OVERCOMING SEXUAL TEMPTATION
(This is blog 22 in the series “Names of Satan.”)
We have been looking at Satan as the tempter (Matthew 4:3; Revelation 12:9). We have seen he traps like a spider (2 Timothy 2:26), deceives like a serpent (2 Corinthians 11:3) and charges like a lion (1 Peter 5:8-9). He tempts through the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and the pride of life (1 John 2:15-17). One of his most successful areas of temptation is sexual immorality. Through the ages its been a tool Satan has used with much success. Not all sexual temptation comes from him, for our sin nature will also desire that which is wrong. Still, he and his demons promote immorality and put ungodly thoughts into minds to tempt us to sin.
God clearly states that sexual union means two become one flesh, even if it is sex with a prostitute (1 Corinthians 6:16). Therefore, sexual activity with anyone before or outside marriage can be a direct opening to demonization. Any demons that have access to the person you are involved with will have immediate and instant access to you as well. It is like a spiritual AIDS infection, but there is no prevention, no ‘safe sex’ application. Those sexual involvements of the past must be confessed and put under the blood of Jesus. Any access given to any demons through them must be broken in Jesus name. Ask to be filled with His Presence instead, and thank Him for His mercy!
God created sex to show the great oneness of believers and Christ (Ephesians 5). Because of this, Satan tries hard to pervert and destroy this model. Any sex outside marriage is sinful (Ephesians 5:3, 5-6). This includes thoughts (Matthew 5:27-30).
Sexual sin has an element that other sins don’t have. When you unite yourself with another person that also opens you to being demonized by any demons that are demonizing the person you are united to. This is true even if it is simply sexual lust with a prostitute (1 Corinthians 6:16). Sex creates a special union, a spiritual oneness, an opening of total sharing between two people. Often demons will claim this as access from one person to another. It is like a spiritual AIDS disease, but much more contagious and with far worse consequences.
It is important for each believer to confess all their past immorality and put it under the blood of Jesus, as well as taking back any access given to Satan’s forces by that act. Ask God to heal and cleanse you spiritually. Of course, a good spiritual life (connecting with God in devotions each morning, reading your Bible, etc.) is a must.
When a person first gets tempted, when the first thought pops into their mind, they must get victory over the thought and not allow it to stay and grow. Victory only happens by quoting scripture. Jesus had victory over Satan by quoting scripture and that is our sword of the Spirit. Here are some passages you can use. Start quoting or reading them when tempted and don’t stop until well beyond the temptation” 2 Corinthians 5:17; Psalm 51:10-12; Romans 12:1; James 4:6-8; 1 John 4:4; Philippians 4:19; Matthew 16:23; Psalm 139:23-24; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 2 Corinthians 12:9-10; 1 Peter 5:8-9; Job 31:1; Matthew 5:27-28. These verses can be your sword for victory. Make sure you have an accountability partner who will check on you and be there for you as well!
PRAYER FOR FORGIVENESS FROM SEXUAL SINS
Father, I confess that I have disobeyed You and committed sexual sins. Please forgive me for _____________ (specifically confess each and every sin). I take back any access I have given to any demons through these sins and I put it under the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. In Jesus’ name I forbid these demons to make any claim against me or any of my family because of it. Please cleanse me from these memories and help me to never repeat these sins again. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and use me for your glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen
Next blog will look specifically at the problem of pornography.
In which areas of sexuality do demons find most success in tempting you? What ungodly thoughts are open to allowing in? If you have any that need to be confessed, do so now. Pray for others you know who are struggling in these areas as well.
cto Rev. Dr. JERRY SCHMOYER
Christian Training Organization
(India Outreach, Spiritual Warfare, Family Ministries, Counseling, World View)
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