talked about five lies the enemy uses to keep us trapped in the cycle of lust and shame.
- LIE #1: Lust is a man issue. // We are made to believe that lust is an issue only men deal with. The truth is, lust is a mankind issue. Lust is a temptation common to all people and therefore it is winnable because of Jesus.
- LIE #2: Bondage to lust is about the need for sex. // If we believe this lie, we’ll believe that the only way to find satisfaction is through a sexual release or outlet. The truth is, sexual bondage is a coping mechanism to medicate wounds and to deal with the stress of life. To find freedom, we need to make it less about the action, and focus on dealing with the wound that lead to the lies and eventually actions.
- LIE #3: My lust issue will be solved once I get married. // Marriage will not resolve all of our issues. While God gives the gift of sex to married couples for pleasure and to combat sexual temptation, the cycle of lust is never resolved until you are forgiven, healed and trained to fight it. The work we put in to get over lust in our time of singleness, will give us strength to draw from in our moments of weakness, whether we’re married or not.
- LIE #4: Sex is a bad thing // Sin is a bad thing. Sex, in the context of marriage is not bad at all. God didn’t create sex to be something that would bring shame. Marriage is not just a commitment, it is a covenant between a man, a woman and God. In a covenant, there is blessing and nothing is hidden, this is why there is no shame.
- LIE #5: Pornography is not that big of a deal // The reality is, pornography is a sin that encourages human trafficking and destroys your brain, your soul, your relationships with others, and ultimately your relationship with God.
Lust is an insatiable desire for more of something that will ultimately overpromise and underdeliver.
DESTRUCTION DOESN’T HAVE TO BE OUR STORY.
Freedom from lust is possible because of Jesus. His death, burial and resurrection gives us the power to overcome the pharaoh of lust. Ultimately, our challenge isn’t overcoming lust. Our challenge is believing that the gospel is enough and has the power to set us free.
IN RESPONSE //
- Accountability // The things we think are hidden are actually the things that own us. If you are struggling in this area, we encourage you to invest in a discipleship relationship where you can be completely transparent with three – four people.
- Prayer and Fasting // The Bible says some things only come out by prayer and fasting. Lust is not a feeling, it is a demon. We want to loosen the strongholds lust has on each of our lives, and praying and fasting can be one of the keys to do that. You’ll learn more about our upcoming church-wide prayer and fast in a couple of weeks.