“For if you live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.” – Romans 8:13 (KJV)
Yesterday, we discussed the meaning of sin and how we ought to view it – not based on our own perceptions but according to God’s word. Today, we’ll examine how to respond to sin the Bible way.
As preachers of righteousness in our day, we must uphold the wisdom of God over the ways of culture. We cannot afford to approach the subject of sexual temptation based on culture.
1 Corinthians 6:12 MSG says, “just because something is technically legal doesn’t mean it is spiritually appropriate.”
We must have this mindset about sexual temptation. We do not act based on feelings, culture, or legislation. We must act based on the word of God.
Judging by the situation in Noah’s time, it is so clear to see that evaluating sexual matters based on societal standards is the wrong way to go. It was the standards of that society on marital and sexual values that led to their destruction. (Genesis 6)
When it comes to sexual temptations, we must first remember that the same grace that saves us keeps us. Romans 3:23-24 tells us that all have missed God’s righteous mark but are justified by grace through the redemption that is in Christ. In other words, God’s grace covers all our sins.
On account of the resurrection of Christ, sin is no longer irresistible for us. We may face sexual temptations, but we do not have to act on them!
What should we do instead?
Like our anchor text says, we mortify the flesh! Just as the headless chicken that keeps running around is held down to stop its futile activity, we must also keep the old man dead. We are new creatures. We have a new life. Hence, we no longer succumb to the desires of the flesh.
See how Paul puts it:
“Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.” (Romans 6:13, KJV)
Dear believer, yield your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. This is how you mortify the flesh.
I am alive to God. I no longer walk in my old ways.
In Christ, they have been put away. I have put off the old self. I have put on the new man. I am new. I am free. Glory!
Bible Reading Plan:
Mark 8:1-13, 1 Corinthians 13, Psalms 89: 19-52, Judges 17-18.