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Developing Kingdom Character – Stop Moral Erosion
January 27, 2016

Soil erosion can be a real issue, especially in areas of road construction in hilly terrain.  In order to prevent erosion, straw blankets have been developed that are rolled out in vulnerable areas.  The blankets prevent erosion until a grass cover can be established.  In a similar way, believers serve as moral straw blankets, preventing moral erosion. 

Jesus said, “You are the salt of the earth….You are the light of the world.”  (Matthew 5:13a, 14a)  Being salt and light, Jesus instructed his followers to develop kingdom character by stopping the erosion from lust.  Adultery happens in the heart long before the outward act is committed.  Lust is destructive, eroding moral boundaries, weakening marriage vows and leads to bondage.  Jesus instructed his disciples to stop the erosion of morals caused by gazing with sinful desire on men and women. 

We live in a society that has produced a lot of brokenness and heart ache through the selfish, sinful indulgence in sexual gratification outside of marriage of husbands and wives.  Lust has compromised vows, robbing marriages of meaning and substance, reducing all men and women to objects of selfish gratification.  The thoughts of adultery precede the acts of adultery, often through the trickle of indiscretion, carelessness that over a period of time compromises purity, eventually leading to habitual sins and addictions; which when full grown devastate lives.

What are some areas where you have conformed to the mould of society?  What do you need to do to stop the erosion of morals in your life?  Pray for the Spirit to expose those areas that you have yielded to evil forces that need to be brought under the control of the Holy Spirit, confessing your sin and turning toward God.  Trust God to bring fulfillment to all your desires by His will.

pj

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