- Mon May 5, 2014
Oneness is no more automatic with Christ than it is with our wives. Our salvation is expressed in an ongoing process of spiritual growth in which we're strenuously involved.
Take sexual purity, for example. At a single moment, salvation freed us to be sexually pure. But in another sense, salvation gave us only the opportunity to be sexually pure. We still must chose oneness with Christ.
"It is God's will that you be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality" (I Thessalonians 4:3). Oneness, then, is an act. While feelings of intimacy flow from oneness, oneness itself is not a feeling. It's a state of being. Feeling regret over my sexual sins did not make me one with Christ. Preaching against sexual sins did not make me one with Christ. Walking purely makes me one with Christ. If I'm sexually pure, Jesus and I are one in this regard. If I'm not, we aren't.
- Sun May 4, 2014
The impure thought life is the life of a thief. You're stealing images that aren't yours. When you had premarital sex, you touched someone who didn't belong to you. When you looked down the blouse of a woman who isn't your wife, you were stealing something that isn't yours to take. It's just like walking down Main Street behind someone who drops a one-hundred-dollar bill out of his pocket, and you pick it up. That money isn't yours--even if he didn't know he lost it. If you choose to keep the money instead of saying, "Hey, Mister," then you've taken something you're not entitled to.
When we're thieves with our eyes, we're embezzling sexual gratification from areas that don't belong to us, from women who aren't connected to us.
- Sat May 3, 2014
The person you become as a young man is the person you drag into adulthood. Your likes and dislikes--from food to music to movies--follow you.
The decisions you make today will impact everything in your future. Decision-making is a two-edged sword: wrong decisions today get you traveling down a path that leads to more horrible mistakes tomorrow. The right decisions you make today will help you make the right decisions tomorrow.
Today I will be conscious of the choices that
are mine to make. I will choose wisely now
so that I will make right decisions through-
out my life and positively impact my own
- Fri May 2, 2014
Because God knows how powerfully He designed our minds to be, He commands us to take great care in what we allow our minds to dwell upon. One hundred billion neurons strong and able to make two hundred calculations per second, the mind is designed to think great thoughts and do marvelous things. It is a force, God tells us, that will determine our personal destinies.
The defining marker for God's man is that he thinks deeply and continuously about what God has spoken. and just as plain pork ribs take on a new identity as they soak in a special marinade, so the man who immerses himself in God's Word takes on the very character of God; he is changed into someone new.
Be careful how you think, because your thoughts run your life. (PROVERBS 4:23, NCV, emphasis added)
- Thu May 1, 2014
A mistress is not necessarily the soft touch of a woman's body. The mistress in a man's relationship with God is the world, its values, and its practices. When God sees a man loving the priorities and practices of a godless world while purporting to love Him, He sees an adulterous affair and a trampling of the love He has given to the relationship.
It's a temptation that's tough to resist. Our world constantly invites us to go with our feelings over our faith. The world exalts image over substance, comfort over character, indulgences over ethics. It confuses net worth with self worth. It values things over people. All of these whacked out priorities pollute our relationship with God and with people. "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this...to keep oneself from being polluted by the world," says James 1:27.