In Beth Moore’s Praying God’s Word, she uses scripture prayers for different strongholds we may be facing. She has a chapter on sexual strongholds. In the portion where she writes on the topic before the prayers, she states that she believes as the times get closer to Christ’s return we will see an increased onslaught by the enemy on sexual purity.
If we, the Church, are called the Bride and we are, then this makes good sense.
A Bride is meant to be clean sexually and devoted to her bridegroom. Scripture gives us clear guidelines for sexual purity. The Bible is not confusing if we read it entirely. Addiction is full of confusion and will justify ANY THING. Addicts always find enablers as well, who are addicted to thinking they are good. Dear Reader, if the Bible says it is a sin, then it is- no matter who we can find to back us up if we are bent on justifying ourselves.
Despite the fact, that we live in a time period of rampant sexual sin (confusion) and acceptance (enabling) of it, the Bible is clear: Sexual sin corrupts and deceives us most intimately than any other sin.
Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. 1Corinthians 6:18
This verse is not of condemnation, but of deep, deep love.
There is no way any of us are sexually pure on our own. People aren’t born bad or good. People are born with the capability to DO bad or good.
God is the only ONE who is good. This is foundational truth because if we believe we are bad, we will act badly thinking we are a victim to it. If we think we are good, we will still act badly because we will be living from the well of pride. Dear Reader, the truth is we are all capable of every sin. I emphasize, EVERY SIN. We are also capable of good… all the good that Jesus has prepared for us in advance. (from Eph.2:10)
Satan tells us we are unique in our sin, that our sin is part of our identity.
No, sin is part of the distorting of who we are meant to be.
I get this well because I have lived distorted. Can I get a witness? Anyone out there relate to bondage that distorts you? Here is the truth though for anyone who repents: There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.Romans 8:1- There is always a way out this side of Christ’s return. Don’t let anyone tell you different.
In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying:
“The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord;
Make His paths straight.’” Matthew 3:1
As we await the return of Christ, we too, prepare the way. If our lives and our messages conflict with John’s, we cannot profess to be preparing the same way for the same Christ as John.
And His message was repentance… think of repentance as a place. A place where all is revealed about me about you- everything is in the light- and He says, “Come”. At my lowest, when I believed if people could be thrown away I should be first in the trash, is where I began to understand His love, His grace, and His truth. He sang songs over me of peace and salvation.
He cleansed me and walked with me in those early days, now, and all the days in between. He is more faithful than I could’ve imagined. I had believed I was bad and now I was supposed to be good. I have learned and am learning still, to rest in His goodness. I love Him and long to love Him more.
I have written another verse to the song, Be Thou My Vision, asking Him to be our purity as we await His return.
Bless you, Dear Reader with the purity of Jesus given to you by His blood.
In Christ Alone,