We were all created as sexual beings. Every sane and healthy human being on Earth has that component as part of their being. Our sexuality is not what we should be shy of, scared of or explore outside Biblical principles!
I can tell from experience, that the challenges Christians encounter in trying to stay pure in this present world are terrifying. But that's not an excuse either, the LORD still expects His own to be set apart and different from the rest.
The LORD is calling His End Time Church to total consecration and holiness unto Him. This is necessary for the mighty works He intends to do through us before the end of this age! It is needful that we don't forget that He is also coming for a Church without spot or blemish (Ephesians 5:27).
The plan of the enemy is to keep as many Christians as possible, tied to sexual sins so that they can not become productive in the Kingdom. The truth is that until Christians stop frowning at sexual purity messages, they're not ready to be mightily used of the LORD to impact the world around them. Our impact on Earth is directly proportional to how much consecrated we are to the LORD.
What Is Sexual Purity?
Sexual Purity is a deliberate, daily decision to live for the LORD and not for the Flesh; by empowerment of the Holy Spirit. It is part of taking up our cross and following our LORD JESUS CHRIST on daily basis (Mark 10:21). It goes far beyond what we do with our body. It's involves our thoughts, intents, behaviours and actions.
The Holy Scriptures is clear on God's call on His Church to abstain from lust, fornication, adultery and all forms of sexual immortality. In the Old Testament, adultery was punishable by death.
Leviticus 20:10 KJV
And the man that committeth adultery with another man's wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour's wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.
That fact that we are not punished instantly for sin today because we live in the era of Grace should get us more concerned. Grace should neither be despised nor taken for granted. Grace is JESUS CHRIST and we crucify the Him afresh if we deliberately continue in sin (Hebrews 6:6). Temporary punishment is better than eternal separation from God. We risk getting separated from God is we abuse Grace.
Romans 12:1 KJV
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
The Mind And Sexual Purity
Every genuine Christian desires to live a life which is pleasing to the LORD. Many have made decisions, vows and resolutions but only end up frustrated when they see themselves failing to live up to them time and again. The reality is that if we refuse to take the bull by the horns when it comes to living pure for Christ, we'll always see ourselves back to our vomit.
Some of us don't care what comes in and goes out of our minds, then we wonder why it's hard to live a holy and consecrated life even after making decisions to. A passive mind is the devil's play ground!
The mind is the battle-field. If it is fed holy inputs, our entire being will respond accordingly and live holy. But if the mind is fed unholy inputs, living a life of purity will be hard. I believe if Christians can grasp the power of their mind, they can harness it to do more productive things than letting the enemy have a field day in it and make them live in sin.
Gates To The Mind
The gates to the mind are through the ears and eyes. What we feed our ears and eyes determines the content of our mind, and thereby determine the manner of life we will live! In these last days, the enemy has devised a mind-control strategy which is targeted at the general public. The intention behind this is to carefully execute sinful materials through the media; the movie and music industries and even social media. We must not be caught in his trap!
1. THE EARS: Evey Christian must be careful about what they feed their ears. Some Christians assume there is nothing wrong with listening to any sort of music but there definitely is! Songs are actually messages sent to the mind. With secular music, the enemy has devised the strategy of feeding man's mind with immorality! Why is it very easy for some Christians to recall and sing secular music lyrics from the beginning to the end without making a mistake but can't recall up to 10 bible verses with the same mind? That shows something isn't right with such mind! We must intentionally feed our ears the right inputs! There is nothing wrong with listening to good Christians music which glorifies the Lord (not the singers) and listening to audio gospel messages throughout the whole day!
We must also avoid being in the wrong company and wrong places. Bad company corrupts good morals (1 Corinthians 15:33).
Psalm 1:1 KJV
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2. THE EYES: We must be intentional concerning what we feed our eyes with. We can't spend time on TV, YouTube or Netflix channels that don't glorify God and expect to live a life of purity. If they are not edifying but sinful, they're not worth seeing! There are many YouTube channels that offer great messages that can edify and help us grow spiritually.
It's also needful to avoid places with immoral sights like unholy dressing. I must confess, the trend of sexually appealing dressing that we have in the Church today is not helping saints to maintain a life of purity!
The most important thing we should feed our eyes with is the Word of God. Transformation comes by exposing oneself to the Word, not unholy videos and images.
Psalm 119:9 KJV
Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.
Watch Over The Mind Gates!
We're not just expected to let our minds wander. A mature Christian is one who watches over his or her mind to ensure it's set on God, not vanity! Random unholy thoughts that do not glorify God which occasionally pop up in the mind shouldn't be given second thought but discarded. There are demons which specialize with feeding the mind unholy thoughts from the outside so that they can cause people to sin. By taking captive of thoughts, by the Grace of the Almighty we can have this in control.
2 Corinthians 10:5 KJV
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
The Mind And Sexual Purity
Romans 12:2 KJV
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
We were all born into sin. As we grow, the society we grow up in adds to the accumulation of sin in our minds. Bad peer influence, ungodly home and many other factors add to it. When we get saved, we happen to notice there is a lot we must unlearn. We'll have to let God reprogramme our mind from thinking like the world and sinners to thinking like Christ! We must have the Christ-like kind of mind! That is where renewing the mind comes in.
Ephesians 4:23 KJV
And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
The fact that the holy Bible lays much emphasis on the need to get our minds renewed tells us of how much importance it is to our spiritual growth! It is difficult to grow and become all that the LORD wants us to be with a mind that is not renewed!
The Word of God is a spiritual cleanser for the mind. Every Christian who is successfully living a life of purity is a student of the Word.
Ephesians 5:26 KJV
That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
Get the Word and stay in the Word. Ask the Holy Spirit to purge your mind from every thought accumulation that does not glorify Him and He will.
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