You know that Sunday feeling, right?

We leave church inspired and filled with Truth and encouragement on Sundays … and somewhere along the course of the week, pieces of the message tend to fade and we often lose that Sunday feeling.

The Monday After {the Sunday Sermon} is our attempt to carry the Sunday message into Monday mornings by walking together and sharing how what we’ve heard on Sunday morning is making a difference in our Mondays, our weeks, our lives. Each Monday, a voice from the pews will give personal perspective to the words we soaked in on Sunday.

The Monday After Sunday, June 16, 2013: Enemies of the Heart: When a Look Becomes Lust {LISTEN HERE!}

by Andrew Kelley

I could write a book based on Sunday’s message, but I’ll save my novel for another day.

This enemy of the heart hits home with me because I’ve dealt with lust most of my 34 years. Though I’ve been in church since shortly after birth, the enemy has had a game plan. God, hover, has had a better one.

We can lust after almost anything in life, but we see more and more a lusting after a woman or a man is a huge trap with the most subtle hints. The title of the message yesterday was very fitting, as I hear this question brought up by Christian men, so thank you pastor Joe for being obedient.

“When a look becomes a lust” was a question I began asking many years ago. Even in being healed and transformed by the Holy Spirit after bringing my past experiences with lust to my mentors and then sharing with my wife even before we got married, lust has been a battle that must be fought every day.

I have learned when I let down my sheild and do not put on the full aurmor of God, I come to ruin.Lust truly is a mind battle, and it has caused me to make drastically different every day. The enemy knows I am weak in this area, but more than that, he knows the places and times I am weak; and I mean that literally. Places like the magazine aisle at Walgreens or Walmart are major potholes, and I choose to completely avoid them by not even driving down that aisle. That was hard because I love cars so car magazines were a very big part of my life.

Or times when I was alone and my thoughts would usually drift to desiring to look at a naked woman, so that means not being alone as often, and when I find myself alone, I check in with my wife and prepare myself spiritually. I thought this would be easier after marriage, but that’s not the case at all because the enemy hates a strong union escpecially when it’s between two believers.

I am so thankful for a wife who understands the battle I fight. Sure, its been hard and you can ask both of us anytime how we have made it almost eleven years. Just this year, I’ve learned that only in my community of christian brothers, can I run this race and continue to live in the freedom Jesus has given. Of course, it’s the hand of God that keeps us, but community is a huge part. As I walk with other men who love Christ, I have a strength I did not have before. We meet once a week and share our struggles openly, even the ones that have nothing to do with lust. Our accountability with each other has been great.

Trust me, it took a long time for me to get to this point in my life mainly because of my own pride. I thank God for what He brought me out of, and I can only imagine where I would be today if it was not for Him and the people He put in my life. Please know you can approach me anytime, and I will share my whole testimony with you. And if you would like prayer, I will gladly pray with you.

We can’t do this battle of the mind alone.

Andrew and Dawn

Andrew Kelley is husband to Dawn and father to four wonderful children; he and his family currently call Immanuel and Zion home. 

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