The journey to Christ is often littered with pitfalls of secret sin. An enlightening pamphlet titled “Unmasking Hidden Temptations” opened my eyes to this universal struggle, particularly those ensnared in sexual sin. It offered comfort and solace, reminding me that I was not alone and that liberation was attainable.
Sin that persistently claws at our souls can make us feel trapped as if escape to victory is unachievable. Yet, we must remember that with faith, perseverance, and God’s grace, we can prevail! Even against the enticements of sexual sins, including the often guilt-laden act of masturbation.
The Bible offers an encouraging promise to those struggling with such issues. It assures us that “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” (1 Cor. 10:13).
The Tug of Society
Despite biblical warnings, society often promotes the idea that acts like masturbation could provide a harmless release of sexual tension for singles. This viewpoint, though seemingly mild, resembles the broad acceptance of pornography, recreational marijuana, and casual sex.
However, liberation from the struggles of solo sex lies in understanding the biblical perspective. This perspective not only brings freedom but also peace, joy, and a closer relationship with God.
5 Empowering Truths
- Avoid Rationalizing Sinful Actions
We must be cautious not to justify wrongful behaviors. Our hearts, as the Bible warns, are deceitful (Jer. 17:9), making us prone to finding clever excuses for unrighteous behavior.
- Shun Deception that Negates Biblical Standards
Amid the flood of voices in our sex-saturated society, it’s crucial to listen to sound, biblical counsel. Although a biblical view on sexuality may seem outlandish to mainstream culture, it leads to peace, joy, and freedom for those seeking to please God (Ephesians 5:3, 12).
- Cherish Sexual Pleasure Within Matrimony
The Bible celebrates the season of sexual pleasure between married partners (Eccl. 3:1;5;11). It reminds us not to awaken love before its time (Song 8:4).
- For Singles: Cultivate Self-Control
Developing self-control (Gal.5:23) is a divine directive, preparing singles for successful marriages. Proverbs 25:28 reminds us of the importance of ruling over our spirit.
- Embrace Forgiveness and Freedom from Sin
Jesus offers forgiveness and liberation from the power of sin (Rom. 6:6-7). Christians need to understand this life-changing truth, to help overcome the snares of sexual sins.
Embrace the Truth and Claim Victory!
Dispel the lie that pornography or masturbation is a harmless way to relieve sexual tension. Also, reject the deception that you’re trapped and unable to escape this sinful cycle.
Remember, if you stumble, immediately rise, repent, receive forgiveness, and continue on your victorious journey. Arm yourself with the power of God’s Word (“How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word” (Ps.119:9)). Know that you “can do all things through Christ who strengthens you” (Phil. 4:13)! This way, you can gain victory over temptation and walk triumphantly in God’s grace.