All of us want to know God’s will for our lives, and God graciously defines it in many ways – including our purity. God desires that we would grow in Christ and not be sidetracked by lust and immorality.
1 Thessalonians 4:1-7
You can exemplify righteousness in numerous areas yet be derailed due to sexual immorality.
God’s Will Is Found in Scripture (4:1-2)
- Don’t get complacent in present battles by resting on past victories (4:1).
- God’s Word must define our standard for purity, or we will gradually permit anything imaginable (4:2).
God’s Will Is Found in Sanctification (4:3-7)
- You cannot be in God’s will if you yield to sexual immorality (πορνειας) without a fight (4:3).
- Your spiritual condition is affected by how you handle your physical desires (4:4).
- It’s a shame when Christians lose their witness because their sensual behavior is no different than the world’s (4:5).
- Sexual sin is always an offense against God and someone else (4:6).
- Many Christians miss opportunities from God because they are consumed with sensual desires (4:7).
God’s Will Is Found in Satisfaction
- Decide whose standard you will accept
- Devote that your needs must be met God’s way
- Determine what consistently causes you to fail
- Diminish your opportunities for temptation
Travis Agnew serves as the Lead Pastor of Rocky Creek Church in Greenville, SC. His most recent book is Just (About) Married.