- Wed May 14, 2014
Then in the nations where they have been
carried captive, those who escape will remember
me--how I have been grieved by their adulterous
hearts, which have turned away from me, and by
their eyes, which have lusted after their idols. They
will loathe themselves for the evil they have done.
When we entered the Promised Land of our salvation, we were told to eliminate every hint of sexual immorality in our lives. Since entering that land, have you failed to crush sexual sin? Every hint of it? If not, have you come to the point of loathing yourself for that failure? If that's where you are, there's hope for you.
- Tue May 13, 2014
Your sexual purity will also mean regaining your relationship with your friends.
Trust is important in the body of Christ. In 1 Corinthians 6:15-20, Paul says that not only does a sexually immoral man sin against his own body, but he also sins against the body of Christ and his friends within the body.
Our friends trust us to be pure; a failure would crush their spirits as well as our own. We must be trustworthy.
Lord, thank You for the friends in my life.
Their trust encourages me. Help me remember
that my sexual purity, or lack thereof,
has an impact on their lives as well as my own.
- Mon May 12, 2014
Strong leaders should submit their rights for the sake of oneness. This kind of sacrifice fosters peace, joy, and righteousness.
In no other area of your life will you receive such a large and immediate impact as when you apply the principles of servant leadership. It's not slow, like other aspects of the Christian life. You serve the Lord now, and after you die, He'll call you faithful. You serve your wife in the bedroom, and--POW!--you'll receive gratification of the highest degree.
Let us therefore make every effort to do what
leads to peace and to mutual edification.
- Sun May 11, 2014
Sexual impurity is not a "sickness" or "imbalance" for most men. Our eyes love the sexual, and our bad habits arise from our maleness. We have the bad habit of seeking cheap thrills from any dark corner we stumble into. We've habitually chosen the wrong way, and now we must habitually choose the right way.
Impurity not only lives like a habit, it also works like a habit. The same is also true for purity; it works like a habit.
Once we set a habit in concrete, we can forget about it. The habit will take care of business with little conscious thought, enabling us to focus our attention on other things. For example, we all have a habitual way of getting up in the morning. Many of us slowly climb out of bed, brush our teeth, take a shower, get dressed, and eat Wheaties with the kids at 7:10 a.m. We don't even have to think about it. We could do our morning routine in our sleep, and we usually do! While sexual impurity works like a bad habit, sexual purity works like a good habit.
- Sat May 10, 2014
Why do we find it so easy to mix our standards of sexual sin and so difficult to firmly commit to true purity?
Because we're used to it. We easily tolerate mixed standards of sexual purity because we tolerate mixed standards in most other areas of life.
Question: What's your aim in life--excellence or obedience?
What's the difference? To aim for obedience is to aim for perfection, not for "excellence," which is actually something less.
"Wait a minute!" you reply. "I thought excellence and perfection were the same thing."
Sometimes they appear to be. But mere excellence allows room for a mixture. In most arenas, excellence is not a fixed standard at all. It's a mixed standard.
Will you choose excellence or obedience?