FLEE SEXUAL IMMORALITY (PART 1)

by Joseph Chiagoziem

We live today in a society that is highly sexually charged and perverted. Sexual signals are constantly transmitted to us in our homes through the media and in our streets through the billboards and prostitutes who are scantily dressed. In today’s sexually inclined society, television commercials, movies and soap operas without any sexual scene or inducement have become unpopular. Artistes who cannot entertain the audience with their nakedness are no longer celebrated today. Music without sexual undertones is no longer promoted and widely circulated. Nudity, pornography, sex before and outside marriage, homosexuality, lesbianism, masturbation, and other sexual perversions are becoming widely acceptable in our debased society. Unfortunately, our churches also are fast becoming brothels where ladies parade and conduct themselves in indecent dresses and manners. So, at home, in the street, and in the church we are besieged by sexual waves and surges.

Notwithstanding how sexually depraved our society or church has become, God has neither changed nor lowered His standard of sexual purity. It is still adultery to look at a woman lustfully even without sleeping with her.”But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (Matt. 5:28). Sex before or outside marriage is still a sin and unacceptable to God. “Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.” (Heb. 13:4). Though it is becoming increasingly difficult or challenging to stay sexually pure in our sexually charged and debased society, yet sexual purity is not impossible or unattainable. How can we stand against today’s evil sexual tide? How do we overcome sexual temptations that come our ways on a daily basis and stay sexually pure? Understanding the nature, power, and consequences of sexual immorality is critical and helpful to overcoming it and to staying sexually pure or undefiled.

Firstly, sexual immorality is a spiritual force. There are demons, unclean spirits or evil powers behind all filthy movies, sexually induced TV commercials and music, pornographic materials, and all forms sexual perversions. These spirits always seek to possess and enslave us, manipulate and rule our emotions, lure and drive us into sexual immorality in subtle ways, and make us addicted to sinful sexual habits. Mere resolution, determination or strong will is therefore not enough for constant victory over sexual immorality because it is a spiritual battle. Unfortunately, the fall of man through disobedience to God has greatly weakened the spirit of man and made man subservient to these immoral spirits. (Eph. 2:1-3). Thank God for His great love towards us in sending His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to deliver and revive us, and also restore to us our God-given dominion that we lost in Adam. Though it is becoming increasingly difficult or challenging to stay sexually pure in our sexually charged and debased society, yet sexual purity is
not impossible or unattainable.

Moreover, God has also given us the Holy Spirit to strengthen us in our inner man and empower us to resist and overcome the negative influences and manipulations of these unclean spirits. The Scripture testifies: “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.” (Rom. 8:2). It is only the power and influence of the Spirit of holiness, the Holy Spirit, which can deliver our souls or minds from the negative influence, dominion and control of the immoral spirits. Anyone who is therefore not genuinely born again and Spirit-filled stands no chance against the controlling power and influence of the evil spirits and forces behind sexual immorality. Unless you constantly yield and submit to the Holy Spirit, you will be swept off by the evil tides and surges of sexual immorality.

Secondly, sexual immorality is a matter of the heart. The Scripture declares:”For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications…”All these evil things come from within and defile a man.”(Mark 7:21-23). Everyone is born with a natural tendency or inclination towards sexual immorality, for we are all born with a depraved heart, a sinful nature, the flesh, the body of sin. (Rom. 6:6). Victory over sexual immorality is therefore absolutely impossible without a new heart or a new nature which only God can give. You share of God’s nature when you become born again through genuine repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. (1 John 3:9, 2 Pet. 1:3-4). However, this is just the starting point in your walk of holiness. Having received the divine nature of God, you are expected to set before you and pattern your life after Jesus Christ who “was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.” (Heb. 4:15). It is only in Christ that you can find a refuge from the evil surges of sexual immorality that are drowning and sweeping away lives and destinies of many people today. “The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” (Prov. 18:10). Beloved, it takes coming regularly to God’s presence, seeking for His grace, wisdom, strength, and help to stay sexually pure in this perverse generation. “Seek the LORD and His strength; seek His face evermore!” (1 Chro. 16:11).

Father Lord, strengthen me in my inner man by Your Spirit to resist and reject every negative influence and manipulation of immoral spirits, in Jesus’ name. Amen

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