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FLEE TO SAFETY

The following verses of the Bible are a few of many of such that are helpful in emphasising purity and sexual fidelity. We should empasise this more during these days of laxity and permissiveness, under the pretentious guise of political correctness.

1 Corinthians 6:20 – For you have been bought with a price, therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, both of which belong to God.

Ephesians 5:3 – But fornication, and all uncleaness, with covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as befitting and expected of saints.

Colossians 3:5 – Mortify (That is put to death and think and regard as dead) therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleaness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence and covetousness which is idolatry;
1 Corinthians 6: 18 – Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is outside the body, but he who commits fornication sinneth against his own body.             Joseph said to the wife of his master Portiphar, who persistently tempted him with sexual immorality: 

“There is no one greater in this house than I; neither has he kept anything from me except you, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?” – Genesis 39: 9.

There is the need to stand our grounds and refuse to yield to the pressure of sin. You should avoid any pleasure that leads to sin. A minimum of five minutes of wrongful enjoyment of sexual intimacy would have led to an everlasting sorrow of loss and condemnation. When the evil woman persisted and tried to force herself physically upon Joseph, the young man released his clothe to her and fled from her presence. The clothe was used shortly after as an exhibit to bring false accusation of rape against Joseph. However, it was good that Joseph fled, leaving his clothe with her. Joseph was wrongly jailed. However, the truth prevailed eventually and in a miraculous turn of events, the divine giftings in the life of Joseph made a way for him. That led to Joseph’s vindication by the king of Egypt, Pharaoh. Joseph had interpreted dreams in the prison for two of Pharaoh’s senior officers who were temporarily jailed while being investigated for alleged offences. Accurately, in line with Joseph’s interpretation of their dreams, one, the King’s cup bearer was pardoned and restored to his office. The second officer, the butler, was found guilty and executed, just as Joseph interpreted  his dream. A time came that Pharaoh dreamt twice and nobody could interprete his dreams. The king was so much troubled that the restored cup bearer was forced to remember his experience with Joseph in the prison. Joseph was promptly cleaned up and ushered into the king’s presence. For interpreting Pharaoh’s dreams, Joseph was elevated from being a prisoner to become the Prime Minister of Egypt. It surely pays to uphold fidelity and integrity. It is important to resist sin. God rewarded him for his stand. Joseph did not stand up once, but he persisted in upholding fidelity and purity in the face of mounting pressure from the mistress of his boss. Ease and temporary pleasure of sin were not permitted to block his reasoning of the eternal blessing that godliness gives. He focussed on God. Each time Joseph resisted the evil woman, he acquired inward strength to fight future battles. When the pressure became too much, he fled, leaving his clothing. He fled in order to be able to fight another day. His fleeing was not an act of cowardice, but a wise military strategy. Staying on in front of the evil woman would have made him fall! He gained a new level of stability to fight the moral battle. In the same way, each ground or level of victory gained helps us to have future victories in life. There is a time to stand up to fight. There is a time to stand still and trust God to fight for you. When Joseph was jailed, he trusted God to fight for him. He stood still and looked up to God. There is a time to flee from sin, when the pressure becomes too much. Flee and replan. Do not become a foolish victim. The truth always prevails. Portiphar’s wife was ready to pollute her matrimonial bed at all costs; even with a slave! Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled, but whoremongers and adulterers God would judge. Hebrews 13:4. It is important for every man to have his own wife and every woman to have her own husband. 1 Corithians 7: 1-5. Grace be with you.

FLEE TO SAFETY

The following verses of the Bible are a few of many of such that are helpful in emphasising purity and sexual fidelity. We should empasise this more during these days of laxity and permissiveness, under the pretentious guise of political correctness.

1 Corinthians 6:20 – For you have been bought with a price, therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, both of which belong to God.

Ephesians 5:3 – But fornication, and all uncleaness, with covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as befitting and expected of saints.

Colossians 3:5 – Mortify (That is put to death and think and regard as dead) therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleaness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence and covetousness which is idolatry;
1 Corinthians 6: 18 – Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is outside the body, but he who commits fornication sinneth against his own body.             Joseph said to the wife of his master Portiphar, who persistently tempted him with sexual immorality: 

“There is no one greater in this house than I; neither has he kept anything from me except you, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?” – Genesis 39: 9.

There is the need to stand our grounds and refuse to yield to the pressure of sin. You should avoid any pleasure that leads to sin. A minimum of five minutes of wrongful enjoyment of sexual intimacy would have led to an everlasting sorrow of loss and condemnation. When the evil woman persisted and tried to force herself physically upon Joseph, the young man released his clothe to her and fled from her presence. The clothe was used shortly after as an exhibit to bring false accusation of rape against Joseph. However, it was good that Joseph fled, leaving his clothe with her. Joseph was wrongly jailed. However, the truth prevailed eventually and in a miraculous turn of events, the divine giftings in the life of Joseph made a way for him. That led to Joseph’s vindication by the king of Egypt, Pharaoh. Joseph had interpreted dreams in the prison for two of Pharaoh’s senior officers who were temporarily jailed while being investigated for alleged offences. Accurately, in line with Joseph’s interpretation of their dreams, one, the King’s cup bearer was pardoned and restored to his office. The second officer, the butler, was found guilty and executed, just as Joseph interpreted  his dream. A time came that Pharaoh dreamt twice and nobody could interprete his dreams. The king was so much troubled that the restored cup bearer was forced to remember his experience with Joseph in the prison. Joseph was promptly cleaned up and ushered into the king’s presence. For interpreting Pharaoh’s dreams, Joseph was elevated from being a prisoner to become the Prime Minister of Egypt. It surely pays to uphold fidelity and integrity. It is important to resist sin. God rewarded him for his stand. Joseph did not stand up once, but he persisted in upholding fidelity and purity in the face of mounting pressure from the mistress of his boss. Ease and temporary pleasure of sin were not permitted to block his reasoning of the eternal blessing that godliness gives. He focussed on God. Each time Joseph resisted the evil woman, he acquired inward strength to fight future battles. When the pressure became too much, he fled, leaving his clothing. He fled in order to be able to fight another day. His fleeing was not an act of cowardice, but a wise military strategy. Staying on in front of the evil woman would have made him fall! He gained a new level of stability to fight the moral battle. In the same way, each ground or level of victory gained helps us to have future victories in life. There is a time to stand up to fight. There is a time to stand still and trust God to fight for you. When Joseph was jailed, he trusted God to fight for him. He stood still and looked up to God. There is a time to flee from sin, when the pressure becomes too much. Flee and replan. Do not become a foolish victim. The truth always prevails. Portiphar’s wife was ready to pollute her matrimonial bed at all costs; even with a slave! Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled, but whoremongers and adulterers God would judge. Hebrews 13:4. It is important for every man to have his own wife and every woman to have her own husband. 1 Corithians 7: 1-5. Grace be with you.

AGAPE NUGGETS

Christians are Forgiven Sinners Empowered to forgive others and Called to spread the Good News of the Forgiveness freely offered by God to everyone though Jesus Christ. We spread the Good News because of the appeciative love of God deposited in our spirits by the Holy Ghost.(John 3: 14-17; Matthew 18: 21-35; Romans 5: 1-10; Ephesians 2: 8-10).

STANDING TRUE AND FIRM; NOT IN THE STYLE OF BALAAM

Balaam the Son of Beor was a prophet who heard from God. In the course of his life he corrupted his ways. He loved money and worldly materials. Therefore it became easy for him to fall into sin. Knowing the will of God, he resisted early attempts to entice him with riches. Balak, king of Moab and son of Zippor hired Balaam to curse Israel. Balaam said no gift would make him alter the word of the LORD. Three times, in quick succession, Balaam tried to seek instruction from the LORD on the same issue of cursing Israel. He knew the mind of the LORD but he was making extra efforts because of his love for wealth. The LORD was displeased with Balaam. He heard his donkey speaking in a man’s voice; yet he was engaged in conversation with the donkey, without thinking twice at the strange manifestations. The angel of the LORD showed up with drawn flaming sword, and was poised to kill him. Balaam foolishly went on his sponsored trip to curse Israel in spite of the strange manifestations. When the LORD said No, his counsel couldn’t have suddenly changed, granting him permission to curse Israel. Seeking to please Balak by asking the same question three times from the LORD, the prophet’s greed and insincerity were exposed. Each time he was poised to please the pagan king, Balak, he found himself blessing Israel instead because the LORD overruled.
We should never engage in our ministry with eye-service, seeking to please men. Rather, we ought to please God always. When politicians of mean standards bring part of their ill-gotten riches into the Church, ministers of God should reject them whenever they ascertain the sources of such wealth. Our God is the rewarder and the judge of the quick and the dead. The Church must boldly rebuke the greed, recklessness and arrogance of many political office holders. It is our duty to pray for them and give counsel, but never to pat them on the back when they go wrong. We must not call bad actions good because of expectations of financial or material rewards.
The Bible states: The foundation of God stands sure, having this seal; the Lord knows those who are his. And let those who call the name of Christ depart from iniquity. 2 Timothy 2:19.
The Bible states in 1Timothy 2:1-5, that supplications, prayers, intercessions and giving of thanks be made for all men. For kings and for all that are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.
Jesus Christ gave himself a ransom for all. It is a faithful saying and worthy to be accepted; that Jesus Christ came into this world to save sinners; and that includes you and I. This good news is not to be compromised. For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16.
It is sad to state that Balaam perished because of his greed for wealth. After being prevented by God from cursing Israel, Balaam went behind the scene to instruct the people of Moab and Midian to entice the people of the LORD with idolatry and sexual immorality. The evil counsel worked against Israel. The nation had severe setbacks and deaths through plague. Balaam was destroyed eventually with his ill-gotten riches! Numbers 22-24; Numbers 31:8. 2 Peter 2:15; Jude 1:11; Revelation 2:14.
The LORD owns all the earth including all the riches in it. He is our Rewarder, both now and ever more. He is the Almighty. He is the All-sufficient God, the El-Shaddai.
He is our Provider; JEHOVAHJIREH.
Part of an old song runs thus:
When Jesus comes to reward his servants. Whether it be noon or night; Say will he find you and me still watching, waiting; waiting when the LORD shall come.
Oh can you say, We are ready brother(and sister too),ready for the souls bright home. .?
Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. Jude 1:24-25.
Grace be with you all.