Flee the Lust of the Eyes- Remember Lot Christ 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.... "
Temptations around us all abound. Because temptation to sin is so powerful, we need help. Today the best, and the only real help is Christ--the Refuge for the tempted.
Now before any of us check out because this message isn't for us, open with me to James 1.13-14.
James 1:13-15 " Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am tempted by God"; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. 14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. 15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death." NKJV
Note that James, the very first New Testament pastor, of the first New Testament church, the first leader of the Church of Jerusalem, and our Lord's earthly brother—doesn't say 'if' but he says 'when'.
God's Word says temptation is inevitable, temptation is inescapable, and temptation is going to follow us all through our earthly lives.
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