walk in the word
Category: Character, Sin / Suffering / Satan, Spiritual Life, Your Walk With God
Ephesians 5:1-3 But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints.
A few years ago, my family and I visited the Swiss Alps. We squeezed into this little car and drove those narrow, hair-pin twisting mountain roads. The drop-off was terrifying—over the cliff and a million feet down. Even though there was a guard rail, I hugged the mountain as closely I could.
If you want to be a godly man or woman living in a morally corrupt society, you also want to stay as far from the edge as possible. Flirt with the cliff long enough and you’ll eventually go over.
Ephesians 5 tells us that if you’re following Christ, you need to live like Christ. Like cold water in your face, verse 3 says, “But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you as is proper among saints.” The word immorality is from the Greek pornea from which we get pornography. I doubt you need the statistics to be convinced that sexual sin has a death-grip on our culture but just in case you’ve been sleeping . . .
We’ve got a serious problem with immorality. So I’ve got to ask you, have you allowed yourself to get lax on what you look at, what you do, or allow in your mind? Do you tolerate borderline practices in your life that a man or woman of God never should? Are you riding too close to the cliff?
I urge you to step back. Stay as far away from those matters as you possibly can. The most practical counsel I can give you is to establish patterns of purity and commit to live by them. Before God, determine that “I will do these things; I won’t do these things.”
I call these “moral fences.” They act like guard rails against the cliff. Some of mine are: I have determined that I will not counsel women alone. I won’t ride in a car with a woman alone. I won’t stay in a hotel overnight alone—ever. Sometimes that costs me more money, inconvenience, and lost opportunities, but I don’t ever want to be in a place where I feel the fiery breath of the enemy even if I could be victorious in that battle.
Don’t deceive yourself into thinking this doesn’t apply to you. Be humble and get serious. Following Christ means living a pure life.
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