A Biblical Guide for Overcoming Sexual Temptation | Bayless Conley

A Biblical Guide for Overcoming Sexual Temptation | Bayless Conley


[MUSIC] HI. BAYLESS CONLEY HERE. AND TODAY WE’RE GOING TO BE TALKING ABOUT OVERCOMING SEXUAL TEMPTATION. I KNOW NO ONE IS INTERESTED IN A SUBJECT LIKE SEX AND SEXUAL TEMPTATION. OF COURSE, IT’S NOT APPLICABLE TO ANYONE. BUT YOU MIGHT JUST WANT TO WATCH SO THAT YOU CAN SHARE IT WITH A PERSON THAT KNOWS A PERSON THAT KNOWS A PERSON THAT KNOWS A PERSON, OR IT JUST MIGHT BE APPLICABLE TO YOU. A BIBLICAL GUIDE FOR OVERCOMING SEXUAL TEMPTATION. LET’S GET INTO THE WORD. [MUSIC] ALL RIGHT, PROVERBS 5:14, IT SAYS, I WAS ON THE VERGE OF TOTAL RUIN, IN THE MIDST OF THE ASSEMBLY AND CONGREGATION.” WHAT AN AMAZING STATEMENT! IN CHURCH AND ON THE VERGE OF TOTAL RUIN. AND THERE MAY BE HERE TODAY, YOU ARE IN SUCH A STATE. YOU ARE ON THE VERGE OF A RUINED MARRIAGE, ON THE VERGE OF A RUINED REPUTATION OR RUINED FINANCES OR RUINED RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR KIDS OR EMOTIONAL RUIN OR SPIRITUAL RUIN. YOU NEED TO LISTEN CAREFULLY TO WHAT I HAVE TO SAY. YOU MAY BE TOTTERING ON THE PRECIPICE OF ENGAGING IN AN AFFAIR WITH SOMEONE. MAYBE YOU’VE ALREADY MESSED UP IN YOUR LIFE, AND YOU ARE EATING SOME OF THE BITTER FRUIT, YOU ARE EXPERIENCING SOME OF THE CONSEQUENCES FOR WHAT YOU’VE DONE. WELL, IF THAT’S THE CASE, I JUST WANT TO TELL YOU TO TAKE HEART BECAUSE GOD IS A GOD OF MERCY, AND HE’S A GOD OF FORGIVENESS. AND EVEN THOUGH THE THINGS WE DO CAN’T BE UNDONE AND SOME OF THE CONSEQUENCES, THEY WILL BE EXPERIENCED, GOD STILL HAS A FUTURE AND HE STILL HAS A HOPE FOR YOU. HE STILL HAS GOOD THINGS PLANNED FOR YOUR FUTURE. SO I PLEAD WITH YOU. LISTEN CAREFULLY TO WHAT I HAVE TO SHARE WITH YOU TODAY. I WANT TO BEGIN BY GIVING YOU SEVERAL WARNING SIGNS OF IMPENDING DANGER IN THIS ARENA OF LIFE. ALL RIGHT, NUMBER ONE WARNING SIGN: AMOROUS GLANCES, FLIRTATIOUS LOOKS. LOOK AT PROVERBS 6:25 WITH ME, IF YOU WOULD. IT SAYS, DO NOT LUST AFTER HER BEAUTY IN YOUR HEART, NOR LET HER ALLURE YOU WITH HER EYELIDS. TODAY’S ENGLISH VERSION SAYS, “DON’T BE TRAPPED BY THEIR FLIRTING EYES.” YOU KNOW, THE STORY OF JOSEPH IN POTIPHAR’S HOUSE, AS WE READ IT IN GENESIS 39, IT SAYS THAT POTIPHAR’S WIFE BEGAN MAKING EYES AT JOSEPH. SHE TRIED TO PERSUADE HIM TO COMMIT ADULTERY WITH HER, BUT IT ALL BEGAN WITH THE LOOKS THAT SHE GAVE HIM. NOW I HAVE EYE CONTACT WITH PEOPLE ALL OF THE TIME. AND IT’S PERFECTLY IN ORDER, ESPECIALLY IN OUR CULTURE. BUT IF WHEN YOU CATCH SOMEONE’S EYES THERE SEEMS TO BE SOME SORT OF AN AMOROUS CONNECTION, IT’S TIME TO FOCUS SOMEWHERE ELSE. ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE MARRIED, THE LAST THING YOU NEED TO DO IS BE FLIRTING WITH SOMEONE OTHER THAN YOUR SPOUSE. YOU KNOW, HE SAID, “DON’T LUST AFTER HER BEAUTY IN YOUR HEART, AND THEN DON’T BE CAPTURED BY THE FLIRTATIOUS LOOKS.” IT’S INTERESTING THAT THE FLIRTATIOUS LOOKS AND THE HEART ARE PUT TOGETHER. JESUS SAID, “IT’S OUT OF THE HEART THAT FORNICATIONS AND IMMORAL ACTS PROCEED.” AND THE FACT IS, YOUR EYES ARE ONE OF THE GATEWAYS TO YOUR HEART. IF YOUR WIFE SAYS, “LISTEN, I DON’T LIKE THE WAY SHE WAS LOOKING AT YOU,” LISTEN TO YOUR WIFE. IF YOUR HUSBAND SAYS, “LOOK, I DON’T LIKE THE WAY THAT GUY WAS LOOKING AT YOU,” LISTEN TO YOUR HUSBAND. AND I’M NOT TALKING ABOUT ENFORCING SOME SORT OF JEALOUS PARANOIA. I’M JUST TALKING ABOUT BEING WISE AND REALIZING THAT YOUR EYES CAN BE A GATEWAY INTO YOUR EMOTIONS. YOU KNOW, SOME WOMAN LOOKS YOU UP AND DOWN AND THEN WINKS AT YOU OR SOME GUY CHECKS YOU OUT AND SMILES AT YOU, THAT CAN REALLY FEED YOUR EGO. BUT IT CAN ALSO END UP BEING THE FIRST CHINK IN YOUR ARMOR, IF YOU’RE NOT CAREFUL. ALL RIGHT, THE SECOND WARNING SIGN IS THE WARNING SIGN OF FLATTERY. PROVERBS 6 VERSE 23, FOR THE COMMANDMENT IS A LAMP, AND THE LAW A LIGHT; REPROOFS OF INSTRUCTION ARE THE WAY OF LIFE, TO KEEP YOU FROM THE EVIL WOMAN, FROM THE FLATTERING TONGUE OF A SEDUCTRESS. LOOK AT CHAPTER 5 IN VERSE 3, FOR THE LIPS OF AN IMMORAL WOMAN DRIP HONEY, AND HER MOUTH IS SMOOTHER THAN OIL; AND, OF COURSE, WE KNOW IT GOES BOTH WAYS. THE LIPS OF AN IMMORAL MAN DRIP HONEY. HIS MOUTH CAN BE SMOOTHER THAN OIL. DRIPS HONEY: IT’S SWEET TO THE EAR; IT’S SWEET TO HEAR. SMOOTH AS OIL: IT SEEMS SO NATURAL AND SO UNREHEARSED, SURELY IT MUST BE SINCERE. YOU KNOW, IT’S INTERESTING. THE WORD “DRIP” IN THIS VERSE, WHERE IT SAYS THE WORDS OF AN IMMORAL PERSON DRIP HONEY, THAT WORD “DRIP” IS ALSO TRANSLATED IN YOUR BIBLE AS PROPHESY. YOU FIND IT IN MICAH, CHAPTER 2, SEVERAL TIMES. IT’S ALSO USED THROUGHOUT SCRIPTURE TO INDICATE INSPIRED SPEECH. AND THE IDEA OF THAT IS THAT HE OR SHE ALMOST SEEMS TO BE TELLING YOU YOUR INNERMOST THOUGHTS, THE THINGS THAT YOU MOST WANTED TO HEAR, IT ALMOST SEEMS INSPIRED. YOU’RE THINKING, “MAN, I WISH MY WIFE WOULD JUST TELL ME SOMETIMES SHE APPRECIATES ME. I FEEL SO UNAPPRECIATED.” AND THIS REALLY PRETTY GIRL AT WORK JUST SORT OF OFFHANDEDLY SAYS, “YOU KNOW, I HOPE YOUR WIFE APPRECIATES WHAT SHE’S GOT BECAUSE A GUY LIKE YOU DOESN’T COME ALONG TOO OFTEN.” YOU’RE GOING, “WHOA!” YOU END UP THINKING ABOUT IT ALL DAY. SUDDENLY YOUR ATTENTION IS FOCUSED ON THAT GIRL. OR, YOU KNOW, THE WIFE’S THINKING, “MAN, I JUST WISH MY HUSBAND WOULD TELL ME OCCASIONALLY THAT I LOOK NICE OR THAT I HAVE SOME GOOD IDEAS.” AND SOME HANDSOME GUY AT WORK OR SOMEWHERE ELSE SAYS, “YOU KNOW WHAT? I NEED TO APOLOGIZE TO YOU.” YOU’RE LIKE, “WHAT FOR?” “YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU FIRST STARTED WORKING HERE, I THOUGHT SURELY THIS GIRL DOESN’T HAVE A BRAIN IN HER HEAD, SHE IS SO BEAUTIFUL. BUT YOU’VE PROVED ME WRONG. YOU ARE BRILLIANT AS WELL AS BEAUTIFUL.” YOU’RE THINKING, “WOW! I WAS JUST THINKING THAT! MAN, THIS GUY UNDERSTANDS ME MORE THAN MY HUSBAND DOES. I JUST FEEL THIS CONNECTION.” AND, YOU KNOW, I’LL TELL YOU, IT CAN BE INSPIRED BECAUSE WE DO HAVE AN ENEMY THAT WALKS ABOUT AS A ROARING LION SEEKING WHOM HE MAY DEVOUR, AND HE WANTS TO DEVOUR YOUR MARRIAGE, HE WANTS TO DEVOUR YOUR PEACE, HE WANTS TO DEVOUR YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD. AND SO IT SAYS THAT THE WORDS DRIP LIKE HONEY, AND THEY ARE SMOOTHER THAN OIL. LISTEN: A SINCERE COMPLIMENT IS OKAY. BUT LIKE ONE GUY SAID, “WHEN SOMEBODY PATS YOU ON THE BACK, THEY ARE USUALLY WANTING YOU TO COUGH SOMETHING UP.” IN OTHER WORDS, THEY ARE WORKING YOU. THEY ARE FLATTERING YOU IN HOPES OF GETTING SOMETHING FROM YOU, LIKE SEX. ALL RIGHT, THE THIRD WARNING SIGN: INAPPROPRIATE TOUCH. PROVERBS 6:27, CAN A MAN TAKE FIRE TO HIS BOSOM, AND HIS CLOTHES NOT BE BURNED? CAN ONE WALK ON HOT COALS, AND HIS FEET NOT BE SEARED? SO IS HE WHO GOES IN TO HIS NEIGHBOR’S WIFE; WHOEVER TOUCHES HER SHALL NOT BE INNOCENT. NOW WE UNDERSTAND WHEN HE SAYS “WHOEVER TOUCHES HER” IS TALKING ABOUT THE ACT OF ADULTERY. BUT IT ALSO INCLUDES ALL OF THE TOUCHES THAT LED UP TO THE ACT, EVEN THE SEEMINGLY INNOCENT ONES: THE COMFORTING HAND ON THE SHOULDER, PICKING A PIECE OF LINT OFF HER SWEATER, YOU KNOW, JUST THE TOUCH TO HIS HAND OR TO YOUR HAND. YOU KNOW, SOME PEOPLE, ONCE THAT TOUCH HAS HAPPENED, THEY THINK ABOUT IT ALL DAY LONG. THEIR MIND CONTINUALLY, CONTINUALLY COMES BACK TO IT. WE NEED TO BE CAREFUL BECAUSE TOUCH IS A POWERFUL COMMUNICATOR. WE NEED TO BE AWARE OF THAT. YOU KNOW, A HUG IS NOT ALWAYS APPROPRIATE. IT SAYS IN ECCLESIASTES 3, “THERE IS A TIME TO EMBRACE, AND A TIME TO REFRAIN FROM EMBRACING.” AND ONE OF THE TIMES TO REFRAIN FROM EMBRACING IS IF YOU ARE ATTRACTED TO THAT PERSON, AND YOU ARE NOT MARRIED TO THEM. SO THAT IS A WARNING SIGN. ALL RIGHT, THE FOURTH WARNING SIGN IS THIS: AVOID THE SCENES OF TEMPTATION. LOOK IN PROVERBS 5 IN VERSE 8, IF YOU WOULD. TALKING ABOUT THE SEDUCTRESS, IT SAYS, REMOVE YOUR WAY FAR FROM HER, AND DO NOT GO NEAR THE DOOR OF HER HOUSE, EVERYBODY SAY, “FAR.” YOU DO SOMETHING. YOU REMOVE YOUR WAY FAR. DON’T PRAY THAT GOD WILL GIVE YOU STRENGTH. YOU JUST GET FAR AWAY. DON’T COME NEAR THE DOOR OF HER HOUSE. THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE PUTS IT THIS WAY: “AVOID THE VERY SCENES OF TEMPTATION.” TO PRAY, “GOD, GIVE ME STRENGTH AND DON’T LEAD ME INTO TEMPTATION,” WHEN YOU ARE THRUSTING YOURSELF INTO TEMPTATION IS LUNACY. “WELL, I’M STRONG ENOUGH.” NO, YOU’RE A FOOL. CAN YOU TAKE FIRE IN YOUR BOSOM AND YOUR CLOTHES NOT GET BURNED? ANSWER: NO. I REMEMBER I WAS WITH SOME FRIENDS ONCE. I WAS LIVING DOWN IN MEXICO. AND WE WERE SITTING AROUND IN THE KITCHEN AND TALKING, AND THERE WEREN’T ANY CHAIRS LEFT, SO I HOPPED UP ON THE STOVE. AND I’M SITTING THERE, AND THE TAIL OF MY SHIRT GOT TOO CLOSE TO THE PILOT LIGHT, AND MY SHIRT BURST INTO FLAMES WHILE I WAS WEARING IT. YEAH. IT WASN’T FUN AT ALL. AND I HAVE NO SHIRT LEFT, AND I WAS A BIT SINGED. WHEN I FINALLY GOT THROUGH RIPPING IT OFF, EVERYBODY ELSE THOUGHT IT WAS FUNNY. IT WAS NOT FUNNY. THE FACT IS IS YOU GET TOO CLOSE TO THE FIRE, AND YOU WILL END UP GETTING BURNED. YOU ARE NOT IMMUNE. CONSIDER THESE VERSES, IF YOU WOULD: FIRST CORINTHIANS 6:18, IT SAYS, “FLEE SEXUAL IMMORALITY.” SECOND TIMOTHY 2:22, IT SAYS, “FLEE YOUTHFUL LUSTS.” NOW HOW MANY KNOW YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE YOUNG TO HAVE YOUTHFUL LUSTS? ALL THE OLD PEOPLE SAID, “AMEN.” FLEE YOUTHFUL LUSTS. JOSEPH FLED FROM POTIPHAR’S WIFE AND FROM THE TEMPTATION. PROVERBS 5:8, “REMOVE YOUR WAY FAR FROM HER OR HIM. DON’T GO NEAR THE DOOR OF THEIR HOUSE.” RUN AWAY, THE BIBLE SAYS. “OH, BUT THAT JUST DOESN’T SEEM VERY COURAGEOUS.” RUN AWAY! ECCLESIASTES SAID, “A LIVING DOG IS BETTER THAN A DEAD LION.” I’LL LET YOU MUSE ON THAT ONE FOR A LITTLE WHILE. AVOID THE SCENES OF TEMPTATION. DON’T MAKE PROVISION FOR YOUR FLESH TO FULFILL THE LUST THEREOF, IT SAYS IN THE BOOK OF ROMANS. YOU KNOW, I WAS… I HAD JUST MET JANET. WE HAD HAD OUR FIRST DATE, AND I JUST HAD THIS SENSE THAT GOD MIGHT BE IN THE RELATIONSHIP. AND IT WAS THE NEXT NIGHT I WAS WORKING AS A WAITER IN A RESTAURANT, AND THIS COUPLE SAT DOWN AT A TABLE THAT I WAS WAITING ON. AND ANOTHER LADY SAT DOWN, A VERY ATTRACTIVE LADY SAT DOWN WITH THEM. AND I WENT UP TO THE TABLE, AND I’M ALWAYS TRYING TO BE NICE AND ENGAGE THE PEOPLE BECAUSE YOU WANT TO GET A GOOD TIP. AND THE LADY THAT WAS THERE BY HERSELF, YOU KNOW, WAS TALKING TO ME. AND THE OTHER GUYS, THEY WERE GIGGLING QUITE A BIT ABOUT THE FACT THAT SHE WAS TALKING TO ME AT THE TABLE. AND I BROUGHT THEM THEIR FOOD, AND SHE SAID, “LISTEN,” AND SHE STARTS TALKING TO ME. SHE SAYS, YOU KNOW, “I OWN A BEAUTY SHOP, AND I’D REALLY LIKE YOU TO GIVE ME A CALL.” AND SHE HAD TOLD ME, SOMEHOW, IN THE CONVERSATION BEFORE, YOU KNOW, SHE’S MARRIED BUT SEPARATED FROM HER HUSBAND. AND SHE SLIDES HER CARD ACROSS THE TABLE. SO I TAKE IT, PUT IT IN MY POCKET, AND I SAID, “THANK YOU.” AND I WENT BACK IN THE KITCHEN, SAT ON A FREEZER, AND BROKE OUT INTO A SWEAT. I DIDN’T GO BACK OUT AND WAIT ON THE TABLE, ANYMORE. I HAD ONE OF THE OTHER GUYS GO FINISH UP. AND I’M SITTING ON THE FREEZER BACK IN THE KITCHEN JUST LITERALLY SWEATING. AND I WENT HOME, AND I TOOK THE CARD WITH ME, AND I THREW IT IN A DRAWER IN THE LITTLE APARTMENT I WAS IN, CLOSED THE DRAWER, AND I WAS SO AGITATED THAT NIGHT. YOU KNOW, IT’S LATER IN THE EVENING, AND I’M WALKING BACK AND FORTH. I’M GOING, “GOD, WHAT’S WRONG?” AND HE SAYS, “YOU KNOW WHAT’S WRONG. WHY DID YOU SAVE THAT CARD?” “WELL, I’M ACTUALLY JUST SORT OF SAVING IT IN CASE I HAD A WEAK MOMENT.” YOU KNOW, WHEN SHE GAVE ME HER CARD, I KNEW SHE DIDN’T WANT TO CUT MY HAIR. AND SO I TORE THE CARD UP IN ABOUT A HUNDRED LITTLE PIECES AND PUT IT IN THREE DIFFERENT TRASH CANS BECAUSE IF YOU MAKE PROVISION FOR THE FLESH, FRIEND, YOU ARE GOING TO END UP DOING THAT THING. IT’S LIKE THE LITTLE BOY COMES HOME; HE’S SOAKING WET, AND HIS DAD SAYS, “YOU WENT SWIMMING IN THE CANAL? AND I TOLD YOU NOT TO?” HE SAYS, “WELL, DAD, I DIDN’T PLAN ON IT.” HE SAYS, “WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU DIDN’T PLAN ON IT? YOU HAVE YOUR BATHING SUIT ON!” “WELL, DAD, I TOOK IT JUST IN CASE I WAS GOING TO BE TEMPTED.” NO, AVOID THE SCENES OF TEMPTATION. REMOVE YOUR WAY FAR FROM HIS OR HER DOOR, HOWEVER THAT APPLIES TO YOU. PRACTICAL WISDOM, WHICH BRINGS US TO JUST FOUR MORE THOUGHTS: THINGS THAT YOU SHOULD DO AS OPPOSED TO THINGS YOU SHOULDN’T DO. NUMBER ONE, DO CONSIDER THE CONSEQUENCES. DO CONSIDER THE CONSEQUENCES. WE READ IN VERSE 3 OF CHAPTER 5 ABOUT THE LIPS OF THE IMMORAL WOMAN DRIPPING AS HONEY AND HER MOUTH IS SMOOTHER THAN OIL. LET ME TELL YOU, THAT’S THE MOST EXPENSIVE HONEY AND OIL YOU WILL EVER BUY. VERSE 4: “BUT IN THE END SHE IS AS BITTER AS WORMWOOD, SHARP AS A TWO-EDGED SWORD.” IT WILL BE BITTER IN YOUR CONSCIENCE AND BITTER IN THE FRUIT THAT IT PRODUCES. AND HERE’S SOME OF THE FRUIT. VERSE 9, LEST YOU GIVE YOUR HONOR TO OTHERS, AND YOUR YEARS TO THE CRUEL ONE; YOUR HONOR CAN BE LOST. WHAT YOU HAVE SPENT YEARS EARNING… A LIFETIME SPENT EARNING AN HONORABLE NAME CAN BE LOST THROUGH ONE IMMORAL ACT. VERSE 10, LEST ALIENS BE FILLED WITH YOUR WEALTH, AND YOUR LABORS GO TO THE HOUSE OF A FOREIGNER; YOU LOSE YOUR WEALTH. VERSE 11, AND YOU MOURN AT LAST, WHEN YOUR FLESH AND YOUR BODY ARE CONSUMED, SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES, SOME OF WHICH THEY STILL DO NOT HAVE CURES FOR, AS WE KNOW. CHAPTER 6 VERSE 30, PEOPLE DO NOT DESPISE A THIEF IF HE STEALS TO SATISFY HIMSELF WHEN HE IS STARVING. YET WHEN HE IS FOUND, HE MUST RESTORE SEVENFOLD; HE MAY HAVE TO GIVE UP ALL THE SUBSTANCE OF HIS HOUSE. WHOEVER COMMITS ADULTERY WITH A WOMAN LACKS UNDERSTANDING; HE WHO DOES SO DESTROYS HIS OWN SOUL. SO IT AFFECTS OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD. PETER WROTE, HE SAID, “AVOID FLESHLY LUSTS. ABSTAIN FROM FLESHLY LUSTS THAT WAR AGAINST THE SOUL.” YOU KNOW, I KNOW THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE IN HERE TODAY JUST LIKE THE MAN THAT WE READ ABOUT IN VERSE 14 OF CHAPTER 5: “I WAS IN THE MIDST OF THE CONGREGATION AND THE ASSEMBLY ON THE VERGE OF TOTAL RUIN.” AND I KNOW SOME, YOU KNOW, GOD HELP YOU! BUT IN THE MIDST OF TRYING TO WORSHIP GOD THERE IS THIS BATTLE GOING ON IN YOUR SOUL BECAUSE OF CERTAIN THINGS THAT YOU’VE GIVEN YOURSELVES OVER TO. IT’S JUST ONE OF THE CONSEQUENCES. IT DOES AFFECT OUR SPIRITUAL LIVES. THEN VERSE 33, WOUNDS AND DISHONOR HE WILL GET, AND HIS REPROACH WILL NOT BE WIPED AWAY. DISHONOR, REPROACH. NOW GOD, WHEN WE REPENT, HE FORGIVES US; AND AS FAR AS THE EAST IS FROM THE WEST, SO FAR HE REMOVES OUR TRANSGRESSIONS FROM US. WHAT A MERCIFUL GOD WE SERVE! BUT YOU KNOW WHAT? EVERYBODY ELSE ISN’T SO MERCIFUL. SOME PEOPLE WILL NEVER FORGET. AND FOREVER THEY WILL REFERENCE YOU BY THAT ONE THING YOU DID, AND THAT WILL BE THEIR REFERENCE POINT FOR YOU. ONE TRANSLATION SAYS, “A REPUTATION PERMANENTLY RUINED.” AND IT IS JUST ONE OF THE CONSEQUENCES THAT NEEDS TO BE CONSIDERED. VERSE 34, FOR JEALOUSY IS A HUSBAND’S FURY; THEREFORE HE WILL NOT SPARE IN THE DAY OF VENGEANCE. HE WILL ACCEPT NO RECOMPENSE, NOR WILL HE BE APPEASED THOUGH YOU GIVE MANY GIFTS. EVEN IF YOU DON’T FEAR GOD, YOU NEED TO CONSIDER THE WRATH OF AN ANGRY HUSBAND. HE’S LIABLE TO BEAT YOU UP OR SHOOT YOU DOWN. YOU KNOW, PEOPLE GET CAUGHT UP IN THE PASSION OF SOME THING AND DON’T REALIZE YOU ARE NOT JUST AFFECTING YOUR LIFE. YOU ARE RUINING SOME OTHER GUY’S LIFE. YOU ARE RUINING SOME OTHER WOMAN’S LIFE BY SLEEPING WITH HER HUSBAND. YOU KNOW, WHEN DAVID SLEPT WITH URIAH’S WIFE, BATHSHEBA, THE PROPHET CAME AND SAID, “YOU HAD NO PITY, DAVID. YOU HAD NO MERCY AT ALL.” IT JUST DIDN’T AFFECT YOU. THINK ABOUT ALL THE OTHER PARTIES. THINK ABOUT THEIR KIDS. THINK ABOUT HOW THAT’S GOING TO AFFECT THEM, THE RIPPLING EFFECT THAT JUST GOES ON AND ON. WE DO NEED TO CONSIDER THE CONSEQUENCES. AND THEN THE SECOND THING: DO BE GOD-CONSCIOUS. WE NEED TO BE CONSCIOUS OF GOD. CHAPTER 5 AND VERSE 20, LOOK THERE WITH ME. FOR WHY SHOULD YOU, MY SON, BE ENRAPTURED BY AN IMMORAL WOMAN, AND BE EMBRACED IN THE ARMS OF A SEDUCTRESS? FOR THE WAYS OF MAN ARE BEFORE THE EYES OF THE LORD, AND HE PONDERS ALL HIS PATHS. EVEN IF NOBODY ELSE SEES, EVEN IF NOBODY ELSE KNOWS, GOD KNOWS; GOD SEES. AND IF WE ARE GOD-CONSCIOUS, IT WILL HELP US. WE TOLD OUR KIDS FROM THE TIME THEY WERE YOUNG. “LISTEN: MOM AND DAD KNOW WE CAN’T BE WITH YOU ALL THE TIME, AND YOU ARE GOING TO DO STUFF THAT OUR EYES WILL NEVER SEE. BUT GOD’S EYES ARE ALWAYS OPEN. GOD IS ALWAYS WATCHING.” THE WORDS TO A FRIEND’S SONG GO, “SITTING IN A PARKED CAR ON A COUNTRY ROAD, YOU THINK NO ONE IS WATCHING YOU, BUT YOU ARE NOT ALONE. GOD IS THERE. WHETHER IN THE COUNTY JAIL OR IN THE BELLY OF A WHALE, GOD IS THERE.” AND GOD DOES SEE IT ALL. SO WE DO NEED TO BE GOD-CONSCIOUS. AND THEN THIRDLY, IF YOU ARE MARRIED, HAVE A VIBRANT ROMANCE WITH YOUR SPOUSE. CHAPTER 5, VERSE 15, DRINK WATER FROM YOUR OWN CISTERN, AND RUNNING WATER FROM YOUR OWN WELL. SHOULD YOUR FOUNTAINS BE DISPERSED ABROAD, STREAMS OF WATER IN THE STREETS? LET THEM BE ONLY YOUR OWN, AND NOT FOR STRANGERS WITH YOU. LET YOUR FOUNTAIN BE BLESSED, AND REJOICE WITH THE WIFE OF YOUR YOUTH. AS A LOVING DEER AND A GRACEFUL DOE, LET HER BREASTS SATISFY YOU AT ALL TIMES; AND ALWAYS BE ENRAPTURED WITH HER LOVE. REJOICE WITH THE WIFE OF YOUR YOUTH. DO THINGS TOGETHER, SOMETHING THAT BRINGS YOU JOY AND BRINGS HER JOY WHETHER THAT’S RIDING BIKES TOGETHER OR GOING OUT TO GARAGE SALES AND HUNTING ANTIQUES OR GOING TO MOVIES OR READING A BOOK… SOMETHING THAT YOU CAN REJOICE IN TOGETHER. YOU NEED TO FIND SOME COMMON GROUND TO DO SOME THINGS TOGETHER. AND THEN YOU NEED TO HAVE SEX A LOT. LET HER BREASTS SATISFY YOU AT ALL TIMES. ALL TIMES IS A LOT. SEX IS GOOD. LOOK WITH ME… KEEP YOUR FINGER HERE. WE’LL COME RIGHT BACK HERE. LOOK IN FIRST CORINTHIANS, CHAPTER 7. FIRST CORINTHIANS 7, VERSE 1. FIRST CORINTHIANS 7:1, NOW CONCERNING THE THINGS OF WHICH YOU WROTE TO ME: IT IS GOOD FOR A MAN NOT TO TOUCH A WOMAN. NEVERTHELESS, BECAUSE OF SEXUAL IMMORALITY, LET EACH MAN HAVE HIS OWN WIFE, AND LET EACH WOMAN HAVE HER OWN HUSBAND. LET THE HUSBAND RENDER TO HIS WIFE THE AFFECTION DUE HER, AND LIKEWISE ALSO THE WIFE TO HER HUSBAND. THE WIFE DOES NOT HAVE AUTHORITY OVER HER OWN BODY, BUT THE HUSBAND DOES. AND LIKEWISE THE HUSBAND DOES NOT HAVE AUTHORITY OVER HIS OWN BODY, BUT THE WIFE DOES. DO NOT DEPRIVE ONE ANOTHER EXCEPT WITH CONSENT FOR A TIME, THAT YOU MAY GIVE YOURSELVES TO FASTING AND PRAYER; AND COME TOGETHER AGAIN SO THAT SATAN DOES NOT TEMPT YOU BECAUSE OF YOUR LACK OF SELF-CONTROL. BE INTIMATE AS OFTEN AS YOU NEED TO OR AS OFTEN AS YOU WANT TO SO YOU DON’T END UP BEING TEMPTED. STAY SATISFIED SEXUALLY IN YOUR MARRIAGE RELATIONSHIP. YOU MIGHT BE THINKING, “THAT’S GREAT, PASTOR, I’M SINGLE. WHAT DO YOU HAVE FOR ME?” ALL RIGHT, I’LL TELL YOU THIS: WHATEVER STATION YOU ARE IN LIFE, GOD HAS GRACE FOR YOU. GOD HAS GRACE FOR THE SINGLE, AND GOD HAS GRACE FOR THE MARRIED PERSON. LISTEN: IF YOU’RE SINGLE, THERE’S A WHOLE LOT OF STUFF YOU HAVE TO FACE BEING MARRIED, OTHER ISSUES IN LIFE, THAT YOU WON’T HAVE TO FACE BEING SINGLE. AND THERE IS GRACE FOR ALL OF THE ASPECTS OF MARRIED LIFE AND ALL OF THE CHALLENGES OF MARRIED LIFE, AND THERE IS GRACE FOR ALL OF THE ASPECTS OF SINGLE LIFE AND ALL OF THE CHALLENGES OF SINGLE LIFE, INCLUDING OUR SEXUALITY. AND IT’S NOT JUST THIS GRACE THAT YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE TO STRUGGLE AND BE MISERABLE EVERY DAY OF YOUR LIFE. IT’S A GRACE THAT LIKE A TIDE LIFTS UP A BOAT; IT LIFTS YOU UP ABOVE SOME OF THOSE THINGS SO THAT IT’S NOT THIS MISERABLE STRUGGLE EVERY DAY. I’M JUST TELLING YOU: THERE IS GRACE, GRACE, GRACE. AND AFTER THAT, THERE IS MORE GRACE. GOD HAS GOT YOU COVERED. ALL RIGHT, THEN A FOURTH THING THAT IT’S IMPORTANT FOR US TO DO IS TO HAVE PEOPLE THAT WE’RE ACCOUNTABLE TO AND THAT CAN SPEAK INTO OUR LIFE. LOOK BACK WITH ME, IF YOU WOULD, AT PROVERBS 5. HAVE PEOPLE THAT YOU ARE ACCOUNTABLE TO AND THAT CAN SPEAK INTO YOUR LIFE. VERSE 1, MY SON, PAY ATTENTION TO MY WISDOM; LEND YOUR EAR TO MY UNDERSTANDING, THEN HE WENT ON THROUGHOUT THIS CHAPTER, AND THEN IN CHAPTER 6 IT TALKS ABOUT LISTENING TO A FATHER’S WISDOM AND A MOTHER’S WISDOM TO KEEP YOU FROM FALLING INTO SEXUAL TEMPTATION. NOW WHETHER THAT’S A NATURAL FATHER AND MOTHER OR WHETHER A SPIRITUAL FATHER OR A MOTHER IN THE FAITH, IT’S IMPORTANT TO HAVE SOMEONE THAT WE CAN UNBURDEN OUR HEARTS TO, AS WELL AS TO GOD IN THE PLACE OF PRAYER. I HAVE MEN THAT I WOULDN’T HESITATE TO SPEAK TO THEM. IF I WERE IN TROUBLE, I’D TALK TO THEM. I KNOW, FIRST, THEY WOULDN’T JUDGE ME. THEY WOULD HELP ME. THEY WOULD HAVE MY BEST INTEREST AT HEART. AND IT’S JUST GOOD TO HAVE PEOPLE THAT YOU CAN TALK TO. CHURCH, LET’S PRAY. HEAVENLY FATHER, WE COME BEFORE YOU REALIZING THAT YOU’VE GIVEN US A STRONG SEXUAL DESIRE. YOU’VE WIRED US UP THIS WAY FOR A REASON. BUT YOU WOULDN’T DO IT SO THAT THIS FIRE WOULD RAGE UNCONTROLLED AND DESTROY OUR FAMILY AND OUR CHILDREN AND OUR HONOR AND OUR OWN SOUL. GOD, WE SOLICIT HELP FROM YOU. WE ASK YOU TO GIVE US WISDOM AND TO GIVE US STRENGTH. AND, LORD, WE JUST PURPOSE IN OUR HEART TO OBEY THIS PRACTICAL WISDOM AND CONSIDER AMOROUS GLANCES AND FLIRTATIOUS TALK AND INAPPROPRIATE TOUCH, AVOIDING THE SCENES OF TEMPTATION. WE DO WANT TO BE CONSCIOUS OF YOU THROUGHOUT OUR DAYS, LORD, AND WE DO WANT TO WEIGH THE CONSEQUENCES. GOD, WE KNOW WE NEED YOUR HELP, SO WE ASK YOU TO STRENGTHEN US. AND, LORD, I PRAY RIGHT NOW THAT EVEN AS HEARTS… MAYBE THERE ARE PEOPLE HERE THAT HAVE ALREADY MESSED UP. I PRAY THAT, LIKE A FLOOD, YOUR MERCY AND FORGIVENESS WOULD FLOW AND CLEANSE EVERY HEART THAT REPENTS AS THEY SIT IN THIS HOUSE… LORD, THAT YOUR MERCY WOULD RESTORE AND THAT YOUR HOLY SPIRIT WOULD MINISTER TO EVERY HEART. AND TO THOSE THAT HAVE REPEATEDLY YIELDED AND THEY FIND THEMSELVES BOUND, I SPEAK TO THOSE INVISIBLE CHAINS TO BE BROKEN IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST. GOD, I THANK YOU FOR BRINGING FREEDOM TO THOSE IN YOUR HOUSE TODAY. LORD, I PRAY FOR MARRIAGES THAT THEY WOULD BE STRENGTHENED. MAY HUSBANDS AND WIVES INDEED FIND THINGS THAT THEY CAN REJOICE IN TOGETHER. MAY THEY FIND SATISFACTION AND NOT LIVE LIKE TWO SINGLE PEOPLE LIVING SEPARATE LIVES UNDER THE SAME ROOF. MAY THERE BY JOY AND HARMONY AND LOVE AND SPARK AND LAUGHTER IN EVERY HOME. GOD, I JUST PRAY BLESSING… I SPEAK BLESSING OVER THE MARRIAGES IN THIS CHURCH. I SPEAK BLESSING OVER THE SINGLE PEOPLE IN THIS CHURCH, GOD. FOR THOSE THAT DESIRE TO BE MARRIED, I THANK YOU FOR YOU SATISFYING AND KEEPING THEM UNTIL YOU BRING THAT ONE INTO THEIR LIFE. FOR THOSE, GOD, THAT HAVE MADE THE DECISION THAT THEY ARE FINE BEING SINGLE, I ASK YOU TO BLESS THEM IN THAT DECISION THEY’VE MADE, O GOD, AND USE THEM AS THEY DEVOTE THEMSELVES COMPLETELY TO THE THINGS OF GOD. THANK YOU FOR BLESSING YOUR PEOPLE TODAY AND CAUSING YOUR FACE TO SHINE UPON EVERY ONE, IN JESUS’ NAME. AMEN. [MUSIC] YOU KNOW, WE DO LIVE IN A FALLEN WORLD. EVERYTHING DOESN’T WORK THE WAY THAT GOD ORIGINALLY INTENDED IT TO WORK. WE HAVE AN ADVERSARY, THE DEVIL, WHO WALKS ABOUT AS A ROARING LION SEEKING WHOM HE MAY DEVOUR. AND THEN WE HAVE OUR FLESH TO CONTEND WITH. YOU KNOW, THE APOSTLE PAUL, IN ROMANS CHAPTER 7, HE SAID ‘THE THINGS I WANT TO DO, I DON’T DO THEM. AND THE THINGS THAT I DON’T WANT TO DO, I END UP DOING THEM.’ AND HE TALKED ABOUT THE NATURE OF SIN THAT WAS STILL IN HIS FLESH THAT WOULD WANT TO PULL HIM IN THE WRONG DIRECTION. AND OF COURSE THEN HE GOT INTO CHAPTER 8 AND TALKED ABOUT THE ANSWER TO THAT BY, YOU KNOW, YIELDING TO THE SPIRIT AND FEEDING ON SPIRITUAL THINGS AND STRENGTHENING THE SPIRITUAL SIDE OF US IN ORDER TO OVERCOME THOSE PHYSICAL TEMPTATIONS. THE FACT IS, WE’VE GOT THE WORLD, THE FLESH, AND THE DEVIL TO CONTEND WITH. BUT I JUST WANT TO SUBMIT TO YOU THAT THE SPIRIT OF GOD THAT LIVES IN YOU IS GREATER. GREATER IS HE THAT IS IN YOU THAN HE THAT IS IN THE WORLD. YOUR BORN-AGAIN SPIRIT, WITH THE NATURE OF GOD IN IT, IS STRONGER THAN THE NATURE OF THE FLESH. YOU KNOW WHAT? WE CAN OVERCOME. HE ALWAYS CAUSES US TO TRIUMPH IN CHRIST. SO, YOU MAY BE FEELING SELF-CONDEMNED RIGHT NOW, AND A LOT OF THINGS HAVE GONE WRONG IN YOUR LIFE. FRIEND, GOD IS NOT DONE WITH YOU. THE GOOD WORK HE BEGUN IN YOU HE WILL COMPLETE IT UNTIL THE DAY OF CHRIST. SO TAKE HEART, FRIEND. GET IN THE WORD AND LET IT STRENGTHEN YOU IN JESUS’ NAME.

100 Replies to “A Biblical Guide for Overcoming Sexual Temptation | Bayless Conley”

  1. God has wired us up to be social and intellectual beings, but also to be sexual beings; and our sexuality is not meant to be a fire that rages out of control and continually gets us into trouble. God sets up boundaries for our sexuality and gives practical advice in His Word. We are going to spend some time examining the stark consequences that can occur when sexuality rages out of control. We’ll also look at a few basic, practical, Biblical admonitions with regard to facing and overcoming temptation.

  2. All High School Students should be shown large pictures of people with advanced cases of venereal diseases. The most horrible thing I ever seen. If you are an agnostic/atheist perhaps Mother Nature is telling you promiscuity is not right.

  3. What a bunch of idiots! Sex IS marriage according to the Bible! A ceremony is PAGAN! The ring is pagan, the flowers & herbs are pagan, the ‘Dearly Beloved’ the preacher reads from an open Bible isn’t even in the BIBLE! AND the Bible is CLEAR about signing contracts! ‘Living in Sin’ is a LIE! Church-followers follow the dark side. They’re liars and DO NOT follow Christ or the Holy Spirit. Jesus hated religious people like you.

  4. IM CHRISTIAN, AND I AM FREE FROM WATCHING PORN, AND MASTURBATION ABOUT 1MONTH AND TWO WEEKS, this is my long time accomplishment from porn Thankyou GOD, Im almost free, because i know GOD giving me a vision and dreams about end times and bible prophecy, meaning, we have short time now, i realize that we do more good things because we dont know when GOD coming back but also obvious that all over the world, God is near ang coming back that's why i thank very much to GOD That i am free from this sin my long time accomplish 1month and two weeks is not easy but with GOD nothing is impossible( MATTHEW 19:26)

  5. Sex is a good thing that must be done only between a man and a woman who are legally married and the two are to remain faithful to one another. Whether married or single avoid adultery, fornication, pornography, masturbation and the like. Lastly there's a saying, "Sex is a great servant but a terrible master"

  6. The truth is we have all been chemically hardwired to enjoy sex. As soon as anybody engages in any consensual sexual activity, feelgood chemicals are released in the brain. We have been made that way, so just relax and enjoy being sexual.

  7. Unconditional Love: A love without condition. Its the same as Two men stabbing each other with knives saying, "I still love you, I always will, I feel your pain, and your not alone." as time goes by they fight for love but they don't fight for Gods conditions or commandments. They say that God is love…. so if we just love we will make it. As time goes by they grab bigger knives and stab each other more often repeating the same lines. They wind up depressed and unsatisfied and they die very unhappy people. You see, the thing is; were not here to prove anything to each other, were here to prove everything to God. When we experience love through God its very conditional. Scripture says make no friends with the wicked, help them see your kindness but you have nothing to prove to them. If you wish to inherit the kingdom of heaven you must give it your all and come to God for everything and guess what? TODAYS DAY MAKES IT EASY WITH GOOGLE!!!! all you have to do is ask what does scripture say about this or that… its that simple. Reading the Bible has never been easier. As for the hippies who claim that Jesus was all loving and we should be like him, did Jesus hang out with kings and Queens and spoiled brats who were wealthy who plotted against righteousness in order to justify their sins? NO!!!! Does his sacrifice count for those who forsake him and his request? NO!!!! Is the word of God diverse? NO!!!! Is the word of God prejudice to evil and all things related to sin? YES!!! Is the Bible all loving and all giving to the wicked? NO!!!! Then why should we give into such destruction. It may be in our nature to sin, but to a very large extent we can do a really good job at repenting and keeping it clean if we really want to and I've seen it. We must get tighter as a covenant and we must make it known that we despise sin and those who wish to do nothing but bring it about to all of us. We MUST do something to make these people see that acceptance of the flesh and acceptance of the idea that its never too late and the acceptance of the idea that Love is more powerful than God is all A LIE!!!! Does the word of God compromise or bend to the will of Man? NOOOOOOOO!!!!!! Jesus said what you bring into your mind "The Temple" must be sacred… WHY!!!! Because the Temple is sacred, the mind is a sacred place, and if you open it and you welcome the world and everything in it over righteousness, you will be blinded. There is a difference between a brother and a sister that sins, and an out cast that goes out of their way to destroy the work and word of God given to us to protect every bit of who we really are.

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  9. That the way to do it tell it like it is if we had more straight message like this people will overcome their flesh

  10. I’m so glad I found this I needed to hear this thank you for posting. God bless you 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾

  11. Thank you for this message. It seems as I meet people that the two most common issues with people are sexual sins…and alcohol problems. I marked my Bible so I can make sure to keep God first. Thank you.

  12. i really love this message. I'm a 22 year old guy who gave his life to the Lord when i was 18 in 2015. I want to confess that I never had intimacy with a woman NOR had a relationship. But there is a girl whom i like in my church and she's different. She's a girl to herself and very focus on work and school plus she goes to church. I've been speaking to deacons, elders of my church and at first i thought they were going to turn me down but i got a peaceful response with just pray for it.

    I ask you please pray so this girl can be my wife and God continue to give me wisdom and being a great husband. Thank you so much God bless you.

  13. we have victory through the truth of the cross and the truth of the blood and through our weapons GOD has given us the means to be free nd to free ourselves when we become entagled we are free through Christ and let me end with that. thats the written flawless word of GOD

  14. A living dog is better than a dead lion, that’s deep. We’re all facing temptation, nobody is excluded, however we don’t have to give temptation authority over our lives.

  15. I messed up today..
    I was on a mobile camera chatroom and found a woman there. It didnt start out bad. I first started out just talking to her and enjoying a conversation.
    But exactly how pastor Conley said as I was talking she was bolstering my ego with every sentence and she showed me her breasts and I told her I was married and that we shouldn't do that but she kept on a little while later and I let her.
    I almost let it get to a very bad point where we exchange information and then meet up.
    I realized what I was doing and quickly exited off the app and deleted it.
    I have a porn addiction. I have an addiction to sexual temptation and immorality and while I never cheated on my wife before what happened today.
    I never thought I'd get this far.
    I feel so ashamed and hurt that I could even think of doing what almost happened and I hate what I did.
    I dont know where to go or what to do anymore.
    I've always tried to resist the temptation but it's so hard.
    I cant break from these chains of temptation and porn addiction.
    I feel like I'm drowning in this and every time I try my hardest to get back to God but I've been doing this for so long it's as natural as breathing.
    It's like a smoker trying to go without a cigarette and never really gets better.
    How do I get better?
    How do I get back to Jesus?
    I want him back in my life. I want to go back to being close with Him and being as close as I was with my wife before now.
    It's like as she gets closer I continue backsliding and falling down.
    I dont want this anymore.

  16. The evil one called “Temptation” (within all men) can easily overpower us and stop us from living by the true will of God. And thus stop us from living in the true Spirit of peace and love for all fellow humans. Hitler was such a man: don’t become like him! But learn how to pray to God through Jesus and through no other man on earth…

    “God is Spirit and those who worship him must worship him in Spirit and truth.”
    – (John 4: 24) –
    “When you pray, go into a room by yourself, and shut the door. Pray to your Father who is there in the secret place; and your Father who sees what is secret will reward you.
    In your prayers do not go babbling on like the heathen, who imagine that the more they say the more likely they are to be heard.
    Do not imitate them. Your Father knows what your needs are before you ask him.
    This is how you should pray:
    Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
    Your kingdom come; your will be done, on earth as in heaven,
    Give us today our daily bread,
    And forgive us the wrong we have done, as we have forgiven those who have wronged us.
    And do not bring us to the test, but save us from the evil one.
    For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, for ever.
    Amen.
    For if you forgive others the wrongs they have done, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if you do not forgive others, then the wrongs you have done will not be forgiven by your Father.” – (Matthew 6: 6-15) –

    “Truly I tell you; if anyone obeys my teaching he shall never know what it is to die.” – (John 8: 51) –

    “Pass no judgement, and you will not be judged. For as you judge others, so you will yourselves be judged, and whatever measure you deal out to others will be dealt back to you.” – (Matthew 7: 1-2) –

    “Always treat others as you would like them to treat you: that is the Law and the Prophets.
    Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life and only a few find it.” – (Matthew 7: 12-14) –

    “I am the gate; anyone who comes into the fold through me shall be safe.” – (John 10: 9) –

    “I am the resurrection and I am life. If a man has faith in me, even though he dies, he shall come to life; and no one who is alive and has faith shall ever die.” – (John 11: 25-26) –
    “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” – (Matthew 7: 21) –

    “I have not come to judge the world, but to save the world”
    – (John 12: 47) –
    “Whoever then will acknowledge me before men, I will acknowledge him before my Father in heaven; and whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven.” – (Matthew 10: 32-34) –

    “I am the way; I am the truth and I am life; no one comes to the Father except by me. If you knew me you would know my Father too.” – (John 14: 6-7) –

    “The disciples came to Jesus and asked, ‘Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of Heaven?’ He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: ‘Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of Heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of Heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.
    If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, It would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.
    Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come!’” – (Matthew 18: 1-7) –

    “Where two or three gather in my name, I am there among them.”
    – (Matthew 18: 20) –
    “Many are called, but few are chosen,” – (Matthew 22: 14) –

    “An expert in the law, [a leading religious Pharisee] tested him with this question: ‘Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?’ He answered, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind. That is the greatest commandment. It comes first. The second is like it: Love your neighbour as yourself. Everything in the Law and the Prophets hangs on these two commandments.’” – (Matthew 22: 35-40) –
    “There is no greater love than this, that a man should lay down his life for his friends.” – (John 15: 13) –

    “Do not call any man on earth ‘father’; for you have one Father and he is in heaven. Nor must you be called ‘teacher’; you have one Teacher, the Messiah.” – (Matthew 23: 9-10) –

    “Take care that no one misleads you: For many will come claiming my name…”
    – (Matthew 24: 4) –
    “Many false prophets will arise, and will mislead many; and as lawlessness spreads, men’s love for one another will grow cold. But the man who holds out to the end will be saved” – (Matthew 24: 11-13) –

    "Stay awake, and pray that you may be spared the test. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak." – (Matthew 26: 41) –
    “And be assured, I am with you always, to the end of time.” – (Matthew 28: 20) –

    “One of the criminals who hung there also mocked and taunted him: ‘Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself, and us!’ But the other criminal rebuked him. ‘Have you no fear of God? You are under the same sentence as he. For us it is plain justice; we are paying the price for our misdeeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.’ And he said, ‘Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.’ He answered, “I tell you this: today you shall be with me in Paradise.’” – (Luke 23: 39-43) –

    “For it is my Father’s will that everyone who looks upon the Son and puts his faith in him shall possess eternal life; and I will raise him up on the last day” – (John 6: 40) –

    Yours always, in true Spirit and in prayer, 2gointruth, Sunday the 29th of July, 2018: – (Matthew 5:14-16) – Every minute, hour and day is a new beginning and for any one of us:
    Here are some more references to study further…
    – (Genesis 3: 24) – (Genesis 6: 5-6) – (Genesis 6: 11) – (Genesis 8: 21) – (Exodus 12: 17) –
    – (Exodus 25: 18-22) – (Leviticus 19: 18) – (Leviticus 26: 11-12) – (Deuteronomy 8: 3-4) –
    – (Deuteronomy 18: 18) – (Deuteronomy 29: 29) – (Joshua 22: 5) – (2 Samuel 6: 2) –
    – (2 Samuel 7: 12-14) – (Psalm 2: 2) – (Psalm 10: 3-7) – (Psalm 14: 1) – (Psalm 15) –
    – (Psalm 22) – (Psalm 66: 1) – (Proverbs 8: 17) – (Proverbs 15: 7-8) – (Isaiah 7: 14) –
    – (Isaiah 9: 6-7) – (Isaiah 52: 13) – (Isaiah 53) – (Isaiah 61: 1) – (Jeremiah 31: 31-34) –
    – (Jeremiah 47: 6-7) – (Ezekiel 28: 14-16 ) – (Daniel 7: 13-14) – (Micah 5: 4) –
    – (Micah 7: 6) – (Zephaniah 1: 7) – (Zechariah 9: 9) – (Zechariah 12: 10) –
    – (Also worth noting, are Aristotle, Confucius, Plato and Socrates, even Gandhi a humble man qualified in British Law and well-read in most all scriptures; he has also said; “You must be the change that you wish to see in the world.”) –
    – (Matthew 4: 19) – (Matthew 5: 10-12) – (Matthew 5:17) – (Matthew 5:19-20) –
    – (Matthew 5: 43-48) – (Matthew 6: 2-4) – (Matthew 7: 5) – (Matthew 7: 7-11) –
    – (Matthew 7: 24-27) – (Matthew 10: 32-34) – (Matthew 11: 28-30) – (Matthew 12: 30-37) –
    – (Matthew 23: 9-10) – (Mark 1: 9-11) – (Mark 9: 50) – (Mark 15: 4-5) – (((Luke 1: 1-4))) –
    – (Luke 4: 1-13) – (Luke 6: 22-36) – (Luke 6: 39) – (Luke 6: 46-49) – (Luke 9: 23-26) –
    – (Luke 12: 40) – (Luke 12: 48) – (John 3: 1-7) – (John 6: 51) – (John 6: 53-58) –
    – (John 7: 16-18) – (John 8: 12) – (John 8: 34-35) – (John 8: 58) – (John 10: 10-11) –
    – (John 10: 14-17) – (John 11: 25-26) – (John 12: 25-26) – (John 12: 44-50) –
    – (John 13: 20) – (John 13: 34) – (John 17: 24-26) – (((John 21: 24-25))) –

  17. King Solomon had multiple wife's and 700 concubines ( whores ). So according to this clown , sexuality is evil. Single people should have a love life , just because they aren't married ?

  18. Excellent exegesis, exposition and presentation of biblical teaching on a subject that impacts us all. Praise God for His perfect word!
    Edit: Didn't realize I had already commented on this one, I'll zip it now. ☺

  19. Accompanied a friend to court, morning session. A woman I've never seen nor will I ever see again. Had a long hair on the center of her back, on her sweater. I couldn't help my obsession, I had to remove it, or loose my mind. Did having sex with her cross my mind. Absolutely not. I was raised by a Hispanic Family that hugs and a kiss on the cheek. You couldn't be more wrong about touching. I'm human and I need to be touched . My symptoms go's out to you and your Family. God bless……

  20. I've been struggling with sexual temptation and sin for some time now. I'm a recovering porn addict that recently started dating this really nice Christian girl and I really like her. I've know her for over a year, but only been going out for the past few weeks. Now I'm having an issue of sexual temptation, simply because I'm obviously infatuated by this nice Christian girl (despite that she revealed to me her strong boundaries and me respecting her for that). Now I want to not only do her right, but pursue a God honoring, intimate (not just physical) relationship with her, and now I'm fearful that my past sexual sins will cause me to some actions that might cause me to lose her. She knows about my past sexual temptation and sin and encouraged me to give it to God, and I really love her for that. Sexual temptation is REAL, and I believe that this subject should be more open in the churches, because of past sexual sins that are ruining churches, and yet it's such a 'forbidden' subject.

  21. Before I'm addicted to porn vedios after believing Jesus name I preyed I delivered from that sin so guys this is not a story to read if any one suffering prey to god he vil delivary u 100percentage watching porn means porn type of devil working in u the devil has strong desire to sin but devil has no body that's why that is entering a person and fulling that desire the devil act like not satisfied do more do match more do bad things and drinking devil also no satisfaction drink more more more this type of devil vil there ….that type of devils working in this earth to spoil people main purpose and any thing u enjoy out side world u won't have satisfaction unless u belive jesus in Jesus we have satisfaction we have enternal life

  22. Its been 5 moths now i have been struggling over temptation. its realy hard. i have been tempted by porn, ans homesexual thoughs. Help me plus god,and pls pray for me guys.God bless.

  23. I am a recovery sex addict but I still feel guilty about some things I said or done when I was during those times. I need prayer.

  24. The answer is follow gods word and kill hundreds of thousands of families because they believe in a different god, then you can rape their prepubescent little girls.. thanks god you vile sick cunt..

  25. That’s is my biggest problem, I fight for several mouth with that sin but atill mess up, sometimes make me feel like I wanna give up cause I don’t want to be an hypocrite before God eye, but if I give up on God where is the better place to go

  26. “In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.”
    ‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭12:4‬ ‭NIV‬‬
    http://bible.com/111/heb.12.4.niv

    “When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.”
    ‭‭James‬ ‭1:13-15‬ ‭NIV‬‬
    http://bible.com/111/jas.1.13-15.niv

    “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.”
    ‭‭James‬ ‭1:22-25‬ ‭NIV‬‬
    http://bible.com/111/jas.1.22-25.niv

    I think about the three passages above and realize that I have never resisted my sin to the point of shedding blood, I think for many of us we are toying with words when we say we want freedom from sin, we want to get out with our lips, but we’re not willing to do the hard things it takes to resist the devil and flee from sexual immorality.

    I have struggled with lust since I was 12 years old and believe I most likely have demons of lust around all the time, I struggle with fornication, and pornography and I find myself telling myself this is a way for relief to have the climax of an orgasm is a freeing feeling and every time the guilt and shame floods in. I think many of us are just not transparent with our sin, I am asking for true believers righteous men of God to pray for me for deliverance from this evil and moral filth within me. I want to enter into the Kingdom of God and Jesus said if you love me you will obey my commands I want to love Him and praise and honor Him with my life not just with my abominable lips. I know I need Jesus and His redeeming grace and mercy to cover over this sin and trial in my life. Please ask Him. I have prayed but I think this is a deeper struggle for me and I feel very trapped, I haven’t wrestled with this sin to the point of shedding blood or toiled over it so I feel responsible and I don’t want to blame the devil for my choices to be disobedient to the will of God in this area in my life I am fully responsible. We cannot blame the devil for our free will choices. We want to blame him for everything and while he may be a culprit in the matter and highly involved in the temptations that lure us in we have to take our responsibility for our sin and choosing to rebel against a Holy and Perfect God. I want to be free, but I literally feel so heavy and sometimes without strength. In many ways I have become lazy and numb to my sin and when I fall it’s like oh here we go again and then the flood of guilt and shame returns. I believe I’m in bondage to this sin. I am being open here because I don’t want to face God when I die, I do fear the Lord, but perhaps not enough because you would think I would stop. I have prayed about this but I know my flesh loves the sin and it gratifies me with pleasure, how do I learn to truly hate the things God hates and to truly love what He loves. I know God has more for me and wants to use me for His Kingdom. I pray for the testimony of Gods faithfulness to liberate me from this and to give me a deep desire for Him alone and a yearning for truth in an age of falsehood and a world that seeks pleasure rather than the holiness and righteousness of Christ. I pray He will wash me and cleanse me of all unrighteousness within me and give my heart new desires to glorify Him with my life. Amen

  27. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Just friggin’ UNBELIEVABLE! Bible thumpers, believers in ghosts, flat earthers, astrologers, scientologists, etc. are such misled, poorly educated, mindless, pea brained morons.

  28. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Just friggin’ UNBELIEVABLE! Bible thumpers, believers in ghosts, flat earthers, astrologers, scientologists, etc. are such misled, poorly educated, mindless, pea brained morons. And I'll have sex with anyone I want, whenever I want.

  29. Nothing is possible out side of Christ Jesus, but in Christ Jesus all is possible amen…
    Today we live in Generation where before marriage sex is the first answer so many time i have hard many people say before marriage they most know how their partner's is in bed as if sex is best answer before they said i do, well sex is not answer i don't care what no body say..christ is the answer to beautiful marriage

  30. Even out of wedlock God has blessed me with 6 beautiful children. I know all to well about the temptation of lust. I thought "unholy" sex, porn and masterbation was going to be stuck with me forever. I honestly thought that was to great of a temptation to defeat….but through certain circumstances I ended up fasting food for 7 days. And this is what God revealed to me…. hunger was the metaphor for the temptation whether it be lust or anger etc and food was the metaphor for the sin e.g porn or violence. With Gods grace my 7 day food fast was relatively easy spiritually but devastatingly hard for my flesh but through it He revealed to me, just like I denied my hunger of having food, I must, we must, deny our temptation of its sin. Starve the lust of porn and unhealthy sex. Starve the anger of violence. It sounds a bit cliche or easier said than done but through my fast I honestly know in my heart that's what God told me. The hunger in my stomache was lust and food to feed my stomache was pornography. I starved my body of food. I will starve the lust of pornography. And now the lust is gone but the recognition of beauty remains. Women are beautiful and that's where it ends. She is someone's daughter, sister, mother, niece, cousin, friend etc. and vice versa for men. It's about respect and worth of others and ourselves.

  31. Isaiah 49:13 “Shout for joy, O heavens; rejoice, O earth; break into joyful song, O mountains! For the LORD has comforted His people, and He will have compassion on His afflicted ones.” I literally felt the Lord pour out onto me or into me or unto me his comfort. This might help with a list of problems along with God’s word.

  32. Another thing that helped my mind deal with temptation of the body is that I continue to remember that this body (and mind, and soul / heart) is Jesus' property / "house" now, not my own. JESUS owns me! I signed on that 'dotted line' with joy! 🙂

    Nothing is going to be perfect or seamless in this corrupted flesh, but every bit helps when we remember that we should respect the owner of this property! He respects and LOVES us beyond comprehension, and He has all the right to do what He wishes to and with us, and yet He chooses to give us the FREEDOM to make our own choices! So let that INSPIRE us to RESPECT our Father by RESPECTING ourselves, yes, when no one else is looking, it matters most! When we disrespect ourselves, it hurts Jesus deeply. I do believe this strongly. So let us treat our (His ;)) bodies as He desires us to be treated: with respect! 🙂

    For those Born of Jesus' Holy Spirit, we're beyond judgement, we're sealed forever to be with Him, so this is not about salvation or the loss thereof. It's about relationship with Jesus and growing in that to bond even deeper than we thought possible. 🙂

  33. As a single lady who recently devoted my life to Christ and living in God's way, these are the answers that I was looking for. I needed to hear that first it is okay to have these desires because God created me as such, and second that the same God has given me the power to choose what is right and wrong, and has given me the Holy scriptures and more so the Holy Spirit to give me wisdom in choosing my path. I believe that it is possible to abstain until God gives me my own spouse, and today I have learnt that it is upon me to avoid scenes of temptations and flee from lust… It is better to be a living dog than a dead lion…Greetings from my Country KENYA and be blessed.

  34. My fellow Believers please pray for me I have a porn addiction and and tempted so much, God is so good to me and he loves me and I want o break free from these chains! FATHER PLEASE HELP ME.

  35. If anyone reads this, please pray for me. I’m a young guy and my previous relationship ended with myself being unfaithful to my partner. This preacher was absolutely right, you reap what you sow. Today, I struggle with masturbation and temptation from the women in my life. I don’t want to go down the same path I did before, but the temptation is strong.

  36. How to overcome sexual temptation->1 John 1:9 KJV — If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

  37. Thank you for everything Pastor bayless, I went to CLC on 2015 and it changed my life. God bless you and your ministry.

  38. This message just came at the right time am always struggling with sexual desires and no matter how much I fight it, i keep falling back in the same path of sexual desire, please pray for me

  39. 22:09
    Did Pastor just hand out licenses to sin?? He didn't explain any of that! I was 100% with him up until that part.

    As a single guy, I know that my single life should be a reflection of my married life. What I struggle with now I will struggle with in marriage. Just because me and her have matching rings doesn't mean we are exempt from our old problems. So if we are to deal with these matters now, they're less likely to be a stumbling block when we are married.

  40. Thanks.all over world you tube"s terms of service so mane 2 leat sorre for all over world my famile.all wese God bless you and my famile I ok take care ok .by2

  41. Two things Satan traps people now is through money and sex. That's what torturing the hearts of people today. We're living in critical times hard to deal with, and it's getting hard to make the flesh obey.

  42. I'm a Christian that is suffering from sexual feelings for the same sex. Triggered by movies most times. I really really want to overcome it coz I know it's wrong. Whenever I try to stop smthng always triggers it. I really need people to help me pray as I dnt want to destroy the relationship I have with Jesus.

  43. Love your message and your heart, but according to this… All the attractive people are going to be super lonely. Everyone will be running away from them. One thing that I come up against, is men thinking that I want to seduce them all the time.When I really just want to connect in the purest way.

  44. I have been seing this christen man for some time. He made it clear that He Will not sin. He Will wait for marriage.i respect that and we have a Nice time togheter . But there was one time we kissed and i felt so attracted to him and so did he. It Got out of control and He moved away and said to me i love u so much but i am burning right now i have to stop. it made me want him Even more. Its so hard but He is a beautiful man and i wont kiss him anymore. Real struggle i am not a christen myself but i Will respect him and wont tempt him anymore.

  45. Still waiting for the good things. I got a wife wich I consider not sexual attractive, I can't change her DNA sadly. I always wanted a curvy wife and I got a plain jane, so I can't have sex with her. I don't know what to do, I never found the one.

  46. This shit is ridiculous. Sexuality is human, people have a sexdrive before they sign a paper that ties them to a person (of whatever gender) forever too. Marriage is a concept. A beautiful one, but not a necessary one. You can have sex whenever you feel you want to, as long as it’s legal and consensual. That’s it. I sincerely hope some of the people commenting here will find the kind of happiness I have as a female with my female fiancée whom I love more than the world. I feel sorry for all of these shallow ass beings.

  47. One case was left out:
    -Sponteneous and powerful arousal from your body, when you've seen nothing, you aren't remembering anything or fantasizing about anything; your mind is pure.

    1 Corinthians 10:13
    No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

    So, what's the way of escape?

    Ask God to put that fire out quickly.
    What you are experiencing is also a testimony that you are in good health, so thank and praise God. Remind Him also, if He had personally promised you another way of escape that is in his will for you and will give Him glory as well.

    1 Corinthians 10:31
    Whether therefore you eat, or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

    That's it. Believe that you have received what you've asked God for and it will be yours (Mark 11:24). Put your faith to work. If you can manage to stay focused on God who can deliver you from the temptation (and not have to move around people), or keep your mind busy with anything other than the temptation, you will do well. Within an hour or less (this can't go on forever), you will receive the crown of life.

    James 1:12
    Blessed is the man that endures temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to them that love him.

    God supplies all that is needed in terms of power to live for Him. It's by his grace properly understood:

    Titus 2:11-14
    11  For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all people, 12  instructing us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly desires, and to live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present age, 13  looking for the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ;14  who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify for himself a people for his own possession, zealous for good works.

    Romans 6:1-2, 12-15
    1  What should we say then? Should we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2  May it never be. We who died to sin, how could we live in it any longer?
    12  Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. 13  Neither present your members to sin as instruments of unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God, as alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. 14  For sin will not have dominion over you. For you are not under law, but under grace. 15  What then? Should we sin because we are not under law, but under grace? May it never be.

    1 Peter 4:1-3
    1  Forasmuch then as Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind; for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin;2  that you no longer should live the rest of your time in the flesh for human desires, but for the will of God. 3  For enough time in the past has been spent doing the will of the Gentiles, and having walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, orgies, carousings, and abominable idolatries.

    2 Peter 1:2-11
    Grace and peace be multiplied to you through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
    His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. Through these He has given us His precious and magnificent promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, now that you have escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith virtue; and to virtue, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities and continue to grow in them, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever lacks these traits is nearsighted to the point of blindness, having forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins. Therefore, brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For IF YOU ARE DOING THESE THINGS YOU WILL NEVER STUMBLE, and you will receive a lavish reception into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

  48. This is exactly what i need. I have been struggling with sexual temptation and i pray that God forgive me as i made up my mind now,i confess to you lord and i accept you as my lord and saviour,please come into my life and take control of my life and also give me your holy spirit to do this IJN, Amen… Please brothers and sisters,help me to pray. Thanks

  49. Pastor, thank you so much. I really needed that prayer and God will restore bc his love is everlasting. May God keep you healthy in your marriage and years on this earth and your family and friends and congregation.

  50. i will, ask you this question would you think GOD wants to watch people having sex or watch guys or girls masturbate, as yall humans can answer that be honest and truthful, as i have spoken as i have said would you want to lie to your mother and father, if you can answer that you humans, can answer the first question, as i have watched and known and saw, of what humans do with freedom of will, as it is and has been spoken by, GOD in a book that cant be out writen or put away

  51. I been feeling guilty because i promised god that i would never fell into the sin but i keep falling again and again that's why i came here in searching for help thanks for the message. Plz pray for me

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