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.
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Our lesson today is titled “How to Overcome Temptation, Part 57”
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 continue 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 will continue looking at Hebrews 13:4. (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.)
Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.
From this verse, written hundreds of years ago, the writer of Hebrews calls us to confront the tragic state of marriage in the present day. He calls us to regard marriage as God does — “honorable in all.” But there is more — and this is something that is frowned upon in a society that tells us that we ought not to judge the lifestyles of others. The writer continues, “Whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.” Yes, man may not judge, but God will judge.
John MacArthur said, “People may get away with sexual sin from the judgment of man’s standpoint, but they will never get away from the judgment of God. God will judge; somehow and someway chastisement comes. Some of the more obvious results of sexual sin are the heartbreaking increases in extramarital pregnancies, rape, illegitimate births (despite birth control measures and abortions), and in venereal diseases of all sorts. Judgment already exists in the broken homes, the psychological and physical breakdowns, and the murder and other violence that is generated when passion is uncontrolled. It is not possible to live and act against the moral grain of the universe established by God and not suffer terrible consequences.”
Christians ought to take these words more seriously than anyone. As believers, our witness to the Gospel is tainted when we engage in immoral behavior and then have to be taken to the woodshed by God. If, God forbid, one of us persistently engages in sexual behavior outside of marriage, we must re-examine ourselves and see if we really are saved, because one who is saved will eventually turn away from his or her sin.
J.C. Ryle said, “It is sexual sin that leaves deeper scars upon the soul than any other sin that a man can commit.” We have seen examples of its destruction numerous times in history and in Scripture. Remember Samson and Delilah? A great man of God and a mighty warrior was brought to his knees, dying without reaching the heights he could have reached. Remember David and Bathsheba? Their sin resulted in murder, guilt, the death of an innocent man and child, and strife that never left David’s family. Remember Abraham and Hagar? Their sin sparked a conflict that began in the immediate family and has continued among their descendants, with deadly consequences, to this day. Remember the homosexuality of Sodom and Gomorrah? Their sin brought fire and brimstone from Heaven that destroyed their city. Sexual sin always comes with a price that will be paid.
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!