The Myth Of Lust: You Only Go Around Once So Go For The Gusto!
I Thessalonians 4:1-8
Researchers have found that even in the world of nature the myth persists that bigger is better. One group of scientists made a cardboard version of a female butterfly during mating season and placed it among the other females. The males were released and all hovered around the larger, unreal, false, and fake female - while all the genuine females waited in the distance.
Until that cardboard lifeless model was removed, the males never would pay attention to the real world even for a moment. So is lust in our world today. It teaches us to look at the outward instead of the inward; it says bigger is better. It leaves us unsatisfied, unfulfilled, and empty as long as we allow lust to live unhindered in our lives.
Illustration: Cardboard butterflies Hughes, James, p. 169.
I. DECIDE TO PLEASE GOD BY YOUR CONDUCT. V. 1
A. First - holy living is not an option. It's an imperitive. "ought"
B. Second - holy living is not momentary. It's continuous "to walk"
C. Third - holy living is not private. It is [and shall be] public. "to please god"
D. Because of these three, look at the end of the road, look at second corinthians 5:10. The day of reckoning.
1. "must" - no option = compulsory
2. "all/each one" = personal
3. "appear" made manifest = public
4. "recompensed" individually paid = specific
II. PLAN TO LIVE ACCORDING TO GOD'S COMMANDMENTS V.2
A. Don't miss this - that word "C" is a military term for passing on orders.
B. Look at John 14:15-21. Because we love we obey!
III. FOLLOW GOD'S WILL. v. 3 OUR CALLING IS TO DO GOD'S WILL. This is anarthrous = no article. Indefinite. This is something "God wills". There are others... It is our calling. Holine ...
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