Friday, February 24, 2012

A Study on Lust


“If your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.”  Matthew 5:29

Definition:  Inordinate craving for the pleasures of the body.

 

Scripture Reading:  2 Samuel 11

 
Looking, thinking, imagining AND doing things apart from God that try to meet the cravings of our flesh are sin and will only destroy all we have in our lives, not fulfill the desires we are trying to meet.  I hope you take to heart the scripture passages I have drawn up for you to drink today.  We are all tricked at times into believing the things of this world can satisfy our cravings, yet only when we find complete satisfaction in God can we, in purity of heart, enjoy the righteous relationships which are outpourings of our single source of joy.

 

Diving In:  After reading the scripture referenced above, answer the following questions.


What does David chose to do, as described at the end of verse 1 that sets him up for temptation?


After seeing Bathsheba bathing…
What is the first thing David chooses to do? (verse 3)


What is the second thing David chooses to do? (verse 4)



Compare the actions and attitudes of David verses Uriah the Hittite according to verses 6 – 13.

Circumstance
David
Uriah
Where did he choose to sleep?




What foods did he fill his belly with?




What sexual relations did he have?






What was the final act, as described in verses 14 – 17, that David committed in his lust for Bathsheba?



Read ahead to 2 Samuel 12:14.  What punishment did God inflict on David for his selfish and lustful actions?

 

 

 


 



Prayer and Scripture Meditation: 


  • Praise Jesus Christ for “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself  (Ephesians 1:7-9). 

  • Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to, you through the above scriptures and the additional ones offered, ways to help others who struggle with lust OR ways you struggle with lust in your life.  (Additional scriptures:  Matthew 5:27-32, Proverbs 6:20-29, Colossians 3:1-11, and Matthew 19:1-10)

  • Take time to write down the verses that speak to you. 

  • Pray through them while asking God to restore those areas of your life and the destruction lust has caused in them. 

  • Then seek God and how He is calling you to start the process of reconciliation and healing both in your life and in your heart.


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