more than i bargained for
by kelechi ajoku
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It was more than I bargained for;all I wanted was a copy of my regular sports daily complete sports. But waiting for me that day on the newsstand was a bunch of magazines with pornographic images on their front pages.As I reflect on our society and culture in this century I ask myself the same question the psalmist asked in Ps 119:99: how can a young man cleanse his way? Is purity a possibility or are we just chasing after the wind? In a society where values are defined by money, power and sex; amongst people driven by greed, lust and self pleasure what can the righteous do?Sex seems to be everywhere. It has permeated into our mainstream culture, seemingly losing God’s purpose for its creation. The beauty in God’s original design seems faded away. Sex seems to be screaming at us young people and yelling: “you can run, but you cannot hide from me". It’s in the movie, novels and magazines and TV ads. As a young man who desires to serve the Lord with integrity of heart what can I do?Well, I can learn from another young man in scriptures:
Lesson 1: purity is a choice.
”But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself’ Daniel 1:8In a heathen land, for away from home he could have sold out his integrity and said everybody is doing it or it doesn’t make me the worst person on the planet. He could have made up a lot of excuses.But not this guy.He made a choice not do defile himself with the king’s meat. To walk in purity is a choice we must make as sons and daughter of the most high. Our choices influence us.They direct us and empower us They are our guide through the wilderness of temptation. Our choices can preserve our destiny or destroy it. Men and woman who stood out in their generation were people who made this choice. Now I understand why Job said:.”I have made a convent with my eyes not to look with lust upon a young woman.”Job 3:11 NLT. Genesis. 49:3 describes a young man who had the seed of greatness within him.He was described as the excellency of dignity and the excellency of power, but because he defiled himself it was said concerning him: “unstable as water you shall not excel”. No sin has the potential to destroy a man and woman’s destiny as much as sexual sins.
Lesson 2: purity will depend on our diet:
”Please test your servant for ten days and Let them give us vegetables to eat and water to drink.” Daniel 1:17Daniel had made a choice not to defile himself and to remain pure in midst of a perverse society; but we know the success of this choice would also depend on what he fed himself with.So he chose to feed on vegetable and water rather than eat the king’s meat. If it’s a true saying that you’re what you eat, then what you feed your spirit and/or flesh matters.Do you spend more time feeding the lust of your flesh than the desire of the spirit?The types of movies we watch, the music we listen to, the books we read, the stories we listen to; all feed either our flesh or spirit.It Christ will increase in us and our flesh decrease we must feed the spirit with the appropriate diet so that it can grow to a point it overcomes the desires of our flesh.Lest I forget, the psalmist found the answer to the question he asked: ”By taking heed according to your word’ Ps 119: 11b. The word is one of the most powerful assets we have. The word cleanses our mind. Purity begins in our minds. Once our minds are being transformed by the word then we can begin to walk the path of purity.Romans 12:2 tells us”Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think” NLT.Purity is a possibility .But we must stay connected to the father and allow Him to perfect His will in our lives. Then we can shine as light in this present darkness of perversion. It’s a jungle out there, but we will survive. God bless you.
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My Kelehi, so well put by a young person. Thank you for reminding us of Daniel and his observance of purity. Indeed, do we feed our flesh or our spirit? We can…we must do likewise if we are to overcome the lust of this world. Great job!