LISTEN: Facing Temptations in College, Part 2 (The Man in the Mirror #18 with Daniel Whyte III)

Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

This podcast is directed to all young people, but primarily to young black men, young black women, and their parents. We are thankful for all the people who are standing up for justice and racial equality. But this podcast is about the man in the mirror. What are you doing for the glory of God, to make life better for others, for your family, and for yourself? This podcast is about living life in such a way that it cuts back on the chance of being harassed or killed by the authorities or anyone else and helps you to live the good life of peace and joy.

Psalm 119:9 says, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.”

Jim Rohn said, “You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself.”

Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”

Today, we will continue our discussion of the top ten temptations you will face in college and how to deal with them. The tips in this series are taken from an article by Tamie Vervoorn, a former member of the evangelistic hip-hop group GX International, who now writes for several Christian youth magazines.

So far, we have discussed how to overcome:

1. Letting your relationship with God slide
2. Beginning to doubt your faith.

The third temptation you will face is buying into the lie that there are “no moral absolutes.”

If you go to a secular university you will be told, in one way or another, that most worldviews, philosophies and religions are equally good. Nothing can be known for sure. “If it works for you, go for it!” Your professors and peers might try to make you feel silly about believing that Jesus is the only way to God. You might want to fudge your beliefs just a little to be accepted.

Don’t be surprised that non-Christians don’t agree with you. Turn it around, and make your campus your mission field! You’ll be amazed at how your own faith grows when you’re loving and reaching out to others.

Remember what Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” Acts 4:12 also says, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Instead of succumbing to the worldly philosophy around you, choose to be a light in the midst of that darkness.

The fourth temptation you will face is giving in to promiscuity.

If you live away from your parents, on campus, even on a Christian college campus, you will be faced with three things: freedom, loneliness and more time with the opposite sex. That’s not all bad, but it opens the door to sexual temptation. Add to that pressure from friends and the media to “get a boyfriend” or “get a girlfriend” or to “get more physical,” and this becomes a serious danger zone.

The strategy to overcome this temptation is to make a plan now. Decide before you go to college that you will say “no” sexual temptation. Are you committed to sexual purity? Remember that it’s God’s will for you not only to remain physically pure, but to guard your heart as well. Learn how to develop godly friendships and have fun hanging out in groups. Limit the amount of time you’re alone in one-on-one situations with the opposite sex, even if you feel strongly about the other person.

First Corinthians 6:18-20 says, “Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” When you say “no” to sexual temptation, you are not only keeping yourself pure, but you are glorifying God with your lifestyle and becoming a good example to those around you.

Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for over twenty-seven years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.