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Proverbs 7 is our main text for this morning
Lust in scripture can reach beyond sexual impurity but this is the manner i wish to deal with today.
Sexual Sin = Any transgression of the limits that God has set for the enjoyment of sex.
Pre-Marital Sex
Homosexuality - M/F
Gender Non-Conformity
God’s Judgement on sexual sin
in this life
in the life to come
God’s power over sexual sin
it can be forgiven
hearts can be changed

Lust Begins With a Look.

Proverbs 7:6–7 ESV
6 For at the window of my house I have looked out through my lattice, 7 and I have seen among the simple, I have perceived among the youths, a young man lacking sense,
As we look at lust and sexual sin we do so to learn
Genesis 3:6 ESV
6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.
Gen 3.7 “7 Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.”
Original sin in the garden… not sexual… idea of lustfulness
direct impact on sexuality !!
direct impact on their hiding from God
continued from there...
all forms of secret sexual sin and hiding from God
Not just an external concern (fig leaves) (those people)
Matthew 5:28 ESV
28 But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
Jesus calls us to the heart of the matter (pun intended)
lustful INTENT = adultery
Not just Men looking at Women… vice-versa
Are you helping or hurting others??
James 1:14–15 NASB95
14 But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. 15 Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death.
Looks can be deceiving...
look, linger, lust…

Commit to Not Look or to Look Away.

Proverbs 7:8–10 ESV
8 passing along the street near her corner, taking the road to her house 9 in the twilight, in the evening, at the time of night and darkness. 10 And behold, the woman meets him, dressed as a prostitute, wily of heart.
This man not only looks toward, he walks toward as well
Like the field of dreams, if you build it they will come, if you go looking you will find
Job 31:1 ESV
1 “I have made a covenant with my eyes; how then could I gaze at a virgin?
This is not a loophole to gaze at non-virgins!!
Cov = Promise
To look away means to look at something else… (Jesus and the Things of God)
last week setting mind on Heavenly Things…
Proverbs 4:25–27 ESV
25 Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. 26 Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure. 27 Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil.
fix your eyes upon Jesus
Psalm 101:3 ESV
3 I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless. I hate the work of those who fall away; it shall not cling to me.
Struggle Common to Man
Going places with women not dressed appropriately
Conversations with my son(s)
Matthew 5:29–30 ESV
29 If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell.
What steps are you taking to stop looking?
Are they drastic enough?

We Ignore The Wisdom of God At Our Own Peril.

Proverbs 7:22–23 ESV
22 All at once he follows her, as an ox goes to the slaughter, or as a stag is caught fast 23 till an arrow pierces its liver; as a bird rushes into a snare; he does not know that it will cost him his life.
slaughter, caught fast, pierced liver, snare, costs his life… worth it?
Psalm 119:9–11 ESV
9 How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. 10 With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! 11 I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
This is God’s standard for our good !!
Psalm 1 ESV
1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. 4 The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. 5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; 6 for the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.
2 Timothy 4:3–4 ESV
3 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.

Sexual Sin Has Serious Consequences.

Proverbs 7:25–27 ESV
25 Let not your heart turn aside to her ways; do not stray into her paths, 26 for many a victim has she laid low, and all her slain are a mighty throng. 27 Her house is the way to Sheol, going down to the chambers of death.
no-one knows but me… sin against God, HE KNOWS
James 1:14–15 NASB95
14 But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. 15 Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death.
Revelation 2:21–23 ESV
21 I gave her time to repent, but she refuses to repent of her sexual immorality. 22 Behold, I will throw her onto a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her I will throw into great tribulation, unless they repent of her works, 23 and I will strike her children dead. And all the churches will know that I am he who searches mind and heart, and I will give to each of you according to your works.

God Provides Us With Strength To Resist.

Proverbs 7:1–5 ESV
1 My son, keep my words and treasure up my commandments with you; 2 keep my commandments and live; keep my teaching as the apple of your eye; 3 bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart. 4 Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” and call insight your intimate friend, 5 to keep you from the forbidden woman, from the adulteress with her smooth words.
Psalm 46:1 ESV
1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Ephesians 6:10–11 ESV
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.
James 4:7 ESV
7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Each of Us Must Be on Guard.

Proverbs 7:11–15 ESV
11 She is loud and wayward; her feet do not stay at home; 12 now in the street, now in the market, and at every corner she lies in wait. 13 She seizes him and kisses him, and with bold face she says to him, 14 “I had to offer sacrifices, and today I have paid my vows; 15 so now I have come out to meet you, to seek you eagerly, and I have found you.
Proverbs 7:21 ESV
21 With much seductive speech she persuades him; with her smooth talk she compels him.
We don’t have to be seeking to be found
Proverbs 4:23 NIV
23 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
1 Thessalonians 4:3–5 ESV
3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; 4 that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, 5 not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God;

With God’s Help Victory Is Possible.

Romans 6:12–13 ESV
12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. 13 Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.
1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV
13 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.
2 Timothy 2:11–12 ESV
11 The saying is trustworthy, for: If we have died with him, we will also live with him; 12 if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us;
2 Timothy 2:22 ESV
22 So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.
Titus 2:11–12 NIV
11 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age,
1 Corinthians 7:2 ESV
2 But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband.
1 Corinthians 7:9 ESV
9 But if they cannot exercise self-control, they should marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion.
What is one thing that stood out to you from this week’s message?
Why does John see love for the world and love for God as incompatible? [1 Jhn 2.15-17]
Have you ever thought of lust as referring to something other than sexual issues? Why do you think expanding our understanding of lust might be important?
How do you know when your affection for something or someone is based on lust instead of love?
How do you root out lust from your life?
How can we pray for you?
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