The War On Purity: Take Your Side
I had a very fruitful discussion with my Victory Group today. We had our accountability time where we openly talked about our struggles as men. There is something very powerful when one man shares his struggles to other men, specially in the context of a discipleship group. Many of us began to realize that we are not alone in our struggles. Specially in the issue of [sexual] purity. We understood that we are not the only ones battling lust, pornography and other things- many Christian men share the same battles.
When it comes to purity, one has to realize that this is not an issue to be taken lightly. When we were discussing, some of us noticed patterns of how the enemy (the devil) can trick us into falling to his traps. Obviously, the devil doesn’t take this lightly either. In fact, we concluded that he is constantly observing our patterns and adjusting and upgrading his weapons [temptations] along the way. We started using terms like the devil’s “weapons” and his guns and his tanks and we ought to build defenses and we ought to move offensively. Wow, it began to sound like…
we are at war.
I think the apostle Paul has something similar in mind:
And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels. [Ephesians 6:10-12, The Message]
But, the very first question one needs to answer before even starting to fight in a war is this: Which side are you on?
In the battle for our purity, that seems like a ridiculous question to ask. The answer seems obvious. However, how we act says a lot about which side we are taking. I’m saying this because sometimes, we look at things that trigger lustful thoughts (magazines, websites, etc..) like “good” things and God is the tyrant, the cosmic kill-joy, who invaded our “freedom” and we have no choice but to obey because he will punish us if we don’t.
Sometimes, we actually delay talking to God, because we know that we would still commit the same sin the day after. As if God won’t see what we’re doing if we don’t talk to Him. I mean seriously, we are laying down intentional land mines for ourselves. Suddenly, determining which side we are in became a bit blurry because our actions seem to display loyalty to the enemy.
We ended our session with this resolution:
The battle for purity is a serious [and a very hard] battle. We ought to determine who the REAL enemy is. Gather the weapons our God has given us [prayer, fellowship, disciplines, etc] and focus our “firepower” in overcoming the enemy- one small battle at a time.
Men, in the battle for our purity, let us make a final decision who our enemy is and fight him like crazy, after all, the battle has already been won in the heavenly realm, we ought to just manifest the victory by how we live our lives.
For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. [1 John 5:4, NLT]