How to Overcome Temptation, Part 46 (Onward Christian Soldiers #170)


Welcome to the Onward Christian Soldiers Discipleship Class. I am Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society and pastor of Gospel Light House of Prayer International. The purpose of this time together is to teach young believers everything they need to know about their faith in Jesus Christ and provide them with the knowledge they need to live victorious Christian lives.

Our key Bible verse is 1 Corinthians 10:13:

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

Our lesson today is titled “How to Overcome Temptation, Part 46”

In this section of our Onward Christian Soldiers discipleship class, we are going to continue looking at specific temptations that are, as the Bible says, “common to man.” We are looking at what the Bible says about these sins so we can be aware of its dangers and so that we can hide Scripture in our hearts to use when we are tempted.

The sin that we are going to begin looking at today is the sin of “lust.” This is the third sin in a list of 12 temptations that comes from two sources — one ancient and one modern. The first source is a list that was developed by monks in the early church called “the seven deadly sins” or the “cardinal sins.” The second source is a Barna survey from 2011 which tracked the top temptations Americans admitted to struggling with.

Today, we are looking at Matthew 5:27-28. (Remember, the text of this lesson is made available online after each class, so you can go to our website GLHOPI.com, click the “Onward Christian Soldiers” banner on the home page, and begin to learn these verses by heart throughout the week.)

Matthew 5:27-28

27 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:

28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

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In the struggle against sexual sin, it is easy for us to think we are doing good as long as we do not commit fornication or adultery. That may have been the case in the Old Testament era, but Jesus Christ calls us to a higher standard in this area of our lives. He wants not only our bodies to be free of sexual sin, but our minds to be free of sexual sin as well. The old law said, “Thou shalt not commit adultery.” But the new law says a man who looks on a woman (or a woman who looks on a man) to lust after them has committed adultery with that person already in their heart.

You would not want to work alongside someone who harbored hateful, bitter, and murderous thoughts toward you even if that person had never raised a finger to harm you physically. Likewise, Jesus does not want us to come before Him with lustful, sexually perverted thoughts in our hearts even if we have not acted on those thoughts with our bodies. Those of us who are married also owe it to our spouses to keep our hearts and minds pure of lustful thoughts towards others.

Jesus lets us know that we have a choice. His words imply a difference between “looking” and “lusting.” We can never say, “I just can’t help myself.” To look upon someone is one thing. But Jesus says we ought not to look upon someone with the intent “to lust” after that person in our heart, because that is adultery. Many years ago, the story was told of a man who took vows and entered a monastic order. He was trying to get away from his struggle with lust so he secluded himself in a cave and lay on a bed of nails. However, he found that he still couldn’t get the images of the beautiful dancing girls in the marketplace out of his mind.

This story reminds us that it is not just what we do with our bodies, but what we allow to inhabit our minds that matters. If we dwell on lustful images, we will find it harder to fight sexual temptation.

If you struggle with lust, take this passage to heart and begin to use it the next time you face that temptation.

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If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

Until next time, May the Lord Bless You!

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