Preaching, Teaching, and Notes

Lust

James 1:14-15 “But every man is tempted,  when he is drawn away of his own lust,  and enticed.

                            Then when lust hath conceived,  it bringeth forth sin;  and sin,  when it is finished,  bringeth forth death.”

2 Peter 1:4 “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises;  that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature,  having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”

We think of lust as lusting after money,  or sex, or power.

But “lust” is, “I want this for myself”.  And often it is:  “I want it now.”

It can be for anything;  gold, or sex, or power,  or anything.   But it is the drawing away of ourselves from God,  to something else.

As Peter says,  it corrupts us.  Corruption is like twisting and knotting a rope;  it is very hard to untangle.

So lust entangles us in the world, and sin.

Now it can come from the suggestion of the world or the devil.   And it can come from our own likes, and dislikes.

James, and Peter were talking to Christians, not to the unsaved. (They are already dead in trespasses and sins.  A dead person can not get any deader)

As responsible creatures, we should want what God wants for us. 

(Because if we could just see what He has for us,  we would be running toward it.

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you,  saith the Lord,  thoughts of peace,  and not of evil,  to give you an expected end.”)

But lust from the world corrupts our thoughts of God, and His plan for us.

What are the lusts of the world?

1 John 2:16 “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh,  the lust of the eyes,  and the pride of life,  is not of the Father, but is of the world.”

And the world and the devil can paint a very beautiful picture of all these temptations.     He knows what we want to hear.  

(“Wow, you were great! No one can beat you.”

Or “They have no sympathy for anyone.   Just wait till they get sick.   I hope no one shows sympathy to them.”)

To be responsible means we have been put in a position of trust.  

Our souls can think after God,  for we have minds to think.

Our souls can love God,  for we have hearts to do so.

Our souls can will after God,  for we have been given wills for that very purpose.

We have been put in the position of trust to do these things;  we are responsible creatures.

Because Adam, our first father, chose sin;  we no longer want to do these things.

Remember, he ate of the Tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

He already knew good.   

But the devil tempted Eve into thinking the knowledge of evil was going to be “eye opening”.  

Genesis 3: 4-6 “And the serpent(the devil in disguise) said unto the woman,   Ye shall not surely die:

                            For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof,  then your eyes  shall be opened,  and ye shall be as gods,  knowing good and evil.

                            And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food,  and that it was pleasant to the eyes,  and a tree to be desired to make one wise,  she took of the fruit thereof,  and did eat,  and gave also unto her husband with her,  and he did eat.”

I wish I could really emphasis the words, “when the woman saw…that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise”.

Who told her it was “pleasant”?   Or that it would make her “wise”?

But though Eve disobeyed first;  we did not die in Eve (for Eve was taken from Adam’s rib);  but we died in Adam. (1 Corinthians 15:21-22)

But when Adam saw Eve eat,  and he knew she would die;  he sinned because he chose to die with Eve,  rather than lose her and live unto God.  Terrible choice.

All was a lie of the devil;  but Eve had been “drawn away” by the lust.

By the of the flesh: she first went to look on the tree they were not to eat of, and believed it would be “good for food”.

By the lust of the eyes, for she suddenly saw that it was “pleasant” to look on.

By the pride of life,  for she wanted to be as “gods”.

But Peter tells us the answer:

2 Peter 1:3-4 “According as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness,  through the knowledge of Him who hath called us to glory and virtue:

                         Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises;  that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature,  having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”

If you are a Christian:  born again means that you have Christ’s nature or life implanted within you.

That is His divine power.    

So, in Christ, we are given “all” things that we may live in godliness, as we gain knowledge and experience of Him.

How are we given all things?      By the promises He has given.  

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.   Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27)

Do we have this peace?   He has it for us;  and by getting it,  we acquire the power of His life for this time.

“…that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.” (John 17:13)

Do we have His joy?  He has it for us.

“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying,   I am the light of the world:  he that followeth  me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” (John 8:12 )

Are we getting the light we need for each day, to walk clearly with Him?

“And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it:  that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.”  (John 17: 26)

Do we know His love for us personally,  today?

His Promises are real, and for each one of His children.  The temptations of today are also real.   

We need to use those “all things” which the Lord Jesus gives us, to help us stand in the evil day. (And that is every day).

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