James 1:14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. 15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin;
Here we are warned that our own desires will tempt us. Those desires first appear as thoughts and feelings. Those things are not sin until we stop to think upon them, yield to those desires instead of resist them, resulting in sin.
We are therefore to look for the causes of every sin chiefly in ourselves; in our appetites, passions, and corrupt inclinations. Even the injections of the devil cannot hurt us, till we make them our own, by entertaining and yielding to them. Then, when lust, desire, hath conceived — By obtaining the consent of our will, that is, when it is yielded to; it bringeth forth actual sin
If we are to be women with integrity, we must allow our thoughts, emotions, and desires to be surrendered to the Word of God.
“Taking every thought captive and making it obedient to Christ.”
I am still working on my series about being women of sexual integrity, and I can’t wait to share it with you. It is going in a different direction than originally planned, and, unfortunately, as it has changed course, it is still not quite ready yet, but stayed tuned.
Be Blessed and Be a Blessing,