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Thursday, April 2, 2009

It's HOT! Lord Help Me Keep My Panties ON!!!





Summer is here! The temperature is rising. The sun is HOT! BBQ grills are going, and folks are seemingly making every excuse to get together. With increased temperatures seem to come a decrease in one's wardrobe – more women are scantily clad, and some men are shirtless showing biceps and triceps. Not only that, old boyfriends or old girlfriends who you thought you would never hear from again somehow find your number and call you out the blue. Old because you used to mess with find you at an outing or a picnic. People you rejected months ago start looking good to you all of a sudden as you email them asking for their phone number.


What's a single saved man or woman of God to do?


Well the key is to resist temptation!


Just because the temperature is rising doesn't mean your flesh has to as well. However, what it does mean is because the flesh is generally more vulnerable during the summertime, you have to make a conscious effort, as a single believer wanting to please God with his or her body and lifestyle, to keep it under subjection.


How do you do that, you might ask?


The Apostle Paul says in 1 Corinthians 9:27, But I keep under my body, and bring it into

subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

The Amplified Bible's translation says this, But [like a boxer] I buffet my body [handle it roughly, discipline it by hardships] and subdue it, for fear that after proclaiming to others the Gospel and things pertaining to it, I myself should become unfit [not stand the test, be unapproved and rejected as a counterfeit].

There are a couple things to note in this passage of Scripture. The first thing is that Paul makes it very clear whose responsibility it is to keep one's body under, or buffet one's body like a boxer.
It is your responsibility and not God's.
The word "buffet" in Webster's 1828 edition Dictionary means to strike, to box, and to beat. You have to speak to your flesh, even if it means becoming violent with it. You have to command it to line up with God's Word.
Like Paul said in Galatians 5:24, And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. The word, "crucified," in this Scripture in the Greek means, to extinguish or subdue passion or selfishness. The flesh is selfish. The flesh wants what it wants now, no matter the consequences, no matter who it hurts – the flesh gotta have it.
However, the Spirit man, or the "real you" wants to please God.


Single believer, the anointing of God on your life is for other people. Know that one night of rolling around in the hay with someone of the opposite sex won't just affect you spiritually and maybe even physically if, God forbid, you acquire an STD, but it'll also affect the people God had in mind for you to touch with the Word of God and possibly be used by God to save their souls. Here, Paul understands this. It could also stop the power of God on your life and possibly derail the plan and purpose He had in mind for you if you continue in a life of unconfessed, or unacknowledged sin.
If you ask me, it's not worth it!!!!
Another way one can resist temptation is to guard the gates. No, not the pearly gates, but the gates which I refer to as passageways to the soul (which is the mind, will and emotions). Some of these "gates" include the eye gates and the ear gates. Be careful of what you allow your eyes to see.


Men, if you're walking down the street and you see a woman wearing "daisy dukes" (do folks still wear those?) do what my Bishop calls, "the Holy turn." This basically means you may see her at first, but then you immediately turn your head the other way. This way, your brain isn't given much time to stamp that woman's image in your brain for it to come up again later as you're about to go to sleep. Also, saints of God, you can't go see every movie that comes out on the big screen. And, speaking of screens, stay off Internet porn sites! Pornography can create a definite stronghold that could leave anyone, believer or non-believer, coming back for more. It dehumanizes people and turns them into mere sex objects, and creates false, ungodly expectations which even plagues some marriages.
Guard your eyes, protect and keep them from evil. For some of you, if you could be honest with yourself, it means not being able to frequent MySpace as much. Don't let ungodly vixens and sexy men trap you into spending hours and hours on MySpace, feeding your flesh, and spending less and less time in God's Word.


I heard an awesome statement from my co-pastor last week, and I would like to share it with you. He said that every sin starts with a thought. That is so true. Think about it. Before you slipped, before you ended up in the bed with that other person, then having to repent on Sunday morning, you thought about that thing. For this reason, I'm not a believer of the phrase, "It just happened." Nothing just happens.
It starts with a thought, then a phone call, then an invitation to come over, then the mood is set with the music and a romantic atmosphere, then you look deep into each other's eyes, then you think about how you really like this person, then ya'll have dinner, sit down in front of the T.V., then you're on the couch kissing each another, and now he's leading you to the bedroom, then off come your panties and you have pre-marital and "un" sanctioned by God sex. At any given moment there was an opportunity to say no and stop what was about to go down. What could prevent it from going down in the first place is to not set up an atmosphere for failure...i.e. late night calls over for dinner when you know you think this man is FINE!


Also, the main thing that keeps a believer from falling is the Word of God.
Meditating on the Word every day, reading Romans 6 and Romans 7 in the midst of flesh battles, praying and running to God when you get the urge instead of running to the telephone, keeps the believer from falling into sexual sin.
. . . but there is a place where you can trust God that He can keep you from falling if you acknowledge Him in all your ways, keep your mind stayed on Him, and keep your Spirit man strong by doing those things I previously mentioned, and by crucifiying your flesh – daily.






Author...Kim Brooks

15 comments:

Miss FlyHigh - LondonsNaijaQueen said...

Hmmmmmm too much!!!!

Thanks Lady A .... :)

Kafo said...

hmmmmmmm

it is HOT oooooooooooo

JustDB said...

Know that one night of rolling around in the hay with someone of the opposite sex won't just affect you spiritually and maybe even physically if, God forbid, you acquire an STD, but it'll also affect the people God had in mind for you to touch with the Word of God and possibly be used by God to save their souls.

WOW.. Brilliant piece.. Really practical stuff.... Thanks for sharing..

Lady A said...

@Miss FlyHigh, yeah, a bit risky, but this the day we are living in...
@Kafo, lol, yeah, it's gettin hot in here
@Just DB, yes, pratical, yet I know there maybe some struggling with it...

Remi, United Kingdom said...

Thank you... !! I feel like I need to put this on a banner across my City for all to read..!!!

Lots of folks need to read, and hear this, not once, but Often.

yes, you are right,it might be hot, but the flesh does not need to get hot in line with the heat..

Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful weekend.

justdoyin said...

nice one Lady A...let's keep telling this 2 as many as need to hear it...weldone...

Lady A said...

@Remi, if I had connections with your local newspaper office, I sure would. It will be in the 'Relationship Counseling' section, *wink*
@JD,thanks, I just hope many not only read it, but recieve it!
Thanks Guys!

Karl-Edwin Guerre said...

Great blog. MORE, MORE, MORE!!!

Lady A said...

@Karl Edwin Swagger, thanks, there is more to come.

darkelcee said...

waoh, this is cool

Lady A, it's hot in here.lol

God bless you

Bombchell said...

LMAO at the title. girl u are so crazy. lol i think ppl use every season as an excuse. spring fever. need someone warm for winter. the list goes on lol

Lady A said...

@Darelcee, yes,it's very hott..lol
@Bombchell, excuse is right. Yeah, I rather have someone to cuddle with on the cold months. When it's hot I like to be free. But married now so now I have the best of both worlds, lol!

Samantha Smikle said...

all so true. so good to keep in mind. especially keeping your eyes and ears open to only the right things and cleaning your thoughts of sin as well!

thanks so much for hitting my blog!
xo,
S.

Princess said...

I love your blog! And how practical it is! Because you realize that we are all human at the end of the day. I also love that Bible verse, 1 Corinthians 9:27. One of my friends has the Amplified Bible and I really like how it explains in "lay-man's" English things we try to ACT like we do not understand! Lol.
One question, is the flesh really more vulnerable during summertime? Or was that just an analogy?

Also in terms of being careful of what you see or hear and stuff...what is your take on secular music? My sister and some people I know don't listen to secular music. They stopped once they became born again and filled w the Spirit. But sometimes I still listen to the occasional slow song...and I'm not talking about ones w vulgar/violent lyrics that really do not edify the soul. But seemingly harmless ones that do not seem to feed my flesh w lies.

Have a blessed day!

Lady A said...

@Princess, Thanks.
As far is the flesh being more vulnerable during the summer just an analogy, however to each it's own. I notice for ME in the summer I demand more from my husband, lol.
Not all secular music is good, you have the discernment to know which ones...just seek the Lord and He will show you. Matter of fact...you will have conviction in your spirit with certain songs...again the Lord will show you.