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The Seven Deadly Sins: Lust

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I want to begin my sermon this morning by telling you a story about a young man that showed lots of promise, but who's life ended tragically all because he could not control his lust.

He was a young man who, seemingly, had everything going for him. His birth was literally an answer to prayer. His parents desperately wanted a child and they petitioned the Lord to bless them with a baby. To their joy a boy was born and they dedicated that young man to God. They gave him a name that means A Little Bit of Sunshine.

This young man grew up in a Godly home, with loving parents who dotted on him and spoiled him almost beyond belief. He was strong and handsome and courageous. He had wit and a sense of humor and enjoyed a good riddle. He was undoubtedly the life of the party anywhere he went. He was a rugged outdoors-men and would probably be considered a ‘man's man.' There were times in his life when he showed flashes of true spiritual strength, but they were usually short-lived.

This young man had everything going for him, but his life was tragically cut short in the prime of his life. At the end, he found himself betrayed, enslaved, blinded, and mocked by his enemies. His name? Samson!

Samson is considered a ‘hero of the faith' in the Old Testament. But the very same Scriptures that lift him up as an Israeli hero also paint a very sad picture of a man who's life never measured up to what it could have been. The Bible is very honest about Samson's short comings. He was irresponsible, short on personal holiness, and a man who's uncontrolled sensuality ultimately brought his downfall. Samson could not get a handle on his lust.

Thousands of years later, as we sit here this morning, lust is a sin that is still as serious and still as deadly as it ever was. A bumper sticker on a car I saw in Jefferson City last week is a commentary on our culture and the grip that lust has over the hearts and minds of our citizens. It read: Wanted: A Meaningful Overnight Relationship.

Let's take a look at what the Scriptures say about this deadly sin.

CON. Samson is considered a hero of the faith' in the Old Testament. But the very same Scriptures that lift him up as an Israeli hero also paint a very sad picture of a man who's life never measured up to what it could have been. The Bible is very honest about Samson's short comings. He was irresponsible, short on personal holiness, and a man who's uncontrolled sensuality ultimately brought his downfall. Samson could not get a handle on his lust.

Christians must flee the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes and instead walk in the Spirit.'

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