Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
Sunday,February 18, 2017
As you can see, they really went all out with the lust of their flesh while ignoring God’s gracious provision.
Kibroth-hattaavah literally means the graves of the lustful or the greedy.
Point 1. Definition and Description. Lust is the overwhelming desire for something; a passionate desire; an illicit, uncontrolled, overwhelming desire which originates from the old sin nature.
The lust pattern of the sin nature includes the following types of lust:
a. Power lust.
b. Approbation lust.
c. Social lust.
d. Sexual lust.
e. Chemical lust.
f. Monetary lust.
g. Inordinate ambition resulting in inordinate competition.
h. Crusader lust which is believer activism —trying to change the world.
i. Lust for revenge.
j. Criminal lust.
k. Pleasure lust.
Point 2. dealt with the principle of Inferiority related to Lust.
People with an inferiority complex go through life either trying to rationalize or to justify or to prove some sort of superiority.
JOB 32:21-22, = the Lord despises those who flatter and cater to the lust of the flesh.
Psa 5:8-9, tells us that the flatterer appeals to the lust of the flesh and cannot be trusted.
In Psa 12:1-3, the flatterer speaks with a forked tongue and with double-mindedness to promote the lust of the flesh.
Psa 36:1-2, tells us that the flatterer has no respect toward God and promotes the lust of the flesh.
Pro 2:10-17, warns us about lust and the female flatterer.
Because the male is arrogant enough to believe their compliments.
Pro 26:24-28, tells us that the flatterer is filled with hatred and lies in spite of how sweet they may come across as the flatterer compliments the lust of the flesh.
Pro 29:5 tells us the lustful flatterer will reap what they sow.
Point 3. The difference between the legitimate desires that God places with mankind and the illegitimate desires called the lust of the flesh.
One of the most misunderstood principles of doctrine that many believers do not understand is the fact that God has placed certain desires and needs within the soul of man.
ECC 3:11 He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity [the desires for a heavenly experience] in their heart,
GEN 2:18 “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.”
In spite of all the complications that come our way, the point is that God said this and then He put a desire in man and woman to have each other.
When a relationship is from God then a godly desire within man is fulfilled, but when it is not from God, then the lust of the flesh takes over.
Epithumia is sometimes translated desire being fulfilled and other times it is translated lust, which is the manifestation of the flesh.
Paul is actually telling us about the influences that are impelling and driving and urging the old self in us toward destruction.
Lust is the noun epithumia, the word itself actually means a strong or an overpowering desire.
Luk 22:15, “I have earnestly desired [epithumia] to eat this passover with you before I suffer”
Mat 5:28 But I say to you, that everyone who looks on a woman to lust [epithumia] for her has committed adultery with her already in his heart.
Mat 13:17 “For truly I say to you, that many prophets and righteous men desired [epithumia] to see what you see, and did not see it; and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.
1Co 10:6 Now these things happened as examples for us, that we should not lust [epithumia] for evil things, as they also lusted [epithumia].
Then in 1Ti 3:1 It is a trustworthy statement: if any man aspires to [epithumia] the office of overseer, it is a fine work he desires to do.
Jam 4:2 You lust [epithumia] and do not have; so you commit murder. And you are envious and cannot obtain; so you fight and quarrel. You do not have because you do not ask.
Please notice that in these passages epithumia can mean lust or desire depending on “not what” it is directed towards but “how” it is directed toward those things!
I am going to prove to you how the kingdom of darkness with its tremendous organized plan appeals to the needs of people to get them away from the PPOG for their life by distorting the desires that are within man.
What is wrong is not the fact that we have certain desires but how we fulfill those desires.
It is true that lust can mean lasciviousness or an illicit, uncontrolled, overwhelming desire which originates from the old sin nature.\
However, the dictionary defines lust also as a pleasure or delight.
It can also mean an intense longing or craving for something!
The overmastering and overpowering desires of most people are evil.
Col 3:5 Render impotent therefore the members of your earthly body [such as your eyes, ears, feet, hands, etc.] as dead to immorality [sexual activity outside of marriage] impurity [abnormal sexual activity], passion [abnormal sex lust],
Evil desire [an illicit, uncontrolled, overwhelming desire for sex], and greed [an insatiable appetite or craving for sexual activity], and then a very shocking statement which keeps on amounting to idolatry or the worship of idols or demons.
One of the main reasons why Paul said that involvement in these different forms of sexual sins was a form of worship toward idols or demons is simply because Satan knows the human race better than we do.
1. The worship of a physical object or objects as God.
2. Inordinate attachment or extreme devotion to something.
One of the first goals that Satan had was to destroy true humanity on earth so that TLJC could not be born as a member of the human race. This ploy or strategy of Satan was based upon sexual activity.
Satan’s plan was based upon appealing to the needs and desires of the members of the human race.
The phallic cult was a very vital part of the worship of the “sons of the gods” because it was the basis for sexual activity and the perversion of true humanity.
The phallic cult is a religion which is based upon the worship of the male phallus or penis.
The apostle John had to deal with the phallic cult in the early church of Pergamum and also Thyatira.
href=”https://www.bibleserver.com/text/NIV/Revelation2%3A14″ class=”bibleserver extern” target=”_blank”>Rev 2:14‑23.