by John Barnett

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Flee the Lust of the Eyes - Remember Lot (26 of 29)
Series: Christ Our Refuge
John Barnett

Our final stop in our journey through the Scriptures finding Christ as our Refuge may be the most vital one of all. We have seen over the past few weeks that Christ is our refuge.
v He is the Refuge for all of us when we feel uncleanness;
v He is the Refuge for all of us when we feel weariness;
v He is the Refuge for all of us who feel homelessness and loneliness;
v He is the Refuge for all of us when our hearts darken and we feel hopelessness and depression; and
v He is the Refuge for all of us when we feel helpless and weakness;
This morning we find--He is the Refuge for all of us when we struggle, and feel so weak when tempted.
Over sixty years ago, a German pastor was awaiting execution on Hitler's death row. After this faithful pastor's death the following was found among his final words in his journal:
"In our members there is a slumbering inclination towards desire which is both sudden and fierce. With irresistible power desire seizes mastery over the flesh. All at once a secret, smoldering fire is kindled. The flesh burns and is in flames.
The lust thus aroused envelops the mind and will of man in deepest darkness. The powers of clear discrimination and of decision are taken from us.... It is here that everything within me rises up against the Word of God.
It makes no difference whether it is sexual desire, or ambition, or vanity, or desire for revenge, or love of fame and power, or greed for money, or, finally, that strange desire for the beauty of the world...
Joy in God is...extinguished in us and we seek all our joy in the creature. At this moment God is quite unreal to us, he loses all reality, and only desire for the creature is real; the only reality is the devil.
Satan does not here fill us with hatred of God, but with forgetfulness of God.... " [1]
Temptations around us all abound. Because temp ...

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