4/19/16

Sexual Immortality and Impurity


"Speak to the Israelites and say to them: "I am the Lord, your God. You must not do as they do in Egypt, where you used to live, and you must not do as they do in the land do in the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you. Do not follow their practices. You must obey my laws and be careful to follow my decrees. I am the Lord, your God. Keep my decrees and laws, for the person who obeys will live by them. I am the Lord." {Leviticus 18: 2-5}.
 
As teens and humans in general, we tend to struggle with sexual purity. With the media and all it's hard not to be curious. If you aren't active but have friends who are, it can be extremely hard. I can speak on this myself. We sometimes have a hard time ignoring the ways of the world, because we are surrounded by it's wicked sins and ways. But the bible states we must not not do as the world. As Christians, we are different from others of the world. We are anointed and designated to be holy. "Be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy. {Leviticus 19:2}. Continuing into Leviticus 18, God lists all the unlawful sexual relations and then he lists the punishment for unlawful sexual relations {Leviticus 20:20-21}. Some unlawful relations include:
- incest
- adultery
- fornication

Fornication: //noun// sexual intercourse between two people not married to each other.

This, fornication, is the most common sin among teens. Everyday we are faced with temptation, and if we don't have the word of God in our hearts, it can be hard. Even as a strong Christian temptation is hard to fight and because we are of sinful flesh, we will face temptation until the day we die. Sexual temptation is hard for us teens because of our society. Most of our friends are having sex or experiencing. It's in our books, shows/movies, music, etc. We are simply just surrounded by it. 
Paul the Apostle once said, "Flee from all sexual immortality. All other sins people commit are outside their body, but those who sin sexually, sin against their own bodies. Do you know that your bodies are holy temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies." { 1 Corinthians 6:18-20}. 

Once when I was in a sinful mess and problem, and I decided that I wanted to explore and stray a little, I almost lost my virginity, but it never happened. As I look on the situation and realized how close I was to committing a major sin, I realized it wasn't me who stopped me it was God. Then I read that verse and I was like, "wow". Literally the only thing I could say. Our bodies belong to God, Jesus gave his life as a ransom/payment for you and I. For our sins. 

God has done what the law... could not do: sending his own son in likeness of sinful flesh, he condemned  sin in flesh. {Romans 8:3}. 

Back to 1 Corinthians, it said "those who sin sexually, sin against their own bodies." We condemn our bodies with sin when we fornicate. We higher the possibility of STD, pregnancy, and crazy emotional factors. Sex also transfers spirits from one person to another. If you sleep with someone who has slept with 4 or 5 different people, you pick up the spirits & emotions of that person as well as the others. Condemning your body. Sinning against your body.  All these factors above are Sexual Immortality. They also led to sexual impurity. But here's the thing about sexual purity. It's not just about not having sex. It means keeping your mind and body pure and holy. Porn, sexual books, music, and movies are not a way of keeping your mind pure. Participating in sex, oral, foreplay, and/or masturbation is not keeping your body pure. These things all fall into sexual temptation. Immortality and Impurity. But we are taught to focus on self-control instead of self-indulgence. Sexual purity can be hard, but with prayer, scripture, and a focused mind on God you can do it. But you can't do it by yourself, you need God to be able to stand strong and you have to want it for yourself. 

I challenge you today to make an effort to stay as sexually pure as possible and lean on God. I challenge you to take on temptation head first and stand strong. I challenge you to be holy because the Lord, your God, my God, our God is holy and we are his temple and children. We are a representation of him and his great works.

Also:
How do you think society affects sexual purity among teens?  I want to know your thoughts!
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3 comments:

  1. This is a really great post! I've never thought of it in that way! My parents decide for my siblings and I a long time ago that we would pursue purity in relationships, even to the point that we are aloud to have a courtship at the end of or after college. It has been a struggle for me, but God has carried me through it. I do feel like the more you pursue purity the easier it becomes, especially in the past year and a half for me. So stay strong, continue to rely upon our Savior! :)

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    1. Thanks so much Emily. Thanks for your input as well. But you said your parents decided for you? Wasn't that hard? Now as a teen and strong in Christ, do you pursue purity for yourself & God or your parents?

      xx

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    2. It was very hard at first, but now I've begun to pursue it myself it's not that hard to me anymore. I definitely believe praying that God will help me stay pure and putting faith in those prayers has helped me find peace in it as well!

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