Hey guys! I hope you were blessed by the pilot episode of our The Truth Behind Fornication series. If you haven’t read it yet, you can read it here. Since this series will involve different areas the Holy Spirit is leading me to cover, let’s create an abbreviation so we don’t create a book title out of this series- let’s try TTBF. Are we good? Okay let’s roll.
So on this episode of TTBF, I wanted to thoroughly address why it’s so important to save yourself for marriage and why we need to stay away from sexual immorality but it just hit my spirit that as a believer you should never wait to seek the reason behind God’s agenda before you obey. Like John Bevere said, you don’t wait until you understand the instruction of God before you obey because then the devil will make sure you never understand. Our minds fight against the knowledge and the wisdom of God. It rejects it, so to be honest if you are going to wait for the mind of your flesh to process an instruction from the Lord before you seek to obey, you’d never get to it.
Why shouldn’t you fornicate? Simple! Because God said so! As a believer that should be enough. I was listening to Benny Hinn one time and He mentioned that his son asked Him why God said not to do something and his response was God is God all by Himself, He doesn’t need to explain Himself to you to obey. Yes, you’d begin to understand the wisdom behind His word as you mature and renew your mind but He’s not obliged to give us reason. He is God and He said so is more than reason enough. I am one who believes that God was intentional about the words He used in the Bible. They weren’t exaggerated to try to keep us in check, but they are His principles. So the first time I read 2 Corinthians 6:18. I was shook, so shook that my eyes were stuck at the first phrase for the longest time. This was in the year 2014, I had never read it before till then. It says ‘FLEE FORNICATION’. I remember quickly looking up the word ‘flee’ because it couldn’t possibly mean what I thought it to mean. I did and it said ‘to run from a place or situation of danger’. Another version said ‘to run speedily or in haste’. I sat there and said to myself this is the Lord speaking! The Lord God Almighty, He’s telling us to flee? Then, I need no other argument, that is more than enough reason to stay away from fornication.
You know one of the things that annoy me in life, when you visit someone and they have their dog loose and say,’ Oh it won’t bite you just come’ or ‘it just wants to play’ ermm no! Put that animal in it’s cage or chain it up and stop what you are saying, lol. Did the dog personally tell you it won’t bite me? Now imagine you go to a house and there are barks from a huge dog let’s say a Caucasian shepherd or Tibetan mastiff and the owner says to run, would you really wait till he/she gives a reason before you do? I most definitely would not! This is how I view that scripture. I won’t wait till it makes sense, I won’t wait till people resound it, I won’t wait till I see the danger in front of me to then flee. I will make sure I flee before I seek the wisdom behind it.
Sex is a good thing. God created it so I know for a fact that it’s a good thing but like anything God created, you take it out of His purpose or use it outside His mind for it and it becomes abuse. Sex was made to firstly seal the covenant a married couple has with Him, so if you aren’t married, what are you sealing? The apostle Paul in the seventh chapter of first Corinthians talks about God’s intention for sex being to bind the union of marriage spiritually by that physical act. That’s when the two become one flesh.
” like anything God created, you take it out of His purpose or use it outside His mind for it and it becomes abuse.”
In the verse four of this chapter, we see that when that fusion happens, the woman no longer has control of her own body, rather the man does and vice versa. I remember reading that and thinking about the ‘hold’ some people have over another person they’ve had sex with. How sometimes they don’t want to but end up still having sex with their so-called partners. Well its because spiritually the other person owns and has power of your body. When you had sex with them that was you giving them permission to own your body and do with it as he/she pleases. They can call you for sex and for some reason you have to respond. I’m sure you’ve wondered like I have and called some people silly and weak like I have but it’s really not their faults, they physically do not have the ability to restrain themselves. That ability to put your body under subjection is only made available by the Holy Spirit whom you rejected in your decision to have sex with a person you aren’t married to.
In the Old Testament, the penalty for sexual immorality was death. They would stone you to death. I know right… HARSH! “It’s my body and I should be able to do whatever I want with it.” I’m afraid not. First of all, as a believer your body isn’t yours to do as you please but the Lords and so when you defile it, you defile the whole union of the body of Christ. This merciless act of stoning is seen in the book of Deuteronomy chapter 22 from the verse 13 to the end. But why would they stone you? They understood it was an abomination and also they didn’t want your wrong passions be shared among the house or body of believers. Yes, they were saying it was almost contagious and they would not suffer for your foolishness so they would kill you instead. It’s that deep! Amplified in the New Testament, Paul made us understand that when you fornicate not only are you displeasing God, you are also defiling the body of Christ. To add insult to injury as they say, you are also inviting a host of evil spirits and bringing a destruction into your family. Now, If any of you is like me, you are going through your mind now and the devil is probably throwing images and names of people who fornicated or are fornicating and things are looking good for them right? Remember that God is not man that He should lie and if He said in 1 Thessalonians 4 that to abound in life you need flee from fornication, I believe Him and so should you. Also, remember that Eve looked at the very fruit God said was evil and it looked good and pleasant. People’s lives look seemingly pleasant, better than yours even but if God says you’d be stuck, you would be! You’d be living a loveless, fruitless life with no real liberty.
” People’s lives look seemingly pleasant, better than yours even but if God says you’d be stuck, you would be!”
Another way fornication sets in is when, we indulge pornographic movies and in our day sex oriented movies and clips. You may not be physically practicing but you are fellowshipping with the same kinds of spirits. When you watch it, you start thinking on it; the devil is empowering you for the main deal. he’s overwhelming your mind. Ever wondered why you couldn’t stop watching? Wondering it felt like warfare? Because it was! The devil installs these pleasures to have a hold on you, your mind and your flesh and as you watch you are feeding the spirit of lust which has now been introduced to you. Eventually, you no longer receive the grace of the Holy Spirit and rather you are fed more lust. However, if you humble yourself and show Godly repentance, the Lord Himself will step in and break that addiction. The Word of God makes us understand that where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is Liberty. Moreover, whom the Son sets free is free indeed!
Fornication has real life consequences. It’s not displeasing to God because you are having too much ‘fun’ or getting distracted and should be focused on Him instead. It’s displeasing to Him because you are defiling His Holy dwelling place, you are defiling the Body of Christ and bringing upon yourself a curse. Mind you, repentance alone doesn’t free you. It gives you a second chance with the Father, but you need to receive deliverance to free your body from the invasion of spirits, soul ties, curses and all that the enemy has defiled.
Fornication isn’t just a thing you can kiss your teeth about, shrug and move on. It’s a paralysis gripping your life spiritually and denying you of the actual bountiful life the Lord expects you to have. Even though as I mentioned earlier ‘God says not to’ should be enough reason for any believer to abstain from fornication. I believe it was necessary to address some of the things that happen to you when you do. We still have a couple of areas to uncover and discuss concerning the matter and by the Help of he Holy Spirit I pray we’d be able to dive into all these areas.
Stay reading and until next time, stay blessed.