I don’t know how much you know about overcoming sexual temptation and whether you are a Christian or not.
But I know that whoever you are, whatever you have done and wherever you might be, victory over sexual temptation is possible with God’s help.
It’s unfortunate when a person’s career comes to an end due to sexual scandal or when one dies to sexually transmitted diseases or when a family breaks up due to infidelity or when a man is bound by chains of pornography or/and masturbation. Indeed, there are many casualties of sexual accidents, and I won’t want any man or woman to go through the pain, the shame, the loss of reputation and money, yet a way to victory is available.
Allow me to share with you 4 powerful weapons to overcome sexual temptation.
Weapon #1: Acknowledge Your Weakness Before God In Prayer.
None of us can overcome any temptation except for the enablement of God through the power of the Holy Spirit. On our own we are wretched and powerless to overcome the power and deception of sin.
But accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour the power of sin is broken in our lives. He then helps us to overcome. He himself went through ALL the temptations we face but did not sin. So he understands what we feel.
Therefore, when you approach God in prayer, tell him how you feel. Pour out your heart to him –the guilt, the shame, the failures, the urges – and ask him to help you overcome. When you humble yourself before God, he will give you the grace to overcome.
"Keep watch and pray, so that you you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing but the body is weak."
Weapon #2: Study & Meditate On What God Says Concerning Sexual Temptation.
One of the greatest weapons we have is the Word of God. Meditate on verses like:
“How can a young man keep his ways pure? By obeying your word.” Psalm 119:9
“I have hidden your word in my heart that I may not sin against you.” Psalm 119:11
“I have made a covenant with my eyes not to look at a young woman with lust.” Job 31:1
“Run from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body. Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God?”
Also read Proverbs Chapter 5 and Chapter 7. These two chapters have enabled me to clearly see what is at a stake every time I’m tempted.
Weapon #3: Avoid Anyone or Anything That stimulates lust.
Paul told young Timothy, “Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call upon the name of the Lord.”
For instance keep away from:
•Sexually explicit movies and music.
•Magazines and newspapers that are arouse you sexually.
•Friends who are sexually immoral.
•Places that make you forget you resolve to be pure.
When you avoid these things, replace them with other good activities like developing your hobbies and talents, serving others, and spending your time with people who love God and are living for him.
Remember, the main point here is to keep your mind pure. The battleground over temptation is either won or lost in your mind. And what the mind accepts, the heart will eventually follow. So, fight to get the right things in your mind and wrong things out of your sight.
“Guard you heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”
Weapon #4: Share Your Experience With Other Christian People.
It’s very important that you keep company with people who have the same desire of overcoming sexual temptation. Speak to a friend or a pastor you can trust.
“Confess you sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.”
Sharing our experiences and challenges with other Christian individuals of same sex enables us to realize that we are not the only ones going through them and so we can stand with each other as we overcome.
When you start using these weapons, God will make a way of escape for you and you will stand over the temptation.