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How to Overcome Temptation, Part 47 (Onward Christian Soldiers Discipleship Class #171)



Welcome to the Onward Christian Soldiers Discipleship Class. I am Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society and pastor of Gospel Light House of Prayer International. The purpose of this time together is to teach young believers everything they need to know about their faith in Jesus Christ and provide them with the knowledge they need to live victorious Christian lives.

Our key Bible verse is 1 Corinthians 10:13:

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

Our lesson today is titled “How to Overcome Temptation, Part 47”

In this section of our Onward Christian Soldiers discipleship class, we are going to continue looking at specific temptations that are, as the Bible says, “common to man.” We are looking at what the Bible says about these sins so we can be aware of its dangers and so that we can hide Scripture in our hearts to use when we are tempted.

The sin that we are going to begin looking at today is the sin of “lust.” This is the third sin in a list of 12 temptations that comes from two sources — one ancient and one modern. The first source is a list that was developed by monks in the early church called “the seven deadly sins” or the “cardinal sins.” The second source is a Barna survey from 2011 which tracked the top temptations Americans admitted to struggling with.

Today, we are looking at 1 Corinthians 6:13. (Remember, the text of this lesson is made available online after each class, so you can go to our website GLHOPI.com, click the “Onward Christian Soldiers” banner on the home page, and begin to learn these verses by heart throughout the week.)

1 Corinthians 6:13

Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.

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The so-called sexual revolution that began in the Sixties ushered in an era of “free sex,” in which people increasingly began to think that it was not wrong to engage in sexual activity with any number of different people, married and unmarried. While this view bucked the traditional views of chastity and monogamy that had held for centuries, it wasn’t really a revolution as much as it was a revival — a revival of some of the same philosophy that Paul criticizes right here in the book of Corinthians.

The Corinthian believers came out of a very immoral society, and for some of them it was hard to give up the sinful ways that they had gotten used to. Sexual promiscuity was big business in Corinth, and engaging with a prostitute came to be known as “Corinthianizing.” Evidently, one of the arguments that some of the Corinthian Christians were using to defend their continuing sinful lifestyle is that they ought to be allowed to satisfy anything their body desires. If it was food, they ought to have. If sex, they ought to have that too.

John MacArthur writes in his commentary: “They had a philosophical argument for their sin implied in verse 13, ‘Food is for the stomach, and the stomach is for food.’ Much Greek philosophy considered everything physical, including the body, to be basically evil and therefore of no value. What was done with or to the body did not matter. Food was food, the stomach was the stomach, and sex was sex. Sex was just a biological function like eating, to be used just as food was used, to satisfy their appetites. The argument sounds remarkably modern.’

But, to God, the body is not of no value. Paul says, “The body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.” When we give ourselves to the Lord, our minds, our hearts, and our bodies become His. We ought to use all of our abilities and faculties to glorify Him and live in a way that is pleasing to Him. Our bodies are His instruments to be used in the world. The good that we do, we do with our bodies; likewise, the evil that we do, we do with our bodies as well. So, how we use our bodies is very important. We cannot live by the popular argument of today: ‘I can do what I want with my body.’ As Dr. MacArthur writes, “Our bodies are designed not only to serve in this life but in the life to come. They will be changed bodies, resurrected bodies, glorified bodies, heavenly bodies — but they will still be our own bodies.” At the end of this life, we ought to want to say that our bodies were used for God’s glory.

If you struggle with lust, take this passage to heart and begin to use it the next time you face that temptation.

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If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

Until next time, May the Lord Bless You!