1 Thessalonians 4:3-8
It is God’s will that 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. Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit.NIV
This is a huge passage that I memorized around five years ago and it just roars. I have not thought about this passage in a while until yesterday. I brother called me yesterday and he was in a battle. The lord brought this passage to me. So I read it to him and He confessed and we prayed and it was all good.
When I got up this morning and started reading … I was in John 16 and I felt I needed to go back and read this passage again. It just really spoke to me this morning.
Avoid sexual immorality …….. This I have been doing, are you?
Control your own body in a way that is Holy and Honorable. Not like worldly people. Have been doing well in some areas. Not good in the exercise and eating. How are you doing in this area?
Don’t take advantage of your brother or wrong them (this means your sister too) Doing well in this area. I try to live honestly and with Integrity. How are you doing in this area?
If you do …. You will be punished. I don’t want to be punished but if I am I know it is for my own good. The Lord disciplines’ those He Loves.
God called us to live a Holy life. I want to be sold out in this area, but I have work to do. Living a Holy life comes back to having a Fear of the Lord. How is your Fear of the Lord? I am getting there.
If you reject this instruction … you reject the Lord, who gave you His Holy Spirit. Who in their right mind wants to say this? We call this disobedience. So when you are walking in darkness you are rejecting the Lord, these are very harsh words for a brother. OUCH! Can this passage put it any plainer? Once again it is about choice. Are you going to look and act out? Are you going to lie and cheat and manipulate your brother or sister to get what you want? Or are you going to live a Holy Life?
The consequences are huge ….. the answer is CHOICE!
1 Peter 1:15-16
But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”NIV Be holy because I am Holy.
I live in you, so live like I am there. Easier said than done, I will do my best.