Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature; sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry (Colossians 3:5)
Sexual immorality is everything that defies God’s original creation prototype of marriage – the one man-one woman lifelong monogamous relationship laid down for the human race in Genesis 2:24 (see Christ’s endorsement in Matthew 19: 4,5). It is because the Lord is FOR marriage (and for chastity outside marriage) that we have a licence to kill off, within our selves, all things short of this! How is this done?
STARVE THEM OUT – by monitoring our input of literature, TV and films. If the Holy Spirit lives in us, we have the power to walk past places, products and people that blunt our Christian living.
CROWD THEM OUT. We are more likely to fail when on our own; when we lack fellowship with other believers. But a crowd – of loving, fellow-believers with whom we regularly meet – will help keep us accountable!
SQUEEZE THEM OUT. There is nothing like Christian ACTIVITY – a piece of volunteer service – to soak up energy, and effectively kill those strange obsessions or fantasies that can waste away months and years.
WEAR THEM OUT. Sometimes we may fail. Then is the time to confess our failure, get up again – and declare ourselves back in the fight once more for the very purity of Jesus Christ himself; to maintain vigilance – and by sheer persistence to wear out the opposition.
Believers have been raised with Christ. The new life is swinging in! The things associated with the past are now listed for Death Row.