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[This post is part of a series covering eight little known theological truths about the Christian’s body]

Knowing where the battle truly lies makes all the difference. In the last post we discovered that the Christian battle is not new soul vs. old body, but new nature vs. old nature.

In this post we will look at how that understanding shapes our approach to killing lust in our hearts. Colossians 3:1-17 is possibly the best summary of the battle. I highly encourage you to read it sometime this week through this new lens of sin nature vs. Spiritual nature.

Understanding the battle this way shows you that it is a holistic inner conflict where your body and soul together are torn between submitting to your old sin nature or your new Spiritual nature.

Your sin nature has been dethroned. But it is very manipulative and can often convince you to still obey it.

Here is how Colossians 3:1-17 breaks down the battle:

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[This post is part of a series covering eight little known theological truths about the Christian’s body]

When battling lust it can feel like it is your body that is warring against you.

There are countless times in my battle against lust where no matter where I direct my thinking, my body’s urges seem to make it virtually impossible to turn away from lust. I know that I am a new creation, but so many times it doesn’t feel like it at all. I know that God always provides a way out of temptation but it seems like my body always blocks the exit. Over the last year I have been seeking answers to a lot of questions about my body:

What does it mean to have a body? What happens to my body when we become believers in Christ? Does God care about my body or just my soul? Is my body being sanctified or just my soul? If our body is going to be resurrected then why work so hard to take care of it now?

The following is the first of several things I discovered from my biblical studies about a believer’s body that I never really heard growing up in the church (we’ll cover the others in the days ahead):

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The battle for your allegiance is not between two equal opponents.

We know in our minds that God is superior but we often believe in our hearts that it is Beauty who is most worthy of our love.

In yesterday’s post, we saw that in the lusting man’s viewpoint God’s heaven sounds more like hell than it does heaven. In the competing religion of sexual immorality, there is the promise of eternal sexual pleasure. Whereas in God’s heaven, Jesus says there will be no marriage and thus no sex.

Does following Christ really mean settling for a lesser heaven? We know that the heaven of sexual immorality doesn’t actually exist, but if it did, wouldn’t it be better?

The following are four ways that Jesus defeats the false religion of sexual immorality:

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We tend to think of lust and pornography and sex outside of marriage more as destructive habits than spiritual sins.

To be sure, much of what makes sexual sin worse than other sins is the amount of earthly damage it causes. By that I mean the human relationships that are effected by sexual sin. God is very angry when his children hurt each other. Sexual sin hurts a lot of people very deeply.

However, I think we have forgotten that it also directly hurts God because it is the result of worshipping another god. It is always spiritual adultery before it is sexual adultery.

Here are four ways that sexual immorality is a false religion and not merely harmful behavior.
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I often forget that the entire Gospel message actually includes the worst news we will ever hear.

The Gospel starts by telling us that we are far worse in the eyes of God than we could possibly imagine.

When the Gospel falls flat on my heart, it is often because I spend little to no time thinking of the offensiveness of my sin in God’s eyes.

God’s view of me is the only one that matters. But for a vast majority of my day I concern myself with how my idols and other people view me. Then while I am still concerned about worldly opinions I expect to be moved by a message of God’s love and forgiveness. No wonder my heart doesn’t absorb it.

I have to admit that it has been a few weeks since the last time I was really moved by God’s grace toward me. And it has shown in my daily life. I have been impatient and quick to anger at home and work. As for fleeing temptation, I have been motivated to flee primarily in order to protect my reputation.

I have found that the best way to get out of times like these is to remember the bad news of the Gospel, but only so I can truly embrace the good news.

Here are some things to remember about our condition prior to the cross of Christ:

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Someone said somewhere that you are as close to God as you want to be.

That means that we all have fears that keep us from wanting to be closer to God. We are afraid of the implications.

I have examined my heart and listed below the main fears that are keeping me from pursuing intimacy with God. Perhaps you resonate with some or all of them:

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God wants me to be holy yet he takes so long to make me holy. He wants me to flee sexual immorality yet he seems so far when I need his help fighting it. Why is it taking so long for me to beat this sin?

Here are some reasons he delays in making us as holy as he ultimately wants us to be.

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