THE PRIORITY OF PURITY
The Priority of Purity
We live in a highly sexualized society. Sex is talked about everywhere and anytime. This week I will be speaking to our congregation about Marriage and Relationships particularly about the ‘Intimacy of Sex’. I have never received as many emails or facebook messages before I did this series. It not only has many talking it has drawn a wide variety of visitors to our church who for some are visiting a church (except for weddings & funerals) for the first time. The topic of relationships is important and sex is a major issue for many. In a culture obsessed about sex is it any wonder there is so much confusion out there. It is amazing the number of people, even clergy, who fall to sexual temptation. Now anyone who has attended our Marriage and Relationship series will know I am not a kill-joy when it comes to sex. In fact God made sex but He did put some guidelines concerning purity around it so that it is both protected and elevated to it’s proper place in marriage. This blog will address this one area albeit briefly. Hope this is helpful for you.
In 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 we are told straight out, “For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God.”
God expects for you and me to live in sexual purity. You need to know how to possess your body in sanctification and honour; otherwise your body will possess you.
God has created a strong sexual drive that is an awesome blessing in marriage! But you know our sex drive can be like a river, it is so strong that sometimes it just wants to flow out of the banks and go somewhere it shouldn’t go.
We must learn how to possess our bodies in sanctification and honour, and live morally pure lives that bring pleasure to God. Here are three practical ways:
1. Avoid temptation.
2 Timothy 2:22 says, “Flee youthful lusts”. Avoid the very scenes or screens of temptation. Stay away when you know you might get in trouble.
2. Feed your spirit, not your flesh.
In Romans, we are told of the great war every Christian experiences, the war between our spirit and our flesh. Whatever you feed is going to be stronger, so make sure to feed your spirit. God’s Word is fuel for the soul. Fill up regularly and you won’t sputter and quit.
3. Rely on the Holy Spirit and His power.
If you will acknowledge Him and look to Him for strength, you will find He is a very present help in your time of need. God’s Spirit is fire for your soul. Let His pure Spirit be your power to be strong.
Make a commitment today to practice these three principles for purity. If you do, you will live in the sexual purity God desires.
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