Of Leopards and People…

“A leopard can’t change its spots.” This old clich. is true of leopards, but is it also true of people? Particularly those with sexually spotted lives? Many a man has been told, “You’ll never change.” Many women hear, “You are a bad seed.” Do you think it’s impossible for people to change… or perhaps that you can’t change? The Bible says, “With God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). Even if you feel that your mind and your heart are defiled, remember that God is a Redeemer—He is your Deliverer!

“You have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling; I will walk before the LORD in the land of the living.” -Psalm 116:8–9

Q: “Can those who have been caught in the snare of sexual addiction be set free?”

Yes! God’s Word gives absolute assurance that anyone can be set free.

“My eyes are ever toward the LORD, for he will pluck my feet out of the net.” -Psalm 25:15

Q: “Although I am a Christian, I still have a problem with lust. Now that I know God loves me and has given me eternal life, having these desires makes me feel even worse. Why do I keep wanting to do these things that I know are wrong?”

Paul spoke to this very problem in Romans 7:21–24 when he said, “I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?” Paul goes on to answer his own question by saying the answer is Jesus—relying on the Spirit of Christ, who lives within you, to be your source of power for change (verse 25). If you have accepted Christ to be your Lord and Savior, He will give you His divine power to overcome sin.

“You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you.” -Romans 8:9

Key Verse to Memorize

“Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.” -1 Corinthians 6:18

Key Passage to Read and Reread

1 Thessalonians Chapter 4

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