Walking the Line

Today at SonRise we looked at how we can overcome sexual temptation in our lives.  This is the third part in our four-part series on sex.

The main idea is that the decisions we make can either move us closer to Christ or further from Him.  We’re constantly walking a line in one direction or the other.  When it comes to sexual temptation, we have God’s promise that He will “provide a way out” so that we don’t make bad choices (1 Corinthians 10:13).

Even if we start moving in the wrong direction, God gives us exits.  Some of the critical exit points we looked at are:

(1) Our eyes.  In the Bible, Job actually made a pact with his eyes not to be scopin’ out the ladies (see Job 31:1)!  By controlling what we allow our eyes to fixate on, we can avoid moving in the wrong direction.

(2) Our thoughts.  If we ignore the first exit point, we find our minds dwelling on the sexually alluring things we’ve seen.  But it’s not too late.  We can choose instead to “take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5).  We can make a conscious effort to think about things that honor God.

(3) “Harmless” secrets.  If we reject the first two U-turn opportunities, we find ourselves harboring little secrets that we justify and excuse as “harmless.”  We tell ourselves that we’re not really doing anything wrong, but other people might not understand and so we need to hide these new indulgences.  Examples might include online affairs or secret visits to forbidden websites.  The Bible warns us in Ephesians 5:11-12 that “it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret.”  By acknowledging that we’re teetering on the edge, we can still grab God’s hand and turn around, walking the line back to Christ.

(4) Full-fledged sin.  This is the point where things like pornography, premarital sex, and extramarital sex become a lifestyle.   1 Timothy 6:11 calls us to “flee from all this”!  At this point we are so far gone that it will take nothing short of a heart broken by our own sin, and the help of other people, to turn us back around.  By this point there’s a lot of pain and regret, and the journey back is long and hard, but there is still hope because nothing is impossible with God.

Where are you on this line?  Are you walking the line toward Jesus,  or ignoring the exits and slipping away?  Fighting temptation isn’t about just not doing bad stuff–it’s about being proactive in moving toward Christ.  When we honor God with our sexuality, we have improved intimacy with Him and with our spouse.

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Published in: on February 18, 2007 at 12:44 pm  Leave a Comment  

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