Day 6: Break Free From Sexual Impurities
1 Corinthians 6:18-20
Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
My Breakthrough Thought:
It’s always a good idea to pray that the Lord will protect us from temptation (Matthew 6:13). But prayer by itself is often not enough. At least not where sexual purity and marital fidelity are concerned. Once we’ve made our request known to our Father in heaven, we also have to make up our minds to stay vigilant and keep up our guard.
If we don’t, we can easily be thrown off balance and taken by surprise. We can be led astray by the schemes of the devil or seduced by our own subconscious lusts and desires (James 1:14). Why? Because “the flesh is weak.”
If you really want to avoid sexual impurities, you have to embrace every aspect of the defense system the Lord has placed at your disposal. Ask for His protection. Make up your mind to stand firm in faith but flee from the sin (literally). And keep your eyes peeled for unexpected traps and snares.
This is particularly important if you are unusually prone to sexual temptation. Were you promiscuous as a teen or young adult? Is there something in your family background that might make you especially vulnerable – a divorce, for example, or an affair, or abuse or neglect of some kind? Do you struggle with feelings of insecurity or low self-esteem?
Do you and your spouse find it hard to talk about your deepest thoughts and emotions? In marriage, the bottom line is always communication. Couples who can learn to be open, honest, and caring in the way they express their wants, needs, desires, and concerns to one another are the ones who have the best chance of safeguarding their relationship. These are the couples who usually end up going the distance in marriage.
If you’re battling temptation, it can also be helpful to seek the guidance and support of a larger community. Find a way to make yourself accountable to others who can hold you to a high standard of morality and sexual purity.
My Breakthrough Prayer Today:
Jesus today I rely on the power of your name to break off any lustful or immoral thoughts or behaviors that have plagued me. I rebuke lust, perversion, promiscuity, pornography, fornication, adultery, fantasy, and all sexual impurities from my life. Help me to glorify you! Amen!”
Genesis 39:12-14; Proverbs 2:16-19; Proverbs 5:3-15; Romans 6:12-14; Philippians 4:8; 2 Timothy 2:22
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