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Flee from Lust When Tempted (18 of 37)
Series: Authentic Christian Living
Let's open in our Bibles to James chapter 1. We are coming to the conclusion of our study of verses 13-16 where we've been looking at and examining how James as a faithful pastor, as the brother of our Lord Jesus Christ-earthly step brother and pastoring the first Church in Jerusalem-wrote a letter to the saints of that church to tell them about one of the basic struggles that we face lifelong and that is temptation. He's talking about how to overcome temptation and his final note and climax of his presentation is the fact that lust is horrible. And therefore because of the dreadful, insidious power that lust yields in our body we must learn to flee lust, run from lust, and fear allowing lust to take hold of our lives. And to illustrate that as we go into the text this morning I want to share with you briefly about one of the climactic moments in history--- in fact something that churched people and non-churched people have heard of.
Did you know that one of the greatest events in history was the climactic moment when a little boy-a teenaged shepherd boy met the greatest warrior of his day alone with no protection, with no sophisticated weaponry a little shepherd boy plus God defeated the mighty giant Goliath. What's amazing when you think about Scripture is that one of the greatest events in history has an equally tragic sequel. You know in our world it's sequels you know-books have endless sequels and movies have endless sequels--- there's a sequel to David and Goliath and it's almost as tragic--- maybe more tragic than the glory of the initial run of David and Goliath. Because after David and Goliath, when David kills Goliath in one of the greatest moments in history there is a horrible sequel, David and Bathsheba, when David was killed by another giant. You say wait didn't David kill Goliath? Yes, wonderfully by God's power this humble teenaged David sl ...
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