Sorry for the double post today, I accidentally hit publish before I was finished properly editing and finishing my message for you today. 

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God’s will is for you to be holy, so stay away from all sexual sin. Then each of you will control his own body and live in holiness and honor—not in lustful passion like the pagans who do not know God and his ways.
1 Thessalonians 4:4-5

Recently, I attended the Iron Sharpen’s Iron, Men’s conference in Bloomfield, Connecticut and I must admit, it really had an impact on me and it opened my eyes to the steps of life in regards to, “Manhood.” One of the speaker’s addressed the, “journey on the road of a man,” and portrayed this journey by showing us the steps one must take to get their. The bottom step was, “Boyhood.” The second step was, “Adolescence.” The third step was, “Manhood.” The four step was, “Mentor.” The final step was, “Patriarch.”

The speaker said, many men jump between the steps of “Boyhood” and “Adolescence” and sometimes, sadly, never leave those steps. Then he said something that really hit close to home. He said, the only way to really step-up to “Manhood,” is to fall on your knee’s, put your hands together, admit you are broken and with proper guidance, you can then step-up to “Manhood,” through the power of the Lord. Then… with much growth in God, you become a “Mentor” to the youth, teaching and guiding them with their lifes and their walks with God.

But today sadly, both, men and women suffer from the effects of not having been properly mentored in their youth’s and adolescence from a good man of God to show them how to properly step up to “adulthood.” A lot of these men and women are more susceptible to fall into sin and as the speaker said, a lot of these men and women fill our jail systems today.

There are several strong temptations in the world today, but sexual sin is a struggle that a lot of men, women and sadly, children all struggle with, on a daily basis. And, if we allow ourselves to fall into that temptation, it cut’s us off from the glory of the Lord.

That’s what we find Paul telling us, when we read 1 Thessalonians 4:4-5, “God’s will is for you to be holy, so stay away from all sexual sin.” He was warning us here, but he then goes on to say, “Then each of you will control his own body and live in holiness and honor—not in lustful passion like the pagans who do not know God and his ways

Paul knew that, our bodies our the temple of the Lord. As Paul says in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, “Your body is His temple.” And we are to keep ourselves pure before the Lord.

Sexual sin is not an easy temptation to defeat by yourselves. Any sin, for that matter is not easy to defeat on your own. You have to realize, that you are sinning. You have to have a yearning to change. For some of us, we must be completely broken before we realize this. But, when we come to this realization, we can then turn to God with a true repentant heart. A broken heart. And, then, the Holy Spirit can start the process to purify you once again. To set you free and break the chains of sin.

If you have yet to receive the Lord Jesus into your lives, I want you to put your hands together right now and pray with me. “Lord, I know I am lost without you. I come to you completely broken. I come to you with all my heart and I give myself to you. I need you in my life. Jesus, I accept you as my Lord and Savior, as my God, Amen.”

If you just prayed this prayer for the first time, congratulations! I now want you to get to a good bible based, God-fearing church and get baptized into the Lord, Jesus Christ and start your journey and your walk with the Lord.

God Bless you all as we part are ways today.

 Brother Jonathan

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Has Brother Jonathan’s Devotion’s touched your life? Do you have something on your mind and need a prayer? Then, please write me now and tell me about it. I am here for you!
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