BEFORE YOU CHEAT………THINK! (PART 2)

BEFORE YOU CHEAT……..THINK! (PART 2)

BEFORE YOU CHEAT......THINK!!

“BEFORE YOU CHEAT…..THINK!”

 

I originally wrote this post on May 18, 2010 and feel the need to re-post it in light of the high incidence of marital infidelity in the Body of Christ.

As you read, my prayer is that you would be encouraged to decide anew to by God’s grace tenaciously guard the covenant that you made with your spouse before the Lord at the altar on your wedding day.

Remember, we will each give an account to Him re: our marriages one day.

SELAH!

Kim

 Adultery –“voluntary sexual intercourse between a married man and someone other than his wife or between a married woman and someone other than her husband” – (Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary)
Man of God, Woman of God, before you commit adultery, THINK!

 “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

(2 Corinthians 10:3-5 – NIV)

When faced with the prospect of an adulterous relationship, the first, best and most powerful line of defense we have is in our minds. Whatever we focus on in our mind becomes magnified in our life; what we behold, we become.

If we take our minds off of what the Word of God says about adultery and focus our thoughts on what we believe would be the pleasurable aspects of an extramarital relationship, then we automatically increase the likelihood that we will commit the sin of adultery.

Conversely, if we set our minds on what the Word of God has to say about adultery and our thoughts on the damaging aspects of an extramarital relationship, then we automatically decrease the likelihood that we will commit the sin of adultery.

So rather than entertaining thoughts that will draw us toward committing this sin, we need to instead focus our thoughts on what will draw us toward God and away from committing it, to focus them on how the Word condemns such a relationship, on the responsibility that we have to God when it comes to our blood bought bodies, and on the certain damage that such a relationship would bring.

Man of God, Woman of God, before you commit adultery, THINK!

Do not entertain thoughts that will feed and strengthen your fleshly nature and thereby increase the likelihood that you will engage in an adulterous relationship.

Do not think about the potential pleasure, the thrill of the newness, the enticing challenge of the sexual conquest, what the person may do sexually that your spouse will not or can not do, the excitement of the secret lunches, dinners, and trips or as Bahamians say, the “ghost moves”, the potential money and material goods you may gain, the adoration and encouragement you may receive that your spouse has not given you, the companionship and conversation you may enjoy that has not been forthcoming from your spouse, etc.

Instead, set your mind on what the Word of God says and on thoughts that will kill your fleshly nature, strengthen your spirit man and increase your propensity to remain faithful to your spouse.

 Man of God, Woman of God, before you commit adultery, THINK!

Think about the spiritual price you will pay.

Think about the damage to your relationship and fellowship with God.

Think about what God says in the Word about committing adultery.

Think about what He says is the fate of those who practice adultery, that they shall not inherit His Kingdom and will be judged by Him.

Think about how you would be breaking a covenant and vow you made before God – do not be deceived, it’s not just about you and your spouse, it never has been and never will be.

Think about how having sex outside your marriage is taking the temple of the Holy Spirit (your body) and defiling it.

Think about how much it will grieve the Holy Spirit, the One who has always been with you and in you to help you in your walk with Christ.

Man of God, Woman of God, before you commit adultery, THINK!

Think about the guilt and shame and the heavy weight of conviction in the depths of your soul.

Think about the negative effect on the Body of Christ, the church.

Think about the reproach it will bring to the name of Jesus Christ which you bear as His child.

Think about the door of lies and deceit that it will open in your life and God desires truth in your innermost parts.

Think about how absolutely nothing is hidden from God so the affair will not be a secret –  He will see you and the individual wherever you are and whatever you are doing and He can communicate it to whomever, whenever He chooses.

Think about the foothold you will give the enemy, the ammunition to accuse and torment you over and over and over in your mind, bringing what you did to your remembrance even when you want to forget it and move on.

Think about the enemy laughing at you for his victory in this area of your life.

Man of God, Woman of God, before you commit adultery, THINK!

Think about the cutting pain and damage it will cause your spouse – mentally, emotionally, spiritually, physically and socially.

Think about the cutting pain and damage it will cause your children – mentally, emotionally, spiritually, physically and socially.

Think about the cutting pain and damage it will cause you – mentally, emotionally, spiritually, physically and socially.

Think about the irreversible damage to your marriage and your family – things will never be the same.

Think about how it may lead to divorce – Do you really want to lose your wife/husband, your children? Is that what you really want?

Think about courts, lawyers, alimony, child support, child visitation.

Think about another man or woman raising your children, the children God has entrusted to you.

Man of God, Woman of God, before you commit adultery, THINK!

Think about the fact that God says you are sinning against your own body.

Think about the sexually transmitted diseases you may contract, Chlamydia, Trichomoniasis, Gonorrhea, and Syphilis, Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV-2), Genital Herpes, Human Papillomavirus (HPV), Hepatitis B, and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).

Think about passing on this sexually transmitted disease to your spouse.

Think about suffering and dying from the sexually transmitted disease or related complications.

Think about your spouse suffering and dying from the sexually transmitted disease or related complications.

Think about your children becoming orphans all because of your selfish desire for sexual gratification.

 Man of God, Woman of God, before you commit adultery, THINK!

Think about the potential demonic infiltration into your body – once you have sexual relations, whatever spirits dwell in that person  can now enter you.

Think of the soul ties you will form with that person, that they would become a part of you – sex makes two one.

Think about unplanned pregnancy.

Think about having to tell your wife/husband and children and extended family about it – even worse, think about becoming a murderer through abortion.

Think about the misuse of money that God has entrusted you to be a good steward of – money once used to honorably take care of your family, finance the Kingdom and help others, now being used to finance sin.

Think about the stress, strain and pressure of living a double life, with the ever-present fear of being found out.

Think about how difficult it may be to sever the relationship when you want it to end – there is no guarantee that you can get out of it as easily as you got in?

What if the other person does not want to end the relationship and threatens to expose it if you leave them?

What if they threaten to end your life or the life of your spouse if you leave them? – Far fetched? – Just listen to the news anywhere.

Think about the possibility of dying in that life of sin without having a chance to repent.

Think about losing out on completing your God-given life purpose or assignment.

Man of God, Woman of God, before you commit adultery, THINK!

All of this for a 3-8 second orgasm?

All of this for a few hours of companionship?

All of this for material goods that you can not even take with you into eternity?

AN EXTRAMARITAL/ADULTEROUS RELATIONSHIP IS COSTLY!

Are you willing to pay the price spiritually, mentally, physically, emotionally, socially, financially?

Man of God, Woman of God, before you commit adultery, THINK!

Shalom!

Kim

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2 thoughts on “BEFORE YOU CHEAT………THINK! (PART 2)

  1. Hi Jacquelyn…..thanks for referencing my post on your blog. You are doing a wonderful and needed thing……all the best……Kim

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