“IT IS GOD’S WILL THAT EACH OF YOU SHOULD BE SANCTIFIED: THAT YOU SHOULD AVOID SEXUAL IMMORALITY; THAT EACH OF YOU SHOULD LEARN TO CONTROL HIS OWN BODY IN A WAY THAT IS HOLY AND HONORABLE, NOT IN PASSIONATE LUST LIKE THE HEATHEN, WHO DO NOT KNOW GOD; AND THAT IN THIS MATTER NO ONE SHOULD WRONG HIS BROTHER OR TAKE ADVANTAGE OF HIM, THE LORD WILL PUNISH MEN FOR ALL SUCH SINS, AS WE HAVE ALREADY TOLD YOU AND WARNED YOU. FOR GOD DID NOT CALL US TO BE IMPURE, BUT TO LIVE A HOLY LIFE, THERFORE, HE WHO REJECTS THIS INSTRUCTION DOES NOT REJECT MAN BUT GOD, WHO GIVES YOU HIS HOLY SPIRIT.” 1Thessalonians 4:3-8
I like to watch TV late at night when everyone is in bed. As our children were growing up we did not have cable TV because we attempted to monitor what they looked at. So now that we are all alone we have discovered cable TV. I like to look at shows that are like contest. Some of my favorites are Project runway….America’s Top Model….Top Chef…well you get my drift. At any rate after working over 25 years night shift some nights I can’t sleep and find myself up switching channels. So I was so surprise to see what is showing on many of the cable stations after dark. After a certain time you find many pornographic shows. You see many shows that has sex as its theme. One show that really got my attention was a reality show about how people can go on line and have an adulterous affair. In fact they were talking about a site that allows married people to get with other people and have an affair. This really sadden my heart. I do realize that marriage today is in a sorry state of affairs, but this was really too much. What in the world would make you go on line with strangers to have an affair on your wife or husband. Yes I said husband…there were many wives doing this and was not ashamed. Marriage designed by GOD OUR FATHER has become the source of satan’s attack. This is not new you say!!! This is the same thing that satan did in the garden. So what is the big deal that you have to blog about this and do an entire bible study. The big deal is that we are now living in a society where sexual immorality is common place and an acceptable lifestyle. When this happened during the days of the apostles of CHRIST they did not compromise GOD’S holiness and truth. So with that in mind lets look at this from the WORD OF GOD. This scripture is coming from the writing of Paul as he taught the Thessalonians. The Thessalonians were living during a time of great immorality. Just like what we are seeing today many things that should not have been was being seen as normal. As if nothing was wrong and no big deal. We see too much on the TV that has numbed our hearts to the filth of it all. We see a push for same sex marriage. We see a push for living together without a thought of being married. We see more and more children being born out of wedlock. We see a push for no fault divorce at anytime in the marriage and you can get out of it anytime you want. We see adultery as well its okay as long as you have consenting adults and you don’t get caught. Then when you do get caught oh well what’s really the big deal and the couple go on as before. Paul knew the times they were in and he did not allow the disciples of GOD to lower GOD’S STANDARDS to accommodate the values or trends of the society where the believers lived. When Paul found low moral standards in some of the churches he rebuked and sought to correct them. What I see now from this is that in today’s prevalent low morals apostolic-type leaders are still needed to call the church back to GOD’S standard of righteousness. Looking at our study scriptures starting with verse 3″IT IS GOD’S WILL THAT YOU SHOULD BE SANCTIFIED: THAT YOU SHOULD AVOID SEXUAL IMMORALITY.” It is GOD’S WILL that we should be sanctified. What really does that mean??? According to Webster’s dictionary sanctified means: 1. to make holy: consecrate…2. to free from sin. Consecrate means: to make or declare sacred. So from just looking up this word we find out that GOD OUR FATHER wants us to be made holy, free from sin, and declared sacred. GOD has done many things for us but his biggest sacrifice was giving us his son LORD JESUS to die for us to make us free from sin. So we can not allow satan and his kingdom to pull us back into the filthy ways of this world. By doing that then we throw back into GOD’S FACE the gift of HIS ONLY SON’S SACRIFICE. One of the ways we can stop this is by reading and living HIS WORD. Like Paul we must really maintain the standards that have been placed before us. Those in leadership must maintain the standards in their everyday lives and thus instruct others not just by lip service but in their very walk. The next verse is plain but oh so true vs. 4 “THAT EACH OF YOU SHOULD LEARN TO CONTROL HIS OWN BODY IN A WAY THAT IS HOLY AND HONORABLE.” As I watched the show where married couples went on line and found the person that they were going to cheat with I could understand so well why GOD OUR FATHER asked us to maintain our standards and control our bodies. The biggest thing about sexual immorality is that it wrongs another person. To wrong in the Greek is the word “pleonokteo” this means to go beyond what is right…to transgress, to overreach. All sexual activity or play outside of marriage is an act of terrible injustice against another individual. Adultery violates the rights of another married person. Sexual looseness before marriage defiles and robs another person of the holiness and chastity that GOD DESIRES for him or her. It destroys the purity and virginity that must be brought into a marriage. Jesus requires all believers to live by the high standards of purity and sanctification with regard to sexual matters. Thus he gives us the HOLY SPIRIT to help us with his fruits and one of the biggest ones is self control. We can control our bodies no matter what we may think. Our bodies most of the time acts like a very spoil child. It will pull a tantrum when it does not get its own way. For example: I am trying to loose weight. My body is always crying for something sweet or more of some food that will cause my weight to go up higher. Before I would just give into it. I would eat what I wanted and said that I could not help myself. Then I gave my weight problem to GOD, and began to read the word to strengthen my faith. I said that I can do this. I begin to allow my spirit man to guide me. It was really hard and still is, but now I can push the plate away….I can take small portions…and I go to the gym at least two days a week and work with a trainer. I haven’t lost that much weight yet but I do see a difference. Its a little bit at a time. And I still keep beating up my body to keep it from acting like a spoil brat. Each time its getting easier and easier. I do have my times when I just give in and then I don’t beat myself up but get back to the beginning and allow my spirit man to lead. So controlling our bodies is hard however this is something that we really have to do. Sexual immorality is difficult if you are already caught up in it but you must get a hold of it and give it to GOD. If you have never gotten caught up in it don’t start and attempt to live the GODLY LIFE. Now that we are children of the KING we can not act like the heathens of this world and act in a passionate lustful way. We now know GOD we don’t have an excuse, for GOD did not call us to be impure. HE HAS GIVEN US HIS WORD FOR A COMFORT AND A GUIDE. In short if we reject this word we reject GOD and not man. It is GOD’S WORD that we live by, no matter what man has to say. Man will say left is right and right is left but if GOD says left is left and right is right then that is what we go by. Many people think that we are wiser and smarter now and the rules can change. However we didn’t make the rules in the first place…GOD DID. HE set the standard and HE HAS NOT CHANGED NOR DO WE. Once we have become man and wife we are suppose to work together to become one. If there are problems then the couple are sit together and pray, study the word or seek the advice of one of the elders. A married couples first ministry is to their marriage and they need to look at it from that perceptive. To go on line and obtain a person to have an affair with is just out the question and should never be done. During these difficult times we must cling closer to the WORD OF GOD. We must not lean to our own understanding but in all our ways we must allow GOD TO DIRECT OUR PATHS. People are searching for happiness in all the wrong places. Happiness will only be found in JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD. Once there we can see what needs to be done and how we are to live. We must stay at the foot of the cross so we do not get caught up into falsehood. We are told from the scriptures that during these end times even the elect will be fooled. So we have to watch and stay alert. Marriage is under attack and satan wants to destroy something so beautiful. Since the garden he has been jealous of the married couple. He knew that he could not have what GOD HAD GIVEN THE MAN AND WOMAN so he tricked them then and is still doing the same thing now. We should be wiser. We must study harder and must teach those who don’t know the truth. It is GOD’S WILL that we should avoid sexual immorality. Unless HIS WILL CHANGES THEN THIS IS WHAT WE HAVE TO DO….IT’S JUST AS SIMPLE AS THAT!!!
As always read this word for yourself and consult with your pastor, elders, or other Titus women in your church. Study daily so you will stay fed. These are not the times to be weak in your spirit. Many things will sound innocent when they are not. The Internet is a wonderful tool when used for the good of man, but could be as deadly as a snake when used for evil sake. Don’t be fooled!!! When in doubt go to GOD AND HE WILL MAKE IT CLEAR TO YOU. We welcome your comments, questions, and your opinions good or bad. We are here for you as a study, mentoring, and encouraging blog in the WORD OF CHRIST. Continue to visit with us and tell others.