It’s no true surprise that we live in a fallen world, with a society that values sin above all else. It’s extremely difficult not to fall into the pit of idolizing worldly values. We must sway away from this dangerous pit, because as 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 points out:
“Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”
If it’s not as easy as it sounds, how do we sway from this sin in a society that is centralized in appearances, sexuality, and false idols? First, remember that you are HUMAN. No one is perfect except for the Lord, therefore we are going to mess up, but that’s okay, because we serve a God who values forgiveness and love. 1 John 1:9 says,
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
I believe that it’s important to ask ourselves a few tough questions each day to reevaluate the way we are living, and if it is of the Lord or not. Some questions may include:
What made me the most joyous today? Did I rejoice in sin or rejoice in the Lord? Have I thanked God for the day he has blessed me with, or have I cursed him for the events that went wrong?
The most crucial part of being a woman of the Lord in today’s society is striving to be a Proverbs 31 woman. If it helps you as it has for me, tape a few of the verses on your bedroom door so you can remember each morning to live in this way, rather than in sin. Some of the main goals of the Proverbs 31 woman are to:
- Dress yourself with STRENGTH
- Make your arms STRONG
- Wear STRENGTH and DIGNITY as your CLOTHING
- LAUGH at the time to come
- OPEN your MOUTH with WISDOM
- Teach KINDNESS with your TONGUE
My favorite verse out of Proverbs is Proverbs 31:30 and it goes: “Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” This is SO important to remember and is so relevant in this world. Instead of focusing on the latest celebrity gossip or how attractive a celebrity looked at an awards show, women of the Lord we should focus our minds on:
A. PRAISING the Lord.
B. SPREADING the GOSPEL.
C. LIVING like JESUS.
In today’s society, having the “ideal” body is of high value. It is discretely put into our brains through an abundant amount of advertisements and magazine articles that we must change and manipulate our bodies to look “hot” so we can “get the perfect guy.” Guess what, ladies? Our bodies are already perfect just the way they are, because they were crafted by the Lord’s hands! 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says,
“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”
Sex and sexuality is one of the most talked about topics in today’s world, so how are we not supposed to focus on these? God made sex for a reason, and it is explained in 1 Corinthians 7: 1-40:
“Now concerning the matters about which you wrote: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.” But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband. The husband should give to his wife her conjugal rights, and likewise the wife to her husband. For the wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. Likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does. Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.”
Marriage unites a man and a woman, and they shall be united as one in Christ and therefore come together in sexual intercourse. This should not be manipulated to mean that sex is okay outside of marriage, because as Corinthians explains, the husband and wife give their bodies to each other, and sex outside of marriage is adultery, and the severity of this concept is in Proverbs 6:32: “He who commits adultery lacks sense; he who does it destroys himself.” Sexuality does not define us, therefore our identity is not in our sexuality, but is in the Lord. We are one in and with the Lord, which John 15:5 explains: “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”
Women of the Lord, remember that you are so LOVED by the Lord and by your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. We must come together in the fight against the devil and the sinful ways of the world.
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.