Your Sex or Your God?

Your sex or your God: which is more important?  Have you ever thought about it?

Jesus stated in Mark 12:30 that the most important command is for us to “love God with ALL of our heart, soul, mind, and strength.” 

Heart: We can evaluate what is in our heart by listening to what we say.  The Bible tells us in Luke 6:45 that “what you say flows from what is in your heart.”  Take the next week and listen to what comes out of your mouth: what type of jokes, off handed remarks, and basic conversation you hear yourself saying.  What are the major themes of the words that come out of your mouth?

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” (Proverbs 4:23, NLT)

Soul:  This refers to our very being: our overall life.  Who we are and what we do.  If all of your titles were removed, such as, employee, father, husband, ethnicity, nationality, etc., would someone be able to say God is most important to you?  Now let’s include all of the titles: would how you fulfill each title communicate to others that God is the central focus of your life?

“And don’t be concerned about what to eat and what to drink. Don’t worry about such things.  These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs.  Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.” (Luke 12:29-31, NLT)

Mind:  What consumes your thoughts?   It is said that the average man thinks about sex every 0.234869 seconds.  Would you be considered the average man?  Comparing your thoughts of the things of God to sex, even if you’re married and your thoughts are about your wife, how do they compare?

One way to determine this is to take a small notebook and over the course of the next week, every hour on the hour record your thoughts either written or voice recorded.  Record them without any filter and, if you choose to write them, don’t concern yourself with complete sentences, spelling, punctuation, or even if they make sense.  Wait until the week is over and then go back and read or listen to your thoughts.  What are the major themes? Are there any repeating thoughts?  How many are Godly reflections verses selfish ones?

“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” (Philippians 4:8, NLT)

Strength:  The concept here means with all of your effort, your ability, all of the power you can muster.  Are you doing everything you can to keep your thoughts on the things of God?  Are you doing everything you can do to control your body in a way that honors God?  Are you doing everything you can do to ensure that your very being honor’s God?

“Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.  Stand your ground…” (Ephesians 6:13- 14a, NLT)

So the question comes back to you, which is more important: your sex or your God?  If you don’t know, I encourage you to take the next week to complete the suggestions I made to find out.  Even if you think God is more important I suggest you also try the self evaluation for the next seven days, you may be surprised.

Free or Slave? Which Are You?

Free or Slave?  Which are you?

The Gospel of John (chapter 8) tells us a story of Jesus talking to people who considered themselves Disciples of Christ.  Jesus said to this group, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (v. 31-32)

They responded by saying, “We have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean, ‘You will be set free'” (v. 33)

These people, just like many of us, had no idea that in reality they were born slaves.  They were born slaves to sin; or if you prefer, a slave to “missing the mark.”  They were born slaves to doing wrong, to being self-centered, even to addictions.

Just like that group of people, we also were born slaves, born prone to missing the mark.  We can believe in God, consider ourselves disciples of Christ, attend church, read our Bible, even attend a Clean Heart For Men meeting, but never experience freedom. Why?

Because we don’t realize that we were born a slave and we are not able to free ourselves from slavery.  Only Jesus can do this.  “Whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom (II Cor. 3:16-17).”

But you say, “I have turned to God and I still have this problem of ‘missing the mark’ in a certain area.”

I ask you the same question the Apostle Paul said to the believers in Galatia, “How foolish can you be? After starting your Christian lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort (Gal. 3:3)?”

I have listened to a few different men say they were no longer  attending Clean Heart because they have not experienced any progress in their “missing the mark” area.  Yet, they also willingly said, they never really left a meeting and put into practice the various behaviors, strategies, and attitudes discussed in the meetings in their lives.

Jesus said, “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.

I encourage you to seek God by reading the Bible, by finding a home church, by participating in a small group with other believers, and if need be  attending Clean Heart For Men.  But I also encourage you to pray and seek God for freedom. “Take your conviction and turn it in to commitment.” Without action it’s just a really good idea, not a God idea (#codeorangerevival).”

Free or Slave?  Which one are you satisfied with?

I choose freedom…join me.