Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Men today face incredible temptations and pressures in the sexual area. It is very difficult to live holy in our unholy culture. But it is possible through the power of the Holy Spirit.
2 Timothy 2:22 is a great passage to help us. “Flee youthful passions, and pursue righteousness …. along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.” There are 3 keys to victory found here: flee, pursue, and do it with others.
1. Flee youthful passions. Don’t flirt with sin or see how close to the edge you can come. Instead, run as fast as you can from pornography, an affair, lustful thoughts, etc.
2. After you flee, don’t just stand there. Pursue righteousness. Pursue God with all your heart. Run hard after God and there won’t be much energy for sin! The best defense against sin is a good offense of pursuing God.
3. Finally, flee and pursue with others who are doing the same. Oh how we need a band of brothers to support us in our walk with God. “As iron sharpen iron, so one man sharpens another” (Prov. 27:17). I am so thankful to have men in my life that I can tell anything to, and they help to hold me accountable. If you don’t have this, find a man who can be this for you.
Sexual sin is not a new problem. It has been around as early as man was created. And it will be prevalent until Jesus returns. But in the meantime, let us endeavor to live a holy and righteous life in the power of the HOLY Spirit. You can do this. God’s grace is sufficient. Be sure to find others to help you.
If you have fallen or if you are addicted or if you feel trapped, there is grace and mercy at the cross. And there are places you can go to help professional help. Don’t wait another day. Today can be the first day of the rest of your life.
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