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Ephesians 5:3–6 ESV
But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.
3 Circles- Perfection was the Beginning
Sin is a result of idolatry
happens when we place anything ahead of God
Romans 1:24–25 ESV
Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.
b. Happens out of discontentment
2. Sin Snowballs
2. Sin Snowballs
“Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay and cost you more than you want to pay”
Ravi Zaccharias
a. Begins with covetous thoughts
-Not fleeting thought, but dwelling on them
b. Leads to softening attitudes toward sin
-Basic Speech, Jokes, Attitudes, Entertainment
c. Leads to seeking out and action
d. Results in an empty life
i. can destroy lives and a church
Matthew 16:18 ESV
And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Revelation 3:1 ESV
“And to the angel of the church in Sardis write: ‘The words of him who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. “ ‘I know your works. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead.
3) Find Contentment in Christ
a. Begin with a repentant heart
2 Chronicles 7:14 ESV
if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
b. Learn Contentment
Phil
Philippians 4:11–12 ESV
Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.
-Be Content in Christ
-Drive to know Him more
-There is always more to discover about God
c. Always be Thankful
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