Blessed are the pure in heart – Part 1
“But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.” Matthew 5:28.
If mere looking at a woman lustfully can take one to hell fire as said by the Lord, then how much more the real act.
Jesus said whosoever looks lustfully is already a victim. This tells me lust is actually more dangerous than sexual immorality itself.
Anyone living in the sin of sexual immorality knows inside of him that he is already a dead man.
But sexual purity is a thing of the heart and mind. There are too many Christians who have been captured in their minds.
Their mind has been taken over and corrupted. Many will still go to hell, not because of committing the very act of immorality, but because of lust.
Falling into sexual immorality or becoming a sexual slave is not until you are sleeping around everywhere like a dog.
Sexual immorality begins with your thoughts. The eye gate is a major entrance point for demonic incursion and demonic traffic to enter. This is a warfare you must win.
It is not optional. Failure to win in this area is eternal damnation. If you are an unmarried young person, I pray you will value your chastity and maintain it until your wedding night.
If you are a husband, I pray you will purpose in your heart to be true and faithful to your wife always.
If you are a wife, I pray you will be devoted to loving only your husband your entire life.
If you are a preacher, I pray you will hold up to the standard of purity in your marriage, your ministry and that you will use your influence to help others practise purity as they seek to please God.
My prayer for you, who have failed and fallen into impurity, is to seek the Lord’s forgiveness and mercy.
You can rise out of your impurity and receive cleansing by the Blood of Jesus and deliverance by the power of God’s Spirit.
“Casting down IMAGINATIONS and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity EVERY THOUGHT to the obedience of Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5
Sexual iniquity is very attractive. It is pleasant to the eyes, yet it can leave you blind like Samson. Forbidden fruits appear attractive. “And the woman saw…that it was pleasant to the eyes.” Genesis 3:6.
“And from the roof he saw a woman washing herself AND THE WOMAN WAS VERY BEAUTIFUL TO LOOK UPON.”
2 Samuel 11:2b. This episode in the life of King David led ultimately to loss of lives.
His throne was shaken and the sword never departed from his house. His son raped his daughter and was killed. It all began by what he saw. God created us with a drive for food, sleep and sex.
Yet, men and women choose of their own free will to misuse this sex drive by selfishly giving place to unclean passions. Sex is beautiful, satisfying and pure IN THE MARRIAGE UNION.
Practised before marriage or in extra marital affairs brings guilt and as the Bible declares “a wound and dishonour, a reproach that shall never be wiped away.” If you are not into sexual immorality, pornography or masturbation, you are blessed.
You may not really know what God has done for you to keep you sexually pure. Again if you are a virgin, God is powerfully with you. Virginity is dignity; keep it to the end.
One may not be committing immorality yet is burning with lust. “But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.” 1 Corinthians 7:9. Many people are indeed burning with inordinate affection.
If they don’t do something to put that fire out, they will see themselves burning to ashes eternally.
There is no young person I respect more than the young man or woman who has kept his/her virginity till the day of his or her marriage.
I salute every young person who has done this. I heard of a young person who was being chided by her school friends because she would not engage in sexual activity.
Rev. Theodore Effiong, Assemblies of God Church, Calabar Or Prayer To All Nations (PTAN), Prayer City, Calabar. CRS
Phone – +234 9030012007, +234 7031921770
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