Living For Christ in a Sexual World: 4 Ways to Resist
It seems to be all around us. The TV, social media, and in our everyday lives. It seems we cannot even go through one single day without encountering it. There always seem to be some sexual connotation attempting to sneak its way in. With so much of it saturating our environment, how does one escape from falling into it? Let’s discuss some practical ways to avoid it.
The first step for any issue is to acknowledge that there is an issue. Some of us may have dabbled into the topic on various levels and it's important for us to know where we stand before we tackle it. The second part of acknowledging the issue is to admit that you enjoy it or there is at least something that draws you to it. Many times, we are convinced that sex is a bad, horrible thing. In all actuality, it is a beautiful thing that created by God to be enjoyed within the walls of marriage. Once we come to that understanding, we have a better foundation for standing against it.
Your Mind Is The Battlefield
All of the actions that we carry out begin in our minds and I believe it is part of the reason Jesus mentions “anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matthew 5:28), coupled with concern for the contents of the heart. Our 3rd way is by praying that the Father would give us the strength to withstand the thoughts that we are bombarded with constantly from our surroundings.
Admit That You’re Not Strong Alone
There have been so many times that I have thought to myself regarding a sexual temptation “Oh I can handle this! I’m not going to give in to “X, Y, and Z” The reality is that probably 95% of those times I’ve said that, I’ve failed and failed miserably. In the heat of the moment, there is not much room left for us to the Spirit at that point. My reliance on my physical strength has left me in a place of defeat every time. It is only by the strength of the Father that we can stand strong in these situations.
When discussing temptation one of my favorite verses has been 1 Corinthians 10:13 which says “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it (NIV).” Sometimes the best way to deal with sin is to avoid it all together. If you know that you are likely to fall into it around a certain someone, don’t allow yourself to be alone in a room with them. If you struggle with pornography, place a block on your computer to prevent yourself from visiting those sites. Try not to put yourself in a position where you would struggle to say no to the sin.
The best way that we can stay away from sexual sin or any sin for that matter is by staying in Him. Abiding in Him. I don’t mean rituals that we do every day so that we can cross another item off of our to-do list for the day. I mean really digging deep into our personal time with Him, laying out every struggle we have. We should do so knowing that in every weak area in us, God is strong. In a world where there seems to be no escape to get away from sexual sin, there is still hope! God’s grace is sufficient and He always gives us an escape.
Kim is a Registered Nurse by day but a singer, guitar player, writer, and lover of fun by night. Most of all Kim is a lover of Christ. She writes to share her daily life and walk with God and the truths she has gleaned from it.