A Blueprint for Purity
Sermon shared by Jeff Hughes
Summary: How to be free of Sexual Sin - Menís Message
Audience: Believer adults
vi. In 1 Peter 1:16, God tells us this: be holy, for I am holy.
vii. Paul tells Timothy in 2nd 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.
viii. Paul tells us here to flee youthful lusts. But what does that mean? How can we apply that to our lives today?
ix. St. Augustine once said, "Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity."
x. Our sensuality and lustfulness is a habit we have made over time by making bad decisions in our walk. If you are struggling in this area, it is just like any other sin Ė somehow, somewhere, you are feeding this sin. Like when a pretty girl walks by, it is your habit to take that second long look at her. A lot of people are shocked to find out that impurity is a habit, they think it is a dreadful curse we are stuck with as men. Thatís what the enemy wants you to believe!
xi. The good news is that if sexual impurity lives as a habit, it dies like a habit. So, what can we do to do that? How can we defeat that habit?
xii. Well, we know from scripture that Job was a righteous man. The Bible says he feared God and shunned evil. In Job 31:1, we find a key to walking free from sexual impurity. Job says, 1 "I have made a covenant with my eyes; Why then should I look upon a young woman?
xiii. The key there is that Job made a covenant with his eyes. If you want to walk free from impurity, you need to make that choice right now. Repent and make a covenant with God right now, that you will no longer steal a lustful look at another woman from your wife. Make that commitment to God right where you are sitting. Believe me, you will be tested on this shortly. Thatís how the enemy works. Do not be surprised gentlemen if you get tested in this tonight, before you go to sleep.
xiv. When you get into that position where you have that choice to sin or to not, tell yourself, ďI canít do this, I have made a covenant with my eyes.Ē Pray, ask for Godís strength.
xv. If you are a Christian, you donít have right the right to decide to sin anyway. You gave that up when you were saved. Turn to 1st Corinthians chapter 6 with me, starting in verse 18:
xvi. 18 Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. 19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are Godís.
xvii. Because we were bought at a price, we are to glorify God in our body and spirit, in other words, we are to seek Him and serve Him wholeheartedly. This brings us to our next point in Godís blueprint for purity, which is found in Psalm 119:10. Turn back there with me if you would.
e. Seeking God Wholeheartedly Ė 119:10
i. 119:10 With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!
ii. In verse 10, the wise man continues to expound truth to the young man concerning a pure walk with the Lord. What is so vital in this verse, is that it is necessary to seek God with our whole heart.
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