Thursday, April 25, 2024

Repent of Sexual Immorality


Repent of Sexual Immorality

Well, one big problem in the American church today is sexual sin. And that manifests in many different ways, whether it's broken marriages, divorce, just lustful hearts of men and women, pornography. This sort of thing totally destroys people's lives. People end up dead over this. I want to encourage you that you need to actually repent of this sin. Most men are addicted to pornography. And if they're not addicted to porn, they can't control their thoughts whenever they see a woman. Later they lust over the woman that they saw, they can't push out these thoughts because they haven't learned to cast out demons. They haven't learned to take control of every thought. But as disciples of Jesus, we have to have the fruit of the Holy Spirit in our life. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Maybe most of those you could imagine yourself having until you get to self-control and then you realize, I don't have the fruit of the Holy Spirit if self-control is not manifesting in my life. See, if you cannot cast out evil thoughts, lustful thoughts, hateful thoughts, then you will be given over to all these sins. Whenever a devil tries to tempt you through a woman, through pornography, through AI technology that's also manifesting as these demons of lust, you won't be able to control yourself. You'll just be led away by this demon of lust. You have to overcome in Jesus' name if you want to be part of those that enter into the Kingdom of God. I want to read to you what Jesus said in Matthew chapter 5. “You have heard that it was said to those of old, you shall not commit adultery. And I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” I know there are some men who disagree with this. They say, “I don't really have an intent to have sex with all these people. I just like to look.” And they try to equate it with artwork or something like that, but they are deceiving their own hearts. They are perverted in their hearts and instead of cleaning their hearts inwardly, they're trying to just look like good Christians on the outside, but inwardly they are very lustful. Lust will take us to hell. This is a grievous sin to the Holy Spirit. And if we don't repent, we are in serious trouble.

If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you, for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish than for your whole body to be cast into hell. Think with me what this means. Are we to actually pluck out our eyes? If that were true, pretty much all men would be missing an eye or two. So Jesus isn't meaning to literally pluck out your eye, but we should take very seriously our life with Jesus. And if anything is causing us to sin, we need to get that out of our life.

I know there are some people who think that practicing a good diet means putting cookies on the table and resisting those cookies. And they think that by resisting something that is in front of them, they get better at resisting certain foods. This is actually not true when it comes to sexual immorality. You can't be around people who are promiscuous and be looking at them and keeping yourself sexually pure. You have to learn to avoid places, avoid things that will cause you to stumble and sin. One important thing is staying away from people and staying away from things that you know cause you to sin. But then secondly, you have to go a step farther than that and learn how to take control of your thoughts. Because what will happen is, inevitably someone at your school, at your workplace, in your city, you'll just see a billboard, something will cause you to start to stumble up into sin. And at that moment, especially later guys, the devil will come back with that same temptation to cause you to sin in your mind. He will make you or try to make you lust about an image that you saw earlier in your day.

And at that moment you have a why in the road to choose good or evil. Do you fall into lust? Do you choose to listen to those lustful thoughts? Or do you rebuke Satan in the name of Jesus and cast him out of your mind so that you can keep your mind and your heart pure before God? If you learn how to cast the devil out, then you learn how to cast your evil eye out and cast an evil ear out. That is what we need to learn to do. And anything that is causing us to fall into sin, we need to eliminate those things out of our life. A lot of us have people in our life that we do not need in our life. Of course, you need your husband or your wife, your children, those people are in your life. But a lot of people allow friends into their life that have no business being in their life. Or they allow other co-workers into their life that have no business being in their life.

So make sure that you are figuring out who is important in your life, that you need in your life, and eliminating the people that are causing you to sin that you should have no business with in the first place. So be serious to pluck out your eye, your spiritual eye, the eye that is bad, so that you can have eyes of righteousness and ears of righteousness. That's why Jesus says, “if your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you, for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.” This sin leads people to hell all the time. I don't know how many times I was in church, and men in church would be acting as someone that is holy and pure, but I knew because I was working there, that these guys were addicted to porn, they were committing adultery with someone else, even though they were married. They were doing things that were very evil. And these things break up marriages, they destroy people. And most likely you will wind up dead. People commit suicide over this. All sorts of bad things come out of adultery. We have to figure out how to keep ourselves separate and our bodies pure for the Holy Spirit.

Paul even says that this sort of sin is a sin against our own bodies. Now obviously there are other sins against our own bodies, such as alcoholism, drugs that are entering into your body, of course suicide is against one's own body. However sexual immorality is against the body that God put together. See, with marriage God made it as a holy matrimony between two people. And those two people become one flesh. And you become united physically, but also spiritually. You should, if you are with Jesus Christ, be united by His Holy Spirit and connected to the body of Christ. But what happens when you sin sexually is you are sinning against the body of Christ and you are sinning against yourself and another person that is connected, that should be connected to the Spirit of God. It is a unique sin that leads more than one person to hell. And we need to be very careful to keep our eyes on the Spirit of God and get our eyes off of everything that is evil.

Too many men are addicted to porn on their phone. They are very lustful and instead of truly repenting of these things, they are trying to appease God by outward good deeds. Make sure that you come clean. Confess your sins. Repent of your sins. Talk to Jesus about this. Ask Him to purify your heart. Have a brother or sister pray for you. But you need to overcome this sin. If you don't, it will take you to hell.

“Lord Jesus, I pray for the body of Christ. I pray for those who are stumbling in sin and addiction and pornography and all of these sorts of sins that are leading people to hell. I pray that in Your name You can set a brother or sister free, that they can confess their sins and truly repent and be made sober and that they would be made pure and that they would put on their white robes, that they would be holy and righteous for You, walking in the newness of life. I pray that You restore people who have fallen and started to backslide. I pray that they can come back into the household of faith and stop polluting their body or polluting others. I pray that anyone who is listening today can be encouraged to truly repent of any sexual sin and anything that is taking them to hell. I pray in Your name, Lord Jesus, for sanctification of Your church. We pray that we are able to cast out demons in Your name and that we would keep our minds and our hearts pure, that we could be holy vessels to be used by Your Holy Spirit. I pray this in Your name, Lord Jesus, Amen.’