The screaming hormones. The spiralling urges.
The endless fight against barraging thoughts—and even the very act.
Didn’t Jesus say that just looking lustfully at a woman equals fornication? Jeff could not stop thinking. He grew up in church and understood some verses of scripture.
But why is it so hard to stay pure?
For Yvonne, how would she muster the power to resist erotic advances and irresistible touches?
She’d always fallen for them anyway.How to Break Free From Sexual Habits Click To Tweet
Is there hope in this crooked generation where sexual activities are now the norm?
Lust. Premarital sex. Masturbation. Pornography. Homosexuality.
And many more evil inventions, definitely from the pit of hell. Yes, many more.
And many young people are caught in the chains. Chains that wouldn’t let go.Many young people are caught in the chains of sexual addiction. Chains that wouldn't let go! Click To Tweet
Sexual Sin and Its Universality
We live in a world that is drenched in sexual perversion.
This is peddled through content on television, the internet, soft-sell magazines, and the media, generally.
Young people are closer to obscene photos and videos than at any time in history.
In just a few clicks, people can now access pages of pornographic images or videos.
The opportunities for seduction seem endless for young people and adults alike.
But the damages are unquantifiable too.
Imagine, great destinies are being soiled. Bright lights are getting dimmer and dimmer as sexual perversions take a toll on many young people.Great destinies are being soiled. Bright lights are getting dimmer as sexual perversions take a toll on many young people. Click To Tweet
It thrives from within
All the sexual expressions within the soul of man were born from lust. Whatever we see manifesting outwardly, thrives on the lust that exists in the soul.
This lust has grossly increased because of the operations of spirits in the air in our day (Ephesians 2:2).
Sexual lust is a sexual feeling that you have acted upon or responded to.
Emphasis on “…acted or responded to.”
That is, the sexual feeling itself is not lust. And even when these sexual motions in the body were a result of what you saw, it is a healthy feeling. It is a sign that you are okay—sexually.
The problem actually comes when you respond to or act on your thoughts. That is, you dive into that sin when you think about it.
So, the devil rides on the strength of guilt to get to our souls.So, the devil rides on the strength of guilt to get to our souls. Click To Tweet
Guilt is the power of the devil to destroy your resolve to stay pure.
The devil uses guilt as an opportunity to tempt you, pressuring you to act on and obey what you feel.The devil uses guilt as an opportunity to tempt you, pressuring you to act on and obey what you feel. Click To Tweet
52 Scriptures to Help You Achieve Sexual Purity
Overcome sexual habits through knowledge
Sexual sins stem from ignorance.
You are bound to that sin because of some level of ignorance that you have.
Thus, to gain victory, you must grow in understanding.
You need spiritual understanding to even know how your vessel (body) works, based on God’s description of how the spirit and soul should work.You need spiritual understanding to even know how your body works, based on God’s description of how the spirit and soul should work. Click To Tweet
Here is it.
Sexual thoughts can come to your mind, but you have a responsibility to fight them.
You must be built up from within to disobey the demands of those thoughts in obedience to God’s standards. You have to build yourself up to guard your heart with all diligence.
You must grow in understanding to the point where you’re strong enough to reject sexual thoughts that lead to sexual sins.You must grow in understanding to the point where you’re strong enough to reject sexual thoughts that lead to sexual sins. Click To Tweet
The more you grow in understanding, the stronger your resolve. If the resolve to change is not definite in your heart, the pleasure of sin will be strong enough to undo it.
Speak to your soul
“Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.” (Psalm 42:11).
Here, David was speaking to his soul because he wanted it to know that it had no reason to be downcast.
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You should believe in your heart and tell your soul that you do not want masturbation to thrive in you!
Tell your soul that masturbation and other sexual sins exist to waste your strength and energy, which should have been channeled to your pursuit of God.
If your heart sincerely believes it, such habits will stop.
You need soul reconfiguration.
In addition to what has been said earlier, you need to reconfigure the motions of the soul. And that comes through knowledge. The knowledge of the truth.
Now look at it this way:
A young man meets a young lady and is dying of lust for her. Suddenly, he discovers she’s HIV positive.
“Are you kidding me?”
All the bubbling oceans of lust in him will dry up. Instantly.
That information (or knowledge) puts an end to whatever sexual urge the young man has for the lady.
Did you get that?
So, knowledge is power, and you need knowledge so you can see the futility of sexual sins.Knowledge is power, and you need knowledge so you can see the futility of sexual sins. Click To Tweet
Pornography and masturbation damage your sexual orientation.
Habits do not drop easily. This is why you have to keep on learning in order to get the resolve you need to resist sexual sins.
Don’t buy the Devil’s lies
The devil will lie to you. He’ll tell you, “See, you cannot get out of it. It’s the norm. Every young person does it.”
But you must keep fighting. You have to resist those thoughts.
52 Scripture to Help You Achieve Sexual Purity
No matter how long you’ve been falling into sexual sins, freedom begins with knowing that it is not the right way to live.
To be honest, sexual sins leave pathways in the soul that can affect generations to come. But if you cooperate with the Lord, He can rewrite those laws, and such pathways will be cleansed from the soul.No matter how long you’ve been falling into sexual sins, freedom begins with knowing that it is not the right way to live. Click To Tweet
Wrap-Up: Focus on your spiritual growth
It’s time to keep a heart state that will not give up the fight, no matter how deep you may have fallen.
Rather, you must focus on building yourself up spiritually.
If you don’t give yourself up to being spiritually built, you will be weak and susceptible to bad habits, including sexual addictions.
Habits thrive when there are weaknesses in the soul.Habits thrive when there are weaknesses in the soul. Click To Tweet
Every young man and woman should read the books, ‘Every Man’s Battle’ and ‘Every Woman’s Battle’. They are practical books by people who have had sexual struggles as youths.
These books will build up your understanding as you progress towards freedom.
You can read the books whether you are struggling with sexual habits or not.