In recent blog posts, we have been looking at “acceptable sins.” These are sins that have so permeated our culture they seem acceptable, but they are not. In this post, I challenge your hearts with a description of a core sin of our culture: lust.
More people, both men and women, are viewing pornography than ever before. When it comes to pornography, the excuses sound like this: it’s not hurting anyone, it’s not someone else’s business. Jesus says to those who sit behind their screens and stare: I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart (Matthew 5:28).
Satan and sin have wounded our hearts. With lust, there is a pattern that starts with exposure and can end up with abuse. With lust, especially for the Christian, feelings of shame and excitement try to co-exist. Paul explains in Romans 7:19, “I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do – this I keep on doing.” Even Christians can feel stuck.
There is a way out. “How can a . . . person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word” (Psalm 119:9). We need a good defense and a good offense. The defense is to protect. Don’t fight the sin, flee from it. The offense is to pursue God. Why do people lust? We get bored, tired, distracted or we are spiritual empty. We settle for the quick fix, the thrill of the moment when God has better things for us like intimacy, purity, trust and security. Focus on God so the evils of temptations don’t look so good. You can be free no matter who you are, not through your own will but through the power of Christ.
As you read this, maybe you have messed up your life or someone else’s life. I want you to know there is good news: God’s grace. Jesus paid and rescued us from all sin. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life!
Sharing Christ’s Victory,
CURRENT SERIES – Family Matters
ICYMI – Last week, Pastor Bill wrapped up our Rest for the Stressed series with a message to help you get recharged. Click here to view this message.
Coming Up This Sunday – This weekend is our Back to School, Back to Church celebration. Pastor Bill will kick off our new Family Matters series with a message about priorities. Join us on Sunday at 9:00 or 10:30am at church or online.
Back to School, Back to Church – Kids went back to school this week, and we invite you to get back into the church routine too. Join us on Sunday at 9:00 or 10:30am for our Back to School, Back to Church celebration. We will have a special gift and a back-to-school blessing for our children, a celebration of our Country Dale Elementary Adopt-A-Classroom project, and a fall kick-off for our new small group opportunities. Click here for more information on this special service.
Changes in the Entry Way – The lobby in church will look a little different starting this week. Our kiosks for votl.life have moved over to the Welcome Area, and Pastor Bill will greet guests by the door near the orange brick wall after services. We look forward to better serving the needs of our members and attenders with this change.
Small Group Sign-Ups – This Sunday, we will launch several small groups for Victory of the Lamb. Groups are a safe place to ask questions, build meaningful friendships, and find prayer and support for those challenging times we all face. You’ll learn more about these groups, meet our leaders, and have an opportunity to sign up for groups on Sunday at 9:00 and 10:30am. To preview our groups, click here.
Divorce Care Group at St. Paul’s Muskego – Divorce is ugly, but you are beautiful. Divorce is not what God intended for marriage, but there is hope. If you are in need of help and healing due to divorce, please join this group at St. Paul’s Muskego as we learn of God’s tremendous love for us on Tuesdays at 6:00pm in school classroom 8. A new set of classes will begin on September 11 and run through December 18. Contact Eric Pearson or Kristen Miller for more information.
Discover Luncheon – If you’re new to Victory of the Lamb and would like to find out what we’re about, we invite you to our Discover Luncheon. This will be held after 2nd service on Sunday, September 23. Please register online here so we can be ready for you to join us!
Lighthouse Benefit Dinner – On Friday, October 5, Lighthouse Youth Center is hosting a benefit dinner at the Wisconsin Club (6200 W. Good Hope Rd., Milwaukee). Proceeds from the dinner support this organization, which provides kids in Milwaukee with a free after-school program and helps Lighthouse spread the love of Jesus to Milwaukee’s youth. Get your tickets here for this great event.