This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5:16-21
With the every day hustle and bustle of life capturing our attention, it's easy to forget that we're in a spiritual war and that our enemy is constantly throwing darts of destruction at us. Every aspect of our lives is under siege and it behooves us to make sure that we're equipped spiritually to deal with whatever tactic or stratagem of evil that is thrown our way! The Bible is clear in that we must put on the whole Armour of God if we are to be Victorious in our lives and maintain a life of purity without spot or blemish holy acceptable to our soon coming Bridegroom, Jesus Christ! Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Ephesians 6:11 In looking at our society and the state of affairs with regard to the level of degradation it's descending to, this task is becoming easier said then done!
In looking at our society today, we seem to be going the way of ancient Rome in that we're now in a phase of decadence, enjoying the fruits of darkness verses shunning them. For instance, like in ancient Rome, we've seemed to have entered a phase of decadence and lasciviousness beyond apprehension promoting sex outside the proper bounds of marriage, reveling in pornography and other decadent materials and media, and living lives of no restraint and hedonistic in its roots. Ancient Rome was notorious for some of it's perverse sexual practices giving way to a host of consequences that plagued Roman culture and the people that found themselves under the mores and practices of the day. We can find many glimpses of some these practices and issues addressed throughout the New Testament in which the Apostle Paul referenced on many occasions in his letters to the church within in the various cities of the Roman empire. Sex outside it's proper bounds was promoted and presented as trendy, fashionable, and the norm of the day. Today, we can see the same prevailing thought. Sex outside of marriage is seen as okay and acceptable behavior. Anyone who teaches and preaches against the axiom of "free love" is seen as a prude and a throwback to an outdated era of up-tightness and Neanderthal-ism. But the Bible is clear in that sex outside the bounds of a covenant relationship between a man and women is destructive not only to the individuals involved, but society as a whole. It is destructive to individuals and society when not held within the proper container of marriage, and the enemy knows this which is why this a powerful weapon of mass destruction in his arsenal of attacks.
Sex outside of marriage and lasciviousness behavior breaks down the family unit wrecking havoc on generations of lives, brings the chaos of removing societal practices that act as pillars and safe guards, sets the stage for a host of STDs to become prevalent, in addition to a host of other issues and problems. For instance, the number of abortions performed today are a tragedy! Unwanted pregnancies increase as a result of out of wedlock sexual activity and the consequences are atrocious! Millions have been slaughtered and offered up to the god of pleasure. Similarly, the illegitimacy rate is exploding, and the trend doesn't seem to be slowing down any time soon! Out of wedlock births are on the rise and the church is seemingly not flinching! Likewise, more people are "shacking up" these days. Why commit when you can get free lovin!? In like manner, the divorce rates are soaring like a rocket headed for the moon! Marriage is nothing more than a temporary arrangement with no real meaning behind the agreement. If it I don't like it, I can always divorce. STDs are up! And the prevailing attitude of the day is that "all is well!" In short, the consequences of sex unchained is destructive bringing chaos to the practicing culture!
In closing, we must be vigilant as to the stratagems of the enemy in his war against humanity. He will stop at nothing to bring about our destruction and one of his most used tools is the dart of decadence unchained. It is a powerful dart of mass destruction and we must constantly keep guard if we're not to become vulnerable to it. Equip your souls for spiritual warfare and stay before the Father for protection, clarity, and the ability to discern the goings-on of the day! The enemy is coming in like a flood and we must uphold the banner of Truth as an all out attack is waged against our families and loved ones! May the lord Jesus Christ be with you always! I pray that this message finds you prospering in Spirit and health! If you found this message encouraging, edifying, or enlightening, please hit like, share with others, and leave a comment.
Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. Colossians 3:5-7
Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Corinthians 6: 9-10
Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. 2 Corinthians 7:1
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