Each week leading up to VIVID, I will be posting blogs on the topic of sexuality.
Last week we covered Talking With Your Kids About SEX. Beware, I call body parts by their actual names. Gasp!
Today’s blog has to do with killing sexual sin. Although, the principles we’ll cover today will work for any type of sin you are battling.
If you’re a Christian, there are things you have to kill. For the rest of your life, there are things you will have to say NO to in order to walk closely with Jesus. You know your areas of weakness. Make sure you guard those weak spots.
Let me take you on a quick boot camp. “How To Kill Sin” is an accurate title, but “Transgression Annihilation” sounds way more hardcore.
2 Timothy 2:22 outlines the process for us very nicely. Plus, it has an easy-to-remember address: Two Timothy Two Two Two.
So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. – 2 Timothy 2:22 (ESV)
When it comes down to it, it’s all about running…
There are many reasons to run from lustful passions, but the main one comes from 1 Thessalonians 4:3. It’s one of only three places in the whole Bible where it specifically says, “This is God’s will,” and in that verse, God’s will is sexual purity. I don’t know the specifics of God’s will for you, but I know this: to be the men and women God has called us to be, we must go to war against sexual sin.
The word “flee” in 2 Timothy 2 comes from the Greek word where we get the English word “fugitive.” A fugitive is someone who is continually on the run to escape.
Make it your goal to be a lust fugitive. Always on the run in order to escape. (tweet this)
Turn off the computer, trade out your smart phone for a dumb phone, leave the house, call a friend, do whatever you have to do to FLEE youthful passions!
Run FROM is a good place to start, but it’s not the end. If we stop there, we will spend our lives as cowards on the run.
2 Timothy says to pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace. In other words, what you’re running to is even more important than what you’re running from.
After all, living for Jesus isn’t about not doing things; it’s about doing things that matter. (tweet this) The focus is on replacement – pursuing meaningful, eternal things instead of self-centered, destructive things. It’s not about just getting away and doing nothing. A bored man is a dangerous man.
The Bible says to focus on righteousness, faith, love, and peace because those are all the opposites of lust…
Righteousness is being like Jesus. Lust pushes you away from Jesus and Christlikeness.
Faithfulness builds trust and integrity. Lust destroys both.
Love is selfless and giving. Lust is selfish and destructive.
Peace is content. Lust is never satisfied.
Run FROM. Run TO. There’s one more step that may be clincher…
Our culture trains us not to show weakness. Even if you’ve tried to run from lust and to righteousness, we often attempt to do it on our own. The Bible warns against doing things alone (see Proverbs 18:1). Isolated from others, we make serious, life-altering bad choices.
I was exposed to porn when I was about 10 or 11, and spent about the next 10 years of my life addicted. One of the main things that kept me in my sin was isolation. I wasn’t a victim. I made a choice not to tell anyone else, struggle alone, and live a lie. I knew it was wrong. I ran from sin and ran to church, youth group, and Bible verses, but victory didn’t come till years later when I learned to run WITH.
Sin is best resisted and God is most honored within Godly relationships.
If we ever plan to have victory over sexual sin, it will require some brutally honest conversations. 1 John 1:9 says to confess sin to God for forgiveness, and James 5:16 says to confess sin to one another for healing. Proverbs 28:13 goes onto say that when we cover sin, we will not prosper, but when we confess and forsake, we receive mercy!
You’ll never win as long as you cover your sin. Denial never set anybody free. (tweet this)
Until you breathe your last. We’ll have eternity to rest!