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Overcoming The Lure Of Lust (6 of 7)
Series: Unshakable – 10 Truths for a Rock-Solid Life
Pastor Kerry Shook
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• Exodus 20:14 (NIV)
• Matthew 5:27-30 (NIV)
1. COMMIT TO GOD’S STANDARD INSTEAD OF THE CULTURE’S STANDARD.
• Psalm 119:9 (NIV)
2. LOOK PAST THE LURE AND SEE THE CONSEQUENCES OF THE HOOK.
• James 1:14, 15 (NASB)
3. REALIZE THE LURE OF LUST WILL NEVER SATISFY YOUR REAL HUNGER
• Psalm 4:2 (NIV)
• Lust is a cheap imitation of love
• Our God-given hunger is for intimacy
• Galatians 5:16 (KJV)
We’re in a series on the Ten Commandments, and today we’re on the Seventh Commandment. It’s in Exodus 20:14.
“You shall not commit adultery.”
In 1631 royal printers in London, Robert Barker and Martin Lucas, did a reprint of the King James Bible, and it turned out great except for one little mistake that got past the proofers. It was in Exodus 20:14, the Seventh Commandment. That little word not was left out of the commandment. Not was not in the Seventh Commandment, and so it read “Thou shalt commit adultery.” It didn’t say how often you should, but it did say “Though shalt commit adultery.” Now they were horrified. Most of the Bibles were destroyed, but there are still a few in circulation that have actually become huge collectors’ items. In fact interestingly enough they are really popular collectors’ items with politicians. It’s true. It just makes sense.
That negative, that little word not is a very important word, isn’t it? Whenever God gives us a negative in scripture there is always a positive purpose behind it. It’s not to cause us pain, but it’s to prevent pain in our lives. Nothing destroys families faster than adultery, and God says this is my protection plan for the family. Don’t commit adultery. Now I know just the mention of the word adultery brings back for some of you memories of pain and shame and guilt, and that’s not the purpose of this message to go back into the past and rehash the past. If you’ve asked God to forgive you for a sin, you are forgiven. You are cleansed because of the blood of Christ and you can walk into a new day with a new way following God’s way and God’s standard. And so it’s not about the past. This message is not about guilt and shame. It’s all about the grace of God moving into the future under God’s protection plan for relationships and the family. And Jesus explained the Seventh Commandment to help us really understand it because when we see the Ten Commandments we just think about the outward action. But Jesus took it to a whole new level in Matthew 5, beginning with verse 27. It’s our key passage. So open your Bibles to Matthew Chapter 5 and would you stand in honor of God’s word and just follow along with me?
"You have heard that it was said, 'Do not commit adultery.'