Stop dating the church study guide
Jesus, in one passage of the Bible, examines the freedom found in truth, and the enslaving power of lies.In that passage, the Lord puts it plainly: the truth sets us free.These sins can involve pornography, fornication, adultery, prostitution, homosexuality, and other ungodly sexual practices. That means a total change of direction, away from the sins and temptations, and toward the forgiving grace of a loving God.No matter what sins overcome us, we must recognize that lust is at the root of our sin (1 John ; Gal. Lust blinds us and leads us deeper into sexual sin (1 Tim. If you have allowed lust to control your life, yield to God as the Holy Spirit convicts you of your sin.If you've been down this road before, you know that it's seldom successful.You remain stuck in the "friend zone," which is relationship purgatory if you have a crush on someone.AS YOU PRAY Are you currently struggling with sexual sins?
The King of the universe has much to say in His Word about the joys to be found in a marriage where both husband and wife know and love Christ (Gen. He lies to us, tempting us to believe that we can grab hold of sexual pleasures apart from a marriage commitment.In fact, if we are not careful to look to our Heavenly Father and follow His teaching in this area, we live a life which makes us slaves to sin and fails to bring glory to our Lord.YOU ARE NOT ALONE If you are struggling with sexual sin, you are not alone.Pray right now: "Father, forgive me and heal me from the sexual sins which have kept me separated from Your love. SCRIPTURES FOR STUDY 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8 -- God's will concerning sex Proverbs -22; -35 -- The need for God's Word and wisdom Psalm 51:7 -- Assurance of cleansing James -- Rewards for resisting sexual sin Can God change your life? Help me to recognize and accept the power Jesus offers to restore me to wholeness. God has made it possible for you to know Him and experience an amazing change in your own life. We either respond to the truth or to Satan's lies (John -47).Recognizing the truth about sex can be an important first step to achieving victory over sexual sins.Even King David -- a man after God's own heart -- wrestled with sexual sin.When he saw a beautiful woman named Bathsheba, he was overcome by his own lust. But thanks to a faithful friend and a forgiving God, David found his way home (2 Samuel ). FREEDOM IN THE TRUTH Too often, we step onto the wrong path in our sexuality because we fail to act upon God's truth.I don't care if you're the most self-confident, well-adjusted person around; rejection hurts. So instead of asking the person on a date, you go on approximations of dates that allow for plausible deniability of all romantic intentions. Fear of rejection alone has resulted in the proliferation of Starbucks like a French-roasted virus.It makes the remaining friendship awkward at best, and humiliating at worst. People suffer through this in the hope that the object of their affection will eventually buckle and reveal his or her true feelings. They keep making up excuses to hang out, hedging all their bets and waiting for God to give them a sign.