So I asked God what He wants me to write tonight, cause I felt a nudge to write something. I walked over to my Bible, and said, “What do You want me to say tonight, God?” and opened to Romans 6. Romans 6:15-23 stuck out like a sore but beautiful thumb.
The cool part is, Ethan and I have been struggling with sexual temptation, I have friends struggling with various temptations (over sex and/or substances), and I have been reading and responding to several comments from couples that are dabbling with the idea of having sex before marriage or are already doing so and don’t intend to stop, but are Christian couples that want to pursue Christ individually and/or as a couple. I honestly believe that this is God’s response, to them and to myself. Pray for the ears to hear and the heart to receive, and then read what He says, cause it’s pretty stinkin’ awesome.
Slaves to Righteousness
15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means! 16 Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. 18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.
19 I am using an example from everyday life because of your human limitations. Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness.
Let’s do this, brothers and sisters!! I am so pumped, guys. When God calls you out on a sin, it is a moment when He is saying, “You’ve got it wrong, child. What I have for you is so much better, you cannot even imagine.” Let’s commit to His ways, let’s worship Him with our bodies, with our choices, with our sacrifices (whatever they may be). Let’s show HIM how much we love Him. Let’s give Him the throne of our lives and take off the idols! Let’s trust God’s will for our lives and follow His lead. God’s way is the most fulfilling, let’s let Him prove it!!
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” – Jesus (John 10:10)
Let’s let God fight with us and for us. God can help us overcome every temptation and every struggle, but the initial choice to do so is our own. We’ve got His Spirit in us, we can tap into His power, He will empower us to win if we choose.
“For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ…” (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)
“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:11-12)