Have you ever been rushing to make it to your destination and finally make it out of the house to just….sit…in….traffic?
Since I’m one of those who is always running late, this is typical for me. However, I have learned that sometimes my delays are purposeful; particularly when I find out that, had I traveled earlier, I might have been involved in the fatal car accident that was causing the traffic delay.
Today’s post is bittersweet for me in that it deals with a tough topic that I want to use a bullhorn to sound a warning about; while simultaneously rejoicing in the bullhorn to proclaim:
God’s Principles are for Our Protection
I will never forget, “No More Sheets,” a popular teaching series that dealt with fornication. When I listened to the series, I did not understand the profound impact it had on me; as I literally fell to my knees crying as the well-known evangelist delivered this life-changing message. I was fully-committed in a marriage at that time, so the message was not applicable to me; yet, it pierced the depth of my soul. While going through a divorce many years later, I was reminded of the teaching. It was during this time that I wrote B! Celibate, and by the power of the Holy Spirit, I have remained celibate since 2004–but that’s not the purpose of this article.
I am writing today, to “testify” that had I not obeyed scripture and allowed the Holy Spirit to do a deep work within me, I would have been infected with HIV….at least twice. Two people, who I later learned were infected, pursued me for sex for years; but neither disclosed their status to me. You read correctly. They intentionally did not let me know they were infected; in hopes of having me join the countless number of others who they have infected. Sadly, one of them recently died.
Think you don’t know “those kind of people?” According to the CDC, about 1.2 million people in the US were infected by the end of 2013, and 1 in 8 did not know they had the virus. It is very likely that you know them or know someone who knows them. And, I could have been “them.”
Friends, this is the reality of the world in which we live. Hearts have waxed cold, and we have a common enemy who wants to steal the good that God has planned for us, and kill our joy, and destroy our lives.
Let me use my bullhorn to beg you to study God’s word and ask the Holy Spirit to help you live God’s principles, which are designed to protect us. God is not trying to “take your fun away.” He wants you to have an abundant life inside the safety of His principles.
Imagine my life today had I rushed into another relationship to get over my failed marriage. I would have been that fatal car crash that has caused you to be late. That wreck is actually a warning to you.
Stop. Look. Listen. Obey.
God is trying to get your attention.