FLEE SEXUAL IMMORALITY (Part 2)

It is indeed a great challenge to stay sexually undefiled in this present sexually charged, inclined, and perverse generation. In the first part of this piece, two basic truths about the nature of sexual immorality were explained. Firstly, sexual immorality is a spiritual force stronger than our natural will or strength. Without the help and enabling of the Holy Spirit which is available to all God’s children, it is impossible to withstand the evil tides and surges of sexual immorality. It is the Holy Spirit who delivers us from the compelling and controlling influences and power of immoral spirits. (Rom. 8:2). Secondly, sexual immorality proceeds from the heart. It is one of the diverse manifestations and works of the flesh (Mark 7:21-23, Gal. 5:19). So, until your depraved heart or sinful nature inherited from Adam is changed, you will remain addicted to sexual immorality or perversion. God offers us His divine nature through Jesus Christ. When you receive Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour and Lord, you become a partaker of God’s nature and cannot therefore happily continue in sexual sins, for “Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.” (1 John 3:9).

It is however possible to be genuinely born again and be Spirit-filled, speaking in tongues, and yet fall into sexual sins or even become addicted to worldly and corrupt music, pornography, sex films, masturbation and such immoral sexual habits. The Scripture and history is replete with accounts of great and anointed men and women of God who fell into sexual sins and some who even got drowned completely in the ocean of sexual immorality. It is therefore ignorance and foolishness to think that our spiritual gifting and anointing of God can shield us from the surges of sexual immorality. Nevertheless, every true believer, born of God and Spirit-filled, has all that it takes to overcome the force of sexual immorality and stay sexually pure in this ungodly generation.

Thirdly, in order to overcome sexual immorality we need to know that it is first a thought before an act. This is why Jesus warns:”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). When you tolerate, accommodate or cherish unclean or immoral thoughts in your heart, you will eventually commit the act when given the opportunity. Unless you take charge of your thoughts, you cannot control your actions, because your thoughts form the basis of your actions. Your thoughts are the seeds while your actions are the fruits. It is whatever seed you sow in your mind or allow the media or anyone else to sow in your mind that you will eventually reap. “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” (Gal. 6:7). When you tolerate, accommodate or cherish unclean or immoral thoughts in your heart, you will eventually commit the act when given the opportunity. Unless you take charge of your thoughts, you cannot control your actions, because your thoughts form the basis of your actions.

When you incline your ears to listen to ungodly and sexually induce music, you are sowing seeds of lust and immorality in your mind. When you watch sex films or stare at nude pictures or pornographic materials, you are filling your heart with seeds that will bear the fruits of sexual immorality. When you keep company or hang out with immoral friends who communicate in filthy and corrupt slangs, you have opened your mind to serve as good soil for corrupt seeds of lust and immorality. The Scripture admonishes you to be a good gatekeeper at the gates that lead to your mind – your eyes, ears, and mouth. “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.” (Prov. 4:23).
Beloved, daily victory over sexual immorality will remain a mirage until you are able to renew your mind by constantly and consciously imbibing God’s word, thereby putting off or unsetting your former mindsets on sex or pleasure. In many culture and society today, sexual immorality or perversion is acceptable as a way of life. They see nothing wrong or outrageous in sex before or outside marriage, homosexuality or lesbianism, pornography or masturbation. Anyone with such an immoral mindset or debased value cannot pursue and attain sexual purity. It is therefore a must for you to carefully examine your heart today, your thought-pattern, your value system, and the principles that govern your life and action. If they don’t conform to or align with God’s Word, they must be discarded and put off immediately. Until you accept and adopt God’s values and principles, you cannot live a life that is acceptable to God. Having been born again and filled with the Holy Spirit, you need to consciously, constantly, and diligently expose your mind to God’s Word. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly. Fill your heart with the incorruptible seed of God’s Word and it will bear the fruit of sexual purity. “How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word.” (Psa 119:9).

Father Lord, strengthen me to be a diligent gatekeeper at all the gates that lead to my mind. Help me to fill my mind regularly and constantly with the incorruptible seed, in Jesus’ name. Amen

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