Behold our glorious King, who’s mercy knows no end. God, thank you for a beautiful morning, just a sweet time, drinking a non-fat peppermint white mocha, with my mentor. Details are important, just incase you haven’t notice that about me.
This past weeks I have been reflecting on the redeeming power of God. How enormously big he is, and how so little I am.
1 Corinthians 12:12-30 has been on my mind all week. It basically talks about having all body parts working in order to be fully complete. One cannot experience the full joy in Christ, if parts of your body are missing. If you are not seeking the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, you can’t experience the full joy in Christ Jesus. You will still be empty inside no matter how much you try, you need Jesus. You need Him, and Him alone.
Last week, I had to confess some sins about my past. Its one of those things when you know God is moving, you can’t escape Him. He will literally make sure you come to Him. Reflecting about it all now, I am thinking He went to great lengths to make sure this happened. What an amazing dad, he’s making sure I develop a new relationship towards sin. And I love it, and praise Him for it. I am the type of person that has to learn things the hard way, if things aren’t re difficult, I won’t really feel the weight of it, but if it stings, burn, hurt for a while, I will get the point, and do everything by the power of God to flee from whatever it is.
Before I became a believer, I wasn’t sexually active, but I was pretty close to it. I am not trying to justify that what I’ve done was okay in anyway shape or form. I just allow two guys to take advantage of me, by touching me in very inappropriate body parts. This has been haunting me more this semester than ever before. Yes, like I said I thought I repented, and asked for forgiveness, but for some reason every time I am attracted to guy now, all of it would just resurface again, and my mind would start going there. This almost often always leads to lust, and its just this cycle I can’t seem to break it. And it would frustrate my life, I couldn’t not handle it anymore. I would read in The Bible that sin can’t have dominion over you etc. Paul said that “Since then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on the things above where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death, therefore whatever be longs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed which is idolatry. Because of these the wrath of God is coming” (Colossians 3:1-6).
God has been showing me how he despises Sin this semester, and it only gets better (my extreme hatred for sin, praise God!). So Here is what God has been teaching me, through His word and Tin Conway.
“Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world , to abstain from sin-ful desires, which wages war against your soul” (1 Peter 2:11). The Christian life is a battle, this is true according to Ephesians 6:12 “but our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers if this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms”.
Sexual immorality is huge, it wages war, it seeks to destroy, it is not for but against your soul. They (sexual immorality, and sexual explicit materials) do battle against your soul, something that wars against your soul wants to destroy your soul. These are soul destroying passion, if they get you they get you, you die!
1 Thessalonians 4:3- “It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality, that each of you should learn to control his own body, not in passionate list like the heathen who do not know God”.
Peter said passion of the flesh wage war against us. One of these passion of the flesh; is the passion of lust. What is the passion of lust based on these verses?
- Losing control in a sexual way.
Control has the idea of keeping myself in bounds, keeping myself constraint, keeping myself from over-stepping. He uses the word transgress. To transgress means to step over, there’s a boundary there, control keeps me within the boundary, I lose control , I go out of it.
- By giving in to passion of lust, “you don’t know God”.
1 Corinthians 6:9 “Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexual immoral not idolaters not adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders, nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanders nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the Kingdom of God“.
If you are involved with sexual immorality, you will not inherit the Kingdom of Heaven. Well why?, because it utterly disregard God. Those who give in to the passion of lust have no regard for God. It defrauds a brother/sister, and The Lord will avenge. When sexual passion are given over to, its completely dishonoring. Girls give into pleasure in hope of satisfying their emotional desires, this dishonors God. Holiness is a people set apart. A people of his own who are dedicated to good works to purity, its been set apart for Him.
The sad part on this is the widespread of this situation within our church. Since many people struggle with it, its been accepted as a norm. The broad way is the religious way. Numbers don’t bring safety, God brings safety. Just because it’s a norm, doesn’t make it okay. Where you are with sexual passion has literally everything to say about whether your Christianity is true or not. Jesus says you’ve committed adultery if you’ve only had lustful thought and lustful intents. If you’re involved with porn, sexual immorality, Jesus say’s cut it off, or you will go to hell, this is life and death.
But wait…I thought we are saved by faith alone. Sure you’re correct, but if your faith doesn’t produce the kind of hand cutting off, eye gouging out, foot cutting off Christianity; then it is NOT a faith that will save you. Don’t be deceived.
That thing in your life that causes you to stumble, get rid of it, forsake it, repent of it, cut it off no matter how radical it is you need to get rid of it, and if your faith isn’t capable of that it is not a faith that will save you. Faith that does not produce an all out battle against sexual immorality is a faith that will not save you. Cry out to God to save you from your sins. Heaven and hell are at stake, and unless your faith is able to take you through this battle, its not saving faith.
→ A battle saving faith is sin killing faith.
→ Saving faith is lust killing faith.
→ Saving faith is warring faith, make no mistake about it.
These things wage war against your soul. In other words, if you cave to them, If you give place to them, if you don’t fight, gouge out, cut off, do battle, all out battle, not in your own power – If by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. Romans 6:14 says “for sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law but under grace”. If you have truly been saved by grace sin will have no dominion. If your life is not radically transformed where the power of sin is broken, DON’T BE DECEIVED. The reality at a clean record is not there if there is not indication of a transformed heart. The legal reckoning has not taken place unless practically your life has been transformed by the power of God. “For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die” (Romans 8:13)
What does it mean to live according to the flesh?
Galatians 5:19 “The acts of sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery”. If I continues to live according to that, I will die. But someone will say, but I was saved by faith
“Are you saying now if I fall into this sexual sin I lose my salvation?” I’m saying your salvation was never real to begin with. You see if the power of lawlessness and the power of iniquity was never broken in your life, it’s the greatest testimony Jesus never knew you. If you live according to the flesh, you will die. But if by the power of the spirit, the power of the cross, the power of the Spirit of God unleashed by faith in Christ, if by that supernatural power transforming, regenerating, bringing from death to life kind of power you put these things to death.
When it says it won’t have dominion over you, it doesn’t mean it won’t wage war against you, and you have to fight for everything your worth, in the power of the spirit. There will be days you fall, but its war, that sin cannot dominate you, you will move forward. Slaves of sin are not slaves of Christ. Call upon the Lord, there is power there. There is sin killing power to be cured.
This battle is not optional. There is no faith that saves from God’s wrath if it does not save you from the power of sexual immorality. The sexual immoral know not God. To know about somebody is to know facts. To know in the biblical sense, Adam knew Eve and she conceived, very initiate. When Jesus knows somebody, remember Ephesians 5; when he knows somebody, that’s His bride, that’s His church that’s His body. Husbands love your wife as Christ loved the church. He knows the church intimately. According to Matthew 13:4-5 know is when a man comes to know that he has discovered a treasure that is worth more than anything else, and he doesn’t disregard it, he knows. He /She’s convinced, I want this more than anything else. There is a huge difference between a passion for lust and sexual desires. Sexual desires with a marriage union is honorable. When a men and a women find Christ to be more desiring, when they see Him in His glory, and beauty. When they say yes! I want that more than anything else. And I don’t want to do anything that grieves . I don’t want to do anything that separates. Yes, I have sexual desires but my desires for Him is more. And so I’m going to stay controlled Lord help me stay controlled. Lord help me stay controlled. I don’t want to dishonor you, or do anything that breaks my fellowship with you. I have found you to be all together lovely. And my heart wants you, it yearns for you, it calls to you. I want to go hard after God. I want to find you, I want to meet you. I want to live my life for you, I want you, you are my everything. And I’m willing to sell all to have you. When somebody falls in love with Christ, the greatest grief is not the terror of hell, the greatest grief becomes offending the one you love. The son of God was acquitted with grief and affliction on my behalf. It’s an all out battle, all out battle, because of the one we love. All out battle, because we no longer disregard God, we have regard for Him.
For a while now, I have been saying I will share some of the things God is rescuing me from, He will not let me make empty promises. The love of God is so genuine, so real and authentic. I praise the Lord, that he choose me to follow Him, I am so unworthy of His grace, but he still freely poured out.
Everlasting Lord, you are near, all of the universe is at your feet. God I pray that you break people that are in chains, that you will shed light on souls, for your glory that your name be lifted high. God, you’re going to rescue your children back into your arms, and they are going to fall madly in love with you all over again. God forever you will reign, God I pray that all will taste you as sweet and not bitter, that You will soften hearts and renew affections for the glory of your name. Lord, I pray that you will start preparing more servants of Christ Jesus, that they will walk with you earnestly. Lord since you have sounded us with such great clouds of witnesses I pray that all we throw off everything that sins, and things that so easily entangles, that we will keep our eyes on you, the author and perfecter of our faith who for the joy set before Him endure the cross, scorning its shame and sat down at the right hand of God in heaven. Lord, I love you I pray that your will be done in my generation and all that’s reading this.
For the glory of Then name of Jesus I pray, Amen.