iii. Some of us here aren’t young men any more. In November, I will turn 30, transforming me from a young man to a middle-aged man. Regardless of your age though, I think this verse is very fitting for our study on purity tonight.
iv. We see that the verse starts off with a question, and ends with an answer from a wise man. Scholars tell us that it is very probable that Ezra wrote this Psalm around 450 B.C. So, it’s safe to assume that sexual purity was a problem in Israel at the time of Ezra.
v. Sexual purity can be defined as getting sexual satisfaction from no other source but your wife. Let me repeat that - Sexual purity is getting sexual satisfaction from no other source but your wife. Those of us who aren’t married don’t get any source. That may seem rough, but that’s the way God designed it, and we are expected to live up to this standard by God’s Word. This is the only way to keep our lives pure, by keeping according to God’s Word, as the Psalmist writes.
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 – 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. That’s 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. That’s 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, “I can’t do this, I have made a covenant with my eyes.” Pray, ask for God’s strength.
xv. If you are a Christian, you don’t 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: