The question for today is how do we guard our eyes?
King David writes in Psalm 103:
WEB – I will set no vile thing before my eyes.
NLT – I will refuse to look at anything vile and vulgar.
NIV – I will not look with approval on anything that is vile.
NKJV – I will set nothing wicked before my eyes;
The question for today is how do we guard our eyes? Job writes in Job chapter 31, “I made a covenant with my eyes not to look with lust at a young woman.”
Now many of you are thinking, “yep, easier said than done.” Well, that may be true, but it doesn’t mean that its impossible either. So where do we start with our eyes? Just like everything else, there must be a plan to break this evil habit – there has to be training involved. There must be new godly Holy Spirit filled disciplines created to break old fleshly habits.
The Apostle Paul writes in Romans 8,
Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will. That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God. But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you.
Well, today we continue our conversation with author and pastor Deon Thomas from The King’s Sanctuary in Kingston, Jamaica. He has a new devotional workbook titled, “21 Days to Sexual Purity: A Biblical Devotional For Overcoming Sexual Temptations”.
On today’s episode of God, Sex and You, we’ll discuss:
- The joy of our devotional time with the Lord Jesus Christ.
- The opportunities for confession.
- Why men choose to hit rock bottom before asking for help.
Pastor Deon mentioned how confessing smaller sins – sins that we consider insignificant – how that prevents us from hitting rock bottom. He used King David and a woman named Bathsheba as his example. You can read this story in 2 Samuel 11. As you read and as Pastor Deon pointed out, King David had a minimum of four times to confess his smaller sins of lust. Now think about this, if he would have humbled himself, and confessed his lust, wouldn’t that be the end of it? I think that’s a solid possibility. But as you read the story, we see what happens, sexual sin grows and manifests itself in many different ways. By the time this whole ordeal is done, David kills Bathsheba’s husband, a baby is dead, and the entire nation of Israel is never the same.
The Apostle James says this in James 1:13,
Then the lust, when it has conceived, bears sin; and the sin, when it is fully grown, produces death.
Yes, my friend, a key to walking in sexual integrity and pursuing sexual sobriety is confessing sin early and confessing sin often, no matter how silly and insignificant you may think it is. By the way, no sin is trivial.