We all have this desire for the opposite mate, it is a God-given desire and there is nothing wrong about it. Your desire for the opposite mate should be put on a constant check.
Don’t be consumed by your sinful desire for her. It is important you guard and put your desire under control.
Your uncontrollable sinful desire for her can cost you more than you imagine. The work of the flesh is very destructive.
In this article I will outline the works of the flesh and their meanings; by knowing the meaning of the works of the flesh you can now take the next step of avoiding the sinful act of the flesh.
Sometimes, it is better to get married than burn out or consumed by sinful desire. Why am saying this is that the works of the flesh affect of our Christian dating relationship tremendously.
The sinful desire of the flesh is so tempting that it makes you do unimaginable things to satisfy your flesh.
The works of the Flesh and Their Meanings
Works of the Flesh List:
- Adultery: When your sinful desire for the opposite mate gets out of control, it is easy to fall into temptation. Sinful desire is the work of the flesh.
Let’s take a keen look at Galatians 5:19-21 “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these, Adultery, Fornication, Uncleanness, Lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, Variance, Emulation, Wrath, Strife, Sedition, Heresies, Envying, Murder, Drunkenness, Reveling”. Kjv.
The works of the flesh and their meanings are put into action when you have an uncontrollable sinful desire.
Adultery is a sin. It is being in an Ungodly intimate relationship with someone who is not your husband or wife. You can fall into this act when you have an uncontrollable sinful desire.
- Fornication: Common questions Christian singles in a Dating relationship Ask?
How to stop fornication in a relationship?
How to stop fornication in one’s life?
How to overcome the sin of fornication?
First things first, you have to know the meaning of fornication and what the Bible says about fornication before you can start overcoming them in your dating relationship.
I hear Christian singles and Non-Christian singles in a dating relationship say “I can’t get intimate with my partner without engaging in fornication”. That’s the flesh talking; they are consumed by their sinful desire.
With God’s prescription for a dating relationship, you can get intimate with your dating partner without engaging in the sinful act.
Fornication is going against the will of God in your dating relationship before marriage. The pure truth is that the habit of fornication will lead you to hell.
- Uncleanness: What is Uncleanness? The work of uncontrollable desire is uncleanness. Having a dirty kind of heart and sinful desire. Uncleanness is like a worm to Your Spirit being. Uncleanness is being dirty, filthy, morally and spiritually impure.
- Lasciviousness Bible definition: It is when you read sensual books, magazines, or form the habit of watching movies that arouse the sensual chord in your life. Lasciviousness sinks our Christian faith.
- Lust or Lustfulness: How to overcome lust of the eyes, How to stop lusting after another man, Let me ask you this question? What causes Lust? Lasciviousness is the catalyst that stirs up sensual thoughts, lust or lustfulness is dwelling on them. The two work of the flesh works together to achieve one purpose.
Many Christian singles and Non-Christians are uncontrollably addicted to dirty movies and sensual books. These are the strategies Satan and his agent are using to deceive Christian singles in this modern world.
If you are in the bondage of watching dirty movies and reading sensual books and magazines, the first thing to do to deliver yourself is to destroy all the sensual materials and ask God to deliver you. That’s the first step to take to break free from lasciviousness that controls your thought life.
- Reprobation: Signs of a reprobate mind. Any Christian or Non-Christian single who go beyond lustfulness steps into the lust of the fresh – reprobation which refers to a total burn out conscience.
Reprobate individuals are people who have dwelt on immorality and sensual materials for so long that they have lost their conscience and no longer feel it is wrong to be involved in these things.
Whether you a Christian or Non-Christian, the first time you looked at something that you shouldn’t have been looking at, you were stricken with an intense feeling of guilt- “wow, I shouldn’t have done that”. That was your conscience.
When you dwell on sensual thoughts and activities continuously on a daily basis or for a long period of time, you’ve come to a stage where your mind is unable to discern the difference between right and wrong.
You burn yourself out, and often that’s the point at which your craving for sensual things becomes an obsession.
You search for new and radical ways and methods to satisfy your sinful desires. When this happens, the door to same mating and lesbianism relationship is opened.
It has often been said that a patience dog eats the fattest meat, good things come to those that wait.
According to the Scripture, Jacob worked tirelessly for fourteen years to receive the hand of Rachel in marriage; Because Jacob’s desire was God-given.
We have to respect our human body because it is the temple of the Holy Spirit; if defiled the Holy Spirit will flee away from you.
The way out
- Seek counsel from your parents, pastors and trusted friends.
- Get rid of all the materials that keep your “Desire” out of control.
Bible verses to Study
- Job 31:1
- 1 Timothy 5:2
- 1 Peter 3:3-4
- 1 Corinthian 3:16
- Romans 12:21
- Romans 13:14
- Colossians 3:2
- Matthew 5:27-28
Study these Scriptures
- I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a girl. Job 31:1
- Treat young men as brothers, older women as mothers, and young women as sisters, with absolute purity. 1 Timothy 5:2
- Your beauty should not come from outward adornments, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. 1 Peter 3:3-4.