The Bible gives us some practical methods in staying faithful to Him in the area of sexual purity. Let us not fool ourselves, we are all tempted. Jesus Himself was tempted by Satan after forty days of fasting when He was in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-3).
The most important weapon in our arsenal is prayer. As soon as we feel tempted sexually, in whatever area, start praying and ask God for His strength to avoid the temptation.
Here are some verses to help you stay faithful to God.
- When God calls you to be active for Him and doing His work, don’t abscond. David stayed home instead of being with his troops. Practically we need to be living our lives every day for Him by staying focused on reading the Word and praying for ourselves and others.
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8
- An idle mind is the devils workshop. King David allowed his eyes to wander onto a scene and then did nothing to avert his gaze. The Bible says,
“But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Matthew 5:28
We need to keep our eyes and minds active on what God has called us to do and practically avert our gaze from the top shelf in the newsagents, close the pornographic pop up advert, switch off the movie and turn over the channel when we encounter sexually suggestive, or more, content. It’s no good to think to ourselves that because it’s not perhaps overtly pornographic that we can get away with entertaining the image(s) or even the literature.
We should flee from sexual temptation just as Joseph did,
“She caught him by his cloak and said, “Come to bed with me!” But he left his cloak in her hand and ran out of the house.” Genesis 39:12
- Keep short accounts with God. King David sinned and took Bathsheba for himself but instead of being immediately repentant, he sinned again and again. The last part of the verse in James is,
“Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.” James 1:15
We should keep short accounts with God to avoid our sin leading us into deeper and even more serious sin. God is faithful and will always forgive us our sins,
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
- Read Romans 8. This is a fantastic chapter in the Bible which describes the Christian life and hope that we all share, ending in the crescendo verses,
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39