WFTW Body: 

We read that Jesus grew in wisdom from His childhood (Lk.2:40, 52). Even though we expect young people to do foolish things, because they are young, yet Jesus never did anything foolish, when he was young. Make Him your example therefore, and you will be saved from doing many foolish things in your youthful days.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Jesus prayed for help to be saved from spiritual death - and He "was heard because of His godly fear" (Heb.5:7- KJV). God loves us as He loved Jesus. So your prayers also will be heard, if you fear God as Jesus did.

God gave Abraham a certificate (in Genesis 22:12) saying, "Now I know you are a fearer of God", when he was ready to sacrifice his only son. Abraham obeyed God all by himself on that mountain-top that day. He wanted God alone to see His obedience. God had spoken to Abraham one night, when he was alone (Gen.22:1). No-one else knew what God had told him. And Abraham obeyed God in secret. It is in the things that you do in secret (where no-one else knows what you do) that you will discover whether you fear God or not.

God gave Job a certificate (Job 1:8) before Satan, that Job feared God. It is good if God can boast about you also to Satan like that - since Satan goes roaming around the world even today, and knows all about everyone's private life. Job made a covenant with his eyes never to look with lust on a woman (Job 31:1). It is amazing that someone who lived even before the Law was given, and centuries before the new covenant was established, could make such a decision, without a Bible, without the Holy Spirit, and without other brothers to encourage or challenge him! Job will rise up in the day of judgment and condemn this generation for its lustfulness and its sin.

Joseph is another great example for you to follow. He was a young man living far away from his parents. And yet when he was tempted by a sinful woman day after day, he resisted her constantly and ran away from her, because he feared God (Gen.39:9).

The examples of Job and Joseph show us that the fear of God alone is sufficient to keep us from this terrible sin of sexual lust and adultery. The fear of the Lord is the alphabet (ABC) of wisdom.

If you "take heed to yourself", then"your progress will become evident for all to see" (1 Tim. 4:15, 16).