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Treating the symptoms,
This review is from: Not Even a Hint: A Study Guide for Men (Paperback)This is for the Book/ Haven't read the study-guide
I've been doing a lot of thinking & praying on purity lately for this generation. I thought I'd see what I could get out of this book & what I got was Advil for headaches, when there is a brain tumor that needs to be addressed. We can keep popping pills all we want but eventually we're going to have to go to the doctor to find the source of the headaches & take bigger steps towards healing so that we don't struggle with headaches anymore. I'm not going to dog on this book because I believe it will help a lot of men & women that struggle with lust but I do want to share a few thoughts. (referencing Matthew 6)
(33)"Seek you first the Kingdom of God, & His righteousness(virtue); & all these things will be added onto you."
This passage has a lot of great & liberating implications.
-First & foremost [seeking first the Kingdom of God & His righteousness;] Seeking His face, His ways, His plan/will, HIM! This is what we are told to do.
It doesn't say that we are to seek to be pure, it doesn't say to seek celibacy, it doesn't say to seek help or even strength to resist temptation but to seek GOD FIRST!
Jesus just finished telling his audience that we cannot serve two masters, & then in verse 31 it says some interesting things to them. "So do not worry, saying, What shall we eat? or What shall we drink? or What shall we wear? for the pagans run after all these things, & your heavenly Father knows that you need them." Then verse 33 then goes on to say "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of it's own."
Here he says that he does not want us to spend every waking moment of the day worrying if we are lusting or not. . .
Now it's not ok to just lust & not worry about anything but there needs to be a heart change, a change of mindset.
Second this passage says that "ALL THESE THINGS will be added to you!" God knows what we need; He knows exactly who we are. He longs to give us what we need but we get distracted asking for all the wrong things. We might be asking that God help us resist temptation when what we really need is to start seeing men/women in the way that God sees them which would automatically change our struggle. God has said a lot about His burden being light & His yoke being easy. He calls us to freedom in Him! There has to be something better that He has in store for us. Us not being able to go anywhere or watch any movies come from fear that we might mess up & have a lustful thought. This is living in complete fear & condemnation & our God is very much against that. Ask God for more of Him & to understand His ways & that His thoughts become our thoughts.
Just some thoughts. . . God Bless!