by pastor david
2 Timothy 2:22
“Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”
Some time ago, a very sad story was in the national news. A leading member of an evangelical church in our area was arrested. According to the court record, he allegedly offered a house he owned to be used for prostitution and was also involved in an invitation-only party for customers who were visiting the prostitutes.
Upon hearing this horrific story, my first question was, “How does a believer get to this point in his life?” One does not move in a day or even a few weeks from walking with the Lord in a close and personal relationship to participating in a prostitution ring. How does this happen?
A careful reading of the news account revealed what I believe to be the starting point to such aberrant behavior. This wayward believer was viewing pornographic material online.
Many believe that such conduct is normal, acceptable, and natural, even for a believer. However, nothing could be further from the truth. According to God’s Word, this kind of behavior is deviant and damning. Jesus said, “I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (Matthew 5:28)
You may be caught up in similar activities and you might be saying to yourself, “But what should I do? I’ve tried to quit these activities!” Let me suggest three steps that will help you bring your sinful desires under control.
1. Get Right.
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
You need to get your heart right with God before you take any other steps. You need to go to your knees and confess your sin -- all of it. Do not beat around the bush or try to dress it up with pretty language. Just call it what it is and ask for God’s forgiveness. Then make up your mind that you are going to do whatever it takes to prevent it from happening again.
2. Get Away.
“Flee also youthful lusts.” (2 Timothy 2:22)
In other words, you must separate yourself from anything that makes it easy for you to abandon your new commitment to purity! Perhaps you will need to get away from certain people, certain places, and certain pursuits that lure you away from your commitment to obedience.
3. Get Help.
“Where there is no counsel, the people fall; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.” Proverbs 11:14
Turn to an older and more spiritually mature church leader and let them help you. Find someone with whom you can establish accountability.
Does the idea of a guilt-free, shame-free, deception-free life sound nice? Would you like to live every day without the fear of being exposed and ruined? Would you like to be able to give your spouse a kiss that is not also a lie? Would you like to go to church next Sunday without feeling like a hypocrite?
You can and you will, with God’s help. Say with the Apostle Paul, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)
Pastor David Boggs
I hope these occasional posts will encourage and challenge you as we grow in Christ together.
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