He lingered in the street, slightly nervous. Would someone see him? What if he was caught? Walking down the dark road, he stole a glance at her house. It was only a matter of time before she opened the door and beckoned him to come in.
She had assured him that her husband was out of town. Allowing his own desires to lead him, he followed the woman inside.
This man is none other than the man of Proverbs 7. In this chapter, it warns against seduction. Though this story has a dual meaning, it is extremely open about sexual temptation.
Sexual temptation is a topic we Christians like to stay quiet about. It’s one of the most common types of temptation out there, yet it’s hardly ever brought up.
We believe we’re the only ones struggling, concluding, therefore, we are alone in our battle.
That’s Satan’s strategy. If he can keep us from reaching out for help, we’ll be stuck in a cycle of constant temptation, making us even more susceptible to it. If we give in, it’s hard to break free. His plan is for us to live in this state of sin, never turning to God to set us free.
While Satan has a battle plan, God provides us with a battle plan of our own. Not only that, but the fight against sin has already been won for us! God has done His part. It’s up to us to do our part and follow the battle plan He’s laid out.
1. Get Accountability
This is, by far, one of the hardest things to do. Opening up about our struggle against sin requires humility and vulnerability.
God says, through James, in James 5:16 “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
Confessing our faults to those we trust is a key step to overcoming sin. Involving others in our journey of freedom proves to make us even more determined to resist Satan’s lies.
As it says in James, the prayer of a righteous person is powerful! When we open up, it gives people the opportunity to pray for and encourage us.
2. Take Your Thoughts Captive
“…and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:5).
I love that God gives us the power to take our thoughts captive. We have control over what we think about and, chances are, whatever we spend our time thinking about is what we’ll eventually act upon.
Sexual temptation doesn’t start with a compromising situation with our friends. It starts in the mind. It’s all the little, tiny thought compromises that make up the giant mistakes we never thought we’d make.
We can’t say no to sexual temptation on our own, but we can with God’s power.
Taking our thoughts captive means that, whenever a questionable thought comes into our mind, we immediately resist it by choosing to think about something else.
It’s not wrong to be tempted; it’s wrong to dwell on the temptation, making way for sin.
3. Fill Your Mind with Truth
Truth is absolutely essential when it comes to refuting lies. As Christians, our foundation for life is (or should be) the Bible. God’s Word is what gives us the chance to know God and examine what it means to follow Him.
If we are to take our thoughts captive, it’s only reasonable to get some passages of truth ready for battle.
Below are several Scripture verses I’ve found helpful in fighting sexual temptation. These are great weapons to fight with!
“So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.” (2 Timothy 2:22)
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” (Matthew 5:8)
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” (Philippians 4:8)
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10)
I encourage you to write some of these down and keep them handy. Sexual temptation is a struggle faced by many Christians, but you’re not alone.
Challenge: Find an accountability partner who can help you put together a battle plan against sexual temptation. This isn’t an easy step, but it’s necessary for finding freedom from sexual sin.
It’s time to take charge and fight Satan with Biblical truth.