Pleasure is part of God’s plan for us, but when it becomes our primary goal, it stops being satisfying. Part 2 of this series focuses on the term ENTICE, the first step in sexual entrapment, and on standing—and rising again—through grace.
We are all human. We are all sexual beings. God put in us the desire for pleasure. It is not wrong to have sexual urges and desires. We are all in this together.
1. It’s easy.
As human beings, sin is not hard to do. In fact it comes naturally. In 2012 it is easier than ever before to become sexually addicted in one area or another. So why are we shocked when people confess their sexual struggles? We have the tendency to think that you have to be sick, perverted, or evil to have a sexual problem. It’s easy and we are all susceptible. If you feel like you are thankful that you have no sexual problems, take heed. We are all just one bad decision away from addiction because we are all human. If you are sexually whole, it is Jesus who makes you whole and not by your own ability.
2. It starts in our minds.
If you’ve ever found yourself sexually addicted or so far in sexual sin where you wonder, “how did I get here?” It starts in the mind. It starts when we open our minds to ideas and entertain thoughts in our heads. It’s easy to do. Ephesians 5:12 says, “It is shameful even to talk about the things that ungodly people do in secret.” We shouldn’t even talk about certain things because it allows thoughts into our heads. God does not tempt us with sin, but rather because of our human nature we are enticed because of our own sexual desires. Enticement + Temptation = Sin. It is not wrong to have urges. It’s what you do with those urges that produce sin. We can actually seek and worship pleasure, making it our god. Believe it or not, God wants us to have the maximum amount of pleasure possible! That’s why he created an experience specifically catered to every system in the human body: physical, emotional, spiritual. His plan is that sex between one man and one woman, in a relationship with him, will ultimately satisfy all of our longings.
3. Jesus is the answer.
God wants us to experience physical pleasure, but even maximum physical pleasure won’t satisfy our souls deepest cravings. In our search for pleasure we get enticed and go outside of God’s context, but above all we need Jesus for true fulfillment and satisfaction. Jesus is the ultimate source of pleasure in this life. Psalm 16:11 says, “You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.” In John 4 Jesus finds a woman who was searching for fulfillment. She had been through 5 husbands and was living with another man, but still hadn’t found the fulfillment she was searching for. Jesus doesn’t say, “You’re sinning by living with this man! You have a problem! You need to fix it!” He says, “I’m the man you’re looking for. Your search ends here.” We can try to patch up our sexual addictions with solutions, but ultimately we need Jesus. He is the way, the answer, the antidote, and true source of satisfaction.
4. It’s easier than you think to be free.
If this is something you’ve struggled with, it may seem hopeless. Almost like you can never be free. But you can. We are all enticed by sin and have desires. You are not weird and you are not a freak. Jesus says in John 7:37, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me!” Anyone. Come to Jesus. Your physical problem is deeply rooted in a desire for connection. Jesus is the connection you’ve been searching for. You can be whole in your sexuality. Jesus is saying, “come to me and you will search no more.” Jesus works for everyone. He loves you and wants to make you whole. Matthew 7:7 says, “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for.” If you ask Jesus to heal you and fulfill the deepest longings of your soul he will be faithful to do it.
What did you think about this weeks message?