TAKING ACCOUNTABILITY IN TEMPTATION
I have left the last blog hanging in the air for weeks but I have been praying how to bring it to a close and with what the content should be. I've had ideas coming and going then tonight as I was reading the post below I discerned in my spirit "this is how I will you to conclude study five (5). These are strong words but being Apostolic you carry the Prophetic mantle and the Prophetic does bring strong words yet with edification and encouragement and spoken in love.
So you and I know that we are acceptable in His sight, greatly loved and wholeheartedly understood in the difficulties of our lives with same sex attraction. We also know that temptations of homosexual lust will come against us in different ways, that our sinful nature is alive and we will desire to yeild to same sex lust regardless of how much our flesh has been regenerated; and for some of you, you need to come to terms with this and accept SSA is still a part of you but He holds you and it in His Hand.
Now the devil and his underlings are assigned to always be at work to take any opportunity to ensnare us so as to yeild to temptations, but God ... this we know "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it." (1 Corinthians 10:13 KJ) Therefore we have all of heavens hosts there to back us up and His ability and His power is available to override the circumstances so that He can intervene in our time of temptation.
The truth is we are a struggling people, fragile yet strong, flawed yet fearfully and wonderfully made the sum total of our past and present; and we are all in agreement that we have changed so much that we are not the women we once were years ago, or the woman we were when in the fullness of our homosexual lifestyle - blessed be our God and Father who has redeemed us from the kingdom of darkness and who wills to purify a special people for Himself, zealous for good works (Titus 2:14).
We know our security, value, self worth, significance and identity is in who we are as daughters / sons of God and we all will to aspire to be in the centre of His will for His redemptive plan and purposes in and throught us for those around us. We also know we do not have to have any superior attitude because of who we are in Him or who He is for us; we know we are servants, therefore we know we have no need to vainly puff ourselves up with worldly outlooks or opinions or their comparisions with one another, but we are to be humble in heart and live accordingly and to the measure of faith and giftings given us. Recall, we are to do nothing from selfishness and empty conceit, but with humility to regard others as more important than ourselves and to do all things everything as unto The Lord.
Favor, justice, reward is from God and He will govern our lives in every breath we take in every move we make if - if we allow His Kingdom rule in our lives and Him to have Kingdom rule in our hearts. So regardless of what degree of lust of same sex attraction He is able to cause the sin living in us and the evil present with us to come under His subjection power and dominion (Romans 7:18-25, 8:12-13, Galatians 5:16-17) that we are enabled to rise above it and overcome its seduction and power - and relax embrace yourself in where you are at today its there but we are living for Jesus and going on for Jesus ever changing from glory to glory.
Whatever stage of the journey we are on with Him in our discipleship, regeneration, sanctification, transformation it is commendable to each of us and to this He applauds. However there are times when He will bring His Words of correction or a rod of correction and chastisment especially to those of us who are more mature and or who have a fuller knowledge of His Kingdom way of life, His laws, His instructions in righteous living, His Grace and His outpouring of Himself.
Jesus will counsel accordingly to His will and the reality is He does use The Word to divide between soul and spirit and in this it convicts, warns and will deliver us from any pitfall (Hebrews 4:12; Psalm 107:20, 10) thus leading us to turn from the temptation and in true repentance for His redemptive purposes and life everlasting. If we won't listen to His Word His rod will correct us and we will sit in darkness, our heart will faint, we will be in distress and sit in the shadow of death bound in affliction (Psalms 107:1-20).
When you read The Word and the post below let it judge the thoughts and intention of your heart, let it bring conviction and let it bring His fear. Fear that you choose life, fear that you continue to choose Him, fear that you choose not to yeild to temptation, fear that you do not go near temptations door, fear that you do not make a way to go to her/temptation. We do not want to be as Esau who for one fleeting moment gave up his birthright, then after seeking it back with tears was rejected for he found no place of repentance (Hebrews 12:14-15).
I understand the complexity in same sex attraction and I understand that Jesus knows our hearts and ultimately it is He who judges our lives and circumstances and events accordingly. So I know I cannot just slap this blog against everyone who has backslidden and or fallen back and or yielded to temptation in whatever form of homosexual lust - these 5 blogs are around my guilt of adultery of homosexual lust of the mind. But this is how He is speaking to my heart this is what He is saying to me in regard to being sexually active with "that particular woman." To this I am happy for I welcome His strong Word to shake me and speak to the very core of me that I continue to choose holiness. I am thankful that He said it would be a deliberate transgression if I ever sought her out for intimacy thus I could well expect judgment.
Why? - "For if we are willfully sinning after receiving the full knowledge of the truth, there remains no more sacrifice concerning sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment and zealous fire being about to consume ... If anyone did not regard the Law of Moses, that one dies without pities on the word of two or three witnesses. How much worse punishment do you think she/he will be thought worthy to receive having trampled on the Son of God, and having counted the blood of the covenant in which he was sanctified common, and having insulted the Spirit of Grace?" Hebrews 10:26-29
Self pleasure in homosexual sexual intimacy is not my / our option, being a lover of self than lover of God (2 Timothy 3:4) is likewise no longer my / our option "she / he who lives in self-pleasure has died while living." (1 Timothy 5:6). As mature daughers / sons no matter how we may will to justify a deliberate sexual encounter we have "rebelled against the words of God and have despised the counsel of The Most High." (Psalms 107:10)
Then what should I say - I / we overcome, I / we "love not our lives till the death" (Revelation 12:11), I / we just embrace this Kingdom lifestyle and give it our all, and "not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap, if we do not faint." (Galatians 6:9)
Therefore, daughters / sons of The Most High God, "If you love me keep My commandments" (John 14:15) "... if you desire to enter into life, keep the commandments." (Matthew 19:17) and "... blessed is the woman / man who endures temptation, because having been approved she / he will receive the crown of life which the Lord promised to the ones loving Him." (James 1:12)
Amen and amen, be bessed and be a blessing,
Be blessed and be a blessing
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