SEXUAL HEALING

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Relationships and sex talks are readily discarded by leaders and even parents. This makes young people seek information else where and does not normally end well.

“…and through Him all things were made.” I believe that the Bible contains information on every subject or issue and yes that includes relationship issues. The Bible is not outdated on this topic as some claim. Almost every Christian will quickly point to “songs of Solomon” when it comes to these things but other scriptures contain knowledge on it.

This article is to answer questions bothering the youth concerning dating and sex from the Christian point of view.
The question every young person asks is”when can I date?

In Genesis 29, Jacob worked for fourteen years to have Rachel. Theologians also believe Mary was not yet twenty years when she began courtship with Joseph. The time to start dating and its duration depends on the individual, BUT Christians are to date with the sole aim of marriage. The key thing is purity, so for someone who wants to marry at thirty and starts dating at eighteen he or she is stay pure for twelve years.

In these times it is increasingly difficult to stay pure while dating (and to think of doing that for fourteen years).  Most counsellors recommend two years as the maximum duration of courtship.
Another question boggling the minds of a lot of people is the extent in dating or how far one can go with the partner when dating. Most young people are of the notion that as long as there is no penetration, it is not sinful.

Again, let’s take Mary as an example; if she had done everything with Joseph except penetration before marriage, no one would have believed the virgin birth of Jesus. Jesus also said that even if you look lustfully at a woman you have committed adultery in your heart. One leader in the church said “you should be able to do all you do with your partner in front of the church” (scary right?). Abstinence from all sexually related activities is key in ensuring a successful marriage.
Some argue that since God is the one who placed those hormones in us, He expects us to act on them have sex at will. The difference between you the Christian and an unbeliever is the Holy Spirit. He helps us overcome the desires  of the flesh. You being eighteen does not mean you can drive, you first need to be taught and given the license for that. Comparing it to the issue of sex, you having sexual desires does not mean act on them.

This piece cannot be complete without touching on same sex interactions(homosexuality)  and the issue of pornography. The Bible is clear on its stance, God is totally against them. It is quite sad to realise the number of Christians in such addictions. There are so many suggestions on how to break from those addictions. Only Jesus has the power to truly save from those habits, look to Him for strength.
No man can say he has never had the urge to have sexual interactions, we all have those desires. God’s word never changes no matter how “enlightened” the world becomes and He has told us to flee from sexual sins. The Christian walk is not easy especially when it comes to such issues but the Holy Spirit gives us the strength to overcome.
God bless you for reading and sharing.

Written by Samuel Adu Amaniampong, sAmInSpiReSbLoG team member.

DEAD OR ALIVE (D.O.A)

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In this life there are two things involved: Its either you are DEAD OR ALIVE.

If you are DEAD, you are safe from all the hardships that life presents,

But if you are ALIVE, you have a chance to make the world a better place.

For some people, being DEAD is a chance to rest after fulfillment of purpose,

But to others, it is a fearful state in which they never wish to find themselves.

The irony is that; it is appointed unto man to die once.

Being ALIVE comes with its joy and sadness.

The joy to make impact and live a good life, or its appearance as hell on earth.

In Christ there are two categories of people; THE DEAD & THE ALIVE.

Those who are DEAD go about their normal duties in life,

Thinking doing good alone would get them to Heaven. That’s Deception.

Those who are ALIVE go about their normal activities,

But then, they put God first in whatever they do and have a constant relationship with HIM.

Those who in Christ enjoy some benefits that are completely unavailable to those who are not.

Being ALIVE comes with fulfillment of purpose that brings joy.

Being DEAD comes with shear satisfaction of present state.

In the book of Revelations, the Sardis church had a reputation of being ALIVE but were DEAD.

That is Pretence and Deception.

Therefore, become watchful and strengthen the things remaining that were ready to die.

The choice remains an individual decision because of free will, to be DEAD OR ALIVE.

But the best choice forever remains being ALIVE.

It gives you a chance to live right for Christ and fulfill HIS purpose for your life.

BRETHREN, IT IS TIME TO DECLARE TO BE ALIVE FOR GOD.

I AM ALIVE IN CHRIST, WHAT ABOUT YOU?

 

Written by Yaw Sam.

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LEAD BY EXAMPLE

Many people tend to think of today’s youth as the leaders of tomorrow but scripture never places us in such a category.

It never instructs us to wait until we are more mature or knowledgeable or skilled before we begin to take God’s word seriously and consider what plans and purposes the Lord has for our lives.

According to God’s Word, we are to be leaders even today, who earnestly desire to honor and serve our Lord in all our thoughts and actions.

Paul told Timothy, a younger man in the faith, “Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. 1 Timothy 4:12

God specifically commands us, as young people, to be leaders- to lead by example.

We are to understand God’s instructions to us and let the world watch us grow in our walk with the Lord.

As a young person myself, I am burdened for the church in the days ahead, and I am burdened for today’s youth who must not only strive to live exemplary lives right now, but who would one day attempt to serve as faithful leaders within the body of Christ, the Church.

I am burdened because it is not getting any easier to live in this world. I am burdened because young Christians today often fail to understand that God desires to have a close, intimate relationship with them right now, relationship that only comes about when we obey the scriptures.

Many of our peers are following the steps of others and copying their unscriptural attitudes and philosophies of ministry.

Maybe we feel as though we should worship and unite with others even though they do not agree with us concerning what the bible teaches. Maybe we feel as though we should join a “cooler”, or more alive church.

Maybe we feel like we should live, act, talk, and dress like the world in other to be recognized by the world. Maybe we feel as if our outward actions do not really matter to God as long as we are sincere and our motives are pure.

First we all must realize that the ideas and philosophies of the world are completely opposed to God’s will and plan for us.

The world tells us to live it up as young people while we can. Pause. Notice what the wisest man who ever lived wrote by inspiration of the HOLY SPIRIT in Ecclesiastes 12:1.

“Remember now thy creator in the days of thy youth”.

Notice that Solomon did not say, “Live it up while you are young and later on you would have the opportunity to serve and glorify God”. NO, He said exactly the opposite.

He tells young people, “Now is the time to focus on your relationship with God, the creator of all things. We’ve got to serve God well and live a life that is worthy of a true servant.

We need to be examples to others in our; SPEECH (Psalm 19:14), CONDUCT (Ephesians 4:22-30) & CHARITY (Matthew 5:16).

REMEMBER THAT WE HAVE BEEN INSTRUCTED TO LET OUR LIGHT SHINE BEFORE MEN SO THAT THEY MAY SEE OUR GOOD WORKS AND GLORIFY OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN. MATTHEW 5:16

LET’S LEAD AN EXAMPLARY LIFE FOR OTHERS TO FOLLOW FOR THE GLORIFICATION OF GOD.

LEAD BY EXAMPLE NOW!!!

Written by Justice Annobil of sAm InSpiReS bLoG Team