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Understanding Lust & the Path of Deliverance (Teaching Outline)


Lust is not pent up energy that must be released; instead, lust is like a beast that must be starved to death. As the starvation grows acute, the beast will look desperate, but after the final drought of hunger unsatisfied, the beast will be dead -- it may be revived, nevertheless, at the smell of fresh water....

Characteristics of Lust

  1. Various (2 Tim.3:6)
  2. Harmful (1 Tim. 6:9)
  3. Foolish (1 Tim.6:9)
  4. Deceitful (Eph.4:22)
  5. Fleshly (1Pet.2:11)
  6. Worldly (Tit.2:12)
  7. Ungodly (Jude 1:18)

Thrust of Lust

  1. Lusts of Flesh (Eph.2:3)
  2. Lust of Heart (Rom.1:24)
  3. Lust of Eyes (1John 2:16)

Historiography of Lust

  1. Lusts of Men (1Pet.4:2)
  2. Lusts of your Fathers (John 8:44)
  3. Former Lusts (1Pet.1:14)
  4. Youthful Lusts (2Tim.2:22)

Experience of Lust

  1. Temptation of Lust (James 1:14)
  2. Drawn away by Lust (James 1:14)
  3. Enticed by Lust (James 1:14)
  4. Conception of Lust (James 1:15)
  5. Looking in order to Lust - Active (Matt.5:28)
  6. Burning in Lust (Rom.1:27)
  7. Corruption of Lust (2Pet.1:4)

Consequence of Lust

  1. Blindness (2Pet.1:9)
  2. Bondage (2Pet.2:19,20)
  3. Blasphemy (2Pet. 2:2)
  4. Sin (James 1:15)
  5. Death (James 1:15; Rom.8:13)

Deliverance from Lust

  1. Flesh crucified with lusts - The Fact (Gal.5:24)
  2. Partakers of Divine (Sinless) Nature by Promise (2Pet.1:4; 1John 3:9)
  3. Do not allow sin to be king by obeying its lusts (Rom.6:12)
  4. Put on Christ (Rom.13:14)
  5. Make no provision for the flesh (Rom.13:14)
  6. Flee lusts (2Tim.2:22)
  7. Abstain from lusts (1Pet.2:11)
  8. Mortify deeds of the body by the Spirit (Rom.8:13; Col.3:5)
  9. Present body to the Lord as living sacrifice (Rom.6:13; 12:1-3)
  10. Pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace (2Tim.2:22)
  11. Walk in the Spirit (Gal.5:16)
  12. Hold on to the Word of Life (Phil.2:16)
  13. Possess body in sanctification and honor (1Thess.4:4)

Benefits of Overcoming

  1. Fulfillment of God's will (Rom.12:1-3)
  2. Fruit of the Spirit (Gal.5:22-23)
  3. Fearlessness and Confidence toward God (1John 3:21)
  4. Rewards in Christ's Kingdom (Rev.2-3)

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