Each day they work for our attention and loyalty. They use words, phrases, and expressions that are designed to drive their points home and get us on their bandwagon. Each day, another debate goes on around you and me. We have a heavenly Father who reveals Himself through creation, His Word and Spirit, and others. Yet another voice cries for our attention…the voice of Satan.
To choose between them requires discernment on our part. We have to be aware of the schemes of the Evil One (see 2 Corinthians 2:11). His subtle wooing will come in the warm tones of self-concern, self-focus, self-promotion, and sheer self-ishness.
The aim of the enemy of our soul is to get our eyes off God and onto ourselves – our wants, needs, goals, desires. The reason is clear as to why he does it. When we are absorbed with “me-stuff” we cannot be concerned with His-stuff. When we desperately look after taking care of ourselves, we actually sink deeper into despair that prevents us from being fulfilled in Jesus.
Consider the messages we hear about sex v.s. love. As with most issues facing us, the world (or popular) culture and their puppetmaster (the devil) are saying: “You have to do what right’s for you.” “The Bible’s standards are outdated.” “To stifle your natural sex drive is harmful and unnatural.” “Sexual experimentation and experience will help you when you want to settle down and get married.” “After all, God isn’t against premarital sex, only promiscuous sex.”
The world we live in is obsessed with a perverted view of sex. The world cannot offer you any clear, moral guidance, because it has no moral center, or absolute standard of right and wrong. The good news is the Creator has left us with a discernable trail to follow for our own (and societies’) flourishing. One way He has done this is through the proclamation and observance of the Ten Commandments. See www.prageru.com for a series of five-minute movies (with a quiz to test you) about the way God designed each of the commandments to benefit all of humanity.
Another way God gives clear and simple guidance is to forbid all sexual immorality. He does not look on all the immoral activity on Earth and shrug His shoulders and say, “Well, it is what it is…it’s just humans being humans.” He commands His people to abstain from sexual immorality (see 1 Thessalonians 4:3). The Greek language the apostle Paul uses refers to a wide range of improper sexual expression outside of a one-man and one-woman marriage relationship. The behavior to be avoided includes pre-marital sex, adultery, homosexual sex, and even lust. God’s guidelines are meant to make sex a beautiful and meaningful experience when used in the proper way. Remember the context in Thessalonica…it’s for the followers of God to flourish.
It is natural to have questions about sex, but it’s even more important to look for answers in the right places. It is an ongoing debate between what popular culture says (i.e., 50 Shades of Grey is the current trendy topic) v.s. what God expects of His people, then deciding what you’ll feed into your life – fleshly, sensual pursuits or godly ones. Just remember, whatever you feed will grow.
Our Father gives the strength to turn away from temptation and find our fulfillment in Christ, His Son. We will avoid dead ends and emptiness if we follow the Holy Spirit’s leadings and not our own. Walk wisely. Anchor your heart in God’s Word – the Scriptures. It will keep you from making the world’s excuses your own. You will lose hope if you cling to the false words of Satan. Who will you give your vote to? It should be no debate about who has your loyalty.
Love is a verb,
©2015 by Mike Olejarz