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Gospel of Matthew – Sexual Sin – Part 2

This sermon forms the application of our previous message from Matthew 5:27-30, but we will also visit Romans 13:11-14. We will address some strategies for defeating lust and will draw from many texts throughout the Bible. My prayer is that this message will not merely equip the saints who struggle with lust, but will encourage them that there is a better way and a joyful way.

  • 1. Mortification in Practice
  • 2. How to Make No Provision
    • a. Tend your heart
    • b. Put on light
    • c. Remember the Omnipresence of God
    • d. Remove the Temptations.
      • i. Remove tempting People
      • ii. Remove tempting Things –
      • iii. Purge tempting Memories
      • iv. Put in place good for bad, before hand
      • v. Count the cost
  • 3. Proper Perspective on Mortification

Public reading: John 12:44-50; Benediction: Psalm 121:7-8

Matthew 5:27-30

27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell. (ESV)

Romans 13:11-14

11 Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. 12 The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires. (ESV)

John 12:44-50

44 And Jesus cried out and said, “Whoever believes in me, believes not in me but in him who sent me. 45 And whoever sees me sees him who sent me. 46 I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness. 47 If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. 48 The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day. 49 For I have not spoken on my own authority, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment—what to say and what to speak. 50 And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I say, therefore, I say as the Father has told me.” (ESV)

Psalm 121:7-8

The Lord will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
The Lord will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time forth and forevermore. (ESV)