Kingdom Greetings again. Thank you for being one of the readers of this blog. I'm grateful to the LORD and at the same time excited for this privilege He has given me to share the Word with you once again.
Sexual purity is a very sensitive topic in Christendom as it often rouses different reactions and opinions from different Christians. At iBlogGospel we stick to what the Word of God says and present it exactly the way it is, by His Grace.
We've witnessed a decay in our present society in such a manner that whenever topics concerning staying sexually pure are raised, eyebrows also get raised; people respond to it with shock and anger. How did we get there? Especially in the Western world, sexual purity has become the wrong way of life.
The fact that a particular thing is widely accepted and practised doesn't validate it is the right thing to do. It is the Word of God that should have the final say on how we should live as Believers.
The topic is based on 1 Thessalonians 4.
1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 KJV
For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:  That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;  Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God.
1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 ESV
3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification:[a]that you abstain from sexual immorality; 4 that each one of you know how to control his own body[b] in holiness and honor, 5 not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God.
Meaning of Sanctification
Sanctification simply means "Set Apart". True Christians are automatically set apart and dedicated to God Almighty the moment they accept Jesus Christ as their LORD and Saviour. But we have the responsibility of living out on daily basis the terms and conditions of that sanctification because without doing so, our sanctification is incomplete.
Why God Sanctifies Us
I can point out two major reasons why we are set apart as follows:
1. Since we've decided to stop serving the devil by getting saved and because God Almighty is now our Master, we are not expected to continue leading the manner of life that pleases the enemy. No man serves two masters (Matthew 6:24). Romans 12 tells us that we are set apart to honour and worship God with our bodies:
Romans 6:17-22 KJV
But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.  Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.  I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.  For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.  What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.  But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
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.
2. We've been given an assignment. There is calling upon our lives which gets activated the moment we get saved. We should see the assignment as more important than our very lives. We are grafted into God's Army and according to the Word, soldiers must please the One who enlisted them.
2 Timothy 2:4 KJV
No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
We Must Stay Sanctified
Since we are "sanctified," for that very reason we must avoid sexual immorality at all cost. We can not continue using the popular "no man is perfect" phrase as an excuse to continue feeding our Flesh. 1 Thessalonians 4:7 makes it clear that God has not called us to uncleanness but holiness.
Be it fornication, adultery, lust, name it... we must understand that the end time is too corrosive for a Christian to continue wallowing in sexual immorality.
Are we filled with the Holy Spirit? The answer from majority will definitely be a "Yes!" 1 Thessalonians 4:3–5 tells us the necessity of controlling our bodies. Giving into immorality is a sure sign that we are not Spirit-filled, and as a result we do not possess self-control which is one of the fruits of the Spirit.
More Vital Points To Note:
● The LORD is Still Coming for a Church without spot or blemish. He hasn't lowered the standard.
Ephesians 5:27 KJV
That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
2 Timothy 2:19 KJV
Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
It is not the will of the LORD that He meets us unprepared.
● A Sexually Immoral End Time Christian Stands A Chance of Missing Heaven.
Matthew 24:20-21,43-44 KJV
But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:  For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.  But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.  Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
● A Sexually Immoral End Time Christian Lacks The Sharp-Cutting Edge Necessary For The End Time Harvest:
Apostle Paul sternly admonished Timothy against sexual immorality because he understood the extent to which it could go in harming him and his ministry; it would blunt his sharp-cutting edge and make him less effective.
2 Timothy 2:22 KJV
Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
1 Timothy 6:11 KJV
But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
This admonishment also goes for every Christian who is alive today; who wants to record success and substantial impact in his or her ministry.
● A Sexually Immoral Christian Is Not Equipped To Withstand The Ever-Increasing Attacks from The Enemy on The End Time Church
One of the major reasons why the enemy doesn't want Christians to comes out of the shackles of sexual immorality in the first place is so that he'll keep attempting to crash the Church.
Even at present, we've heard and witnessed diverse sexual scandals hitting ministers of the Gospel here and there. We can see how much the enemy is using sexual immorality as a weapon against the Church.
Sexual immorality is poison to the spirit-man. Sexual Purity is one of the pillars of every Christian who is still standing. Christians need to stay sexually pure in order to be able to withstand the attacks from the enemy, while also advancing the Kingdom of God and successfully bring their ministry to completion.
● This list is however not exhaustive. There are innumerable reasons why an end time Christian must stay sexually pure. Daniel said that during these very days we are living in, those who know their God will be strong and do exploits (Daniel 11:32).
Christians who are still entangled in the web of sexual immorality are not among this category of people. They are not "Spiritually" strong and can not do mighty exploits.
Apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 9:27
"But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified."
Let us think on that Scripture.
If we are born of God, we have His Spirit. His Name is "Holy Spirit," we are Anointed to live holy and He's there to ensure we do just that. The Holy Spirit keep any Christian who is willing to be kept sexually pure. We must stay filled with Him because the ability to live holy comes from Him! (See Zechariah 4:6).
Uncontrolled “passionate lust” is a work of the flesh (See Galatians 5:19), not of the Spirit. Controlling our lusts and living sexually pure lives is essential to anyone who professes to know Christ. In doing so, we honor God with our bodies (1 Corinthians 6:18–20).
Living a sexually pure life will guarantee us a cutting-edge Christian life. There is no shortcut to walking in deeper levels of Anointing, staying victorious over all devices of the enemy and making jaw-dropping impacts. We must harness God's Grace to stay out of sexual immorality.
My Prayer for you is that God's Word has a transforming impact on your life, in Jesus Christ Mighty Name... Amen!