Whether you are fighting a battle against lust or trying to encourage a friend who is drowning in pornography, you are facing a “giant” which is no less terrifying than the biblical Goliath was to a young God-worshipper named David. The only way we can fight the fire of lust is with the white-hot passion of true devotion to God. The Bible explains that when Jesus Christ (the God-man) humbled himself to become a mere mortal and took human flesh, he experienced all the temptations of a man. Don’t be ashamed to take your struggle to the Lord. He really understands how hard it is to remain pure. But He did it and He can help you do it too!
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin.
(Hebrews 4:15 )
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.
Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.
(Psalm 51:1-2 David wrote this psalm after his sin with Bathsheba led to tragedy in his life and others…)
Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea.
We are far too easily pleased.
(C. S. Lewis)
Sexual immorality is a symptom of something deeper (John Piper)…
Avoiding sexual sin – Part 1 (Mark Driscoll)…
Avoiding sexual sin – Part 2 (Mark Driscoll)…
Masturbation is a sign of passive manhood (Dennis Sy)…
Resisting pornography (Perry Noble)…
Porn-Again Christian free e-book (Mark Driscoll)…
The biblical standard for Christians never changes:
But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.