In Jesus' day and during the life of the apostles, PORNEIA was a problem just as it is today. History tells us that some of the Roman emperors were homosexuals and Corinth's temple of Aphrodite had 1,000 priestesses who engaged in "sacred prostitution." The temples, art and culture of the time were consumed with suggestions of PORNEIA
just like we experience today.
Except for not believing in Jesus Christ, sexual sin is the most destructive sin
we can commit. The Holy Spirit tells us in 1 Cor. 6:18 that "every sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral (PORNEIA) man sins against his own body (NASB)." And in Heb. 13:4, God says He will judge those who commit PORNEIA. Wow, God means business. And what is God's solution? Stop! Listen to the Holy Spirit,
Each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God. 1 Thess 4:4-5
2nd Will - Be Filled With The Holy Spirit: Now you may be asking, "But how do I get victory?" The next will of God answers the question. Self control over sexual sin is impossible without the Holy Spirit working in my life. Successful victory over PORNEIA or any other sin comes by obedience to His will which includes,
Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit. Eph. 5:17-18
The Greek word for "filled" is PLEROO. It has the idea of being
controlled. The word was sometimes used in Jesus' day to refer
to someone who was controlled by wine. So God uses this word to
say that we are not to be controlled by wine but by His Holy Spirit.
The verb form of PLEROO used in this verse implies ongoing submission
to another. It is a repeated and constant event. The idea is someone
who is willingly constantly submitting to the Holy Spirit.
So how is one constantly filled or controlled
by the Holy Spirit? Very simply, ask that the Holy Spirit to constantly
control you. Start by admitting your sins (1 John 1:9) so that you
no longer grieve Him (Eph. 4:30) and quench Him (1 Thess 5:19) because
of your sins. Then every time you sin after that, immediately admit
to Him what you did and ask God to help you stop and have His Holy
Spirit take control of you. Col 3:16 also tells us that we need to
be saturated in the study and mediation of His scripture. Col 3:16
calls it "richly dwelling" in His word. If you honestly
desire to live a holy life by turning control of every aspect of your
life over to Jesus - you will find victory.
3rd Will- You will Suffer: 1 Peter 4:19 reveals another will of God -
namely that we will suffer. There are several reasons He desires us to suffer. The first reason is
that He wants us to be a light in a world that is dark (Matt. 5:11-16, John 1:5). And if we really
desire to be holy we will suffer. Listen to 2 Tim. 3:12, “all who desire to live godly in Christ
Jesus will suffer persecution.” If you really want to do God’s will you are going to
suffer - He wants you to be holy. Secondly, God uses trials and persecution to mold and shape us
(James 1:2-5). Third, we sometimes suffer because we have sinned and are unwilling to change (Heb.
12:4-11). This is not God’s permissive will - this is His will.