“WHEN YOU ARE HORNY, IT’S YOUR BODY AND NOT THE DEVIL”

Often times we give the devil credit for everything including the beautiful features God wired in our bodies. We give the devil credit for the things he can’t even do and we make him responsible for our actions and choices. Yes, the devil is a tempter, he tempted Jesus too and he always wants to use the beautiful things we have against us.

When you are horny or sexually aroused, it is not the devil, it is your body. It shows you are healthy and God designed your body this way! Your feelings are not wrong, the fantasies to some extent aren’t wrong too. However, it is in your mind that the devil comes to wait for you. That is the engine room where your actions are clearly figured out even before you take them.

The devil is not responsible for what you think, he is not responsible for the actions you take, he tempts you but it’s still you who decides what to do. He gives you an option to think about something and you decide if you are going to think about it or not. No matter how much I beg you to eat shit, you wouldn’t want to do that and you’ll never do that as long as you still have your senses intact! If you end up doing so, I am not responsible for it!

In the same way, you can either resist temptations or you yield to them. Some people feel they are already dirty for having sexual thoughts and they decide to just go ahead and get dirty to the full! But feeling sexually aroused doesn’t make you dirty, you become dirty in your mind when you pick up the option of having dirty thoughts and dwelling on it.

It is you and not the devil that is responsible for your thoughts. Understand your body, understand that some things are natural with it but also understand that it is only you who can restrain yourself. The devil’s influence on you is only to the extent you allow it, he can’t force a thought on you, he can’t force you into action. He would wish he can but unfortunately, he can’t. He can speak to your mind when you give him space for it but you decide if you should dwell on it or not.

When the serpent tempted Eve, she dwelt on that thought, the Bible said she looked at the fruit and saw it was pleasing! That fruit has been there all these while but she never paid attention to it until then. Whatever you give your attention to becomes your desire. She began to desire the fruit and eventually gave in. The temptation of Jesus gave us a way to handle this kind of scenario. For every temptation thrown at him, Jesus had a word of scripture for it, even for the temptations that came with the label of scriptures. Why? Because his attention was on his word! He is that word made flesh. If Eve had focused on God’s word she would have had enough to resist the devil. You may be unable to resist the devil when you aren’t full and balanced with God’s word and godly counsels.

This is why a lot of us fall into all manner of temptations. We pay attention to what our body wants, we focus on how we feel and with our clouded mind, it is easy for us to fall into temptations. Sometimes, we also keep the wrong company. The company we keep can also determine the extent Satan can influence us. When you are keeping a company of dirty minds, you’ll also get your mind dirty. You can’t be in the company of dirty people and not get dirty.

In many occasions, I am careful of the company I keep, I am also careful of the extent I can go in certain kinds of conversation. On social media, I unfollow people who mess up with my mind, not because I hate them but because I am careful about what I feed my mind on. When I realize I am crossing my boundaries with someone, I withdraw entirely. The reason is that whatever I allow into my mind doesn’t leave easily!

This is why Paul asked us to keep our mind on what is pure and beneficial. The more our mind is focused on things that are above, the less we fall to the things below. Keep your mind on the future, on your marriage, on doing the right things and ultimately, keep your mind on God and his word!

When Potiphar’s wife tempted Joseph, do you think Joseph felt no urge? He did! It was obviously getting to his head, it was becoming unbearable and nearly difficult to resist, that is why he had to flee! Joseph didn’t flee because she would rape him, he didn’t flee to avoid being caught, he fled because he understood his body, he understood his sexual drive, he understood that if he must do what pleases God, he won’t have to give the body more opportunities to entertain what isn’t right!

Joseph didn’t start praying or saying “I cover myself under God” he didn’t stand there saying “please, this is not good.” He flee! Flee is the alternative of flying for those who have no wings, Joseph would have taken flight if he had wings. Sometimes, what you are going through is a product of your thoughts. By the power of your thoughts, you begin to act! Don’t start speaking in tongues where you are supposed to flee.

Remember, your feelings are your body’s response to needs and want. You feel “horny”? Your body wants sex and it is not wrong but you can wait for the right time and channel your focus on the right thing. When you pass a nice restaurant and you perceive foods, do you just jump in and eat? No! Because your feelings belong to your body, you can control it, you own it! Controlling yourself is not living in self-denial, it means telling yourself “if it is worth doing, it is worth doing the right way.”

The moment you lose control over your body, you begin to head towards destruction. This is what the devil wants, he wants you to live a shattered life and the only way he wants to get you into it is by manipulating your strength and using it against you! Sometimes we don’t know what our actions will result to, we don’t even think about it and when it finally happens we try exonerating ourselves and pushing it to the Devil.

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honourable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” – Philippians 4:8 NLT

Blessings!

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