FOR MEN ONLY: SEXUAL PURITY AND OUR VISION
Sex is fantastic! God created this act of marriage for a man and women to enrapture each other, delight in each other and use it to procreate. God made Adam and then he made Eve, to fit right in his embrace.For her body to connect with his, for their souls to unite in the physical exchange of pleasure. He made them for sexual intimacy. In fact the Bible is full of rapturous passages that talk about the delight of sex as God planned it to be. Sex creates intimate bonds between a man and his wife to the extent that the Bible calls them one! If sex is great, why is there a cry for purity? Sex is not the problem, beloved. Lust is. The refreshing gift of sexual intimacy, as designed between a man and a woman in a marital covennat has been watered down in our cultures today. It has been commercialized, exchanged for money, used for abuse and hurting others, the cause of heartbreaks and the destruction of great men! Lust is every man's enemy, especially you-The man who is a follower of Christ Jesus,
Lust is in our face everyday, probably more than any other generation that lived
before us. News reports that would shock generations decades ago are casual
stories today. When I was fifteen, I found myself in a compromising position
with a prostitute who had sneaked into my hotel room. We had gone on a school
road-trip with friends and the half-naked lady was in the room at 2am trying to
seduce me. What was I to do while she was coming in full swing? When I was eighteen,
everyone was getting a girlfriend and everyone was making out. The girl came
and I found myself alone with her at her place. These stories abound and I’m
only 24. They are probably similar to things you have encountered. In
retrospect, I notice that every encounter for a Christian to compromise on
their sexual purity strives to blind our vision.
follower of Christ, you recognize clearly from adolescence that there exists a
war for your soul as far as your sexual drive is concerned. You realize that
once you give your life to Christ, you are saved from the world but you are not
yet saved from its influence. The day of deliverance from the world draws near.
However, until then, the influence of an over-sexualized culture on our purity is
a war we must fight everyday. Perhaps your story when you were fifteen makes my
story look like a flare in comparison to Hiroshima. However, that’s not the
case. Christ allocates grace to each of us even when temptation abounds. 1
Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has
overtaken you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not
let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will
provide a way out so that stand up under it.” No temptation that comes to any believer is stronger than the
grace allocated. At times we fail, like I did when I kissed that girl when I
was eighteen. However, we can also succeed like I resisted the prostitute when
I was fifteen and turned on like an oven!
us men, the struggle for sexual purity begins with our eyes. If our eyes are
not trained to shun sexual profanity as followers of Christ, we will lose our
vision as men. Job knew this.
Job 31:1 "I made a covenant with my
eyes not to look lustfully at a girl.
knew that lingering our vision is dangerous. The first glance is always
natural, but the second glance ties our hands. It looks casual for a while,
however, the cords of sin tying around our hands are too light to be felt until
they are too strong to be broken. We even give it a religious phrase, us
Christians, “We are appreciating God’s beauty.” The excuses we give are the
exit from the highway to purpose and great vision. In a slow fade, we teach our
eyes that it is okay, as long as we are not physically doing something.
Beloved, listen. Sexual sin is not manifested in just an act. Sexual sin is
birthed from the seed of a thought. When the acts come into full swing, it is
just testament that we sinned and fell a long time ago, Beloved- with our
thoughts. You were not admiring God’s beauty; you were admiring God’s booty!
Our vision is blurred each time we allow our thoughts to simmer from what we
see. Jesus knew it. He said in Matthew 5:27-28 "You have heard that it was said, 'Do not commit adultery.' But I
tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed
adultery with her in his heart. A church can have many practicing virgins
(physically) who are whores at heart. I know it because I was one of them. The
moment you allow your eyes to see, you lose your vision.
what do we do Ernest, you ask. We can’t avoid all the “twerking” girls in the
world. You’re right. We can’t. Why? The world is full of short skirts and
tempting sights. We can’t pretend we just live in Mars and they live in Venus.
We are all on earth. That’s where the Grace of Christ comes in. God’s grace
does not say that you will live in a pure world without temptation. Nay! It
says that you will live purely despite that temptation. God’s grace does not
say that you will not be faced with difficulty. It says that you will have
strength to overcome that difficulty. I want to encourage many believing men
out there. Your following Christ has more power than you think. The reason you
do not see it is because sexual sin blinds our vision. There is hope to escape the addiction
of pornography and masturbation. The reason you do not see it is because sexual
sin blinds your vision. There is hope to stop living a lie, serving in church
while sleeping with your girlfriend. But you don’t see hope to turn back to God
because sexual sin blinds your vision. And when a man’s vision is
blinded/blurred, he cannot plan for a future with a woman, he cannot lead her,
he cannot teach her, he cannot be an example to her, he cannot foresee a godly
marriage, he cannot hope for a life of purity, he cannot see restoration, he
cannot see deliverance from his addictions, he cannot have zeal for life even
though he calls himself a Christian! Sexual sin blinds the vision of a
Christian and it kills hope. I want to share with you a few things that will
help start clearing your windscreen. You need your vision back.
Bible says in 2 Samuel 11 that in the spring time when kings go out to war,
David the King stayed behind in Israel. As he was in his balcony, he saw a gorgeous
naked women bathing. His eyes lingered and he lusted for her. He found out the
women was married but he didn’t care. He lost his vision. He called for her and
took her to his bed. He used her body to fulfill his lust and got her pregnant.
Beloved, learn from this. When Kings go out to war, join them. Be at the right
place, always. David was in the wrong environment and it caused him to lose
vision. Are you in the right place? When everyone is having dinner, why are you
browsing videos online alone in your bedroom? Why do you visit her house alone?
The day you refuse to go to the place where Kings are, you become a palace fool
and you will lose vision. Kings are men who go out to fight for their
sexuality. They fight to protect the virtue of their women-even from
themselves. When you don’t do something about your environment, like David, you
will find yourself in a rollercoaster of sin and struggles. Like David, you
will try to cover it up. He slept with Bathsheba. He got her pregnant. He kept
the affair a secret. He tried to trick the husband, Uriah, to sleep with her to
cover his siring of the pregnancy. He failed, so he murdered Uriah and then he
hypocritically took in the wife. David was exposed by prophet Nathan and his
sin is available for thousands of generation after him to read. The Bible says
in Numbers 32:23 that your sin will find you out. Sexual sin blinds our vision
as a Christian. You want your vision back? Ask yourself this: Are you in the
in the right environment, sin can catch you. Joseph was in his daily routine of
work. His boss’ wife grabbed him to sleep with her (Genesis 39). Joseph ran!
Beloved, the prostitute in my room had to be avoided for me to be victorious!
The girlfriend coming to your hostel has to be avoided. The smartphone with the
porn videos has to be replaced. The company with the wrong influence has to be
detached. Don’t fool yourself that you have no grace since the temptation came
to you. When in campus, girls came to my hostel even when they knew my stand
and my relationship. When they did, I had to avoid the hostel. I took walks. I
invited another girl/guy into the hostel so that the situation wouldn’t be
compromising for me. Avoid the avoidable to gain your vision.
Sexual sin has no expiry date as long as
as a man to keep pure will not end- but it can get easy to tackle. From adolescence
to the grave, you will face the struggle. If you do not master how to tackle it
now, it will always win. Your blindness to its power will always be your
undoing. We need strength, beloved. We need power such that the next time the
temptation comes it is no big deal. Looking away becomes simple. Walking away
becomes possible. Running from the temptress becomes a no-brainer. Stopping
that lustful movie or TV series even when we have reached halfway is not a
struggle. Deleting that phone number becomes necessary. Closing that Internet
link with the porn site becomes second to nature. Finding out that others
struggle too makes us relax but it doesn’t take away out blindness. A blind man
cannot lead another blind man. We need our vision restored. All this happens
when we assume a humble posture and accept we need help where we struggle.
an avenue to confess your struggle. The fear of judgement is real but it must
be overcome. Your vision has to be restored firstly by doing the difficult.
Humble yourself and become vulnerable to a group of men. Once you do that,
dedicate to that confession team to walk together. As you do that, spend time
to heal your lost vision; spend time in the Word of God. Just as physical
exercise trains our body muscles, so can our eyes be trained for purity. The Holy
Spirit is our trainer and the Bible is our gym, Beloved. You must go to the gym
everyday until you attain to the full measure of Christ. You
now when that is?
When He returns. As long as you are alive, you need the spiritual gym every
day. As you dedicate yourself as a Christian, you will see your muscles
develop. You will have distaste for junk food that destroys your sexuality. You
will get new vision to marry a gorgeous girl and have a family. You will have
vision to raise daughters whom you will give over to godly men. You will have
vision to raise sons who will change the world with purpose through purity.
Consecration increases your concentration. Your purity will empower you vision.
You dedication to the things of God will protect you from blindness.
Jesus overcame so you could win!
Beloved, the Bible says in Hebrews 4:15 about
Jesus Christ. “For we do not have a high
priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has
been tempted in every way, just as we are--yet was without sin.”
of all, we have Christ Jesus as a High Priest. You know what that means. That
means we have an advocate. We have one to plead for our case when we sin. That
means that the grace is sufficient. It does not matter how far you have fallen,
you are forgiven, loved and accepted. Cast your cares and anxieties to him. He
remembers your sins no more and you shouldn’t either. Think of the worst thing
you have ever done. Now thank God because he forgives you for that. His grace
is not only compassion to forgive; it is also power to overcome sin and give us
vision (Titus 2:11-12).
the High priest sympathizes with our weaknesses. That means He understands. How
does he understand? The Bible says Jesus understands our weaknesses because
even He was tempted IN EVERY WAY JUST LIKE US-Yet he did not sin (Hebrews 4:15).
Wow! Jesus was tempted in EVERY WAY LIKE US. Beloved, in Jesus’ lifetime, he
was human with the power of the Holy Spirit but he was tempted like us. That
means even sexually, Beloved. Despite Jesus being tempted sexually, he did not
sin. He achieved that power over sin and then activated it on the cross for you
and I to conquer and for His Supremacy over all creation. And that power now
lives in you dear Christian. You too can overcome because Greater is the one in
you than the one in the world (1 John 4:4)
your vision be restored!
Thank you for reading Penstrokes!
ION: My new book, LUST AND THE CITY is coming soon!
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