2 Lust and Adultery -- Matthew 5: 27-30 27 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’28 But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.29 If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.
3 I. The Power of Imagination Lust and Adultery -- Matthew 5: 27-30I. The Power of ImaginationIn The Workplace and Daily LifeII. Imagination Can Have A Dark SideSatan Perverts What Is Good !Jimmy Carter, 1976:" I try not to commit a deliberate sin. I recognizethat I'm going to do it anyhow, because I'm humanand I'm tempted. And Christ set some almostimpossible standards for us. Christ said, 'I tell youthat anyone who looks on a woman with lust hasin his heart already committed adultery.‘ I've looked on a lot of women with lust. I've committed adultery in my heart many times. This is something that God recognizes I will do--and I have done it--and God forgives me for it."
4 I. The Power of Imagination Lust and Adultery -- Matthew 5: 27-30I. The Power of ImaginationIn The Workplace and Daily lifeII. Imagination Can Have A Dark SideIII. The SoM: Christ’s PositionChallenging and Straight ForwardIV. Christ is Dealing With The Internal, Not ExternalAdultery Is MORE Than The Physical ActV. LustInsatiable DesireSinful CravingEyes Awaken Desire
5 Preventing Lust Is A Difficult Challenge Lust and Adultery -- Matthew 5: 27-30I. Is Sexual Desire Lust ?NO!It Is God-GivenFor Pleasure and ProcreationB. DistinctionGod’s Plan of Sexual Desire is HealthyLust Is Rooted in Human DepravityIt Is Self-Centered, Focused on My GratificationMarriage Bed Is To Be UndefiledLust Perverts MarriagePreventing Lust Is A Difficult Challenge
6 Inward Thoughts Produce Outward Acts Lust and Adultery -- Matthew 5: 27-30II. Is Lust Adultery ?Yes!Both Physical And Mental Is SinSinful Even If Only In The MindB. ElaborationGreat Punishment for ImmoralityOT: Capital Offense By StoningNT: Disqualification For Spiritual LeadershipIf We Deal With The Mind, We Don’t Have To Deal With Physical SinThe Pharisees Could Not Get Past The Outward, External RighteousnessInward Thoughts Produce Outward Acts
7 Lust and Adultery -- Matthew 5: 27-30 III. Why Is Lust Wrong ?It Denies The Law of Love !God Created The Whole PersonLust Focuses Only On The PhysicalLust Will NOT Foster Love !B. It Devours a Person !Demands Increasing SatisfactionTraps a Person, Seems Like No Way OutInsatiable Thirst Causes DeathLust is Destructive: Body, Soul, SpiritLook Upon The Opposite Sex As In The Image of God
8 IV. What Can We Do About Lust ? Lust and Adultery -- Matthew 5: 27-30IV. What Can We Do About Lust ?Take RADICAL StepsNote The Words Of Jesus ChristConnection: Eye – Heart AdulteryTreat Your Body As A Blind AmputeeB. Take Responsibility !No “Victim” MentalityTake It To Christ … And Leave it !C. Take Notice of Early WarningsMake A Way of Escape 1 Cor. 10:13It Always Begins With A ChoiceD. Take Time To Feed on God’s WORDIt Is TRUTH – Opposite of The WorldE. Take Time To Renew Higher LawLust Destroys Intimacy – Not Close to God or Spouse
9 We Must Decide Who We Will Live For: Closing ThoughtsI. Walking With The LordLust Hinders Spiritual GrowthLust is Prohibited So We Can Grow in ChristII. Loving The LordLove Him Too Much To Lust For AnotherCultivate Intimacy With GodWe Must Decide Who We Will Live For:God or The World !