XXX-(the text) JUST DO IT!

Let’s talk a little more about sexual immorality as described by Jesus as he spoke on the hill many years ago. Our text from His sermon is found at Matthew 5:27-30

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.  If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.  And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.

I post it here for your reference as we go forward.

Drawing on the thoughts from the XXX video that we go to sexual immorality looking for another life and the fact that the life that we ultimately  desire is a life in the midst of God’s will-His Kingdom let me relate to you a day in my life on a Sunday morning a few years ago.

It was a typical Sunday morning at my mega church in Chicagoland. Nearly 5,000 had gathered to hear a message on Sexual Immorality. The teacher was using the following text:

Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?  If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.

1COR. 3:16-17

He explained that when we engage in sexual immorality we tarnish God’s temple where His Spirit dwells and this is destructive to our spirit. Agreed!  Then he proclaimed “Flee from Sexual Immorality” over and over again. Good thought! Then he gave us the HOW- JUST DO IT!  Over and over again he proclaimed FLEE, JUST DO IT, FLEE, JUST DO IT!  Let’s pause here and process this. What are you feeling?

Let me tell you I was sitting there enraged for me and the countless others who struggle with this bain of our existence-LUST.  I had tried the JUST DO IT way for decades and it always came up empty. I found this to be a cruel exercise for those who sincerely wanted to be transformed. There was no HOW in this message!  Sadly this is pretty standard fare for most messages dealing with the issues Jesus talks about on the hill. They are unpacked as wrong, destructive and then we are advised to change by SUCKING IT UP and JUST DOING IT!  Why is there rarely if ever a real HOW given for transformation?  Again sadly it is because the avg. Sunday morning teacher has NO experience with any HOW (apprenticeship to Jesus through a constant, intimate relationship with Him through the spiritual disciplines) for transformation. This fact alone is the major force driving the sheep from the pen. People want real spiritual solutions to real spiritual problems!

This is why God has set apart Renovator Ministries to bring the HOW to the immense spiritual issues facing His people.

So enough with the problem of the church lacking the HOW and defaulting week after week with JUST DO IT!

Here is the HOW to FLEEING FROM SEXUAL IMMORALITY!

It is the same process given for Anger.

To deal with your LUST issue EVERYDAY you bring up a scripture verse you have  memorized and meditate with it as you listen to the prompting of the Holy Spirit, you constantly recite breathe prayers in regard to lust producing thoughts and situations, you steal away for several minutes each day in quiet and listen to guidance and correction from the MASTER, you learn to embrace lust producing situations in submission and humility in the power and the presence of Christ and you have a brother who is also an APPRENTICE who you regularly obtain spiritual direction from in regard to your lust.

There it is the HOW! It is not the only HOW. You can insert various disciplines in your intent to be with the TRINITARIAN PRESENCE of God in a constant and intimate way. The bottom line is to deploy means to be with our TRINITARIAN GOD in a constant and intimate way.

This is the HOW, there is no other way because Jesus is the ONLY way to redemption and deliverance but you MUST HANG WITH HIM!   Take His GRACE and HANG WITH HIM! And you can only hang with Him through spiritual exercises. I would also strongly recommend you find a trustworthy spiritual director to help you in this process.

One caution that I do not write enough on- You cannot turn this into a religious, legalistic yoke bearing exercise. The disciplines are a means to an end. Jesus is the end!  You will not see transformation if you engage in a discipline for the sake of engaging in a discipline, checking a box and saying I did my 1 hour of solitude today- I’m good to go- you will go NOWHERE!  Your INTENT must be to be  with JESUS, to receive His power, direction and guidance, not to do an exercise.

Additionally this not about WORKS it is about being with the TRINITARIAN PRESENCE of GOD!

The issue of LUST is the elephant in the sanctuary. Our XXX video is and continues to be the most viewed video of all time.  Friends you cannot JUST DO IT! You know it and I know it. But He can do it! Are you willing to FLEE to HIM! Have you come to the end of yourself and ready to let our REDEEMER, redeem your spirit and soul from sexual immorality?

You now have no excuse-You have the HOW! Praise God!  Become His apprentice today and go to the shop with the MASTER every minute learning from Him as He wishes to guide you in your desire to be free from LUST.

We look forward to your comments and if you have any further questions please feel free to contact us.

Abide in Him,

georgea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 thoughts on “XXX-(the text) JUST DO IT!

  • May 3, 2011 at 9:47 am
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    Finally….Someone gives the HOW in plain everyday ordinary language. Way to go George.

    This scripture comes to mind when you talk about continually learning and walking with Christ.
    Matthew 14:30-31 (The Message)

    He said, “Come ahead.”

    Jumping out of the boat, Peter walked on the water to Jesus. But when he looked down at the waves churning beneath his feet, he lost his nerve and started to sink. He cried, “Master, save me!”

    Jesus didn’t hesitate. He reached down and grabbed his hand. Then he said, “Faint-heart, what got into you?”

    This is one of the MOST beautiful pictures of Jesus I can come up with.

    When you find yourself in those moments the only thing you can do is cry out Jesus Save Me.

    If left to yourself you will not be able to overcome Lust. You only have a split second to redirect your thoughts, eyes whatever to Jesus. It is the second glance that kills.

    The good news is is that just like Peter, when called upon Jesus WILL answer immediately. Whether it is 5 or 5 million times a day He will answer unfailingly. He will answer with no harsh judgement. He will stretch out His hand to you over and over and over again.
    He died so we could be free.

    Amen…

    jsimon

  • May 9, 2011 at 2:04 pm
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    A simple but powerful “HOW” formula (for either good or evil) is….

    “Sew an action, reap a habit….
    Sew a habit, reap a character….
    Sew a character, reap a destiny…..”

    The first step is ours whether towards God, or towards evil. The further we go in either direction, the easier it is to continue in that direction. There is no such thing as taking no action (being neither hot or cold). In all that we do, say, think, feel, we are either acknowledging that God matters and moving toward Him, or we’re denying that He matters.

    Thus begins a walk toward the destiny of our own choice. Any day is a good day to start sewing actions that will lead to the habit of seeking God, which leads to Godly character, which leads to an eternal destiny as a prince of the God Most High.

    Read or memorize Scripture, pray, seek Christian fellowship and accountability. All, if repeated frequently, are good first actions.

    Dean

  • May 9, 2011 at 3:40 pm
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    Dean: That HOW formula you posted once before. You must really like it.

    Thanks,

    georgea

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