Summary: Lust is a powerful animal that makes people do stupid things. Everyone is tempted in this area, but not everyone is honest about it. It's time to fuss up and be accountable.
I want to talk to you about a very POWERFUL subject today
PRO – LUST
CUE - LUST
PRO – 2 PICS OF CHOCOLATES, 2 OF PIZZA, 1 OF PIZZA/CHOCOLATE
CUE - PASTOR
A. Most of the time when you hear the word LUST
1. It refers to SEXUAL LUST.
B. You can be the GREATEST AJ on the PLANET
1. And still be ENTICED by the POWERFUL thing called lust
PRO – BUMPER
CUE - PASTOR
OUR AVERAGE JOE - JOSEPH
ILL: Bros throw him in a pit, sell him in slavery, Egyptian Officer buys him.
A. Joseph’s in Potiphar’s house
1. Potiphar noticed something different about JOE.
Genesis 39:3 (NLT)
Potiphar noticed this and realized that the LORD was with Joseph, giving
him success in everything he did.
Genesis 39:5 (NLT)
From the day Joseph was put in charge of his master’s household and property,
the LORD began to bless Potiphar’s household for Joseph’s sake. All his
household affairs ran smoothly, and his crops and livestock flourished.
2. Not only did God bring SUCCESS to JOE, also for the one he served.
3. IMPORTANT!!!! TO FOLLOW GODS WORD.
4. Not only does he want His success for you, family, marriage, work
B. JOE was riding high, until that POWER OF LUST showed up.
Genesis 39:6-7 (NIV)
…Now Joseph was well-built and handsome, and after a while his master's wife took notice of Joseph and said, "Come to bed with me!"
1. POTIPHAR’S WIFE was getting bored with life, needed some excitement
2. MAYBE She got CAUGHT UP - to many Romance books or SOAP OPERAS.
C. Maybe she started to believe that she only had “ONE LIFE TO LIVE”
1. Or “YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS” in her was more then she could handle.
2. She would say, “I’m tired of “ALL MY CHILDREN”,
because “AS THE WORLD TURNS” I’m not getting any younger.
3. Before I find myself ending up at the “GENERAL HOSPITAL”
D. Make sure you’re not FEEDING that LUST within YOU.
1. You’re going to be feeding ONE of the 2 things.
2. GOD’S SPIRIT or your FLESH
2 Timothy 2:22 (NLT)
Run From Anything That Stimulates Youthful Lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.
ILL: One day JOE walked in the house, everybody was gone
1. JOE made a big mistake, he noticed something was wrong and walked in anyways.
2. ESPECIALLY BEING A MAN, MEN KNOW - CLOSE TO THE EDGE.
3. He was getting COCKY again; and he thought he could RESIST
You need to:
Convince Yourself You’re Not As Strong As You Think
1st part of 2 Timothy 2:22
“Run From Anything That Stimulates Youthful Lusts”
A. KNOW WHO YOUR ARE
Romans 7:18 (NIV)
I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have
the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.
1. Paul is saying that there’s GOOD AND EVIL RAGING in us all the time.
ILL: Talk about TRANSPARENCY
2. When we think we won’t succumb to the temptation.
3. We can create within ourselves a sense of false strength.