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Holiness and Grace (Part 2)
Author: Creflo Dollar
While it is true that grace is God’s unmerited love and favor towards us, grace is also the supernatural ability of God that enables us to live in a way that is pleasing to Him. Whatever God requires of us, He enables us to do. God requires that we do not violate the sacredness of our bodies by practicing sexual immorality; however, if we find ourselves practicing sexual sin, His grace enables us to overcome it.
- When people practice sexual sin, there are deeper issues going on in their souls.
- The soul of a person who commits sexual sin is damaged. There are deeper, unresolved issues going on within them.
- For example, a person committing fornication (sex outside of marriage) is trying to gain affection in a perverted manner.
- A person involved in pornography is trying to find a substitute for the intimacy that can only be achieved through a close relationship with God.
- A person committing adultery usually has allowed themselves to have an “emotional” affair with someone.
- In addition, deeper issues that lead to sexual perversion include pride, rebellion, bitterness, and envy.
- However, having no reverence for God is the ultimate root of sexual immorality.
- If we are focused on God, and imitating Him, we won’t have the time to participate in sexual sins.
- There are many things we can do that are lawful. However, not all things are beneficial for us (1 Corinthians 6:9-16, AMP).
- The world accepts sexual immorality; however, God says it is not His will for us to defile our bodies through sex.
- Many times people who are involved in sexual immorality progress to other immoral behavior.
- Wrongdoers will not inherit or have any share in the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9, 10, AMP).
- The kingdom of God is God’s way of doing and being right.
- God’s Word says our bodies were not intended for sexual immorality but to be dedicated to Him (1 Corinthians 6:13, AMP).
- In sexual sins, we violate the sacredness of our bodies. Our bodies belong to God (1 Corinthians 6:19, 20, AMP).
- Our bodies were made for God-given, God-molded love, not perverted love.
- We can overcome any bondage we are in through God’s grace.
- He not only forgives us of our sins, but He also helps us overcome any type of addiction, bondage, or perversion.
- However, we must turn away from our sins and turn to Him for complete restoration.
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