A Thirty Day Devotional adapted from the NEW book: Identity: The Distinctiveness of You – Day 20
For freedom Christ has set me free. Galatians 5:1
I have the mind of Christ. I Corinthians 2:16
God has always said “Yes” to sex because He is the creator of it. He has some very clear boundaries with that yes because He has our best interests in mind. We do not have the right to rewrite or change His word according to our feelings.
In the Old Testament, one of the priest’s areas of responsibility was to “teach [the] people the difference between the holy and the common and show them how to distinguish between the unclean and the clean.” (Ezekiel 44:23) It seems that ever since the fall of man recorded in Genesis 3, we think we have a better way than God and are out to prove Him wrong, except that we keep getting deeper and deeper into trouble. We bend the rules further and further away from His moral code, and daily we suffer the consequences of those selfish choices.
Sexual brokenness is a worldwide epidemic, with human sex trafficking as the newest form of slavery to plague our world. Our insatiable desire for “sexual freedom” has led us right back to slavery in order to feed our base desires. How much more wicked can our world become than to take fellow human beings, sell them into the sex trade, and then discard them as though they were worthless? The heart of God surely must be broken over such depravity.
If there is no line drawn for our culture, our nation and our lawmakers, then how do we make any activity illegal or abhorrent, a “crossing over the line”? We need to uphold a standard that establishes that line. That standard must come from outside of our personal desires and emotions, otherwise it becomes what is right for me and too bad for you.
To add to the tragedy of our day, we have something called pornography. At one time it was difficult to obtain, as one had to visit seedy places to purchase it. Today, all we need to do is turn on our phone or computer and, voila, we have any form of destructive, degrading, demeaning and devaluing film that we desire to view. The incidents of pornography use are decimating today, starting with children in grade school. It is highly addictive. It has destroyed individual lives and it has shattered whole families.
By viewing pornography, you are feeding an industry of sex trafficking, disease and death. You are destroying your mind, your soul and polluting your spirit. It takes the sexual gift that God gave to us and perverts it for short-term gratification and lust-filled pleasure. If you are viewing pornography, you are tearing down any sense of esteem and identity that God is desiring to build within you. There is nothing redemptive within this sin-filled habit and I appeal to you to seek immediate help so you can leave the grips of this tormentor.
The Apostle Paul, a man who at one time zealously persecuted Christians, had a dramatic encounter with the living God, and gave his life to Jesus, penned these words with Timothy, his spiritual son and co-laborer for Christ. He encourages us to press on toward the goal for which Christ took hold of us, to forget what is behind and look ahead. If at times we find ourselves in disagreement, God will make His truth clear to us if we sincerely desire to hear His voice. As we posture ourselves with an open heart, set our minds not on our selfish desires or earthly things, He will transform our minds and our bodies so that we can be like Him.
That is our goal: to be like Him; to have His mind. In all we think, in all we speak, and in all we do, our goal is to be like our Lord and Savior. He gave His life so that we can walk in sexual freedom in obedience to Him. Let us live knowing that our bodies are temporary, our spirits are eternal, and that He has made a way for us to live with Him eternally.
Questions for reflection:
Have you been able to identify any sexual brokenness from your history and how can Jesus bring freedom to you?
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