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Dealing with Sexual Temptation

Everyone faces temptation. But, unfortunately, many of us don’t deal with it very well. The old adage, “Failing to plan is like planning to fail,” is very accurate in dealing with temptation.  Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness can prevail if we let them. However, there is help available to overcome and find hope and peace.

Below are links to resources designed to help overcome sexual temptation.

Resources From ACCFS:

Pathway To Purity
This page contains a series of documents, discussion aids, and videos for those battling at various levels of the sexual purity struggle. These resources are meant to encourage and equip both those who are struggling in this area as well as those who are walking alongside and helping them.

What Does an Overcoming Christian Life Look Like?
Christ calls us to be an “overcomer.”  What does an “overcomer” look like?  This visual display helps bring clarity to the calling by identifying what an “overcomer” thinks, speaks, believes and how they act.

Overcoming Temptation
A study by Elder Bro. Lynn Stieglitz on how to wage a successful battle with our spiritual enemy, using faith and the armor of God.  The author describes how the “shield of faith” can extinguish “fiery darts” and explains why God helps us to endure some temptations and directs us to flee from others.

Keys to Accountability
This short document answers key questions about accountability. What it looks like? How it differs from other relationships? What are keys to successful accountability?

Singleness & Sexuality
This resource is intended to help individuals understand and deal with sexual feelings as commonly experienced in life. It was developed to challenge readers to a better level of understanding and encourage them to continue forward in this difficult struggle in a manner which honors Christ.


Stewarding Your Sexuality  [ACCFS]
Joint Version PDF Handout   Audio
Men’s Version PDF Handout   Audio
Women’s Version PDF Handout

Related Information from ACCFS:

Dealing With Sexual Sin

Support for Wives of Men with Sexual Addiction

Technology including filtering and monitoring tools.

For Further Information:

10 Tips for Maintaining Sexual Integrity
We are all acutely aware that sexual temptation is unavoidable in our sex-obsessed culture.  Here are 10 steps to achieving and maintaining sexual purity; steps that are practical, Scripture-based, and capable of helping anyone win the battle. [New Life Ministries]

Resisting the Lure: Recognizing the Dangers of Sexual Temptation 
In this pamphlet, the author compares sexual temptation to “a fishing lure that makes a trout think he’s getting his favorite meal.”  He describes the consequences of misdirected sexual desire and reminds the reader that “Jesus taught that sexuality is first and foremost a matter of the heart.” The author concludes with a 13-step Scripture-based program that will help a person find forgiveness, achieve deliverance, resist temptation, and develop healthy habits. [ODB Ministries]

Taking Every Thought Captive
Author: Mark R. Laaser
This 128-page book is for men who have ever struggled with unwanted thoughts or emotions. Writing from his own experience Dr. Laaser will guide the reader through a variety of strategies for taking these thoughts captive.


The 7 Principles of Highly Accountable Men
Author: Mark R. Laaser
This book discusses the benefits of accountability and how to set up structured accountability.



Becoming a Man of Valor
Author: Mark R. Laaser
This book explores the notion of living honorably and with integrity in all areas of life.