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Summary: This is the 2nd of 4 in a series dealing with major temptations the believer faces.

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The Temptations: Dealing With Lust

(2 of 3)

September 2, 2001 F.B.C. Chester, Illinois Mike Fogerson, Speaker

Introduction:

1. When we talk about lust were not simply talking about the physical act of adultery/sex.

A. Anything that feeds evil desires fuels the fires of lust.

a. Porn is a $13 billion business,

b. In 1999 revenues from porn web-sites was 1.2 billion dollars, There are 100,000 porn websites and 200 new sites pop up everyday.

*There are more than 10,000 porn movies released every year and over 300 million videos are sold every year. (Only 260 million people in America)

*There are more porn outlets than McDonalds.

*25% of porn sites have brand names (Barbie, Britteny Spears, Nintendo, disney, nba...) to attract hits from search engines.

*Over 75% of all internet users on line after 10 o’clock are viewing pornography. (The largest group viewing are boys between the age of 13 and 18)

B. Lust is destroying marriages and families and churches.

a. ½ of all marries people will commit adultery during their life time. (Men are usually higher, but not much)

b. The Good news: The level of adultery within the church is half what the national average is. The level of adulter among ministers is 1/5 of the national average.

The Bad news: 1 in 4 Christians has committed adultery. 1 in 10 pastors have committed adultery.

2. The Temptations Series brings us to a hot topic today. Dealing With Lust.

A. MT 5:1 Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, MT 5:27 "You have heard that it was said, `Do not commit adultery.’ [28] But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. [29] If your right eye causes you to sin, 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. [30] And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.

*The disciples that followed him got this information. Those who climbed with Jesus got the good stuff.

a. Jesus told his fellow mountain climbers how to deal with their lust. (ETS)

b. People who really want to follow Jesus must deal with their lust. (ESS)

B. I want you to have a strategy to deal with lust. (Objective)

a. What are you doing to deal with your lust? (Probing Question)

b. Let’s look at two aspects of lust that can help us deal with it so we can follow Jesus. (Transitional Sentence)

I. The first aspect of lust is its decription.

A Lust is LOOKING. (Nothing else)

a The word Jesus uses for looking is a present participle which means it keeps going, and going and going. (Keep looking, learing....etc.)

*When you undress someone with your eyes (beach, office, store, restaurant, porn..)

b This is more than a simple admiring look. (Good looking guy/gal.....different)

*Lust is when you look in order to fulfill your fantasias.

B Lust is ADULTERY. (Cheating on your spouse)


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