There are diverse ways to avoid sexual temptations as a pastor, on this article we are going to be showing you 28 ways how you can resist sexual temptation as a church leader.
Jesus Christ speaking in Luke 12:48:From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and from him who has been entrusted with much, even more, will be demanded.
Ways to avoid sexual temptation as a pastor, priest, or Christian are broad but we will be highlighting eight (28) points today.
Men of God (pastors, priests) fall into sexual temptation because they’re entrusted with a huge responsibility, which is the church, the body of Jesus Christ.
To avoid sexual temptation as a pastor or Christian, one needs to be extra careful in many ways. over trusting should be one of the major points, although Trust is a Christian standard when it comes to sin do not overtrust people or even ourselves.
Men of God are held to a higher standard and expected to live pristine, holy lives, worthy of emulation.
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These expectations, combined with the Devil’s pitfalls, are no easy feat.
28 Ways To Avoid Sexual Temptations As A Pastor
Sexual sin is one of the many ways used to destroy a lot of men, and below are some of them:
Ways to avoid sexual temptations as a pastor, priest, or any minister in the body of Christ.
1. Do not overtrust yourself
just like we saw above, Trust is a Christian standard but when it comes to sin do not overtrust yourself. Some people around you are not looking for Christ but you. Be discerning. Do not even trust yourself.
2. Do not Idolize your looks
Some pastors still hold on to their power of idolizing people of the opposite sex by their looks or status. You are a servant of God but still “feel” yourself. This leads to sexual sin.
3. Fight your impulses by seeking better interests, hobbies, focus, and passions.
Colossians 3:1-2 says: “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”.
4. Talking to members of the opposite sex at odd hours should not be practiced:
science has discovered that When you call a woman at midnight and she speaks sleepily you see her image in bed because the mind works in pictures.
Therefore, Do not call members of the opposite sex during late hours. If urgent, be mindful of the questions you ask and the words you render.
5. Be accountable to a like-minded mentor
This person or people should be approachable and of the same faith, like you. “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 ).
6. Consider the consequences
A lot of mistakes are made because people do not consider the consequences of their actions.
Doing this reduces the chances of falling into temptations or going through with the sinful deed. “Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Cor. 6:9-10, NIV).
Some may try to justify their actions by counting on the forgiving nature of God.
Galatians 6:7-8 (NIV) tells us: “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.”
7. Avoid unnecessary human contact with ladies.
8. Never or visit women alone:
do not visit a woman/ opposite sex alone, going for visitations alone should be avoided.
9. Discover what pleases God.T
his is a commandment of Ephesians 5:10 and is part of what it means to live a life of love, just as Christ loved us.
10. Find out what God’s will
1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 says, “It is God’s will that you be sanctified: Refrain from immorality sexual. Everyone knows how to control their own body holy and honorable way, not with the passion of desire unrestrained, like the heathen who do not know God.” That says everything.
11. Know the battle begins in the mind.
you need to know what God says about sex and be careful what you fill your mind. Imagination is often the bed where sin is born.
12. Be Prayerful.
This is also a spiritual battle. Trust in God and in the power of the Holy Spirit to strengthen you in this battle. (Matthew 6:13, 2 Timothy 2:22, James 5:16)
13. Do not put yourself in difficult situations to resist.
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14. Remember that the eyes of God are everywhere.
You are never out of sight. someone can always see you.
15. Reveal yourself with what makes you sin.
Jesus says in Matthew 5 that if your eye or your hand causes you to sin, you must pluck them out and throw them away because eternal life is at stake. If the Internet, magazines, TV, or certain friends make you sin; rise and live on freedom.
16. Talk about sex (responsibly).
You can not fight alone. You need the help of God and the people of God too.
17. You are not alone.
It may be helpful to know that you are not the only person who has been tempted in that way. “No temptation has come to you that is not common to men” (1 Corinthians 10:13a).
18. You Can resist.
“God is faithful; he won’t let them be tempted beyond what they can bear” (1 Cor.10:13b).
19. Know that God provides a way out.
“But when they are tempted, he will provide an escape, so that they can endure” (1 Corinthians 10:13c).
20. Be Dead to sin and alive to God.
Christians are people who died for sin (knowing that the sin leads to death) and now live for God (knowing that this leads to eternal life (Romans 6:11-14).
21. Remember the cross.
Jesus died for our sins, including our sexual sins.
22. Remember that Jesus will return.
We’re all going to have to give an account of our lives, even of our life sexual.
23. Memorize Scriptures.
When Jesus was tempted in the desert, He used verses to fight the devil (Matthew 4: 1-11). Having the Word of God in your mind can also help you.
24. Fatigue and sadness often lead to sin.
Learn to know yourself. learn when you are weak and susceptible to temptation.
25. The fight is a good sign. keep fighting and don’t resist.
26. Be careful what you wear. modesty is good for you and others too.
27. Forgiveness is available. If you sinned sexually, you can be forgiven by the power of the cross Christ. So repent and turn to God.
28. Read good books.
You can find a good book written by a Christian author to clear up his doubts about sex, without having to directly ask the person.
Above are ways to avoid sexual temptation as a pastor or church leader.
People of God, let us submit to God so we can conquer this world, let ask The Holy Spirit to help us to walk in His path, living right is possible.
I believe these will help us to avoid sexual temptation as a pastor or priests.