Battling Our Minds: Fight for Purity

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 Don’t you love reading Scripture and seeing the rawness and authenticity of God’s love for you? He knew life would not be easy.  He knew temptation would come your way.  He knew the enemy would try to manipulate, entice, and seduce you away from the righteous life God has called you to.  Knowing all these things, God deemed it fit to give you warnings of what was to come and what to be mindful of.  He encourages you to keep your eyes focused straight ahead…to keep them focused on Him and the truth of His words, no matter what you may encounter.

One way the enemy tries to tempt us away from living a life holy unto God is through the perversion of our sexuality.  Now remember fellow sister, the enemy cannot create anything of his own, so instead he tries to manipulate or twist what God has already created.  God created sex.  God created passion.  Sex was meant as a wonderful experience between husband and wife to provide physical, emotional and spiritual bonding, as well as creating Godly seed.  The enemy knows that sex in its original form, created by God, establishes a very powerful bond between husband and wife.  The only way to stop this powerful connection from happening is to distort it outside of its original state.  Ephesians 5:3 says, “But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.” God did not establish these guidelines to diminish our sexual experiences, but rather that we might have the fullness of intimacy, far beyond what the world offers.  An intimacy that is full of passion, love, respect, honor, and righteousness.

The bible is chalk full of people who have fallen prey to their sexual temptations.  Some of the greatest men and women of God were tempted, and gave in to their own sexual desires.  Look at King David.  Scripture tells us that he was a man after God’s own heart, yet the in Psalms we read of the shame, guilt and raw emotion David felt from the choices he made to act on the real and powerful desires he had for Bethsheba.  David cried out for God to cleanse him from his sin, to wash away his guilt, and to create in him a pure heart!  God heard David’s prayer.  He forgave David and made David a promise: I will make your name great David.  And one day, a King will be born into your family and will heal the whole world.  For there is no situation that God cannot forgive and nothing that His grace cannot cover! 

 Digging Deeper

This world is full of temptations that try to draw us away from the perfect order of our Heavenly Father. Take a few moments and ask God to show you areas in your life where you are tempted or are living outside of His design.  Ask God to forgive you, to create in you a pure heart, and to give you the strength to stay the course when temptation comes your way.  It’s God desire that you experience every bit of love, joy and fulfillment far beyond what the world has to offer.  Being omnipotent, God knew that you would face temptation and has provided a way for you to overcome it through the power of the Holy Spirit.  Read aloud Psalm 51 and ask God to renew and restore you and your mind to His original glory, just as David did.

~Tami Wittrock
Lifegate Women, Campus Lead – Papillion

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