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THE ENEMY OF SELF-CONTROL

February 26, 2015

Thursday

 

1 Thessalonians 4:3-5

 

For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honor; Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God:

 

 

LESSON

 

The will of God” for the Christian is clear. Positively, it is sanctification, namely, a life set apart from sin unto God. Negatively, it involves abstinence (self-denial) from all kinds of sexual behavior that are outside the prescribed will of God, including adultery, premarital sex, homosexuality, etc. Rather than participating in these acts, the believer should learn how to control his (or her) body and its passions, “in sanctification and [with] honor.”We should not behave lustfully, like the Gentiles, who do not have special revelation of God and His will (“do not know God”). The Greeks practiced sexual immorality commonly, and even incorporated it into their religious practices.

The Bible teaches us a basic truth: Sinful activity carries serious consequences. Sexual sin is no exception. No matter what the world may want us to believe, God’s Word is clear that we are to live in purity of mind and body. Sexual sin is a devastating.

 

Memory Verse: 2 Timothy 2:22

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