The seventh commandment says, "You shall not commit adultery" (Exodus 20:14). When Jesus applied this command He told us that "anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart" (Matthew 5:28). For all of us, adultery is a matter not merely of our bodies but about our hearts.
Here are some practical suggestions I made in my message last week that I hope will help you combat sexual temptation and avoid sexual sin:
- Consider your future self.
- Capture every thought.
- Cultivate the presence of God.
- Contemplate the Practical and Eternal Consequences of Adultery.
- Conquer your body.
- Cut off opportunities.
- Cultivate Faith.
2 Peter 1:3-4 tells us we escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires by the "great and precious promises" of God!
John Piper says it this way:
"It is this superior satisfaction in future grace that breaks the power of lust. With all eternity hanging in the balance, we fight the fight of faith. Our chief enemy is the lie that says sin will make our future happier. Our chief weapon is the Truth that says God will make our future happier. . . We must fight with a massive promise of superior happiness."I hope this helps. I would love a world where lust and sexual sin didn't ruin marriages.