Run!

Are you a man’s man?  You know—the type of man that other men look up to with strength, discipline, and no fear.

Think you can handle anything as long as you choose to?

So in your mind you’re strong enough and disciplined enough “IF…”

  • If you were to enter a public bathroom with a complementary stack of porn magazines, you could resist browsing
  • If you worked with an attractive women for long hours week after week, you would always have integrity and never flirt, fantasize, of cross the line of adultery with her
  • If you were at home for an extended period of time with an internet accessible computer, you would not log on to pornographic websites.
  • If you were alone on a business trip having dinner and through the course of the evening an attractive women offered herself to you for a one time no-strings-attached night of sex, you would say, “no thanks.”

The Bible offers this simple word of advice:

Run from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body.” (I Corinthians 6:18)

I know, you’re probably asking yourself, “What exactly does the word “run” mean, in the original Greek?”

Well, the Greek meaning for the word run is, “to RUN!”  This time it is not complicated at all.

No matter who you are; no matter how strong you are; no matter how disciplined you are, never, Never, NEVER test your resolve with sexual sin. 

Don’t try to figure it out, don’t try to rationalize it, and don’t deceive yourself.  Just run in the opposite direction of ALL sexual sin—of the sexual temptation.

Desires

What do you desire?

  • World peace?
  • To remedy hunger world-wide?
  • To make sure every child learns to read?

Now let’s transition from the “Miss America” answers to a more personal response—What do YOU desire?

  • To own your own home?
  • To have a better job?
  • To be debt free?

Now let’s take it to the heart—WHAT DO YOU DESIRE?

Do you really know?

This may be tough to answer; however, maybe we should do what we can to make sure that what we desire is what God desires.  My intention here is not to sound churchy.  When I refer to what God desires, I am not merely referring to everyone being “saved,” or what could be referred to as the Miss America type of answers.

Jesus’ first miracle was at a wedding where he turned over 120 gallons of water into wine (John 2: 1-12).  Jesus showed us in this story that he is concerned about everyday life.  This was not an occasion when someone was sick and needed healing; nobody had died and required being raised from the dead; Jesus wasn’t even preaching a sermon for the ages.  He was at a wedding celebration, and the people wanted to continue celebrating even after they had ran out of the allotted wine for the occasion.

Why do we need to examine our desires?

Let’s look at James 1: 12-15:

“God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.  

And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else.  Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away.  

These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.”

Because our temptations come from our own desires, I think we should do what we can to ensure that our desires are for the things God desires.  Instead of speculating, let’s look at the words of the Prophet Micah when he addressed the Israelites:

What can we bring to the Lord? What kind of offerings should we give him? Should we bow before God with offerings of yearling calves?  Should we offer him thousands of rams and ten thousand rivers of olive oil?  Should we sacrifice our firstborn children to pay for our sins?  No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6: 6-8)

  • To do what is right
  • To love mercy
  • To walk humbly with your God.

Do you desire to do what is right?  Not what is right in your own mind, but what is right according to God’s Word?

Do you desire mercy?  Not necessarily mercy for yourself, but mercy for others?

Do you desire humility?  Not fake church humility that you feel a need to advertise to everyone, but true humility with God?

Now consider your answers in the context of your marriage or your singleness.

WHAT DO YOU DESIRE?  Remember: Your temptations come from YOUR desires.