Choosing Purity 

  • By ChosenByHim
  • 21 Apr, 2017

To lust is to want what you don't have and weren't meant to have. Lust goes beyond attraction, and appreciation of beauty, or even a healthy desire for sex

The world we live in today has been contaminated by an over exposure to sexual sin. Everything we watch, read and hear points to sex and purity has become unfashionable. We have become so blind that we fail to acknowledge that  sexual sins have spiritual consequences.  Sexual sin is so serious that it can bring weakness to anyone’s walk with God.  It is almost impossible to develop or maintain intimacy with God when we allow sin to take over our bodies.

“Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart” Psalm 24:3-4

A major sin that many Christians battle with is lust. Lust is the root cause of many sins in our world today such as fornication, adultery, premarital sex, pornography, and homosexual relations. A popular Christian author once defined lust like this: "To lust is to want what you don't have and weren't meant to have. Lust goes beyond attraction, and appreciation of beauty, or even a healthy desire for sex, it makes these desires more important than God. Lust wants to go outside God's guidelines to find satisfaction." 


Lust is the defining struggle for our generation.


Ok but, what is lust exactly? The dictionary defines lust as an intense or unrestrained sexual craving. The Bible also mentions lust in a variety of different ways but Job 31:11-12 summarises what lust is perfectly:

"For lust is a shameful sin, a crime that should be punished. It is a devastating fire that destroys to hell. It would wipe out everything I own."

Lust   pushes its slave (us) to continually do what pleases us. That doesn’t make sense right? How can a slave master want their slave to always do as they please? Well that’s how it works, we think we are doing what pleases us, but in reality the more we do what lust wants such as watching pornography, fornicating, dwelling on impure thoughts, the longer we stay in its bondage. When we do what lust tells us to do, the more enslaved we become, and freedom becomes harder to achieve.


Why do we struggle with lust?


Promise me, do not awaken love until the time is right” Songs of Solomon 8 : 4  

That’s the   problem with our generation, we are too quick to let our emotions run wild and control us instead of allowing the Holy Spirit to lead us. We awaken feelings and emotions before Gods appointed time and allow the devil to   plant seeds of sexual desire in our minds and that now influences our actions. Another reason why many of us struggle with lust is because we think we won’t get caught. We believe that  lust isn’t a visible sin.  It’s not stealing and it’s not murder, so it’s not that big of a deal, right? So technically God  has  to forgive you. No!

“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. ”  Galatians 6:7-8

“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid” Romans 6:1-2


Modern day Christianity tells us that some sins are bigger than others so God won’t mind if you commit small sins. That’s a lie! We are also led to believe that God will always forgive as long as you keep asking. This is partially true but not completely.

1. Sin is sin; there is no hierarchy for sin. Murder and premarital sex are both the same in Gods eyes. We shouldn’t allow the devil to trick us into thinking that some sins aren’t as important as others. 2. If you ask God for forgiveness, He will forgive. However, if you approach God with no desire to change and with the intention of staying in your sin and just asking for forgiveness when you’re done, then we have a problem. God’s forgiveness is based on true repentance. To repent means to turn away from sin completely, admit that you were wrong and decide that if you face the same temptation again, you would make the right decision.



We need to understand the importance of choosing purity each and every day. We need to live a life that is pleasing to God. 


How ?

Be honest :   learn to be honest with God, yourself and with others. God already sees your heart and your actions. God even knows what you’ll do before you’ve even thought of it.   The Bible says that   everyone   who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Call upon God, ask Him to help you, ask Him to teach you how to honour him with your life and your body. Ask Him with a genuine heart and He will answer you. Be honest with yourself, acknowledge that sin is a problem and you need God’s help. Be honest with others. Surround yourself with people that not only profess to be Christians but with people that strive for holiness. Surround yourself with friends that can help you to be better. When you are struggling with sin, you need people that will cry out with you to God for help.  

Use your weapons :   our weapons are prayer and the word of God. We need to develop a strong prayer life and begin to truly understand how to use the word of God to help us in this war against sin. Once you create a steady life of prayer and make studying the word a daily affair, you will begin to see your mindsets changing. I’m not promising that it’ll be easy but I can assure you that if you ask God to help you, He will.  
The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” Corinthians 10:4-5


Flee“So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”   James 4:7

The Bible refers to our bodies as the temple of the living God. This means that we cannot afford to allow the sin to enter Gods temple through what we watch, think about, where we go, or whom we date. We need to mentally flee from sin, this may mean immediately shifting your thoughts away from lustful thoughts, either by praying, listening to worship music, reading the word or telling someone you trust and they can help you get your mind off it. We need to flee physically; this could be by not being in places that could cause you to sin. We also need to flee visually; this could be by not watching certain TV shows, movies or going on certain websites.

 “ Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.   Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will” Romans 12 :1 —2



When Jesus rose from the dead and went back to heaven, He left us with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the great helper, the best mentor, the perfect intercessor and best friend. Acknowledge Him, ask for help, and He will protect our minds from evil, keep our thoughts pure and ultimately keep us away from sin.

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“Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart” Psalm 24:3-4

A major sin that many Christians battle with is lust. Lust is the root cause of many sins in our world today such as fornication, adultery, premarital sex, pornography, and homosexual relations. A popular Christian author once defined lust like this: "To lust is to want what you don't have and weren't meant to have. Lust goes beyond attraction, and appreciation of beauty, or even a healthy desire for sex, it makes these desires more important than God. Lust wants to go outside God's guidelines to find satisfaction." 

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