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How to Overcome Sexual Temptation

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March 5, 2021 7:00 pm

How to Overcome Sexual Temptation

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March 5, 2021 7:00 pm

At the beginning of time God designed two sexes and the sacred, sanctified means of sexual intimacy by which a man and a woman could be unified as “one flesh” and bear children within the exclusive covenant of marriage.

However, because of our corrupted sin natures, men and women reject the framework of biblical marriage for sex and instead seek to gratify and worship themselves in all manner of sexual perversions and abominations: pre- and extra-marital heterosexual sex, same-sex homosexuality, adult-child sex, bi-sexuality, pornography, transgenderism, and more.

One of the most effective temptations that Satan uses to destroy men and women from honoring God is through sexual immorality. Satan lies, “God is restrictive.

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How to overcome sexual temptation that is topical discuss today right here in the Christian worldview radio program for the mission is to sharpen the biblical worldview. Christians and to share the good news of Jesus Christ and David with the host website is the Christian worldview.or thinking for joining us today for another edition of the Christian real view radio program as we discuss how to overcome sexual temptation at the beginning of time.

God designed two sexes in the sacred sanctified means of sexual intimacy by which a man and a woman could be unified as quote one flesh, and bear children within the exclusive covenant of marriage.

However, because of our corrupted sin natures men and women reject the framework of biblical marriage for sex and instead seek to gratify and worship themselves in all manner of sexual perversions and abominations, including pre-and extramarital heterosexual sex same sex, homosexuality, adult child sex bisexuality, pornography, transgender is him and much much more that one of the most effective temptations that Satan uses to destroy men and women from honoring God is through sexual immorality. Here Satan's lie, God's restrictive expand your freedom and gratification by experiencing sex outside marriage, which only results in regret ruin, slavery, disease, discontent, divorce and God's judgment, to name a few of succumbing to sexual temptation.

Here's the good news though sexual temptation as it says in first Corinthians 10 is quote common to man." God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it will start out very basically, today talking about some definitions and God's standard for sexual intimacy God standard is basically two things. Pure thoughts impure actions.

Christ said in Matthew chapter 5, he said, I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart, so Christ is taking it much beyond even the 10 Commandments says thou shall not commit adultery to even looking and lusting for a woman that's not your wife as committing adultery with her in his heart and beyond pure thoughts. There's pure actions. Of course, Hebrews 13 for says marriage is to be held in honor among all and the marriage bed is to be undefiled for fornicators is the sexually immoral and idolaters, God will judge idolatry always goes with sexual immorality is a form of idolatry, worry, we worship ourselves our own desires, rather than worshiping God and of course the marriage in that particular passage in Geneva need to be mentioned but is one man one woman marriage so sexual purity of God's standard is sexual intimacy that honors God.

It's intimacy within one man one woman marriage. Now to the very opposite of that is Satan's standard do whatever you want with whomever you want. So this is sexual immorality that dishonors God that will be defined as any sexual thoughts or actions with someone that's not your wife or husband.

Whether it's premarital sex or extramarital heterosexual sex same sex, homosexuality, adult child sex, bisexuality, pornography, LGBT Q transgender is all the different things that we hear so much about today support and remember to talk about these definitions that God gives the gift of sexual and intimacy with only one boundary and that's within the confines of the boundary of marriage you here.

Sometimes people say will.

Jesus said nothing about homosexual marriage or career extramarital sex and those kinds of things, but he actually did read Matthew chapter 19 verses three through six is says some Pharisees came to Jesus. These are the religious leaders of the day testing him and asking, is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any reason at all. And Jesus answered and said, have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, for this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife and the two shall become one flesh. So they are no longer to but one flesh.

What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate with this one passage, Jesus defined marriage as between one man and one woman. He prohibited divorce. He defined the fact that you are you are either's are male or female that completely repudiates a transgender movement he excluded pre-and extramarital sex and all other forms of of sexual immorality in other places the New Testament it goes on to be very clear about what sexual purity is versus sexual immorality. First Thessalonians chapter 4 for this is the will of God. Okay, here is this made very clear, this is God's will, your sanctification or for your holiness. That is that you abstain from sexual immorality. Verse four that each of you know how to possess his own vessel rezone body in sanctification is holiness and honor, not in the lustful passion again going back to the thought life like the Gentiles who are unbelievers who do not know God.

Verse six and that no man transgress and defraud his brother in the matter because the Lord is the avenger and all these things just a little expectable nation. There we transgress and defraud brothers other people when we sin with their husband or wife that's defrauding them even before their marriage or defrauding your future husband or wife if we engage in premarital sex, for God has not called us. Verse seven for the purpose of impurity, sexual impurity, but in sanctification there.

There is a contrast. It's either impurity, sexual immorality or in sanctification, sexual purity, verse eight conclusion so he who rejects this by God's called you to abstain from sexual morality. He rejects this is not rejecting man, but the God who gives his Holy Spirit to you very clear can't be twisted or rationalize.

This is the will of God, your sanctification, that is that you abstain from sexual immorality. And if you reject this you not rejecting someone else you rejecting God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you.

This is written to believers and this is a great warning for the church today, which is so ignored and look the other way on these issues, especially with regards to younger people and even divorce within the church today. Let's get now to the this scope of sexual temptation. So we know how to overcome it.

How how broad is this temptation well that the first point is that it's everywhere temptation to sexual immorality is right on the phone you hold in your hand. It's on the websites you visit. Even the Christian websites you visit, you'll see pictures of sensual pictures of man or women on the most innocuous websites are there on television in the commercials and movies on Billboard it's in magazines that you pass by in the grocery store it's in your workplace. It's another flirtatious atmosphere. Ian in a workplace or in a college campus in restaurants. It's in sports it's everywhere and that's only a fraction of the places it is mafic is one of the three big temptations.

I think of lots of temptations to sin a lot in life but I think the temptation to sexual immorality is one of the big three we read this verse previously in the program from first John to assess for all that is in the world, the lust of the flash, the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life is not from the father but is from the world. I think that first when the lust of the flesh is one that includes our our physical desires sexual immorality you think is is is categorized in that particular lust of the flesh is one of the most powerful drives powerful desires that we as humans have along with greed and power, which is summarized in the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, so this is a huge temptation that has been around forever.

This is nothing new.

So not only is it everywhere but secondly it's destructive, like all sin, rejecting God's word on this one leads to severe consequences. I put a couple bullet points down here that just some of the consequences. There are more than these.

This is an exhaustive list, but there's physical, relational, vocational, and spiritual consequences of rejecting God and his word when it comes to sexual purity. Physical consequences looks extra transmitted diseases at HIV-AIDS. Of course from homosexuality. There's physical abuse and rape and sometimes people choose to have abortions after being involved in sexual immorality relationally ruins marriages and other relationships, vocations, people lose their jobs over this for there's leaders or CEOs or media people or politicians from the greatest among us to the most unknown among us destructive nature of sexual morality is very rampant. Spiritually, the most important aspect of this, it is destructive spiritually destroys the potential of even the strongest Christians and you see this in Scripture whether it's king David Solomon really destroyed him spiritually toward the the end of his life and ultimately if we persist in sexual immorality in a unrepentant manner and don't turn to Christ in repentance and faith and salvation. There's ultimately judgment of God as it says in first Corinthians chapter 6 it says, do you not know Paul writes to the Corinthians that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God. Who are these unrighteous it says do not be deceived.

Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate transgender type, nor homosexuals of the first five there have to deal with sexual immorality nor thieves nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revile theirs nor swindlers. None of those people will inherit the kingdom of God. So there's ultimately we can talk about the physical, relational, vocational consequences of sexual giving into sexual temptation. Ultimately, the greatest, most destructive aspect of it is the spiritual judgment that comes from God for rejecting him, disobeying him re-refusing his standard for for sexual purity, so that only is it everywhere. Not only is it destructive, but it's also addictive is like a drug or alcohol. It's like the flesh can never be satisfied you. You hear about pornography and there's there's never enough, there's always going to be more this God always got to be harder forms of pornography do to keep us coming back its there's the emotional theirs that the temporary gratification that comes with sexual morality, yet without the the lasting fulfillment. So there's in the addictive nature to it that our our mind and our bodies want to keep coming back to have it fulfilled just one more time.

And one more thing to mention about it is it's lurking. It's not always everywhere but it's closer than we think, or were never very far away from from going down the wrong roads that lead to the sin of sexual immorality. You see this this young man in Proverbs chapter 7 and says for at the window of my house I looked through my window and saw a young man devoid of understanding. Passing along the street near her corner and he took the path to her house in the evening knows what time of day it is and there a woman met him with provocative clothes and a crafty heart. Notice how she's dressed. She was allowed and rebellious. At time she was outside in the open square lurking at every corner.

In other words, it's everywhere, so she caught him and kissed him, and with the bold face. She said to him I have peace offerings with me today.

I have paid my vows. This is not a secular woman. This is a religious woman. In other words, Christians are immune from falling prey to sexual immorality with another professing Christian she's paid her peace offering. Today she paid her vows. So I came out to meet you.

It continues diligently to seek your face and I have found you. I have spread my bed with tapestry. I have perfumed my bed, come, let us take our fill of love are all insert lost until morning. Let us delight ourselves with love for my husband uses a married woman is not at home. He has gone a long journey he has taken a bag of money with him, and will come home on the appointed day one more thing I should have added there is sexual immorality is always deceitful. She's doing something trying to be out of the sight of her own husband. Of course we always look horizontally. We don't look vertically because God is always watching us in the passage ends by saying with her enticing speech she caused him to yield, with her flattering lips. She seduced him and the here's this here's this closer than we think. Part immediately. She went after her as an ox goes to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks until an arrow struck his liver as a bird hastens to the snare, he did not know it would cost his life. Another words he didn't go out that night probably didn't give me contact the plywood and go out that night thinking he was going to destroy his life. It would cost him his life. You think it ox before the slaughter more than about a minute before it happens knows that something is going to go fatally wrong is the same way with sexual morality is much closer much more looking than anything the Christian worldview. David Wheaton returns in just a moment the new year has brought new features to the Christian worldview radio program first good news for those who don't have an affiliate station in their area and those who subscribe to a free podcast, the latest program will now be VR podcast feed at 8 AM central time on Saturdays. Short takes will also be released on Mondays. Following the weekend airing of the program. These bite-size highlights are great for those who don't have time to listen to the full 54 minute broadcast short takes can be heard at our website podcast feed or social media pages on Facebook and YouTube for more updates, program previews and resources. Be sure to sign up for our free weekly email by visiting the Christian or calling one AAA 646-2233. That's one AAA 646-2233 or visiting the Christian there is an abundance of Christian resources available at the reality is that many of them even some of the most popular not only to a sound and strong faith is only one printing book. The key aim of the Christian worldview is to identify and offer resources that are biblically faithful and deep in your walk with God in our online store had a wide range of resources from all ages, adult and children's books and DVDs, Bibles and devotionals, unique gifts and more so browse our store and Christian and find enriching resources for yourself, family, friends, small church can also order by calling toll-free, one AAA 646-2233. That's one AAA 646-2233 or visit the Christian welcome back to the Christian worldview sure to visit our website we can subscribe to a free weekly email an annual print newsletter resources for adults and children and support the ministry. Now back to today's program with host David Wheaton.

So let's get to the fact of the topic for the day. Here now is how can we be over comers over sexual temptation.

I know I mentioned in previous programs about the life of Joseph and Joseph just for a quick preview on who he is, was one of the sons of the 12 sons of of Jacob. He was the favorite son actually and of Jacob. Jacob father gave him the coat of many colors. Joseph's brothers really despised him because he was favored he had these dreams about his older brothers bowing down to him will eventually his brothers hated him so much that when he came to visit his brothers, as they were tending to their flocks. The brothers conspired together to sell him into slavery. If you can believe that into Egypt so there in the land of Canaan. He goes to see his brothers. They sell him to the Ishmaelites are traveling down to Egypt so in Genesis 39 we have.

Joseph is now arrived in Egypt and it says this now, Joseph had been taken down to Egypt and Potter for an Egyptian officer of Pharaoh, the captain of the bodyguard bought him bought Joseph from the Ishmaelite traders who had taken him down there but listen to this, even though he had been betrayed and rejected by his brothers.

It says this in verse two the Lord was with Joseph. So he became a successful man and he was in the house of his master, the Egyptian, this is Potter for the captain of the guard affair.

This is a very important home a very important man in Egypt just by God's providence. That's where Joseph went and listen to how Joseph is doing now his master Potter first saw that the Lord was with Joseph and how the Lord because all that he did to prosper in his hand. So Joseph found favor in his site and became his personal servant, and he made him overseer over his house and all that he owned. He put in his charge. The Lord blessed the Egyptians house on account of Joseph. Thus the Lord's blessing was upon all that he owned in the house and in the field.

Verse six last verse.

So we left everything he owned in Joseph's charge in with him there. He did not concern himself with anything except the food which he ate, he might be thinking why my mentioning that in the lead up to how Joseph overcame the temptation to sexual immorality with Potter first wife will just look at what setting them up or what's going into this this temptation which is going to happen next. There is complete blessing and success in favor the life of Joseph so with that as background all of a sudden the Bible makes a very interesting transition in verse six it says this now Joseph was a handsome inform and appearance that is interesting how the Bible would say that why would the Bible say that is because Joseph is so successful and is also this great looking guide and he has it all know it. It's pretending that something is about to change, maybe setting ominous is coming. There's a warning here that those who are successful and good-looking, those kind of people attract a lot of attention and not all of it is good that we can often think that good-looking people get all the breaks in life. But good luck/Joseph wasn't handsome, inform, and appearance can be a liability as well. It it attracts those with sinful intentions. There's another lesson here about this though the lesson is that after all the success that I just read about one of two things often happens either there's there's a pride in the person and there's a fall.

Pride comes over the fall or there's an attack of Satan.

So we really need to watch out when things are going well in life is a danger of being self-reliant rather than God reliant and would want to become self-reliant. That's when we start to go down roads into sin. This is when Satan attacks us. You can look at the example of Jesus at his baptism. What happened after this incredible moment that Jesus was baptized where the father came in his voice from heaven said this is my beloved son in whom I will please in the spirit descended in the form of a dove, and you would've pinnacle moment of Christ's life.

The three members of the Trinity right there right away. You turn the page.

All of a sudden, Christ goes into 40 days of fasting and temptation by Satan himself. Immediately after this high moment of his life and ministry.

This is why it's really important to be in the word of God in a daily basis. Otherwise, it's very easy to lose perspective when things are going well for us. We forget who we are. We forget who we serve. All of a sudden we become open to greater types of of temptation that Satan brings in our lives. But in this case with Joseph.

He hasn't become proud buddies rather being targeted by Satan through lo and behold the wife of the master of the house Potter for his wife. Verse seven reference says now Joseph was handsome, inform, and appearance. It says this came about that after these events that his master's wife look with desire. Joseph and she said lie with me.

This wasn't a subtle temptation.

This was a direct direct temptation to be sexually immoral with her. Verse eight look at Joseph's response but she refused and said to his master's wife, behold with me here, my master does not concern himself with anything in the house and he has put all that he owns in my charge, there is no one greater in this house than I and he has withheld nothing from me except you because you are his wife, and then this line is incredibly key.

How then Joseph says, how then could I do this great evil and sin against God right here is the first step the model for how every Christian needs to overcome sexual temptation. There's a direct proposition from Potter for his wife, there's gonna be no work on Joseph's part for this easy gratification. He's not going out and barhopping to find some woman for the evening.

One night stand know his master's wife is propositioning him easy gratification at his fingertips. All he needs is a little bit of privacy and secrecy with a willing accomplice, which Potter for his wife appears to be, but there's no indication that he even hesitated or thought about this. It just says, but he refused. Coming with that we respond that that same way when we encounter sexual temptation. Just refuse.

There's no hesitation here, apparently by Joseph because he is walking closely with the Lord. In other words, God is always at the forefront of his mind so when he is tempted, he immediately just no way that would be offensive to God.

There's no way am doing that I refuse.

One thing he understands he's had this great success he understands and honors God's design for marriage and for sex. He understands that. But the key line, though in this whole passage is how then can I do this great evil and sin against God. In other words, Joseph wasn't concerned primarily at least with the physical or relational or the vocational consequences that I mentioned earlier, of getting involved in sexual immorality.

Not all she's concerned about what his actions are going to do to his relationship with God. In other words Joseph feared God and loved God more than he feared any of those other consequences of getting caught or healed, feared and love God more than he loved pleasing himself, that is ultimately the decision or the choice that we face with every temptation in my gonna please myself or Micah please God. That's ultimately what it comes down to in Joseph. In this example, there was no question she refused and how then can I do this great wickedness and evil and sin against God. He had a choice I can please and honor God. Or I can please myself and fortunately for Joseph and and for us as a great example. He chose to please God. Over pleasing himself now. Words were not going to be enough with Potter for his wife and their often not enough when we face sexual temptation as well as reasoning good reasoning like he had here, refusing that was not going to be enough. Verse 10 chapter 39 of Joseph. The story continues as she Potter for his wife spoke to Joseph.

Day after day.

This is continuing. Day after day. Joseph did not listen to her to lie beside her or be with her. Verse 11. Now it happen one day that he went into the house to do his work and none of the men of the household was there inside notice now.

What was a ripe environment for sexual immorality. Being alone with someone of the opposite sex. Verse 12 she caught him by his garment saying lie with me in this time.

By the way, it says lie with me with an exclamation point after the first time was lie with me. This time the proposition becomes a declarative lie with me. What was Joseph's response.

In this case she's got them by the garment. Joseph left his garment in her hand and fled and went outside this time. Joseph realizes that words and reason are not going to be enough analogy obvious you can't rape him. He stronger than she is.

So why does he go outside and he left his garment in her hand and fled and went outside. What is he go outside. Joseph had the wisdom to realize that he needed to get out of there. First Corinthians 6 says flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body as far as I have read in Scripture the temptation to sexual immorality is the only temptation that were actually not to confront the Bible says to flee it to remove yourself from it to get away from it other words, it's so powerful that if we leave our self and the situation trying to reason with someone else or reason with ourselves or talk someone else out of it or try to come to be 1 foot in the door. 1 foot out were going to get burned and so the lesson here is that overcoming temptation requires as Joseph knew that we realize that God is watching and weighing our actions, our thoughts, or motives in our sin ultimately is against him, and never to the second part of this account of Joseph fleeing is overcoming sexual temptation requires you obey by fleeing leave the room, get out of the car. Make no provision for the flesh, discard your phone or to your computer if you have to eat to get out of there. So what happened to Joseph for doing the right thing.

He reason to correctly with her. He fled sexual temptation will expect to be praised for doing the right thing.

That's exactly what happened to Joseph that his rejection of Potiphar's wife turns into her trying to seek revenge on him says in verse 13, Genesis 39, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand and had fled outside she called to the men of her household and said to them, see key my husband blaming her husband has brought in the Hebrew to us to make sport of us.

He came into me to lie with me as a bald-faced lie and I screamed another lie when he heard that I raise my voice and scream the lie he left his garment beside me and fled and went outside so she left his garment beside her until his master Potter for her husband came home. Then she spoke to her husband with these words.

The Hebrew slave whom you brought to us came into me to make sport of me.

Another words he tried to rape me another lie.

As I raise my voice and screamed.

He left his garment beside me and fled outside Nortel she's blaming him this this Hebrew slave whom you brought to us came in to make sport of me. This is your fault for bringing here now.

Verse 19 Potiphar makes that the very bad decision without looking into the situation, trusting his wife before getting any other evidence talking to Joseph when his master heard the words of his wife which she spoke to him, saying, this is what your slave did to me. His anger burned so Joseph's master took him and put them into the jail the place where the king's prisoners were confined and he was there in the jail and this is why that the me to movement with. I believe her should never be assumed.

We can never assume someone is telling the truth about some sexual offense that they say they've received, we must always do what the Bible says and get gather evidence.

Things must be proven before we punish people for sins, they may or may not have done on just point out one more thing at the end of this chapter that doesn't have to do a sexual morality, but the chapter started out by saying how favored and blessed Joseph was, was we go to the end of Genesis 39 Joseph has been sold into slavery by his brothers and falsely accused of raping his master's wife. He's in jail. Look what it says about Joseph, but the Lord was with Joseph and extended kindness to him and gave him favor in the sight of the chief jailer.

The chief jailer committed to Joseph charge.

All the prisoners who were in the jail, so that whatever was done there he Joseph was responsible for the chief jailer did not supervise anything under Joseph's charge, because the Lord was with him and whatever he did. The Lord made to prosper him. He is just amazing this this chapter. Genesis 39 starts out Joseph is successful. He's favored he's he's being blasted the house of Potiphar is being blast is on account of Joseph being there because the Lord is with them.

You go through this whole sexual temptation with Potiphar's wife. He gets thrown in jail and where do we end up at the end of chapter the same place at this at the beginning God is causing all things to work together for good to those who love God, Joseph, to those who are called according to his purpose. The Lord was there. Would Joseph even though he was in jail being treated in a treacherous way by his brothers being lied to by Potiphar's wife being falsely accused and imprisoned God was allowing all this, not just because Joseph was favored and God was blessing him because God was using this situation or would use his situation to ultimately bring Joseph to the head of the land just under Pharaoh and save Joseph's family and his father in the land of Canaan, where there is going to be a huge famine over this entire region, the Christian worldview.

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Christian six are also available and be sure to share with others. Now back to today's program with host David. We just summarize here about how to overcome sexual immorality just some bullet points. Looking at this life of Joseph personal number one to overcome sexual immorality. You must be saved. Other words if you don't have the indwelling Holy Spirit you don't even have the potential, the power inside of you to be able to overcome sexual immorality. Romans eight said the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God, for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so for those who are in the flesh cannot please God. So if you are listening today and you understand now what sexual purity is versus sexual immorality, all to do with marriage. Of course, one man one woman marriage and your feeling convicted over the fact that I'm involved in sexual morality of sinning against God doing is great evil against God. I can't overcome and I can't help myself I'm enslaved do it slave to pornography or living with my boyfriend or girlfriend, and unrepentant sexual sin. Here's the good news that God is offering to restore you or reconcile you to himself. And when you come to the point of realizing or confessing agreeing with God about your sin, confessing it to him yes got your right I am sitting against you. I deserve judgment. I repent of that help me go on a whole new direction. I believe in who you are and who your son is that you sent your son to earth to live a perfect life so that he could be the perfect sacrifice and pay the penalty I deserve to pay for my own sin and that through that payment that Christ made the cross that your wrath and your justice is completely satisfied for all my sexual immorality against you. I trusted him fully, not any of my own works, but trust in Christ for salvation and eternal life. The good news is, God will forgive you to reconcile you to him and all of your past immoralities. He will forgive and as far as the east is from the West. So far will he remove your transgressions from you and when you are saved you are born again is John. As Jesus said in John three. Three. You must be born again, spiritually born again God gives you this incredible gift of his Holy Spirit to indwell you so that you have the power to be able to overcome sexual immorality in the future going forward.

Remember that verse I read earlier from first Corinthians chapter 6, do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God. Don't be deceived.

Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, and goes on will inherit the kingdom of God. Why didn't read the next verse, and here's the verse of help. If you've been one of those persons and you repent and believe in who Christ is and what he did for you.

You believe in him.

It says this in verse 11. Such were some of you but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the spirit of our God. In other words that can be in your past that can be who you were and you can be one who is washed in the blood of Christ to sanctified made a holy you can be justified declared righteous in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. What a powerful message of good news that if you are involved in sexual immorality. God is willing to forgive you and rescue you.

So not only must we be saved but also we must be being that I can say that being sanctified is an ongoing process of pursuing holiness in Christ likeness. Romans chapter 12 says. Therefore, I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world and here's the key phrase, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind so that you may prove what the will of God is that which is good and acceptable and perfect. So here's the being sanctified part other words, once you're saved the whole point of the Christian life is to present your bodies a living in the holy X a sacrifice, acceptable to God which is your spiritual service of worship. So how do we do that well we don't get conformed to the world and its ways of being sexually immoral, but were transformed were changed by the renewing making new again renewing of our minds were in the word and were letting God's word change the way we think about who God is about who we are understanding what sexual morality is and how to overcome it. So it's being saved to repenting and believing in who Christ is. It's being sanctified pursuing holiness or Christ likeness. That's the foundation that's really committing to sexual purity in her life, knowing that it can be overcome if you have been involved in sexual morality.

It's never too late start, repent of it get right with God and commit to being sexually sure and this is where I believe the evangelical church today has compromised so much and relinquished God's standard on this issue of sexual purity there so little teaching is a lot of looking away on this particular topic and there shouldn't be this is a big topic.

This destroys people's lives you here in the church all the time just people don't even know the professing Christians. They don't know what sexual purity is, didn't know that living together before marriage is wrong according to what God says in his word. They have been taught this perhaps in the youth group at church or they don't think it's a big deal. Maybe they just seen it so much in the church divorces court of Overlook people living together is overlooked.

There's no church discipline.

So it's really not that big of a deal. Or maybe they think it's just impossible to overcome this everyone's doing it in our culture, so therefore what's the big deal, it's just a physical transaction correct and so there has to be this commitment. You have to want to be space between. This is common obvious pump. You have to want to be sexually pure in overcome sexual immorality in order to overcome it.

You can't just be well maybe or maybe not all see how it goes. Know there has to be a commitment to it.

You know don't have to commit to it.

But you have to know it can be overcome this verse we been reading the last couple weeks is from first Corinthians 1013 no temptation this is a very hope inducing promise, no temptation, including sexual temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.

You should know from just this passage that God will not allow you to be tempted sexually beyond what you are able to endure, but even more than that with the temptation he will also provide a way of escape from the temptation so that you can overcome it. Miss incredible news we have responsibility here, though again the idea of driving down the freeway and were going toward the destination of sin.

God will provide offramp to get off that freeway belief that she was to take. He's not gonna pull us off or make make us drive off the road to provide those those offramp those ways of escape. But we have to choose to take them be saved being sanctified committing to sexual purity in just a couple more quick ones. You need to guard your eyes and your thoughts.

So much of sexual temptation comes in your eyes, or even if it doesn't come through her eyes. It just comes into our minds. We live in a fallen body fallen unredeemed human flesh. It's never gonna change even if you're born again, we still have this flash with its own desires its own sinful desires.

We need to guard her eyes and garter thought Scripture says about Job.

The great righteous man Job that he made a covenant with his eyes that he would not look at a woman to lust for her. We do learn how to divert her eyes really can even avoid seeing something at sexually tempting, and in the world we live in. I guess that you can go to a Christian website and there'll be pictures ads coming up all over the website of sensual images, but we need to learn to divert her eyes.

We see that recognize it's not wrong to do see it the wrong part. The sinful part comes when we linger on in this or to lust about imagine it to need to radically divert her eyes when we see sensual images. We need to address with discretion. The dress is a big thing you dressing to attract attention to anything but your face you're aiding someone else to lust with their eyes and then with our thoughts we need to recognized sin recognize a tempting thought and replace it with a truth of Scripture you take every thought as the Bible says captive to the obedience of Christ.

We need to recognize that a tempting thought is coming and say flee fornication. Every other sin a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body. Others we need to have some passages of Scripture that are replacer's.

The replacer's when we recognize it a tempting thought is coming our way.

So he saved being sanctified commit to sexual purity. Guard your eyes and thoughts. Number five is don't feed your flash. The Bible says make no provision for your flesh.

We are all very environmentally sensitive. What I mean by that is you go to a funeral, you feel a sense of sobriety. You go to a party you go to a sporting event.

There's a sense of excitement and drama and so forth. It's the same thing with sexual environments. You go to the wrong kinds of places, put yourselves in the wrong kinds of situations you are not going to be strong enough in your own flesh to be able to overcome it. So don't feed your flesh, don't put yourselves in front of screens, phones, movie theaters, rooms, situations with the opposite sex, or even the same sex. If you have that particular sinful desire. Don't put yourself in environments or situations that are right for sexual immorality. Next bullet point is to do like Joseph flee fornication utterances is the only sin were not to face. I won't belabor that lumber. That's an important one get away get out of there don't need to try to reason with anyone. Just remove yourself from the situation. Next point is have an accountability partner or partners they're gonna hold you accountable. I think these can be important and very helpful, but we also realize that accountability partners can be fooled as well. We can deceive them, so that's not a failsafe plan more than accountability partner, a fellow human being realize that God is watching and weighing what you doing look vertically realize you're accountable to God and the final point of going to make is get married in first Corinthians 7 Paul writes to the Corinthians in that town was like our society today.

It was full of sexual temptation and all kinds of sexual immorality. And so what is Paul writes to the Corinthian believers he says now concerning the things about which you wrote.

It is good for a man not to touch a woman.

Other words don't be involved sexually with someone who's not your wife or husband first tuba because of immorality, each man is to have his own wife, and each woman is to have her own husband. Another words to avoid immorality, you should strive to be married.

If you don't have the gift of singleness which will talk about in a second verse three. The husband must fulfill his duty to his wife and likewise also the wife to her husband saying you must when your husband or wife you should and must be involved in a sexually intimate way, skipping down to verse six, but this I say by way of concession, not of command. What is he mean by that will, verse seven, yet I wish that all men were even as I myself in he single. However, each man has his own gift from God, one in this manner, and another, and that another word some have most have will have a desire to be to be married some of manure minority will have the gift of singleness and both are okay verse eight but I say to the unmarried and to widows that it is good for them if they remain even as I single verse nine. Here's the last verse, but if they do not have self-control. Let them marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with passion, so that's why this final point is get married. If you have a desire, a strong desire for sexual into intimacy. Don't try to write 15 years to get married and don't try to wait till you're a certain age find a fellow believer key point there. Find a fellow believer with whom you can be compatible with in marriage. That's a whole other topic itself, but get married because, again. This pastor said sexual morality is a sin to avoid marriage is God's design for the sexual relationship.

It's good to remain single and celibate.

If you have self-control and sexual desire will vary according to people in life.

Some have more.

Some have less. But if you don't have self-control if you don't think you can hold off on this then get married to another believer and this is another thing I think the church could could teach pastors to teach better today is preparing young people to get married early on when they're prepared and find a fellow believer to marry okay. Some just gonna repeat the game plan one more time to overcome sexual immorality. Never one you must be saved through placing your faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ on your behalf.

When that occurs, God gives you his Holy Spirit, which is a supernatural power inside of you, giving you the ability the opportunity to be able to overcome your fallen nature, number two, you are being sanctified, becoming more holy.

Through being in a close daily relationship with God through reading his word and prayer and being under sound biblical teaching number three you must be committed to sexual purity, knowing that you can with God's help can overcome it is not impossible to overcome. Number four. You must guard your eyes and your thoughts. Taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. Diverting your eyes from anything that would lead you to sin number five is don't feed your flesh. Don't make any provision for your flesh, don't put yourself in sensual situations where sexual immorality is a possibility. Number six is if you find yourself in a situation flee fornication get out of there were not to confront it were to flee from sexual immorality. Number seven is get an accountability partner of that could be helpful. And finally, number eight, get married, but in the Lord, unless of course you have the gift of singleness. Time went really fast today and I wish we had more of it.

But hopefully it gave you some biblical foundation to think about and consider and some really concrete things to be able to overcome sexual immorality because we do live in a world that is full of sexual temptation and full of sexual immorality is not just there, but it's our firm. If you believe the biblical model for sexual purity you your hater, you're actually evil today in this world. Your discriminator but we can be encouraged by what the Bible says Jesus Christ and his word.

They are the same yesterday and today and forever. They've never changed on the issue of what God standard is for this beautiful gift of sex that he designed to be enjoyed and used for procreation, intimacy and unity within the boundaries of marriage between one man and one woman. Thank you for joining us today on the Christian worldview. Until next time think biblically live accordingly and stand firm. The mission of the Christian worldview is to sharpen the biblical worldview of Christians proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ. We hope today's broadcast encouraged for that and your replay of today's program or to sign up for the weekly email to find out what must I do to be saved to your website first or call us toll-free at 1-888-646-2233 Christian worldview as a listener supported ministry and furnished by the overcome foundation, a nonprofit organization.

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