So I tell you, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more.—Ephesians 4:17-24
So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other's bodies. They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created [the human body] instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen. That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires.—Romans 1:24-26 (NLT)
For the mind-set of the flesh is hostile to God because it does not submit itself to God's law, for it is unable to do so. Those whose lives are in the flesh are unable to please God.—Romans 8:7-8 (NIV)
...but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.—James 1:14-15 (NIV)
For we know that our old self was crucified with Him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin.—Romans 6:6
Therefore, do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires [lusts]. Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness. For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.—Romans 6:12-15 (NIV)
I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.
Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.
This poor man called, and the Lord heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles.
The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.—Psalm 34:4-7 (NIV)
May the Lord answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.
May he send you help from the sanctuary and grant you support from Zion.
May he remember all your sacrifices and accept your burnt offerings. May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.
May we shout for joy over your victory and lift up our banners in the name of our God.
May the Lord grant all your requests.—Psalm 20:1-5 (NIV)
God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.—Psalm 46:5 (NIV)
He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support.
He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.—Psalm 18:16-19 (NIV)
In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.—Psalm 4:8 (NIV)
"Therefore I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the wilderness and speak tenderly to her. There I will give her back her vineyards, and will make the Valley of Achor a door of hope. There she will respond as in the days of her youth, as in the day she came up out of Egypt." "In that day," declares the Lord, "you will call me 'my husband'; you will no longer call me 'my master.'Hosea 2:14-16 (NIV)
In a desert land he found him, in a barren and howling waste. He shielded him and cared for him; he guarded him as the apple of his eye,
like an eagle that stirs up its nest and hovers over its young,
that spreads its wings to catch them and carries them aloft.
The Lord alone led him; no foreign god was with him.—Deuteronomy 32:10-12 (NIV)
But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering."—Mark 5:32-34 (NIV)
For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, "Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame."—Romans 10:10-11 (NIV)
Jesus said, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means; 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.' For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners."—Matthew 9: 12-13
We all, with unveiled faces, are reflecting the glory of the Lord and are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory; this is from the Lord who is the Spirit.— 2 Corinthians 3:18 (NIV)
...you took off your former way of life, the old man that is corrupted by deceitful desires; you are being renewed in the spirit of your minds; you put on the new man, the one created according to God's likeness in righteousness and purity of the truth.— Ephesians 4:22-24 (HCSV)
Not that I [the Apostle Paul] have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.— Philippians 3:12-14 (NIV)
I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do--this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.—Romans 7:15-20 (NIV)
Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when He appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. Everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.— 1 John 3:2-3 (NIV)
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God--this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is-- his good, pleasing and perfect will.—Romans 12:1-2 (NIV)
When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, "Surely the Lord’s anointed stands here before the Lord." But the Lord said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things a man looks at. Man looks at outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart."—1 Samuel 16:6 (NIV)
Woe to you, teacher of the Law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the Law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former. You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel. Woe to you, teachers of the Law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.—Matthew 23:23-25 (NIV)
The Lord says, "These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men."—Isaiah 29:13 (NIV)
For as he thinks in his heart, so is he...—Proverbs 23:7 (NKJV)
You have heard it said, "You shall not commit adultery"; but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.—Matthew 5:27-28 (NASB)
Don't lustfully fantasize on her beauty, nor be taken in by her bedroom eyes. You can buy an hour with a whore for a loaf of bread, but a wanton woman may well eat you alive. Can you build a fire in your lap and not burn your pants? Can you walk barefoot on hot coals and not get blisters? —Proverbs 6:25-28 (The Message)
I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a girl.—Job 31:1 (NIV)
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.—Rom 12:2
Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.—Proverbs 4:23 (NIV)
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.—Philippians 4:8 (NIV)
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.—Ezekiel 36:26-27 (NIV)
While we are under God's grace, our journey must become more than binging during the week and purging at our support group:
For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace. What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? May it never be!—Romans 6:14-15
We must be willing to give up anything in order to become free from the slavery to sin we have found ourselves in:
And if your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out, and throw it from you; for it is better for you that one of the parts of your body perish, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand makes you stumble, cut if off, and throw it from you; for it is better for you that one of the parts of your body perish, than for your whole body to go into hell.—Matthew 5:29-30
Healing requires honesty but also gentleness with each other:
If you have sinned, you should tell each other what you have done. Then you can pray for one another and be healed.—James 5:16 (CEV)
Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body.—Ephesians 4:25 (NIV)
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ, God forgave you.—Ephesians 4:32 (NIV)
Healing also requires us to be open to correction:
Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.—Galations 6:1 (NIV)
Forgiveness requires honesty with God:
If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives. —1 John 1:8-10
The one who conceals his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them will find mercy. —Proverbs 28:13
My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring him back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover a multitude of sins. —James 5:19-20