Our Lifesaver series has been taking us through the 10 commandments, and it was unavoidable that we'd end up on number seven. We hope you've had a chance to listen to the two part message "Don't Commit Adultery" to best understand the context in which God gave this command, as well as how to identify and deal with sexual sin.
Because God is faithful, He desires for His people to be faithful to our human commitments. Of those, marriage is the most sacred and precious. God gave sex as the physical experience of the holistic oneness shared within marriage. Sex and marriage were always intended to go together. Therefore, we must trust God's commands and pursue sexual purity and marital faithfulness. We should aim to obey God's commands and trust His grace when we fall short of them.
Below are some resources that can help and support you in dealing with sexual sin.
Books that give guidance for overcoming sexual temptation:
- Sex is Not the Problem (Lust is) by Joshua Harris
In this simple and straightforward book, you will discover the truth about lust and be guided to develop a personally tailored battle plan to overcome lust in your life.
- Finally Free by Heath Lambert and Joshua Harris
This book very specifically addresses pornography and gives an outlined framework for experiencing freedom from sexual addiction.
- The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller
The book provides a powerful presentation of God's design for marriage. Discover the beauty and purpose of marriage and the healthy place of sex within it. This resource also has a section specifically for people who are trying to honor God in singleness.
- The Spirit-Filled Life by Charles Stanley
This book is not directly about sin and temptation. But even better, it is about learning to experience the life that comes through the power and presence of the Holy Spirit. It is only by His power in our lives that we will truly have what it takes to overcome sin day by day.
Scriptures about Marriage and Sexuality:
Internet Accountability and Filtering
Sometimes it takes more than good intentions to break free from addition to lust or pornography. Internet accountability software can be a powerful tool to create new and healthy internet habits. Both resources below are highly recommended and well worth the investment. You can decide which one would be most helpful. But the software is only as good as the person you invite to keep you accountable. Choose someone to receive your email report who you trust to give you support and conviction.