Re-Centering in God’s Word










5. LUSTING
























Instantly Hand Over All Temptations to Lust to God. 





Hear the Spirit Speak God’s Word to You


You have heard it said, “Do not commit adultery.”  But I tell you, if you allow looking or thinking about a person to become lustful, you, _____, have already committed adultery in your heart.  [Mt 5:27-28]    (CwJ)





How can you, _____, whether young or old, keep your way pure? By guarding it according to God’s word. [IB Ps 119:9]  The body is not meant for fornication but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. Your body is a member of Christ and a temple of the Holy Spirit, who dwells within you.  [IB I Cor. 6:13,15, 19]  (CwG)





The wife of Joseph’s master said, "Come to bed with me!”  But he refused.  He told her … “My master has withheld nothing from me except you, his wife.  How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?"  Day after day, Joseph refused to go to bed with her or even be with her alone.  [Gn 39:6-12]   (CwG)





The word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, able to divide soul from spirit; it judges your thoughts and your motivation, _____.   All must render account to God’s penetrating judgment. [IB He 4:12-13]  Hence, be pure of thought, for your intentions, _____, will lead you either to good or evil, to purity or to fornication, to chastity or to adultery. Have, therefore, the same pure and humble mind in you as was in Christ Jesus.  [IB Mt 15:19; Lk 6:45; Ph 2:5]  (CwHS)






Humbly Speak To God Who Just Spoke


Abba, create in me a pure heart.  Then I will not believe lies that say your sons and daughters are mere pleasure objects.  May I be like Joseph who knew your will clearly and actively rejected the temptation.





Risen Jesus, remind me, by your Spirit, that you too were subject to all temptations but never betrayed God’s beautiful plan for sexuality and humankind. Because you suffered temptation, you understand me and will strengthen my defenses and make them like yours.  Thank you.  [IB He 2:17] 





Father, remind me--no, rivet in me!--that you created each person in your image and likeness with inner beauty, intrinsic dignity, and absolute worth.  By your Spirit, may I respect and honor each person.  Increase my assurance that, in your loving faithfulness, you are even now creating sexual purity in my heart and mind.





When re-centered in God’s word, thank God by telling God how much you appreciate being taught wisdom from his very mouth.


           One lives by every word that comes from the

           mouth of God and not by bread alone.

             [Dt 8:3; Mt 4:4]. 


God is coaching eternal-life skills and restoring your strength to fight in the ever present now to build up God’s kingdom on earth as it is heaven.  The fruit of the Spirit will blossom in you, bear fruit, and glorify God.



 

 

 

                 |     1-Anxiety      |     2-Anger        |     3-Future        |        4-Past          |     5-Lusting        |


                 |     6-Urges    |  7-De-energized  |  8-No Confidence in God   |  9a- Other gods First   |


                 | 9b-Communal Worship   |     10-Lost Self    |   11-Lost Joy    |   12-Lost Resurrection |


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