Paul said in 1 Corinthians 6:12 “All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.”
All over the world, men and women continue to struggle with this last area of sexual immorality. Many still believe that there is nothing wrong with masturbation and consider it as a healthy part of sexuality.
Many will use no Scripture from the Bible to justify masturbation and with their excuses, declare that their own reasoning is enough justification. Then there are those that will always say that there is nothing in the Bible that says that masturbation is a sin.
As one person put it very well, if you have to ask to see if it is a sin, automatically, your conscience told you already that it was.
There is nothing in Scriptures that say that masturbation is prohibited and there is nothing in the Scriptures that permits masturbation.
So where does this leave a person?
It leaves a person to walk as Jesus walked.
1 John 2:6 (NKJV Strong’s,)
“He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.”
If Jesus needed to masturbate and if HE did masturbate, then this is all the justification needed because……
Romans 8:29 (NKJV Strong’s,)
“For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.”
True believers want to conform to the image of Jesus. In other words, to be like Him.
Born again believers that look for justification to masturbate must ask themselves this question.
Did Jesus masturbate?
The answer is found in Hebrews 4:15.
“For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.”
Jesus said in John 8:29,
“And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him.”
Then Paul said in Romans 8:8-11 “So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.
And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.”
If Paul is telling us that was are to be “dead to sin,” that includes sexual immorality.
Many believers are ruled by masturbation and yearn to be free, but do not know how to break free.
First, there must be a desire to love God more than masturbation.
Matthew 22:37-38 “Jesus said to him, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment.”
To prove that you love the Lord, obedience must prevail over your desire to fulfill the lust of the flesh.
How could this be possible?
Matthew 16:24-26……”Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?”
You have to make a clean break, cold turkey, if you desire to come afterJesus. You must put to death those desires, urges and impulses. Crucify them without hesitation. Because in the world of lust to fulfill it by masturbation, you could gain that one moment of sexual tension release and be satisfied, BUT, the urges return the moment remorse has ended.
The impulse returns the moment you get over the fact that you’ve failed.
Many of us revolved instead of resolved to overcome by the grace and power of the Holy Spirit. We grieve the heart of the Father in sin and we continue in it as if we are hopeless.
The moment we decide that we desire Jesus more than fulfilling the lusts of the flesh and mind, we must never allow ourselves, by God’s help and grace, to return to the place where we are under its power.
So there’s two things we’ve seen so far.
- That we must learn to love God more than masturbation.
- That we must crucify the flesh.
Here is the third ingredient (if you will) to this.
The one thing that we see consistently beginning in the Book of Beginnings is “self control.”
The fruit of the Spirit recorded in Galatians 5:22, the last fruit mentioned is “self control.”
The Garden of Eden was all about self control in patient obedience to the commandment of God. As long as Adam and Eve obeyed the Lord, they were operating in self control. They failed and brought death into the earth. Now out of control, the Lord Jesus was sent to operate in obedience (see Hebrews 5:8 and Philippians 2:8) to restore the love for the Lord, obedience to His commands, and out of that obedience, operate in self control as long as we are in this mortal body.
This obedience to the Lord is required. To declare that we are no longer under the power of masturbation, it is imperative that obedience becomes the paramount result of our love for the Lord over everything, including fulfilling our own desires in masturbation.
“Self control” is seen again in 2 Peter 1:6 and 1 Corinthians 9:24-27.
We cannot do this alone. That’s why we need the help of the Holy Spirit using 1 Corinthians 10:13 and James 1:2-8.
Many people in the world and a few people in the church will sneer at this and joke about this. That’s fine (NOT!!!!), but if you are serious about breaking free, and staying free, this is your moment. This is the fight of your life. As I have said, this is the Goliath of our times. This is MOAB, the Mother OF All Battles.
To win over Goliath, it is not enough to put a rock in his head.
You must have no mercy, take Goliath’s own sword, and cut his head off.
You do not have to be brought under the power of masturbation when the greatest power over masturbation is available to you, to make you free.