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Overcoming Sexual Temptation By Rev & Mrs Chinemerem Uche

Cbn.com  commented thus: “Why are so many strong Christians succumbing to sexual sin? We must remember that we as Christians do not live in a vacuum but in a culture filled with temptations that stir lust. Many people have fallen because they underestimated the power of sexual temptation. In his book “The War Within” A.C. Chukwuocha states: “The deceitfulness of sexual sin is the stuff of legend.  Yet although it has done incalculable harm to multitude through history, others still pursue it as though sex is worth living for.  Sexual sin is rampant because it is accessible to all.  No matter how poor they are, every boy, girl, man or woman has what it takes to fall into sexual sin.  One reason we are so upset by sexual sin is its consequences both here on earth and in the hereafter.  Even the wise King Solomon allowed his unbridled quest for women to drag him into flagrant idolatry until his heart was weaned away from God.  The truth is that sexual sin is not only harmful; it also defaces the meaning of human life.”

The bible is full of instances of sexual sin and its grave consequences.  This matter has always been a problem of man and we cannot wish it away out of mere bravado or pretending to be too holy to be tempted by it. So, as the bible says: These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come.  So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!  No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. -1 Cor 10:11-13 (NIV)

Cbn.com relays a story on her website on sexual temptation thus: “The Rev. Gordon MacDonald, a wonderful pastor and at one time president of Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, shares in his book Rebuilding Your Broken World about a time when he was asked about how Satan might get him. He answered: All sorts of ways, I suppose; but I know there’s one way he wouldn’t get me. “What’s that?” He’d never get me in the area of my personal relationships. That’s one place where I have no doubt that I’m as strong as you can get. A few years after that conversation my world broke wide open. A chain of seemingly innocent choices became destructive, and it was my fault. Choice by choice by choice, each easier to make, each becoming gradually darker. And then my world broke — in the very area I had predicted I was safe — and my world had to be rebuilt.  He goes on to quote from My Utmost for His Highest: “An unguarded strength is actually a double weakness.” Here is a man of God with a good marriage who had written books on family life and yet fell into adultery. Why? Because he thought it couldn’t happen to him and left this part of his life unguarded.

If David, who was “a man after God’s own heart,” Gordon MacDonald, and many other strong men and women of faith yielded to sexual temptation, it could happen to you. God is telling us through these words of Paul — “So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!” (1 Cor. 10:12) — that our vulnerability to sin increases when we think it could not happen to us.  Almost all Christians, especially Christian leaders, who have fallen to sexual temptation, would tell you that they did not think it could have happened to them.”

From our experience as pastors we have come to the conclusion that in matters of sexual temptations, the strongest of Christians is armed with nothing but to flee! 2 Timothy 2:22 clearly instructs us to Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.” A classic example is the attitude Joseph took when he constantly faced the lure of Potiphars’s:  She kept putting pressure on Joseph day after day, but he refused to sleep with her, and he kept out of her way as much as possible. –Genesis 39:10

 

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