Scripture Reading: Proverbs 7:24-27
Habits are very serious thing and once formed can be dangerous. Share this text message with me: “Good morning Bro. Jude. I ‘m a young girl battling seriously with the sins of the flesh. Each time I make a step forward in changing I make two steps backwards. I have been following the 21 days fasting but each time I fall into sin I do not fast I have decided to stop fasting because it is like I’m fooling myself not God……….Please pray for me.” Life of sexual immorality is like swimming in water full of crocodiles and snakes; you do not know how long you can swim before you stumble on a crocodile or snake. And this is why the word of God is warning us today in 1 Corinthians 6:18-20, “Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (NKJV)The word of God has revealed to us some important knowledge and truth that will help us not to become victim of the evil of sexual aberrations. Sexual immorality causes human defilement. This is very serious because this kind of defilement strips us of God’s glory, that divine aura of purity will be beclouded by this kind of defilement. This type of defilement leads to stain in our souls; that is why it is mostly described as filthy garment. Reuben the first born in Jacob’s household lost his importance or glory due to sexual sin and his father tells him this in Genesis 49:4: “……. But you will not be the most important, for you slept with my concubine and dishonoured your father’s bed. Sexual immorality denies the Holy Spirit a place in us. The Holy Spirit of God cannot be present in an impure vessel. This accounts for the reason so many children of God are like empty vessels. The anointing of the Holy Spirit has disappeared; No matter how we call down the anointing, nothing seems to be happening because the supposed vessel of honour is polluted. 2Timothy 2:21 tells us what happens when the vessel is clean: “If any one makes himself clean from all those evil things, he will be used for special purposes, because he is dedicated and useful to his Master, ready to be used for every good deed.”Another important reason we should shun sexual immorality is because we do not own ourselves but God’s .Beloved in Christ, we must stand for pure thoughts, desires, imaginations and actions without which we can easily fall for any kind of sexual immorality. It is because we are not standing for holiness, that is why we are falling for different kinds of sexual sins like adultery, fornication, gay, lesbianism, pornography, bestiality, incest, masturbation, paedophilia, nudity, seductive(sexy) dressing, watching of blue films, and the use of immoral words(foul talks). These are evil practices and God is not happy with such persons. The scripture says, in Titus 2:11-12, “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.” (NIV)
- Thank you Father, for revealing to me the dangers of immoral life styles.
- Lord have mercy upon me for the number of times I have allowed my thoughts, imaginations, desires and actions to lead me to sin against you. I ask for the grace to overcome them in Jesus name.
- Let us pray for as many that have abused human sexuality that they may have a change of heart and begin to see the gift of human sexuality from God’s point of view.
- Pray for all young boys and girls who have been led astray by wrong knowledge that they got about human sexuality that the Holy Spirit may enlighten them with the truth.
- Pray for all married people and those called to consecrated life that they may never depart from the path of chastity and sanctity which their vocations demand.
Exercise: Are you battling with any form of sexual sin? Invite the Holy Spirit in your life to help you out. You must surely overcome such lifestyle.
Memory Verse: 1 Thessalonians 4:3