The Landmines of Sexual Sin, by Charles Stanley

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The Bible teaches us a basic truth: Sinful activity carries serious consequences. Sexual sin is no exception. Sexual sin is a devastating landmine indeed.

“Paul admonished the Thessalonians to “abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in lustful passion.”

We must use our bodies to glorify Him. Remaining sexually pure is a testimony to the world that we serve a holy God. Refusing to do so, however, is rebellion against Him.

 Scriptural Principles

1. Sexual sin begins with a thought.
Immorality begins in the mind and proceeds to the imagination. If someone allows his thoughts to dwell too long on improper yearnings, he will begin to identify with the object of his desire, and physical consent will follow. When we refuse to control our thoughts, we have no excuse.

James 1:14–15 tells us, “Each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin.”

The mind is an awesome gift from God, and it should be used to draw us closer to Him through prayer and godly reflection.

2. Sexual sin has many consequences.
There are many terrible results of sexual disobedience, such as feelings of guilt, self-condemnation, a divided mind, anxiety, damaged self-esteem, hypocrisy, emptiness, disappointment, anger, depression, dishonesty, and doubt. Other harmful consequences include wasted time, diminished effectiveness, fear, disobedience to God, regret, remorse, abortion, damaged fellowship with God, crime, punishment, disease, and death.

3. Sexual sin can be forgiven.
If you’ve already surrendered to the temptation of sexual impurity and are wondering if your relationship with God can be restored, there is good news for you. We serve a loving Lord who is willing to remove that transgression from you, as far as the east is from the west. However, for that to happen, there are several steps you must take.

a)      You need to confess your sin, asking God to forgive you.

b)      You must take responsibility for your actions and genuinely repent of your sin—putting your sinful actions behind you once and for all. One of the terrible consequences of sexual sin will be your own self-condemnation, so be sure to forgive yourself. In the future, obey God’s Word by fleeing immorality.

c)      Finally, if you suffer from some form of sexual addiction, seek a godly Christian counselor who will keep you accountable and help you to honor God.

4. Sexual sin can be prevented.
No follower of the Lord Jesus Christ should give in to the empty promise of sexual temptation. First, married couples should meet one another’s needs faithfully. For those who are single, purity can be maintained through godly friendships that promote holiness and accountability. We should also remember that there is nothing we need that God will not give us through His love and His grace, so we should keep our minds and hearts set on Him to meet those needs.

Conclusion:

Every day we see some new example of the devastation caused by rebellion against God’s Word. People are desperate for the peace and joy they sense is missing from their life. Unfortunately, they’ve been disobeying God. The wheels of divine judgment may seem to grind slowly, but His judgment is certainly coming.

We need not live in fear of that judgment, but we should remain mindful that the Lord has given us all the spiritual resources we need to glorify Him through our bodies, our thoughts, and our deeds. When we use these resources in the way that He designed us to, we will find joy and genuine fulfillment. If we attempt to enjoy them outside of God’s wise instructions and limitations, we will discover that we have stepped upon a treacherous landmine and that the consequences are just not worth it.

(abridged) Taken from Charles Stanley’s sermon- http://www.sermoncentral.com/sermons/the-landmine-of-sexual-sins-charles-stanley-sermon-on-growth-in-christ-111941.asp

Sexual sin can ruin you. How does sexual sin get such a hold on us? It is because man, in his natural state, is depraved and slides toward depravity, naturally. He is helpless to save himself. Man can be saved only by the finished work of Christ on the Cross.

 

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