Just before he was executed for his terrible crimes, mass murderer Ted Bundy told Dr. James Dobson that his road to prison had begun with a look at a pornographic magazine. Porn was immediately addictive for him, and it led to actions that were an affront to both God and society.
Lust promises what it can never deliver. It promises fulfillment but delivers greater emptiness. It promises freedom but delivers more bondage. It promises a short-term thrill but delivers long-term damage.
Lust is deceptive and won’t be broken until one believes God is more fulfilling than lust.
This coming Sunday we’ll focus on a third mark of maturity noted in Matthew 5:27-30.
You have heard the commandment that says, ‘You must not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 So if your eye – even your good eye – causes you to lust, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30 And if your hand – even your stronger hand – causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.
I hope you can be with us this Sunday as we focus on a subject that has shipwrecked many a life. If you’ve been wounded by your own lusts or those of others, please know there is hope for your healing and freedom.
According to Jesus, to break free from the power of lust, we must be willing to take some radical steps. But even here, we have a Savior Who promises to help us, heal us, and liberate us from the grasp of sexual sin.