25 Sep Mind Your Mind 3 “SECRET TO SEXUAL PURITY”
“Sexual impurity starts from your mind before it reflects in your acts” RSD
People knew God, but they did not honor him as God, and they did not thank him. Their ideas were all useless. There was not one good thought left in their foolish minds. Because people did those things, God left them and let them do the shameful things they wanted to do. Women stopped having natural sex with men and started having sex with other women. In the same way, men stopped having natural sex with women and began wanting each other all the time. Men did shameful things with other men, and in their bodies they received the punishment for those wrongs. People did not think it was important to have a true knowledge of God. So God left them and allowed them to have their own worthless thinking. And so they do what they should not do. They are filled with every kind of sin, evil, greed, and hatred. They are full of jealousy, murder, fighting, lying, and thinking the worst things about each other. They gossip and say evil things about each other. They hate God. They are rude, proud, and brag about themselves. They invent ways of doing evil. They don’t obey their parents, they are foolish, they don’t keep their promises, and they show no kindness or mercy to others. They know God’s law says that anyone who lives like that should die. But they not only continue to do these things themselves, but they also encourage others who do them. Romans 1:21, 26-32 ERV.
Whenever I have the opportunity to counsel people that are finding it difficult to overcome sexual pressures (despite having tried different solutions like prayer, fasting, confessions, isolations, yet without tangible results) I often feel there is a huge knowledge gap that needs to be filled. We perish for lack of knowledge. Because people often lack knowledge of the secret am about to share with you they find themselves overcome by sexual sins.
Recently, I engaged a young man who was lamenting about his battle with pornography and how it is giving him serious concern because most people know him to be a very nice and religious guy but don’t know that he is dealing with issues that may truncate his bright future if help doesn’t come his way.
Some people are struggling with masturbation, fornication, pornography, adultery, homosexuality, lesbianism and so on. And that even come to church. I want you to know that you are not horrible and detestable. So, please don’t allow yourself, people and the devil to keep you in captivity because God still loves you and wants the best for you. However, you only need to discover and appropriate the truth that can set you free. I mean this truth can give you total liberation from all forms of sexual addictions. The young man I shared his story earlier after adhering to the secrets shared with him, started practicing them, today he is experiencing total freedom and wholeness from the chains of pornography that had held him down in the time past.
It is quite amazing that several people are ignoring the fact that we are living in a very sensual world where sexual pressures and temptations are our daily reality. With free and unhindered access to internet connections, an individual can have access to free pornographic materials anytime, any day and anywhere. The younger generations are really victims of technological advancements despite its advantages. But adults are also not excluded. Some married people are also victims because marriage as it were doesn’t solve the challenge of sexual impurities; rather it will amplify it because you may now have a legitimate means to practice your fantasies. That is why some married people commit adultery because they are still not satisfied with their spouses. The reason David went as far as committing murder in order to have another man’s wife was simply because of failure to deal with sexual vices that he thought would go away if he had access to many women. Some people are not committing physical murder presently in our world but they are making abortion a norm or maximizing different protection mechanism to gratify ungodly sexual pleasures. Some men are sexually harassing their junior staff or even willingly engaging in illicit sexual affairs to gratify selfish desires, while some ladies also give in to illicit sexual pleasures so as to get a contract, promotion or all kinds of inordinate favor. But they can still be free if they decide to follow this simple but needful secret to sexual purity in this article.
The secret is simply taking adequate control of the mind because the mind is man’s greatest sexual organ. From the scripture earlier quoted, it was stated clearly that the reason people went wild with all manner of sexual misconducts was because their minds were allowed to indulge in such practices. That was why even Jesus said that “All these bad things begin in the mind: evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual sins, stealing, lying, and insulting people” Mathew 15:19 ERV. This is simply because all things we see in our world exist in the invisible realm before it manifest in the visible realm. The mind is so powerful that it can engage in a lot of atrocities even when an individual had not moved an inch. That is why you can be sitting down in your house yet in your mind, imagination and thoughts, you are in your office, abroad etc. It is the same way people use their mind to commit all manner of sexual vices before they really have opportunity to have the physical practices.
Hence, to keep your mind from straying and imagining sexual atrocities, ensure that you endeavor to focus on Christ and His word.
“If then you have been raised with Christ [to a new life, thus sharing His resurrection from the dead], aim at and seek the [rich, eternal treasures] that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. And set your minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth. So kill (deaden, deprive of power) the evil desire lurking in your members [those animal impulses and all that is earthly in you that is employed in sin]: sexual vice, impurity, sensual appetites, unholy desires, and all greed and covetousness, for that is idolatry (the deifying of self and other created things instead of God).” Colossians 3:1, 2, 5. AMPC.
This is the first edition of this series of secrets to sexual purity. You can ask your questions on my website or other social media platforms. By God’s grace, I see you enjoying total victory over all sexual challenges and temptations in Jesus name. Your victory is guaranteed.
“Focusing your mind on God’s promises gives you freedom from all forms of sexual pressures and promiscuity” RSD.
©Ralph Segun Dada 2017