How to Prevent and Overcome Sexual Sins

Jesus Christ has the answer for those struggling with sexual sins, “one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin” (Heb. 4:15). God’s will is for your holiness, your sanctification, and that you abstain from sexual immorality knowing how to possess your own body in holiness and honor, and not be inflamed with lust (1 Thess. 4:3-5). Christ can help you with every sinful and addictive behavior. His words are freely provided in the Bible. This article specifically addresses what dozens of books and websites have not done to provide the knowledge necessary to stop this prominent sin. Keys to overcoming immoral sexual behavior are presented here from God’s Word. This article defines what is sexually immoral, and what are the causes and answers to sexual temptations.

Even in a life wrapped in prayers and scripture reading, many have found themselves enslaved to a behavior that they do not want and even despise.How to Stop Porning While some Christians may not struggle with sexual temptations as though they have a low desire or fulfilling marriages, many struggle with uncontrolled sexual desires. Urging someone to read more, be saved, go to church, and stop sinning are ideal things to do, but sometimes, believers can still miss how to overcome temptations. Facing sexual temptations are still thought to be inappropriate to openly address at some churches, but the necessity of teaching on this subject is clearly seen upon the apparent sexual immorality facing the Church from the 1st century unto today (1 Cor. 5-7).

The man who can honestly say that he has never been tempted to lust after a woman is rare. Just as rare is the woman, who can say that she has not been tempted to romantically fantasize about another man, real or invented. There is not really any one particular person or generation to blame besides ourselves. Yes, it would have been nice to have been isolated and kept from exposure and even abuse to such sins. Still, we must hold ourselves responsible.

What is sexual immorality? Sadly, many justify sexual sins and irrationally explain away the definition of sexual immorality. Yet, Christians need to have a clear awareness and strong conviction, so that you abhor this evil (Rom. 12:9). Jesus has a very clear definition of sexually immorality. First, Jesus defined marriage as one man and one woman as created by God (Mark 10:6-9). All sexual immorality is behavior outside of the design of one man and one woman becoming one flesh. God’s design for marriage can be clearly seen in nature by that only a man and a woman are made to become one, and marriage is only natural to mankind showing the Creator or an evolution.

When Jesus spoke of adulteries, fornications, and lewdness being “evil things” that defile people, Christ knew what He meant (Mark 7:20-23). Adultery is engaging in sexual behavior with a married person, and Jesus said that adultery includes divorcing and marrying another person except for one’s spouse being sexually unfaithful (Matt. 5:32, 19:9, Mark 10:11-12, Luke 16:18, cf. 1 Cor. 7:10-11).

Christ also spoke against lewdness, which His Spirit defined to mean to “allure through the lusts of the flesh” (2 Pet. 2:18, cf. Luke 17:1, Jas. 1:13-14). To cause others to lust through tempting speech, revealing clothing, and nudity, this is lewdness. Remember Jesus’ words that out of the heart proceed evil things like evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, covetousness, and lewdness (Mark 7:20-23). Regarding sexual immorality within the heart, Jesus taught to not look to lust (Matt. 5:28). Looking at another person with an inflamed craving and lust is adultery in the heart. Jesus said in Mark 7:20-23 that what comes out of a man’s heart defiles him (cf. Matt. 15:19-20). Jesus said, “And I say to that every person looking at a woman with covetous lust for her has now committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matt. 5:28). Spouses are hurt by their mate’s lusting for others as though that lust is not actual adultery (1 Cor. 7:1-9).

Now, consider the definition of fornication from the Greek word porneia. This evil behavior is all sexual intercourse outside of marriage between one man and one woman (Mark 10:6-7, cf. 1 Cor. 6:16, Eph. 5:31, Heb. 13:4). Procreation according to God’s design shows us that families are built by the sexual intercourse between one man and one woman, but people also have the ability in this fallen world to pervert natural desires into strange lusts. Jesus did not have to specify what He meant by fornication and lewdness by a descriptive list, but it is evident that rape, incest, and homosexuality are such immorality being outside the natural union of marriage between a man and a woman. Jesus condemned pedophilia when He opposing the abuse of children (Matt. 18:7-10, Mark 9:42-50).

Jesus openly used the definition of sexual immoral behavior according to the Law of Moses when Jesus spoke to those who were under Moses’ Law. Within the Law of Moses, immoral sexual behavior is listed consisting of adultery, extra-marital sex including premarital sex, incest, rape (pedophilia), sex during menstruation, homosexuality, bestiality, prostitution, and uncovering nakedness (lewdness) (Lev. 18, 19:29, 20; Deut. 22:5, 22-30). There should not be any debate concerning what is sexually immoral. As apparent by design within nature, any sexual activity outside of the unity of flesh between one woman and one man is unnatural (Rom. 1:24-32).

The Cause: “What is happening to me?!” How can someone become enslaved to a sin that a person does not want to do? If you feel enslaved and feel like you cannot control your sexual behavior, the Bible talks about such enslaved behavior. This enslaving behavior is the same as an addiction or compulsion. Sexual immorality is a sin against one’s own body giving one’s desires and mind to compulsive desires (1 Cor. 6:15-20). Jesus said, “The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Mark 14:38, Matt. 26:41). Many, who are caught in sexual sin or any habitual sin, relate to these words: “For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do” (Rom. 7:15). The problem is that sin is dwelling within one’s flesh, and that person cannot find how to perform what is good (Rom. 7:17-20). No one can overcome indwelling sin without the indwelling Spirit of God. See, there is a way of escape for all (1 Cor. 10:13). Therefore, “Escape sexual immorality!” (1 Cor. 6:18, cf. Gen. 39:8-13). “Can we continue in sin that grace may increase? Certainly not!” (Rom. 6:1-2a). “O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?” (Rom. 7:24).

The Answer: The Spirit of Christ says, “Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh” (Gal. 5:16-17). God’s Spirit commands that we be filled with the Spirit (Eph. 5:18). This is our choice and our action. Many are deceived to think they are filled with the Spirit when they continue to sin. Therefore, a Christian must open their eyes to see the victories and conquests that he or she has had over sins when walking in the Spirit. They should be attentive and reproduce that pattern of living everyday. Therefore, fill your life with Christ, His life, His words, His love, and His commands given to His Apostles and prophets found in the scriptures (cf. Col. 3:16, Eph. 3:3-5). These are all from the Spirit of God. Walk in Spirit, and you will have the fruits of the Spirit, which include self-control (Gal. 5:22-23). Be diligent to grow in the virtues of your faith (2 Pet. 1:5-11). Counter your temptations from sinful desires, cravings, and urges by walking in the Spirit.

To live by the Spirit, die with Christ, be buried with Him, and be raised with Him. If you do not do this, then you are not regenerated and none of your attempts to follow Christ will help you. Those who are of Christ crucify the flesh with its passions and desires (Gal. 5:24). You are not saved by grace until you are made alive being raised with Christ (Eph. 2:4-6). Therefore, be conformed to the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ (Phil. 3:9-10). With an obedient faith, a believer is only made alive with Christ through His resurrection by dying to sin and being buried with Christ in baptism to be raised with Christ (Rom. 6:1-7, Col. 2:12-13). Only from baptism is a repentant believer raised into the newness of life. This is the Gospel by which everyone must be saved (1 Cor. 15:1-4, cf. Rom. 1:16). Jesus commanded baptism in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit when He was resurrected (Matt. 28:19, Mark 16:16). This baptism is an immersion in water that has power through Christ’s words, His death, and His resurrection when one dies to oneself, is buried with Christ, and is born again through the resurrection of Christ (1 Pet. 1:3, 3:21, John 3:5, Titus 3:5, cf. Acts 2:38, 10:47-48, 22:16).

Remember that God’s grace teaches the denying of worldly lusts (Titus 2:11-12). The Christian must see God’s grace as more than salvation from past sins, but also as salvation from giving into future temptations. Christ has already forgiven you of the sins that now tempt you. Why do them again (Rom. 6:1)? Christians must see the extent of personal sins, and the loving grace that forgave those sins, so that they truly love God (Luke 7:40-43). Jesus died so that His followers are compelled more by Christ’s love and forgiving grace than by the lusts that entice so many to sin (2 Cor. 5:14-15).

Therefore, learn to set your mind on the Spirit (Rom. 8:5-6). By setting the mind, the Christian must always see through desires and temptations to see that on the other side of temporary pleasure is evil, guilt, regret, devastation, and ruin. A Christian must see that sin is an enslavement (Rom. 6:15-23). Listen to Christ’s Spirit, “For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death” (Rom 6:20-21). What is gained by sin? What is left after temporary pleasure? Jesus said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin” (John 8:34). For which Jesus said, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32).

Remember that evil thoughts and imaginations feed the lusts of the flesh. Wherever you are, start disciplining the mind, and be aware that God sees you and He knows your thoughts. You must set your mind on the Spirit to be spiritually aware above the lusts of the flesh. “[Y]ou must put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind” (Eph. 4:22-23). Romans 8:5-6 states,

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.”

In offering one’s body as a living offering, Romans 12:2 commands, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” You must change your mind and thus your heart (Rom. 1:28, 8:7; Eph. 2:3, 4:17-24; Phil. 3:19, 4:8, Col. 1:12, 2:8, 3:1-5ff; 1 Tim. 6:5; Titus 1:15, 2:11-12; Jas. 1:8, 4:8, 1 Pet. 1:13).

Set your mind by Christ’s words and love. When setting the mind on the Spirit, the Spirit dwells in you (Rom. 8:9-11). The mind must be set upon Christ’s love (John 4:23, Eph. 3:16-17, 1 John 4:7-13). Christ’s love compels us to be crucified with Christ and be alive in Him (2 Cor. 5:14-15, Gal. 2:20, cf. John 15:13). Therefore, believers must set their minds on the love of God. Christians know the love of Christ by Jesus’ selfless sacrifice (1 John 4:9-10). God indwells within Christians when those believers abide in love, because God is love (1 John 4:16). Thus, God’s love has been poured into the hearts of Christians through the Holy Spirit (Rom. 5:5-8). Only by Christ’s sacrifice can anyone really know love and be compelled by love (John 15:13, 1 John 3:16, cf. 1 John 5:1-3). When God indwells by love, Christians gain their strength from the Spirit (Eph. 3:16-19). You must have this love in your heart, and then Christ’s love will compel you to overcome.

Love is the first blessing listed among the fruits of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23). True believers increase in that love by abiding in Christ’s words (John 14:21-24). James 1:21 states, “Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls” (cf. Col. 3:16, Eph. 5:18). This is the work of the Spirit to change you through the indwelling of God’s Word (2 Cor. 3:18, Rom. 8:5-6, 11-13). Therefore, think on those things that are truthful, honorable, just, pure, loving, respectful, virtuous, and praiseworthy (Phil 4:8).

Setting your mind on Christ must include prayer. Jesus told His disciples on the night of His betrayal, “Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matt. 26:41, Mark 14:38). Jesus warned His disciples, and yet that night, they all fled when they said that they would not (Mark 14:26-31). As Luke’s Gospel describes, Jesus said, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation” (Luke 22:40, 46). Was Jesus wrong about prayer?! These are not useless words! Would prayer have helped deliver these disciples? Yes, it would. If prayer against temptation was not useful and powerful, why would Jesus have commanded His disciples to pray? What if they would have prayed 3 times that night? Take an example in this to pray constantly (1 Thess. 5:17). Wake up praying against temptation, pray throughout the day, and pray before bed. Do this for the rest of your life and do this in setting your mind on the Spirit. Christ taught His followers to pray, “Bring us not into temptation” (Matt. 6:13, Luke 11:4).

Set your mind on Christ to make no provision for the flesh to fulfill its lust (Rom. 13:13-14). Set up a perimeter in your life and in your mind. Find a way to stay away from private temptations of secret sins. Remember Solomon’s warning to not go near the street of the adulterous woman at night (Prov. 7). Make no way for private and hidden sins. Romans 13:13-14 states,

“Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.”

From here, grow in Christ and in His virtues for the rest of your life (2 Pet. 1:4-11). This is a war, and Christians must fight the good fight. “[A]bstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul” (1 Pet. 2:12). Lusts are trying to deceive you (Jas. 1:14-15). The fact of the matter is that doing nothing is not going to aid you in overcoming these sins. Remove the temptation to sin. Jesus said in Matthew 18:9, “And if your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out, and cast it from you: it is good for you to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into the hell of fire” (cf. Mark 9:43-48, Matt. 19:12).

Jesus did not give into temptation to overcome temptation. Be diligent to have this mindset always. Remember that when Jesus was tempted that He countered the temptation with a better thought from Scripture rather than trying to ignore the temptation (Luke 4, cf. Matt. 4). God’s grace is through His Word. Do not think that guilt comes from being tempted. Jesus was tempted. You will be tempted by urges and desires to do evil, and you may not be able to make those urges completely go away. You do not have to give into them and hurt yourself by sinning against your own body (1 Cor. 6:18).

Set your mind to know when you feel strong urges and do not give into the urges, then you are killing evil desires in the flesh (Gal. 5:24, Col. 3:5). The temptations can and will eventually diminish although never fully go away. Christ’s compelling love and forgiving grace of past sins will ease and lessen your urges. The urges will weaken. Do not be deceived to believe the lie that urges will keep growing and not stop until giving into sin. “Therefore subordinate to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (Jas. 4:7). The Bible teaches that tempting urges can cease naturally. Knowing the path of sin that “each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire” (Jas. 1:14). You can endure the urge without giving into the temptation. Christ’s Spirit says,

“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” (1 Cor. 10:13).

Enduring temptations will make you happy, and the light of a new day will fill your soul more than any worldly pleasure. For “Blessed [happy] is the man who endures temptation” (Jas. 1:12, cf. 1:4). Fear God, escape, and then endure with prayer. You are able. You do not have to give into the temptation. Giving into temptations will only make temptations worse and increase sin upon sin (Rom. 6:19).

Take up your cross daily and follow Christ (Luke 9:23). After reading this, consider daily the questions of self-reflection and scripture in this post, “How to Overcome Habitual Sins and Addictions through Christ“. Do this with prayer until God has blessed you to overcome your temptations.

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What about God’s forgiveness and grace? What about if we stumble again? Everyone sins and everyone stumbles (Rom. 3:23, Jas 3:2). Feel guilty and let it help change you. Have godly sorrow and fear God since “godly sorrow works repentance unto salvation” (2 Cor. 7:10). You can be forgiven by God’s grace. Jesus taught us to forgive when one confesses repentance 7 times in a day (Luke 17:3-4). Why? Because we are to forgive as God forgives us (Eph. 4:32, Col. 3:13). What if we confess repentance 7 times in a day to God? Therefore, as we walk in the light and confess our sins to the Father, God cleanses us from all sins (1 John 1:7, 9). Let the Word on the heart’s conscience motivate you.

Manage your desires within marriage and, or by other natural emissions. God has provided ways to cope by managing sexual desires. The Scriptures refer to nocturnal emissions and staying clean (Deut. 23:9-14). When Israelite soldiers were single or away from their wives, they were not excused in the circumstances of war to behave in a sexually immoral way by committing adultery, rape, or any other evil. Married men still have to be able to know how to manage themselves at specific times in their marriage. This is what God has naturally provided. God gave further instructions to Israelite men to live with a way to control themselves (Lev. 15:1-17). Women also have a similar natural function, and they have the same task to maintain self-control. Realizing this should encourage you to rely on God’s ways rather than yours and help you with desires you may think you cannot control. No one has to submit to the world’s ways of addressing these desires by giving into lust.

Respecting marriage is vital. Just the simple conviction that sex is an act of love meant only for your spouse greatly changes how one’s desires are directed. You have to honor marriage by respecting the marriage bed even if you are not married. A single person can be guilty of defiling the marriage bed and engaging immoral sexual behavior. This is clear by the reference to fornication in Hebrews 13:4, which says, “Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.” Marital issues of intimacy need to be resolved by both those married and not married (1 Cor. 7:1-9). Marital affections are due to each spouse. “Let the husband render to his wife the affection due her, and likewise also the wife to her husband” (1 Cor. 7:3). “Do not deprive one another” (1 Cor. 7:5). Why? “Nevertheless, because of sexual immorality, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband” (1 Cor. 7:2). “[I]f they cannot exercise self-control, let them marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion.” (1 Cor. 7:9). Husbands and wives must be very acreful not deprive their spouses.

Men need to understand that a Scriptural marriage means loving his wife by honoring and nourishing her with a tender and warm affection (Greek: thalpo) (1 Pet. 3:7, Eph. 5:28-29). He must do this with understanding and without bitterness (Col. 3:19, 1 Pet. 3:7). Likewise, women must also recognize that God’s ideal for marriage is for a wife to love and respect her husband by subordinating as is fitting to the Lord (Eph. 5:22, 33, Col. 3:18, Titus 2:4, 1 Pet. 3:1). Desire for the opposite sex is designed for marriage and all other desires outside of marriage are perversions. This desire of the flesh can only be controlled by using it properly within love. This is all vitally important in understanding marriage and honoring the marriage bed.

What about unnatural desires? If you have unnatural desires like homosexual desires and other forms of paraphilia, these are lusts and temptations given to people, who are not recognizing the true God, glorifying Him, and thanking Him (Rom. 1:18-27). Therefore, recognize that God made you in your specific gender and He made you in His image. This is true even if God has made you are eunuch (Matt. 19:11). Thank God and glorify Him for the traits of your gender. Grow and be strong in the natural qualities of your God-given gender. If you are a man, live as a man and enjoy that life and put away any femininity and your natural desires can be restored. If you are a woman, be feminine and womanly by putting away any masculine tendencies. While you still may be tempted, listen to Jesus and be committed even to be a eunuch for the kingdom of heaven’s sake (Matt. 19:12). God made man and woman to be together in marriage, and all desires outside of this are outside of God’s will.

May God bless those who read this. Your comments are questions are always welcome.

- More about Making No Provision for the Flesh -

(A) How to avoid pornography? Starting with the internet, TV, and magazines. Pornography is probably the most common sin of Christian men. Having the internet is like having a stack of pornographic magazines under one’s bed. The temptation is always there. This is like the street of the adulterous woman as Solomon instructs not to go near (Prov. 7). The street of the adulterous and strange woman can be the internet or television, so don’t let her street end at your house. Many find it easy to control their hands from exchanging money for pornographic magazines, but struggle to restrain themselves when thinking they are anonymous online. Your deepest conviction must be that this is an evil thing, sexually immoral, and for the married man, it is adultery in the heart.

Get rid of any saved sexual material. Get rid of the bad cable channels or get rid of cable TV all together. Put the computer in a common room with 2 or 3 filters and maybe use accountability software if you want. This is good to protect children. Regarding internet filters, OpenDNS and Family Safety are excellent and free. The Family Safety also provides a curfew to restrict certain times of temptation, which should be used to make no provision for the flesh. This will not always prevent temptation. Even though sin may be hindered, this will not stop one from going back into this sin. You are going to have to gain self-control.

(B) How to maintain purity when dating and engaged? Remember “make not provision for the flesh” (Rom. 13:14). Only date someone who you would marry and when you decide otherwise while dating then cease the romantic relationship. Double dates and meeting in public places is the best if not the only way to date, but there is something else that can make it easier. Draw a line to not cross. Where should you draw the line?

Physical relationships between a man and woman progress. The progression of affection is a part of how God has designed man and woman. The usual physical progression of a relationship usually looks like this: an arm around shoulder, holding hands, kissing, passionate kissing, petting, taking off clothing, stimulation, and intercourse. Of this progression, when does one quit thinking clearly? Most would point to passionate kissing. At passionate kissing, rational thinking is often thrown away as the couple becomes “love-drunk”. You can prevent the progression into sin by avoiding passionate kissing.

It can be extremely tempting for some couples to be alone for even an hour. Sexual desires reach a point of sexual intoxication when one cannot think clearly. Try talking sense into someone who is drunk. How can sensual drunkenness be prevented? We must keep from the passion of lust. What triggers sexual passion and intoxication? Decide and know exactly when to stop along the progression and let your date know too. If your date passes this point, separate from that person for some time.

(C) How to maintain affections within my marriage? First Corinthians 7:2 states, “But, because of fornications, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband.” Here is an answer to sexual desire. Marriage certainly makes it easier. Now, temptations can arise from not fulfilling marital affections. A successful marriage based on rendering what is due (1 Cor. 7:1ff) and obeying Ephesians 5:23-31 will usually prevent these sexual sins. Now and all the time, “make not provision of the flesh” (Rom. 13:14). Do not privately meet with anyone of the opposite sex that you are attracted to or could be. Temptations for adultery are increased by the lack of attention, affection, and admiration from the other spouse. A little attention, affection, and admiration from someone else welcomes an affair, and a little attention, affection, and admiration toward your spouse pushes such temptations away.

About Scott Shifferd Jr.

Minister, Dean Road church of Christ in Jacksonville, FL. Husband and father of four. Email: ScottJon82[at]
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541 Responses to How to Prevent and Overcome Sexual Sins

  1. Simon says:

    I want God to deliver me from ALL sexual sins. I can not stop by myself as much as I try and know that I shouldn’t do it, but I find myself still indulging in it. It’s like a cycle in my life for many years now which even makes me question myself, am I really born again. I will go to church or anointed meetings then go home or so and partake in having sex with a female. I know I shouldn’t do so but because of ignorance and disobedience I know that I should stay away but still engage to please myself, then when I’m done I feel bad. I want Jesus to take away all sexual desires and remove everything for my life that’s not if Him and to destroy this problem from its root. I’m tired of keep doing it, then asking for forgiveness and deliverance.

    • May God help you to truly repent and give you forgiveness. Coping and bearing the desires may be the hardest part. Your faith is truly being put to the test. Remember that these desires are meant for the good of marriage. We cannot forget, “Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh” (Ga 5.16). Pray for wisdom and God will give it to you (Ja 1.5).

  2. Danny says:

    Hi! First of all, I’d want to say thank you for posting this. Honestly, I have committed sexual immorality. What’s embarrassing is, I am an active member of our church. I was exposed to some mildly explicit media when I was little because of some adult movies that I’ve seen and I did not really have any idea that seeing those would eventually take hold of my life when I got older. Right now, I have a boyfriend, and we’re both Christians. We met in church and have been active in church for most of our lives. I was told to not go to secluded or private places alone with him (to avoid such thing to happen). I listened to them but I was not able to keep it for long. I thought I had the self-control I needed. It has happened not just once. We never took off our clothes or anything but the act of doing “it” is haunting my conscience. Having known that sexual immorality is wrong and knowing that as Christians, we should breathe and live God’s Word. This is making me guilty. Both of us asked for forgiveness for doing so. and right now, we never spoke about it and we somehow encourage each other to redirect our relationship to a relationship centered in Christ not our own. Right now though, I still keep on asking God for forgiveness because I keep haunted by memories of it. He is still my boyfriend now, but we live miles away from each other. somehow, this is helping us get through and reflect, at least on my part, about what we did then. I love him and I know he loves me, too.

    • Hi Danny,

      God bless you for courage and diligence. God bless you striving to stay pure. God forgives you, so how can you not forgive yourself? Yet, remember and learn from what you have experienced.

      Your desires are not evil, but rather for marriage – for your future husband. May God help to stay pure. I can very much relate to your struggle when I was younger Christian.

      Thank you for your example in drawing line. I believe very strongly with relationships, dating, and courting are specifically for those who are ready to marry. What else is the point? I hope that you consider this.

      God bless you for wanting your relationship to be Christ centered. This will certainly help you both. Yet, also remember that the Bible speaks of Christians, who lack self-control, are to marry.

      Grace and peace to you in Christ.

      • Danny says:

        Thank you so much Pastor Scott. I haven’t told anyone else of my struggle with this sin that I have committed simply because I was embarrassed. I was embarrassed because I have heard and taught His Word to other people yet I did a disgraceful thing. Thank you for encouraging me to do my best to follow what God wants me to do. I now know for sure that as long as I repent and believe that He can renew my spirit, I can start a clean slate- a life that is truly in Christ. :) God bless you more!

  3. john paul says:

    Lord, cleanse me completely from sexual sins,…porno, drink/prostitution, sex holidays,,,, all evil sins

    • John,

      It is great to hear your prayer, but do more than pray. God commands you to put to death your passions and desires. He believes that you can do that. You have the power to do that through His Spirit’s revealed Word.

      Those, whose sins are greater, love Christ more for His forgiveness (Luke 7.40-43). Realize that enduring your lusts is the crucifying of your old man and putting to death worldly desires (Col. 3.5).

      Be sure that you are resurrected with Christ through immersion in water in His name (1 Peter 1.3, 3.21).

      God bless you. You have my prayer.


    I NEED GUIDANCE. am single truly born again but fall into sexual sin always .i repent hoping that i wont do it

  5. InSearchForFreedom says:

    Been struggling with sexual sin (pornography) for years. I’ve tried so hard to rid myself of this sin, but I’m getting so tired of disappointing myself. Been in church since I was born, been involved in ministry for years…Have a father who cheated on my mother and is so full of pride that I can’t even trust sharing my issues with Him nor my mother who’s interest is mostly on things supernatural. At a point where I simply don’t know what to do. It’s been my prayer for the past weeks that the Holy Spirit fill me and help me overcome my weaknesses as I have been reading much of the same verses above, but I keep falling back into porn. I realize it’s not the Holy Spirit thats the problem but IT”S ME! I’m doing something wrong, but I’m not sure what. I’m probly a hypocrite in everyway , worse than my parents. I’ve felt like God’s been calling me to Bible school, but I know he’d never let me in this state that I’m in. Tired, Confused, Helpless. THanks for taking the time to share pastor… Please pray for me!

    • Hi brother,

      It is better to face this now than in the ministry. Remember that you may lack self-control as noted in 1 Corinthians 7 where marriage is the means of self-control.

      Rather than personal willpower and your own strength in pursuing self-control. Listen to God, “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it” (1 Th 5.23-24). Let God do this. You pursue strengthening your faith, growing in love, and being filled with the Spirit. Then God will strengthen you.

      You have my prayers. Let me know if I can help more.

      • I must also add that if you are so close to accessing pornography, then you are too close. Make no provision for the flesh (Ro 13.13-14). Focus more on limiting the times of the day when you would have access to pornography.

  6. DC says:

    Hi, I’ve been with my girlfriend for 5 years and I recently dedicated my life in June to Christ after engaging in fornication that led to a compromising situation of her getting pregnant. I had to seek prayer and forgiveness as I was not ready for a child which lead to her having a miscarriage, this led me to my decision to want to get saved.

    By the way prior to this we were trying not give into temptation and save ourselves for marriage, I also like may men was enticed by porn. However was able to fight the strange hold it had over my life with the help of Christ and 3 months prior to the event there was no sexual activity.

    Once baptized I did feel the comfort and joy over the holly spirit in my life as I fixed my eyes on Jesus and his words. However I found that a couple months down the line we ended up fornicating (no actual sex) and felt really guilt considering the reason why I choose to give my life to Christ, this has recently happened again on another occasion this time actually having sex which I repented for with all my heart.

    Though no matter how hard I try to abstain from and supress my sexual desires (even though we don’t have sex bar that 1 occasion since I was saved) I can’t seem to fight the temptation of want to touch and hold her. We both struggle with this as we love each other very much and no that our love is being taken out of the context of God’s love which is marriage.

    What frustrates me about the whole situation is that pretty much all the worldly desires from my old self, I have been able to take control of supressing them through the power of Christ be it money, or listening to explicit music and even pornography and masturbation.

    This is my/our biggest struggle with sin when it comes to our Christian lives, so much so that we are determined to get married next year though I fear that between now and next year we will end up falling again. I have prayed and prayed and there periods where I feel the strength of the Holy Spirit and have overcome the temptation but for one reason or another on a particular occasion we can’t seem to stop or say no to fornication I feel like a disjointed Christian.

    I will pray and mediate over this information for I do have hope and faith that God will deliver me from this struggle but the battle between the flesh and the spirit is challenging to say the least. I pray for us all that we can be delivered from our sins.

    • Hi brother,

      I lost my initial reply. Please, forgive the delay. Time and place are keys to making no provision for the flesh. This is self-control to prevent sin. If you both are tempted in the evening, avoid being alone together in the evening. If you are only tempted at your house, avoid being alone at your house. Pornography works the same way. Better to be bored than entertained and tempted. First Corinthians 7 speaks of those who have no self-control except within marriage. Look forward to marriage.

      God bless. You have my prayer.

  7. Ean says:

    Thank you so much. I have struggled in the past (and still do) with sexual desires and sins, and I want to change but I have been having a hard time. You have dearly helped me to have self control. Thank you, and God bless you. I can’t tell you enough.

  8. Ty says:

    Thank you for your devotion and research of God’s word. I am married with children, and am currently struggling with sexual sin. I have recently noticed before i was married i have followed the same sin pattern my father and brother follow. Keep note I was not raised at all by my father since i was three years old. Yet before marriage and finding God, my life consisted of leaving my daughter with babysitters and trying to find random women to go home with at the bar, the same as my brother and father. Recently my wife and I have had a hard time dealing with my desire for other women. I love my wife and feel extremely convicted of even looking at another women with intent of lust. I do not want to keep hurting my God or my wife with my temptation and desire. I can hear God’s voice in my mind telling me not to look or change my thoughts, yet sometimes i can’t seem to stop. the desire almost feels like it takes complete control. I hate it, I just want to desire God’s will for my life and to find my wife to be the most attractive women I have ever seen. I no longer want this desire. I have prayed everyday for forgiveness and this desire to be ripped from me, for God’s strength to fill me, and for me to live within his will. I have tried ridding my house of things that will tempt me, rated r movies with sexual sin in them, even pg13 movies. Magazines with sexual related content. I have read things on the internet like this. Asked advice from other christians, Yet i still find myself at times struggling. I have beaten my drinking habit and my nicotene habit. Why cant I completely beat this as well? I have hurt God and my wife too much, it is causing her to feel undesirable and causing problems with our marriage. I dont want to fail. I love God, but I do not feel I am a good servant. I love my wife, but do not feel I am a good husband. I want to be a good spiritual doorkeeper to my home, and i want to be a good example of God’s love. I need help. Lord please help me! In jesus name! How do I overcome?

    • Hello Ty,

      I think you see how this sin is against your own body (1 Cor. 6). Look at your successes for a moment. From what you are saying, you have a repenting heart and you continue to improve little by little. Stress and other factors may be weakening you. Keep praying for wisdom. God will give it (Jas 1.5).

      I wonder, “How are you lusting?” If you look at a woman to lust for her (in coveting), then you have adultery in your heart. Yet, if you are tempted, you have not sinned, but the one who is lewd has sinned against you. Lewdness or lasciviousness is the sin of seducing another (2 Pe 2.18). A woman in revealing clothing is the one sinning, but do not be seduced to sleep with her or covet and you have not sinned but been tempted. Society and even “Christians” would rather shame men for seeing temptation. My point is that Jesus was tempted, but that was not His fault or weakness. We must distinguish between temptation and sin. Sin is not your body being tempted or having natural desire, but what you do with temptation.

      It is too late to control yourself when you have lost control, so you must avoid the temptations and make no provision for the flesh (Rom 13.13-14). Yet, we will still be tempted some times. From reading 1 Cor. 7.1-9, we find that self-control is not always possible when you are tempted, but your spouse has a role in helping you. Encourage your intimacy with her.

      In the conclusion, pray, read, and walk in the light, and you will be forgiven (1 John 1.7, 9). Please take scriptures from this article as you need.

      God bless. You have my prayer.

  9. Sad Teen says:

    I am a teenager and I have been struggling with pornography for years and it has affected me terribly. I keep lusting after boys and girls and I have not told anybody because I feel ashamed. I am a Christian…known as a teenage pastor, I have been crying ever since and I have never been so afraid. Right now I am not even sure of how God sees me because I feel I am really terrible. Sometimes I just wish rapture will come and everything would end.and this is also coupled with masturbation. I really love God and I just want to make him happy, but I keep falling.even when I feel I have tried for some days I then do it again and LET THE PAIN COME AGAIN, I keep repenting, and I don’t just want to get caught watching porn, or doing crap.i just need help.please.this is a matter of life and death

  10. I hope you mean “life and death” in a spiritual way. First, God bless you for wanting to make God happy. He loves you, and wants you to repent. God does want you to be sanctified and holy (1 Th 4.1-8). Please, read Romans 6-8.13 repeatedly. Note the verses about baptism, obedience leading to justification, holiness, and setting your mind on the Spirit.

    Paul said, “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief” (1 Ti 1.15). Set an example for the others teenagers, but showing your humility to confess that you are a sinner. This does not mean that you confess the details of your sin that may cause others to stumble. Your sins are great before God, and therefore, see how much God loves you with His overflowing grace. Look, Jesus was tempted. It is not a sin to be tempted. The Bible recognizes that people lack self-control in sexual desires (1 Co 7.1-9). I very much urge you to make no provision for the flesh. Make no way to sin (Ro 13.13-14). This is a form of self-control – preventing sin. You cannot remove the desires, because God gave you those desires for your spouse. Remove the pornography. Remove the computer or phone from your presence. Remove the computer from your room or remove the internet from it. Set a filter. Use a self-imposed curfew for times when you are usually tempted. Microsoft’s Family Filter does this. Endure the temptations, and bear the urges (1 Co 10.13).

    Talk to an older Christian that you are close to and who is of the same gender. Tell them that you are struggling with lust or sexual desires. Don’t give them other details. I promise you that most can relate to what you are facing and struggling with. They may give better advice. Yet, some may not be able to help you at all. Yet, talking to them may be all that you need from them. I want you to answer the questions from this article for yourself: I think this will help you to at least be more aware of your behavior.

    Consider God’s grace from this exert from this article: “What about God’s forgiveness and grace? What about if we stumble again? Everyone sins and everyone stumbles (Rom. 3:23, Jas 3:2). Feel guilty and let it help change you. Have godly sorrow and fear God since ‘godly sorrow works repentance unto salvation’ (2 Cor. 7:10). You can be forgiven by God’s grace. Jesus taught us to forgive when one confesses repentance 7 times in a day (Luke 17:3-4). Why? Because we are to forgive as God forgives us (Eph. 4:32, Col. 3:13). What if we confess repentance 7 times in a day to God? Therefore, as we walk in the light and confess our sins to the Father, God cleanses us from all sins (1 John 1:7, 9).”

    May God bless you. You have my prayer. Write any time you need.

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