Moral failure is the number one sin that destroys great leaders. Sexual sins are the single most common point of moral failure for vocational and marketplace ministry leaders.
Satan will ultimately lose the war for a Christ-follower’s soul, but right now he is winning millions of battles with his attack on our sexuality. Pastors and workplace leaders are failing in epidemic proportions within this arena. Why?
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.” Matthew 5:27-30
I struggled with sexual purity early in my Christian walk. As a result, I was inconsistent in my relationship with Christ. I find it impossible to maintain true intimacy with God when I am not sexually pure, for he knows what I look at every second of every hour of every day. We can put up a facade for the world to see, and let everyone think we are living a holy, sexually pure life, but Christ knows the truth, and our sin will cause us to pull away from our relationship with him.
It is ironic. Our need for intimacy, which is ultimately best fulfilled with an intimate relationship with God, is exactly what we damage when we lack sexual purity. Only Christ will ever fully satisfy our sexual appetite.
ACTIONS TO STAY SEXUALLY PURE
Personally, I had to make the following changes in my life to eliminate temptations and keep my eyes focused on Christ. Here is my “Top Ten” list to do so, in no particular order:
Your aspiring servant, Daniel M.
November 10, 2023
POSTSCRIPT: Dear friends, if this daily, transparent “Conversations with Christ” blesses you, please go to www.SOLIDpastors.org, where you will find these posted, and a repository of all, in English and Spanish. Note: All scriptures quoted are from the NIV.
If you ever want to chat, you can reach me at Daniel@SOLIDpastors.org. May Christ bless you richly as you have your own intimate, daily conversations with Christ.