L U S T. yep, that's what is up next on the sermon on the mount. at harvest we don't weed through the scriptures we'd rather not bring up... instead we go full force to try to weed out the sin in our lives.
have you ever waited for something, i mean like really waited. the thing that comes to mind for me is my wedding.. i remember the waiting, the anticipation, the anxiousness that comes with it approaching. but, in a high schooler's life what is similar to that?! duh, homecoming. wink. yes, the dress, the nails, the hair, the matching tie that coordinates with the 's dress and don't forget the jewelry and the flowers. i mean what more could you anticipate than hundreds of high school friends in a gym all dressed up and dancing together.... no, i'm not going to act like i didn't anticipate homecoming when i was in high school. all the hype is a lot of fun but... back to the point of the message.
matthew 5:27-30 says: "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall not commit ery.' But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with ful intent has already committed ery with her in his heart. 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. 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."
The sermon series is called upside down right, and isn't that the whole point: Jesus isn't about just what you do but it's about your heart in the matter too.
so important: 'don't allow the lie of thinking that you haven't done the actual 'thing' to allow you to think you're "ok."
first point of luke's message was: appetites always say NOW & MORE. think about that, it's so so true.
second point: I will never be satisfied until the right time. anything other than God's design brings us heartache, pain, and guilt. it doesn't bring satisfaction, in fact just the opposite: pain.
ok, these are good and great but what's the solution?!
radical purity requires radical obedience. plain & true.
there's no...'i'm gonna try harder & stop.' the reality of that never happens.
as you can imagine this isn't an easy topic to preach on, nor to have small groups about after. but, it's real.. it's applicable to the students' daily lives and it's in God's Word.
This past week i took a radical step of obedience in my own life with something that needed to change in a different regard. I think we often neglect dealing with our sin because we think that those circumstances are easier to deal with than the consequences of the sin. but, after dealing with that sin I have found so much freedom in Christ that i wish so desperately i would have done it so much sooner. Why be in the of sin rather than the freedom of Christ? I encourage and implore you... if it's ual sin or any other kind of sin... deal with it and the freedom of Christ will more than outweigh the you are currently living in with sin. Praise God for the freedom we have because of the shed of Christ!