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The deadly sin of sexual immorality:A tough but needed message…

February 21, 2009

Tomorrow morning we will tackle a tough subject. Sexual immorality is a huge issue in our society and even the church.

Pray for me that the message would transform and not just inform people. We know the problem exists. We need God to get a hold on our hearts in a way that transforms our behavior.

But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.” Ephesians 5:3 NIV

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  1. Nelson permalink
    February 23, 2009 3:13 pm

    The sexual immorality sin I think is the toughest for me. It’s not that I’m on the Internet or viewing adult mags regarding sex, not at all. But it is however, when I’m walking about during my lunch hour. I work in the City Hall building downtown and when I go to lunch I walk several lobbies to get outside. During that walk, to and from my destination, there are hoards of good looking ladies. It’s as if I’m on auto-pilot when I see a pretty girl. I don’t disrobe them in my mind but nevertheless I look and say to myself “what beautiful hair, what gorgeous eyes, what a splendid bottom! I’d marry her in a jiffy!” Comments like that. I know it’s wrong, no doubt. I’ve been praying for years on this issue. It’ll be a life-long battle with me.

  2. Gordon permalink
    February 23, 2009 9:09 pm

    Thank you for the honest response! You are not alone in the battle, only one of the few that admit it. On Sunday night we have been going through the Book of Romans verse by verse. Last night we looked at verses from chapter 8. The last part of v13 says “if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live”.

    The key to our victory is the Holy Spirit who overcomes through us. As v13 says the Holy Spirit “puts to death” on an ongoing basis the deeds of our flesh. In your case (and most men) it is the impulse to look and keep on looking to the point of sin that is the battle. The next time the urge to look seems overwhelming ask the Spirit to put (in your experience at that very moment)that look and those thoughts to death. He will do it!

    In Galatians 5:16-17 it is, “walking in the Spirit”. A moment by moment dependence upon Him to live His life through us.The same Jesus who faced the same temptation will let you experience His overcoming power! g

  3. Dana permalink
    February 23, 2009 11:01 pm

    Gordon the sermon was right on! I LOVED it! I’m hoping that everyone took something away from the message.

    And it isn’t just a sin for MEN either. Women are just as guilty of it, as I’m trying to teach our young ladies this in the youth. It is something we can get sucked into just as easily with those romance novels as well. We hold men up to these high standards, and yet let our sexually immoral sins squeak by because it’s in a pretty book with a nice girly cover on it. It’s pornography just the same, and it damages relationships.

    I thought your message was very well said! Thank you Gordon!

  4. Kyle permalink
    February 26, 2009 9:57 am

    Gordon, the 3 second theory you discussed Sunday has proven itself very true.
    This week I found a thought coming into my mind…I had about three seconds and I was immediately convicted that I was beginning to run with it in my mind.
    What helped me was by doing what John Piper does. When he feels a temptation coming or a thought popping into his mind, he immediately pictures Jesus on the cross. It worked. When I saw my Lord and Savior on the cross dying once for my sins– like the one I was about to commit, there was no way I could continue in the thought process I was in.

    Great job on the sermon. I know it’s a tough subject, but you presented us with God’s truth in a very confronting way–which is how we as the church need to be confronted about sin-in a real and upfront way like Scripture…not sugar-coated. Thanks!

    Bro Kyle
    (PS – just for anyone who was wondering, the message will be posted for listening by this afternoon (Thursday))

  5. Gordon permalink
    February 26, 2009 3:54 pm

    Thanks for the feedback. I like Piper’s method too. Giving into temptation really boils down to who or what we love the most! g

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