Saturday, 11 June 2011

How To Overcome Sexual Temptations And Stay Sexually Pure Until Marriage

One day, a young Christian brother visited his beloved fiancée at home. As this young brother was sitting in the living room, his fiancée passed in front of him almost naked, and headed for the bathroom. The young man felt very uncomfortable with the rather inappropriate scene that he had just seen. Being the very spiritual man that he was, he instantly burst out with tongues and began praying profusely. Still praying, and with eyes closed, he felt a tap on his shoulder and upon opening his eyes… right in front of him now was his fiancée with no clothes on. Before he could say “Jack Robinson,” they were in another world. They fornicated and they both felt ashamed and disappointed because they had decided earlier to stay sexually pure until marriage.

Like the young man in the above story, every Christian, no matter his/her spiritual standing will have to face sexual temptation at least at one point in his/her life. Perhaps, the only exception would be if you became born-again on your sick bed and died afterwards. If not, then permit me to say that, every human being is vulnerable to sexual temptation. We are born curious, and it is that curiosity that causes us to take new adventures and try new things. That same curiosity if not tamed can be very deadly even to our own lives.

As mentioned earlier, almost every Christian at one point in our lives would have to deal with sexual temptation. What are the remedies available should you find yourself is such a situation? Should you pray like the young man did? What should we do when faced with sexual temptations? What does the Bible say about sex?

“Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body.” – 1 Corinthians 6:18 NKJV

The scripture is plain and clear. Sexual sin is a sin against the body. And we are to flee sexual immorality. When God said flee, you don't stand and fight. The Lord our God would not ask us to flee sexual temptation if we could win the battle through prayer. When faced with sexual temptation, just flee; don't stand and pray. God said flee so you must flee!

In Ecclesiastes chapter 3, God outlined time and season for every occurrence under the sun. There is “a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to pluck that which is planted” (Ecclesiastes 3:2). In the same way, I believe there is time to have sex and a time to flee from sex. The time to have sex is when we get married. In 1 Corinthians 6:18 quoted above, God is asking us to ‘flee’ sexual immorality. The best thing the brother in the above story should have done was to flee.

"A servant is greater than his master," Jesus said. If God says flee then you must flee. There are times in the Bible where God instructed his children to fight on, but when it came to issue of sexual temptation, He said, “run.” The LORD will not ask us to run if we would be able to overcome sexual temptation by praying.

As much as God hears our prayers, He also expects us to be obedient to His Word. And His Word says you should “flee sexual immorality.” No one can be too spiritual than God himself. And as a matter of fact, no amount of spirituality is enough to stand and fight when faced with sexual temptation. I believe that is why God instructs his beloved children to flee. Don’t hesitate and don’t anticipate, just run, run for your life! Let your legs help you as much as they could and run for your life!

Joseph Fled and So Must You!
The story of the Christian Brother at the beginning of this post is similar to the story of Joseph and Portiphar’s wife as recorded in the Bible. The significant difference between the two stories is that Joseph did the right thing; he fled. The Bible says, And she[Portiphar’s wife] caught him[Joseph] by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled…- Genesis 39:12.

Dear reader, Christian living is a call to holiness and purity. God's desire for every believer is that we will live sexually pure and holy lives. The Lord wants us to stay sexually until marriage. But how can one stay sexually pure until marriage in a sex-crazy world?

The Bible says we were bought at a price and thus must honour God with our bodies which are God’s (1 Corinthians 6:20). Living pure for the LORD means we must win the battle against sexual temptations. The good news here is that we now know what to do when faced with sexual temptations. Do not hesitate, run! Run!! Run!!!

[More: How to Stay Sexually Pure Until Marriage... Yes, It's Possible!]

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