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Sex is not the problem, part 1… by bigplew
October 3, 2008, 3:25 pm
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by Mike Plewniak

As you remember, we are going to walk thru Josh Harris’ book Sex is not the problem (lust is).

Chapter one:  “Not even a hint — why i can’t seem to beat lust?”

“I’ve come to believe that lust may be the defining struggle for this generation”.  Is that true?  Is lust your defining struggle? Do you relate to Chelsea as she feels “conquered” by this sin and  lives each day in despair recognizing how far short she has fallen from the glory of God.  Do you feel hopeless to battle lust?

For probably every college student, guy and girl, lust is an issue.  Our hearts frequently want to go outside of God’s guidelines and the joy found in him, and we want what we want and we want it NOW.  No waiting. No trust.  Just instant pleasure.  But we discover that instant pleasure often leads to future misery.  The joy that lusts promises turns to condemnation, despair, and hopelessness.  Ever felt that way?  Like you’ve been lied to and swindled out of the joy only found in God?

“God doesn’t want you to live in an endless cycle of defeat”, Josh says.  How can we change?  He begins by pointing out where change comes from.  “God’s standard of not even a hint quickly brings me to the end of my own ability and effort.  It reminds me that God’s standard is so much higher than the standard I place for myself that only the victory of Christ death and resurrection can provide the right power and the right motive needed to change me.  Willpower won’t work.  Only the power of the cross can break the power of sin that keeps us on its treadmill.”

God forgives our past, present, and future sins in Jesus Christ alone.  As Jerry Bridges says, “let’s remember that these sins that we battling against are forgiven sins in Christ.”  We must begin our battle with lust at the foot of the cross, by the power of the gospel, and in His blood.  And then, we must remember the good design God has for us and for sex.

God is pro-sex within the context He designed it for:  marriage.  God wants us to delight in Him and the gifts He provides for us.  God is not keeping good things from us, but working all things together for our good and His glory.

Let’s begin fighting lust this week by receiving forgiveness for our past lust, remembering the truth of who God is and what He has done for us, and fighting the lies of lust “with the massive promise of superior happiness.” (John Piper).  Let’s go forward in faith to break this cycle by the power of the cross.

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