TONIGHT I PRAY that you seek His face so that you will find fulfillment of your deepest longings. I pray that when you see the beauty in this world that you will recognize His Glory and abiding Presence ever near to you. He is here for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear Him. I pray that His precious Holy Spirit lights up all of the dark corners of our minds with HIS light and love, so that He will literally glow through us as a beacon to others who are lost in the dark and cold. If we let our pride go and give everything to Him, His Glory will reflect through our lives to save a dying world. In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen…. I love you all!!! God bless you!!!♥♥♥ http://dlvr.it/6kj1Ff
The thing is if you are living in unrepentant sin you will not be forgiven. The reason you will not be forgiven is because you will not be truly sorry for it. You cannot live in unrepentant sin and be a Christian.
The Bible’s emphasis is not so much on a technical or medical definition of virginity as it is on the condition of a person’s heart. The morality we espouse and the actions we choose give evidence of our heart’s condition. The Bible’s standard is clear: celibacy before marriage and monogamy after marriage.
There are three serious reasons to save sex for marriage. First, as believers, we are to obey what God tells us to do. First Corinthians 6:18–20 states, “Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” If we are in Christ, He has purchased us with the sacrifice of His life. He calls the shots, and we are to honor Him.
The second reason is that we are to fight our spiritual battles wearing the breastplate of righteousness (Ephesians 6:14). We are in a contest between our new nature in Christ and our fleshly desires. First Thessalonians 4:3–7 says, “It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God; and that in this matter no one should wrong or take advantage of a brother or sister. The Lord will punish all those who commit such sins, as we told you and warned you before. For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.” Allowing your body (rather than the Spirit) to control your actions is an act of defiance against God. Godly, loving sex between a husband and wife is giving and unselfish. Using someone to fulfill a desire of the flesh is self-centered and abusive. Even if the partner is willing, you are still helping him or her to sin and negatively altering that person’s relationship with God and others.
The final reason involves the “mystery” of marriage (Ephesians 5:31). When God spoke of two people being joined as one, He was referring to something we’re only beginning to understand in a real, physiological way. When two people are intimate, the hypothalamus in the brain releases chemicals that induce feelings of attachment and trust. Having sex outside of marriage results in a person forming an attachment and trusting someone with whom he or she does not have a committed relationship. The definition of trust in the mind deteriorates. To have that kind of link with someone without the security of working together toward God is dangerous. Two individuals who are—even mildly—physiologically obsessed with each other but not committed to growing in God as a couple can be torn from God and His plans for them.
Conversely, if two people make a conscious, deliberate choice to commit to each other in marriage, and then allow the intimacy that releases these chemicals, the body can reaffirm the connection the mind has made. The physiological feelings of trust and attachment are reinforced by the reality of the relationship. In this way, two people become one physically, and that reflects what God has done spiritually.
Marriage is to model the relationship between the church and Christ. A married couple is to serve God in a strong, unified partnership. Sex, along with procreation, was designed by God to strengthen that partnership. Sex outside of marriage creates bonds that tear apart people’s hearts instead of joining them together.
Self-discipline or self-control is one of the nine fruits of the Spirit listed by the Apostle Paul in Galatians 5:22-23. What is self-discipline? When we practice control or restrain ourselves from all kinds of feelings, impulses, and desires, which includes the desire for physical and material comfort, then we’re practicing self-control. Think about this: How often have you longed for a fresh-baked chocolate chip cookie, only to have your mom place a fresh crunchy apple in your hand instead? Do you take the apple or do you try to find a way to sneak the cookies?
Why is self-discipline so important?
Self-control is actually listed last as Paul rattled off the fruits of the Spirit in his letter to the Galatians, but that certainly doesn’t make it the least important. If you do a search, you’ll find that the term is not often used in the Bible either, yet self-control is so important in helping us to make good choices that God would want us to make. Our sinful flesh has a really hard time resisting the persistent tug of our sinful desires. But! By practicing self-control, we can master those desires.
Paul tells us to keep ourselves clean both physically and spiritually because we love God and want to take care of what He has given us (that is, our bodies) (2 Corinthians 7:1). In his letter to the Romans, he goes so far as to tell them to “offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God,” and not to be conformed to the pattern of this world (Romans 12:1-2). You belong to God; take care of yourself.
I know it’s not easy…
Believe me, I understand that self-control is hard. It’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to work on. One night, I had two whole bags of potato chips because I couldn’t stop myself. Self-control is really a mental game. Sometimes it feels like you have to sike yourself out in order to stop those cravings or other desires. Paul talks about his own struggle with sin in Romans 7:15-20: “What I want to do I do not do…the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing…it is sin living in me that does it.”
We’ve all had to resist temptations at some point in our lives, and we’ve all given in at some point too. Just look at America. Our lack of self-discipline is obvious in the war against obesity (and heartburn). People always want more, yet they are never happy, so they max out credit cards, down energy drinks, take medication for depression, and stuff their closets with things they’ll never use. This practice of buying things we don’t need shows how the practice of self-restraint isn’t even a part of our culture anymore.
For Christians, without self-discipline, our appetites for comforts and pleasures can easily become our idols, mastering our decisions and purchases and use of our time. Lack of self-control ultimately leads us into sin or otherwise gets in the way as we try to walk with God. If your spiritual body does not govern your physical body, you could easily become a target for Satan (1 Corinthians 7:5).
What “race” are you running?
Paul also talks about self-discipline in his letter to the Corinthian church. The people living there would have been very familiar with the Greeks Olympic Games and the Isthmian games which took place right near the city of Corinth. They knew all about the rigors of athletic training, especially if one wanted to win the “prize” or the “crown.” Because of this cultural knowledge, Paul used these sporting events as a metaphor about living a disciplined Christian life: “Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we [run for an] imperishable [prize]. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified” (1 Corinthians 9:25-27).
Paul is saying that it’s important to keep his body under the discipline and control of his mind, not the other way around. Self-control is needed to win the “race” that will help us live a life that is holy and pleasing to God. For Paul, the “race” was winning souls for Christ; a goal which he states four times in verses 19-22. What’s your race? (Answer in the comments!)
How can I control my mind and actions?
Remember that self-control is a gift from the Holy Spirit—not something we can muster up ourselves. It’s like the Holy Spirit is giving us a tool that we can use in our lives. That’s what the fruits of the Spirit are in Galatians 5:22-23. They are gifts, not anything we can make happen on our own. It is the Holy Spirit living in our souls that gives Christians the power and ability to even begin to practice self-control so that we will not be overpowered by the “cravings of sinful man.”
As Paul said, “God did not give us a Spirit of timidity, but a Spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline” (2 Timothy 1:7). We should not allow ourselves to be controlled not by our old sinful nature, but rather by the Holy Spirit instead (Romans 8:9). He helps us in our weakness (v.26), which gives us the strength to stand firm in the face of temptation. God bless you!!! Maranatha!!! :):)
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