Memory Verse: "How can a young person live a clean life? By carefully reading the map of your Word. I'm single-minded in pursuit of you; don't let me miss the road signs you've posted. I've banked your promises in the vault of my heart so I won't sin myself bankrupt." (Ps.119:9-11, MSG)
Scripture Reading: 1 Thess.4:1-8.
Is it possible in the 21st century to live a sexually pure life when everything suggests and promotes sex? Can one refrain from sex before marriage and stay sexually faithful during marriage?
Yes! It is very possible.
The journey to sexual purity begins with a commitment to honour God with your body.
To be sexually pure in our world today, you'll need a standard to live by. You can either build your standard by yourself or choose God's standard (please meditate on our memory verse and also the scripture reading for today).
God says several things in his Word that aren't popular — particularly when it comes to sex. Why does He say those things? He knows more about sex than we do. He also understands the implications far better than we do. You have to decide: "God, when I don't understand it, when I don't like it, and when it's not popular, I'm going to do what your Word says regardless of what I think or what my friends think." By the way, how do you keep friends that do not share same values with you? (Would write on this soon, I refuse to disgress).
Still on sexual purity:
Until you're willing to make that kind of commitment, you may as well close up your Bible and go back to bed. Without that commitment, you're not ready to be pure in an impure world. You can only be pure by following God's standard.
God thought up sex. It was His idea, but He did put a few parameters around it. His standard has never changed. It's very clear regardless of opinion polls or anything else.
The Lord has been giving me strange and deep revelations on the subject of sex that I cannot share yet but I want you to understand that sex is more than physical. It's a spiritual act with physical, social, legal and emotional consequences. If sex were just physical, it'd be like a handshake. It wouldn't matter who you had sex with. But sex is more than physical.
The Bible makes it clear that sex is exclusively reserved for a husband and a wife who are committed to one another in a marriage. Anything outside of that, like sex before marriage and sex outside of marriage, will have profound consequences on your emotions and your spiritual life, and it may even physically harm you.
God's standards are in our own best interest. If you want to live by them — and avoid all the negative consequences that come from living outside of them — it starts with a commitment.
If you're yet to make your own commitment to sexual purity, go ahead and do it. Share your commitment with your friends and encourage them to do same while holding each other accountable.
If you need help in this area, I'm here and I will be glad to help out. I believe this is one reason I'm alive- to help raise a generation of sexually pure believers for the Lord.
In Jesus name, sexual impurity in your life comes to an end today.
Ponder Point: Nothing has stolen more dreams, dashed more hopes, broken families and messed up destinies than our propensity to disregard God's commands regarding sexual purity.
Action Point: Commit to live a life of sexual purity in honour of God.
Prayer Point: Father, in the name of Jesus, I commit myself to stay on the path of sexual purity. Expose to me the root of sexual impurity in my life and let these roots be severed, Amen.