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The Apostle Paul: His Secret to Fighting Sexual Sin

Last Updated: January 17, 2018

Luke Gilkerson

Luke Gilkerson has a BA in Philosophy and Religious Studies and an MA in Religion. He is the author of Coming Clean: Overcoming Lust Through Biblical Accountability and The Talk: 7 Lessons to Introduce Your Child to Biblical Sexuality. Luke and his wife Trisha blog at IntoxicatedOnLife.com

Hugh Hefner didn’t invent sexual sin. It is a problem that has been around since our ancestors walked east of Eden, and it will be around until the new Jerusalem descends upon us. The good news is that the Bible promises that we can experience foretastes of that coming freedom in the here and now. But how?

The Apostle Paul commands the Christians at Colossae, “Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry” (Colossians 3:5). But how do we do this? If we rip this verse away from the letter, we’re likely to apply it the wrong way, so we need to look closely to understand what Paul is talking about.

Secret to Fighting Sexual Sin

1. Fighting Sexual Sin Is Not About “Do More, Try Harder”

A dangerous philosophy was circulating in the church at Colossae that was championing asceticism: if you want to remain pure, then separate yourself from the pleasures of the body that are so often a source of temptation. This philosophy said if you really want the fullness of divine life within you, then insulate your life.

But Paul delivers a crushing blow to this philosophy:

If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations—“Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch” (referring to things that all perish as they are used)—according to human precepts and teachings? These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh. (Colossians 2:20-23)

No value. That is Paul’s verdict on asceticism. It simply doesn’t work. Yes, there is a grain of truth in the philosophy—all popular philosophies contain at least some wisdom in them. If you are tempted to sin sexually then it makes sense to get away from sexual temptations. This will keep sin at bay—but ultimately the flesh remains unsatiated.

This false philosophy is still circulating in the church today. When the best advice we can give people is better Internet filters, cold showers, more hours in prayer, and trying harder, we have given into this philosophy that Paul says is of no value.

This false philosophy either totally underestimates the power of sin, or it sets the benchmark of holiness too low. It either doesn’t get just how ingrained sexual sin is in us, or it thinks that merely getting rid of outward, blatant sexual sin is the goal. Neither is accurate.

Related: How to Be Free From Sin–The Higher Law Than “Try Harder”

2. Fighting Sexual Sin Starts with a New Identity

Paul offers his readers another approach to fighting sin, and it starts with these core identity statements:

  • “With Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world” (2:20)
  • “You have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God” (3:3)
  • “You have been raised with Christ” (3:1)
  • “You were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead” (2:12)
  • “You have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self” (3:9-10)
  • “The riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (1:27)

This is where a lot of modern readers check out. “Don’t give me these abstract theological ideas. I need something practical,” they think. But for Paul, there was nothing more practical, nothing more life-changing, than these ideas.

We are united to the risen Christ by faith. His resurrection life flows in our veins now. The Spirit of the living Christ lives inside us, so we no longer belong to this world and the rules it plays by—we belong to Christ and the age to come. In order to have the power to fight lust, we first have to understand this: we no longer belong to sin. We belong to God who has accepted us and forgiven us, not because we purified ourselves first, but because we are united by faith to the Pure One, Jesus Christ.

3. Fighting Sexual Sin Continues by Kindling New Desires

Knowing we are united to the living Christ, Paul writes, “Seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth” (3:1-2). The terms Paul uses here mean to center one’s interests, focus, and passions one something—to savor something. Now that God has united us to the risen Christ, we savor that reality, and this kindles new desires in us that displace a desire for sin.

What are these “things” above that we should savor?

  • First, we are to savor Christ himself. This is one of the reasons why Paul spills a lot of ink in this letter describing who Christ is. He is the beloved Son of God (1:13), the image of the invisible God (1:15), creator and sustainer of all things (1:16-17), the one whose blood reconciles us to the Father (1:20), the firstborn from the dead (1:18), and the one seated at God’s right hand (3:1). In him all the riches of wisdom and knowledge are hidden (2:3). The fullness of deity dwells in Him (1:19; 2:9).
  • Second, we are to savor our new position before God. Christ is seated at God’s right hand and we are seated with Him (Ephesians 2:6). To be seated at a ruler’s right hand meant to be in the position of greatest authority, honor, and delight. Because Christ is in us, we share in the favor He has with the Father.
  • Third, we are to savor the hope that some day we will see and experience these realities. Some day, Christ Himself will appear and we will appear with Him in glory (1:4). It is our destiny to be like the holy, pure Son of God. Some day our eyes will see the one who died for us and rose again, the one who is God in the flesh, and God will honor us as his royal children before every creature, every human soul, every angelic being in the universe.

How does this practically help us to fight sexual sin? The reason why sexual sin can have such a grip on us is because of its power to define us and what is most valuable, how sexual pleasure makes us feel about ourselves. Sexual fantasy, pornography, or pursuing illicit sex makes us feel desired; it makes us feel valued and validated; it gives us a refuge; it gives us connection; it can even make us feel powerful. This is why setting our affections on things above is so important: it gives us a new center to our lives and gives us a completely new sense of value—not based in our worthiness but based on the love God has for Christ that overflows to us.

Related: Porn and the Desire Dilemma

4. Fighting Sexual Sin Is About Fighting For Our New Desires

Finally we come to Colossians 3:5, “Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.”

Paul here is not endorsing asceticism—something he has already refuted. Asceticism is about fighting to get rid of something we think is unholy, but mortifying sin is about fighting for the new affections that God is giving to us.

We can construct helpful boundaries in our lives that keeps sexual sin out of reach, but we should do so standing on our identity as God’s beloved children, standing satisfied in Christ and God’s love. When sexual temptation comes knocking, we can say to it, “No, sin. That’s not who I am anymore. You do not define what life is to me anymore. You do not define me anymore. Christ is in me. I am a child of the king, and one day the whole world will know it.”

5. Fighting Sexual Sin Is Sustained by Relationships that Remind Us of Our New Identity

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God” (Colossians 3:16).

This is the essence of real accountability in the body of Christ. Yes, accountability involves confessing our temptations, sins, and the state of our heart, but it also involves godly encouragement. Accountability is not just about someone calling you out on your sin, but someone calling you up to the person you already are in Christ. Accountability is about surrounding yourself with the kind of Christian friendships that teach and admonish you, that inspire thankfulness, and that help us unpack all the wisdom contained in the great mystery that Paul called “Christ in us, the hope of glory” (1:27).

Accountability is like stoking the embers of the fire. It does not add energy to the embers. It only exposes those embers to the air so new reactions can happen. When we engage in the disciplines of confession, encouragement, and mutual prayer we expose our souls again to the life-changing gospel, and God’s power is released again and again.

  • Comments on: The Apostle Paul: His Secret to Fighting Sexual Sin
    1. Stephen Kuhn on

      Well said Luke. These are exactly the truths that I try to communicate to the men who come to me for help in this area of sexual addiction. We who grew up in the church have all heard the “Try harder, do better” mantra for far too long. Sadly, when you’re dealing with a shame-fueled addiction, telling someone to try harder only fuels their shame. That’s why it’s so important for all of us to keep sharing this message of the true gospel. Only Christ can change us…and He already has.

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      • Luke Gilkerson on

        Well said, Stephen.

        I’ve often heard this same sentiment from those in the addiction-recovery world, and would go a step further: I think “try harder” moralism is bad advice in general, not just for those trapped in addictions. I know you probably agree, but I think one of the reasons why so many in the addiction-recovery world are disenchanted with the church is because the church’s theology of sanctification is insufficient. This has got to change.

      • Armen Gakavian on

        This is very important, Stephen – well said. Also, “try harder” doesn’t address the build-up of demonic strongholds, attitudes and habits that underlie any addictive behaviour. “Trying harder” without cleaning out the build-up of spiritual and psychological grime usually leads to frustration and, in the long run, failure.

      • Daniel Leyba on

        You know there is a clue to colossians 3:5 put away your evil desires! Sexual drive is not an evil desire but the most powerful creation that God gave to man tp procreate right. And if God created it then there is no way around not craving or actually doing it if the situation is right like putting cindy Crawford on your couch when she was single, I your as horn as hell. You going to run away? 99 percent you won’t be honest. Somewhere in Christianity teaching something went wrong. That’s why I like the scripture GOD is a just weight and a balance. Probverbs. Testosterone. Has to be released eventualy. Blue balls medical term is known not to be healthy. we just need to be consistent because our self confidence will be effected and lonely Ness can bring major deppression. What do you think.

      • Jakob McGraw on

        Thank you so I have been looking at porn sense I was a young boy sex has always been the go to to feel good for myself and it’s been a habit for far to long ! I know I’m not out of the woods yet but think to the Holy Spirit Jesus and the Father I this last weekend truest woke up to my son and the destruction it has caused me! I want this no more and I know it’s early but I do feel as though my sims are falling away! I was caught up today by test and temptation and usually I give in that kind of the norm even though I new it was wrong and against Gods will for my life but now I see I can not do those things any longer! I’m so grateful today for the message you made hear on fighting sexual sin! I really was going to fall agian until I clicked on your sight and started to read you insight that God has given you in this area of sin! Again brother I think you for your words of encouragement because I have longed to over come this in my life and you have provided through Paul’s leaders the wisdom I needed to overcome! Keep up the good work and may God bless you and your family! Thanks be to God the father for his son through his spirit! Amen

      • Nicholas on

        Luke,this teaching has completely changed everything in my life… glory to Gof

      • Sheldon on

        My homosexual temptations keep coming back and once every 2-3 days I keep giving in. If I cut off my testicles, will that kill my biological interest in sex, thus reducing sexual temptation? Didn’t God say to cut off anything that causes you to sin?

      • Kay Bruner on

        Please do not cut off anything. Jesus was using hyperbole. God never, ever wants you to harm yourself in any way. God created you with love and care, just as you are. I would encourage you to find a loving, accepting church that can help you accept yourself as you are, without ever harming yourself. Please take care of you. You are God’s precious, beloved child. Find a community of believers that understands that.
        Peace to you,
        Kay

      • Greg on

        This is great! I just hope I can change my pessimism and negativity that is so ingrained in me since my childhood. I think that this feeds alot into my problems with sexual desire as well. The focus on positive and opportunity for new life is all throughout scriptures, even if voiced as “do not do this” it is meant to say “you are choosing death, choose life instead”

        I so desire a new perspective.. God help us change our minds, hearts, and behaviors to reflect what reality truly is.

    2. James Lanier on

      Luke, thanks for another great article. I found points 3 and 5 especially helpful. I see a lot of biblical wisdom in having relationships that remind us of our new identity in Christ. I would be really glad to see some more articles on just that issue.

      My experience is that enslaving lusts breed navel gazers. We end up like the muckracker from Pilgrim’s progress and see only ourselves, our guilt, and the lies that we want to believe. In contrast, the Gospel invites us to be transformed by beholding Christ. I know I can’t do that on my own. I need God’s word and other believers who know exactly where I am in my struggle to point me to beholding Christ in ways that I could never discover on my own.

      Keep up the good work, brother! SO grateful for your effort.

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      • justin zaghe on

        well God bless you Mr.Luke..your words are prophetic and inspiring..having known Christ for some years i have realized that one of the tools Satan is using to rub us of our true identity as priest in the kingdom of God is sexual degradation.as a deliverance minister i believe the devil works through various spirits of lust but if we shall only pray to free ourselves by the power of the blood of Jesus then we shall be free indeed and as papa Luke rightly quoted we should live in the relationship of the rhema word of The Lord which comes by fellowshiping of the Holy Spirit and the studing of the Word of The Lord.

      • Perry Gonzales on

        I disagree with most of this article.

      • Dan Armstrong on

        What specifically do you disagree with?

    3. DF on

      We’ll written article, thanks Luke. There are many books and we pages devoted to fighting lust and porn, but very few seem to offer any real ideas on how to actually battle it. I appreciate wha you have written here to help in my own struggle. This ties in nicely with what John Piper has written in how to change your views in his A.N.T.H.E.M strategy. Keep up writing articles like this. Freedom from lust can be had!

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      • Luke Gilkerson on

        Yes, I really liked Piper’s ANTHEM approach: fits nicely with what I’m talking about here. Thanks for the comment!

      • Greg on

        Great article, but it is easier said than done! This is the hardest thing I’ve ever been through! I mean the mental implications as well as the physical! I know in the long run this will be all worth it and my relationship with Jesus and my family! I got to say I just want to give in to see if it will bring me back to “normal” but then I’m back into the same sin cycle as before! I thank God in Christ for the Holy Spirit to give me strength! And I understand that it’s not just trying harder but that’s a start! I’m looking forward to one day of absolute freedom, the struggle will always be there but the failure will not!

    4. Johnson crystal kalu on

      That’s a nice article Luke,
      God bless you.

      I was having a similar problem, but I believe that I am now a saved person. But I still think practical steps can also assist .

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      • aaron on

        ive been there to and some times you gatta let God have a hand in your life

    5. Lisa Hermann on

      http://vimeo.com/m/56592009

      Here is a wonderful short film my son made titled “FIGHT” that is a picture of a man’s fight for being pure.

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      • Appreciative on

        The film is really well done, especially the way the man’s struggle at home is interlaced with the boxing match, moment by moment.

    6. seto logologo on

      Thank you for your great article on this reality.Its a timely and practical advice and what i have been looking for.Thank you.

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    7. engineering student on

      thanx mr Luke, I will imitate on those qouted scripture.

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    8. JeremiahP on

      I would say that a good place to start with an addiction run amok and out of control is boundaries – filters, etc. Certainly what you’re stating here is the ideal end goal, but these more abstract biblical realities are hard for an addict (someone caught in the bondage of slavery to their flesh) to relate to, and it takes time to renew your mind to the point that these things help. I think that a relationship is what God has always wanted from us, and when we are fully dedicated to that relationship, we can truly be free. I guess I’m just saying that this may come in stages.

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      • JeremiahP on

        Though I think that boundaries are a good place to start, as Jesus tells us to cut off the right hand that causes us to sin, our end goal and our hope needs to be to set ourselves upon the idea of becoming the man that God wants us to be. The new creation, the new desires, keeping our eyes heavenward. I’m learning about that, I suppose. If one truly understands God’s purpose for them, then all the worldly stuff becomes like trying to ingest vomit. I’m getting that intellectually, but I really want to KNOW it in my heart and live it every day.

      • Luke Gilkerson on

        I agree. Often we can’t even get our eyes heavenward until we have put a forced distance between us and the sinful habit that is causing so much of a brain fog. We need to to the practical work of distancing ourselves from the sin (even if part of us doesn’t want to do that yet), and as the fog clears really begin to apply ourselves to these principles.

    9. Thomas on

      What is A.N.T.H.E.M.?

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    10. Scott on

      And if you can find that “relationship” and accountability? I live in a very rural area and have no groups around, and struggle alone. I have at time tried to share with people I thought I could trust and was met with rejection and one person even questioned my salvation. I keep looking and searching, as every book I have, every program I’ve looked up online, every podcast I’ve listened to talks about true fellowship, relationship, and accountability…. yet I’m at a loss. I’ve shared some surface level struggles with my pastor and he has nothing to offer other than quoting some verses and the “pray harder, try harder” mentality. I’ve even resorted to trying to start up various men’s groups at my church quite a few times, just to try and start to build an environment of faith and finding men who seek God… and no one ever shows up.

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    11. Chris McKenna on

      Hello Scott, here are a few thoughts:

      Online support groups. Sign up for something like BraveHearts (http://bravehearts.net/). On the very secular but free end of things.

      The NoFap Reddit Group is also kind of awesome. https://www.reddit.com/r/nofap

      Phone/VoIP support groups (Sexaholics Anonymous has one: http://www.sa.org/meetings_phone.php; Co-Dependents Anonymous also has some, though I’d suggest you call someone to see if it’s the right group for you: http://locator.coda.org/index.cfm?page=usmeetings.cfm)

      Checking out other local churches to see if they have men’s ministry groups to join. Even if you’re dedicated to your home church, maybe you can find fellowship at other ones.

      Finally, Covenant Eyes does have the 40-day Challenge app now, which is still going through some improvements, but it’s a fantastic daily reminder, right there in your pocket, if you think that might be helpful: https://www.covenanteyes.com/2016/01/07/overcome-porn-the-40-day-challenge-app/

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    12. Tanya on

      This word helped me to keep moving forward on God’s word, and praying , pleading the blood of Jesus against sexual sin in my life. Thank you for the encouragement God Bless.

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    13. Justin on

      This is an article that not only causes us to examine.. ourselves but to expose the “hidden thing”.. “Oh me, And Amen”. This is a blessing to read, very informative, full of insight, and causes one to think! Well written! Glory to God! Scriptually strong as well.

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    14. Stanley Damabide on

      Clearly, your essay was divinely inspired. It spoke to me. Many thanks.

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    15. Tanya on

      Paul had a problem with his pride!!

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    16. Devan on

      Paul was not anti asceticism. That is a truly absurd interpretation of the letter and frankly ignores much of Pauline spirituality. Day in and day out I get an E-mail from you and sure enough there is a fifty-fifty chance you will be twisting Scripture to preach against the Church Father’s, the Apostles, and centuries of Christian thought. I am frankly a bit appalled that Matt Fradd worked for this place. That being said, I still appreciate for the other half of the time, when you are sharing a message that gives me hope in this fight against porn. Thank you for the help, but there is no way I could use this site personally, nor in good conscience recommend it to my mens group.

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      • Chris McKenna on

        Hi, Devan – I would be happy to help clarify our position if you could point me towards examples of “absurd interpretations” of Scripture in what we and other authors have written. Thank you!

        Best, Chris

      • Greg on

        The approach to overcoming sin that the article rightly rejects is like the aimless “shadowboxing” Paul describes in 1 Cor 9:24-27. But in light of the same passage, to say that Paul regards asceticism as having no value, cannot be true. “Asceticism is about fighting to get rid of something we think is unholy” is an incorrect, incomplete definition of asceticism.

    17. Sheldon on

      If I remove my testicles completely (double orchidectomy), would that significantly reduce if not eliminate sexual temptation in my life?

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      • son on

        Well, once the sexual temptation was gone, what if you were tempted to sin in other ways, such as hating a brother or sister or stealing or lying? Then you would have castrated yourself for nothing, right?
        JOHN 1:8
        “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” We are saved by the blood of Jesus and ONLY BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS. Never forget that, brother.

    18. Daniel on

      But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God–I say this to your shame. Marriage should be honored by all and the marriage bed kept undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterers. It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality;And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to depart into hell.
      ENJOY YOUR HOLY BIBLE IT WILL INSTRUCT YOU ON HOW TO LIVE EVEN MORE SO WHEN WE SEEM TO STUMBLE THE WORD WILL PICK YOU BACK UP.

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    19. Okiti moses ayo on

      I really enjoy every articles that was written in this podium, because I don’t no how to get out of this secret sin, but due to what I read in this podium I will keep to it and I no that God Almighty will help me, thanks a lot

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    20. Gary Hagan on

      I really enjoy the comments on here. Maybe there is significance that “You are not in the boat alone” syndrome. Whatever, I enjoy the banter and knowing that others fight the same demons is significant in my struggles. I wholeheartedly agree that strengthening your relationship with Jesus is the only way to defeat the urges that inevitably surface. I personally have one of the most beautiful wifes in the world. One would wonder why I even have problems looking at what is mine (for the record, this woman is a beauty queen, a bonafide awarded pageant winner). I also agree with the absorption in work philosophy, as a work and career addiction person, sometimes that is the only thing that diverts my attention from my impure thoughts. I endured and enjoyed a very active sex life in my single years. At times, I thought that was the only thing I was good at was attracting women. It just came naturally. I also subscribe to the fact that the deeper you fall into the hole of Porn, the more decrepit and sinister your sexual desires become. I do know my Lord and Savior, praise God for that. I know how lucky I am to have one woman who loves and cares for me and I hope with all that is within me that I never ruin the relationship that God has blessed me with. I am really trying and am thankful for this program and you friends that are trying to help me defeat these temptations and lost that have negatively affected my life. Thank you from the depths of my soul.

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    21. Chris Brown on

      Really “do pray to much? That’s exactly the opposite of what Christ did when he was tempted he spent hours praying in the garden. Really you shouldn’t feel “shamed. ?“ All sin is shameful because if you were a Christian you’re going to have the Holy Spirit dealing with you and the appropriate response to sin Is brokenness And shame. Read your Bible please 2 Timothy 2:22
      “Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” notice call upon the lord. Romans 8:12-13
      “Therefore, brethren, we are debtors – not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.”
      1 Corinthians 6:18-19
      “Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?”
      2 Corinthians 7:1
      “Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”
      2 Corinthians 10:4-5
      “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”
      Colossians 3:2
      “Set your mind on things above, not on things of the earth.”
      Colossians 3:5
      “Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.”
      1 Thessalonians 4:3
      “For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality.”

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    22. S on

      Is there anyone out there who has mastered sexual immorality, specifically pornography? I would like to know what you did. Many people have theories, and good ones too. But none of those people say they themselves have mastered it. Please , is there anyone out there?

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    23. Apostle DG Wall PHD Ministries on

      Praise the Lord to each of you who bravely are addressing this stronghold area which many in the Body of Christ are crying out for deliverance and total victory!

      With 50% marriages in the church & in the world ending in divorce, the explosion of pornography via the Internet provides ready access 24/7.

      All other sins are more open but sexual sins are against our own soul: self-sabotage. As God’s design & purpose of human sexuality is to create souls to replace fallen angels!

      Heaven has vacancy when 1/3 of angels cast down with Satan, entered earth at the Bermuda Triangle, hit molten core of earth and came out of water in the Great Lakes!

      Jesus said, I beheld Satan fall like lightning! That’s when devil disrupted the magnetic field: planes & ships compasses and radar have malfunctioned in those areas!

      That’s how he became Prince of the air and his warfare is against all mankind because God’s human creation is to fill up Heaven w/the Dead in Christ & those who remain!
      1Thessalonians

      7 Billion+ people born w/an unclean spirit living on earth today, all born w/the Adamic nature, who must be born again to inherit eternal life through Jesus Christ Our Lord!
      Luke 11:24-26; John 3:1-16

      “There is no temptation such as is common to man (or woman), God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted more than you are able; but will w/the temptation, also make a way of escape that you may bear it”
      1Co. 10:13

      The Good News is YOU & I can walk in total Victory TODAY & Forevermore! The next 3-4 paragraphs will provide You & everyone that is Born Again & Baptized & Filled with the
      Holy Ghost!

      1st The 3 RS!
      Repentance, Remission & Regeneration!
      Baptism of Father is unto Repentance!
      Baptism of Son is Remission of Sin!
      Baptism of Holy Ghost is Regeneration!
      All 3 necessary to Walk in Victory!

      2nd: Watch & Pray!
      “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation; for spirit (of man/woman) is indeed willing, but the flesh is weak.” Jesus is talking to His sleeping apostles! Mt 26:41

      Our triggers produced by stress, anxiety, frustration, loneliness et cetera work like as a geiger counter to alert you and me that it is urgent that get in prayer mode quickly.

      3rd Dwelling in Secret Place
      Psalms 91 is the Secret Place: The Throne Room! Under the Shadow of the Almighty! “These 3 bear record in Heaven: thr Father, the Word & the Holy Ghost.” 1Jn 5:17.

      4th Infilling of the Holy Ghost
      The Speaking in Tongues keeps the devil off your Prayer line w/ God so that Satan cannot set up disruption in the air like he did to Daniel in his day for 21 days!

      Also, there is a very simple prayer to receive infilling of the Holy Ghost in you right now!
      Thank you Lord for saving me and making me an heir of God and joint heir with You!

      5th The Prayer the Lord Put in My Mouth
      Lord Jesus, your Word says the gift of the Holy Ghost is for every believer in you to give us Power over all ability of the devil like you did for believers in Book of Acts.

      If I could Baptize myself w/the Holy Ghost
      I would, but I read in your Word that John, who was Baptizing in the Jordan, said that there was another coming after him,

      “Who was preferred before him, whose shoelachets he was unworthy to loose & He it is that SHALL BAPTIZE w/the Holy Ghost and that with fire.”

      SO SINCE YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN BAPTIZE ME WITH THE HOLY GHOST, I NEED FOR YOU TO DO FOR ME, THAT WHICH I CANNOT DO FOR MYSELF!

      Conclusion
      That’s when the Father sent down the
      Holy Ghost to fill me with the evidence of
      Speaking in Tongues as the Spirit of God giveth me utterance!

      E-KA-TA-LA-BA-HO-SA
      RO-BO-KO-SHA-TA-LA-BA-HO-SEE

      Thank you all for sharing your stuggles.
      The enemy uses this area to shameface believers to keep a hole in our vessels tthat allows the new wine to spill out!

      A New Creation in Christ Jesus w/a broken vessel that cannot hold the New Wine!
      “Without spot or wrinkle or any such thing.”
      Time to Walk whole in Victory! Amen!

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