Ice Breaker (optional – choose one below)

  • What’s a new good habit you have done at least three times?
  • What is the best advice you have ever received?
  • Last week we talked about how Satan tries to trap us in subtle ways through greed, fear of the future or unbelief. Does anyone want to share how God has been working in one of these areas?

Main Idea

In this series, we’ve learned that Christians can be in bondage to evil spiritual desires. This weekend, we learned in 1 John 2:16 that the “lust of the flesh” comes from the world, not God. Despite being a more obvious temptation, the lust of the flesh is a trap into which even Christians can fall.

Discuss

What stood out to you from this weekend’s message?

 

What is our culture’s view of sexual desires? What are the results of these beliefs?

 

What does the Bible say?

Read Proverbs 7:1-5 to learn from Solomon.

 

  • What does Solomon encourage his son to do in this passage?
  • What will keep him from giving in to the lust of the flesh?
  • How does Solomon describe the adulterous woman? Why do you think he used these words?

 

This weekend, we learned three words that help us understand how the spirit of lust works:

 

  1. Desire, which God made to be pure, but Satan twists to into something evil.
  2. Deception, a lie that lust of the flesh will satisfy, but in truth it never satisfies
  3. Death, which includes both physical and spiritual death

How do these three (desire, deception, and death) achieve Satan’s goals?

 

Apply the Message

The solutions to the lust of the flesh are deliverance and discipleship. Read 2 Corinthians 10:3-5

 

  • Here Paul describes weapons with divine power that break strongholds (deliver) and give us control of our thoughts (discipleship). Ephesians 6:17 says to take the sword of the Spirit, God’s Word. This week, take a verse or two that will help you in times of temptation and place it in a place where you will see it and be reminded the most effectively.
  • Let’s pray for our church, our small group and our families to be able to fight off the lust of the flesh as they commit to living out the Christian life.

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