Wednesday, January 28, 2015
purity vs. lust... choose wisely
Millions of Christians feast their minds on unholy images and material each and every day. Satan has made it so easy for us to lust... whether sexually or materially. In fact, our need to be entertained has become a pillar of our world culture. We now consider it normal to allow many sinful (and destructive) forms of false fulfillment into our homes and lives. So much so, that doing without such "pleasures" may seem Spartan. But we must ask ourselves how much is our purity really worth to us?
The bigger question is this: Are we ready to bring our entertainment habits and lustful desires into submission to God and His plan for how we conduct our lives? Trust me when I tell you, we must carefully choose a biblical answer to this question every single day in order to avoid sin.
James 4:7 commands us to "submit to God" and to "resist the devil." This is a key command intended for our own good. For if we fail to bring our lustful habits into submission, we could be faced with a life-altering stumbling block that will tear us apart. In fact, our gracious God warns us on the importance of removing all "detestable" objects from our lives. He instructs us to keep our hearts clean to avoid annihilation from an enemy who wishes us dead and separated from God. Not cool, Satan!
"Do not bring a detestable thing into your house or you, like it, will be set apart for destruction. Utterly abhor and detest it, for it is set apart for destruction." (Deuteronomy 7: 26)
Friends, it takes real strength and determination in Jesus Name to resist the flow of our worldly culture and live as a "counter-culture" Christian. Think about what detestable things you have allowed into your home... into your heart. Are you willing to completely give them up and replace them with holiness? Are you willing to make your only focus the perfect way of Christ? If not, why not? If not, then how can your relationship with God grow?
As followers of Jesus Christ, we must pray and support one another to keep our eyes on His eternal pleasures rather than on earthly perversions that turn us away from God's truth. Let's unite together without judgement and encourage biblical action so that we can enjoy our promised spiritual rewards while avoiding the lustful temptations that draw us away from our Holy King. Let's stand firmly against this sin every day. For you and I both know, this decision is a lifelong battle that requires daily resolve to keep Jesus as the One and only focus.
So, what steps will you take TODAY to filter out and remove what is impure? Will you choose to continue tolerating and welcoming in sinful lusts? OR, will you resist Satan's trap and seek after the complete and fulfilling abundance that is promised to you by following Christ's narrow path... by heeding the warnings of your Shepherd... by seeking HIS WAY over your own way! Choose today whom you will serve... but I warn you, choose wisely.
"But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve.... But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD." (Joshua 24:15)
Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus Christ our magnificent Lord!
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