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Strategy Three: Declare War The next strategy in God’s Battle Plan for purity is identifying sexual temptations and being ruthless in getting rid of them. Listen to what Christ said in the context of teaching on adultery. If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better tha
Strategy Two: Count the Cost of Failure Just as with any battle plan, one must count the cost of failure. What will be the cost of being overcome by sexual temptation? We see this strategy used when Solomon counseled his son in Proverbs about the lure of the adulterous woman. Solomon, who had many wives and concubines, knew the consequences of sexual immorality well. He himself was conceived through an adulterous affair, and he struggled with his father’s lust. Consider the c
Strategy One: Know Our Battle In order to win the battle for purity, believers must first answer this question, “What is sexual immorality?” If we are going to avoid it and flee from it, we must know what it is. I think many Christians are failing simply because they don’t know what sexual immorality is. It has never been defined for them. Some would even say that it is just “intercourse.” Many believe that oral sex, anal sex, masturbation, heavy petting, etc., are not part o
Introduction For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus. It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God
1 Thessalonians 4:2-5 Purity is a raging battle that, unfortunately, many are losing. David lost this battle as he committed adultery with Bathshe
Where is Dad? When is he coming home? Sadly, many are keenly aware of how it feels to grow up without a father at home. Some fathers are gone because they chose to be, some because of mistakes they made, some for other reasons. Daddy has a New Home, Not a New Heart, by Mari Borrero, deals with this sobering reality in our society. It teaches many valuable lessons children need to hear such as: Our decisions are important and they affect others, saying I’m sorry for wrongs com
My Restoration Journey: The True Story of Erica Kramer is a powerful, life changing story about Erica’s divorce and reconciliation. While reading, I kept thinking, “How can we get this book into as many hands as possible? It is so needed.” Not only will this book be encouraging for divorced, separated, or struggling couples, but for anybody going through trials—which will be all of us at some point. In God’s sovereignty, he allows trials to strengthen and draw us to himself.
I am 37 years old today. It's pretty crazy to consider that I'm probably at least half way done with my race. Life is truly a vapor, here today and gone tomorrow (James 4:14). Earlier this year, I struggled with a little depression from April to June. However, God used it for good. Out of my fire came one word, "Disciples." While being depressed, that was one of the only things that gave me joy. Going to small group and making disciples, meeting with students, seeing people g