But, let me be clear: technology is not the problem. Parents must get educated on the resources available guiding teenagers to use technology with wisdom and set restrictions that point them in this direction. Here are some helpful resources:. There will likely be a day your teenager is seriously struggling or has failed in the area of purity. When that day comes, point them to Christ as the source of forgiveness and the motivation for their continued pursuit of purity.
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You cannot give your child what you do not posses yourself. A form of this article originally appeared here. By Michael Guyer. By Jason Thacker. Related Resources Parenting. How do you talk to your kids about social media? By Jamie Ivey. Christian Living. Good books for students and student ministers By Michael Guyer. How to think about screen time and our kids By Jason Thacker.
Though there were sometimes nervous jitters as family members and especially the young men anticipated these sessions, in each case the time together was strategic, encouraging and rewarding. Having consistently practiced this when they were dating, it was impossible for us and for our daughters to imagine them dating a young man without first openly addressing with him all the principles that follow.
Each time we did this, of course, it further reinforced these principles for our daughters and for us. Sex is good. Sex was created by the holy God of heaven, where purity reigns. He warns us not to talk about sex in any inappropriate context:. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place. Ephesians God designed sex for the sacred union of marriage, and reserves it for that union. When it takes place in its proper context, God is definitely pro-sex.
But floods and tidal waves are water out of control , and the effects are devastating. Fire is an energy-producing gift of God that gives warmth and allows us to cook. But a forest fire or a house burning to the ground or a person engulfed in flames is fire out of control -it is horrible and frightening. Water and fire are good things which, when they occur outside their God-intended boundaries, become bad.
Likewise, God designed sex to exist within certain boundaries. Sex is a good thing which, when it occurs outside its God-designed boundaries, becomes bad. The greater the gift from God, the more power it has both for good and bad. Inside marriage, sex has great power for good. Outside marriage it has equally great power for bad.
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Sex and marriage go together. Sexual union is intended as an expression of a lifelong commitment , a symbol of the spiritual union that exists only within the unconditional commitment of marriage. Apart from marriage, the lasting commitment is absent and the sex act becomes a false expression, a lie.
Every act of sex outside of marriage cheapens both sex and marriage. Sex is a privilege inseparable from the responsibilities of the sacred marriage covenant. Sex is designed to be the joining of two persons, of two spirits, not just two bodies. Who may stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart.
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Sexual purity is inseparable from a committed Christian life. If you are not living in sexual purity, God will not hear your other prayers until you offer the prayer of confession and repentance and commit yourself to a life of holiness 1 John The evil one wants to take you down and to use your life as a bad example to other Christians, who will imitate your moral compromise.
God requires that we be holy and pure instruments to be used by him 2 Timothy More Christians—including Christian leaders—become useless and are lost to serving Christ due to sexual immorality than anything else. These evil beings have vested interests in your moral collapse. They will do everything in their power to strike out at Christ and his church through enticing you into immorality.
Satan is neither omnipresent nor omnipotent—there are only so many demons and none of them can be two places at once. Therefore, fallen angels attack and tempt not indiscriminately but with strategic purpose. Satan does not have to waste his time on those who have already made the biggest messes of their lives. Rather, he specially targets those whose fall would have the greatest negative effect on the kingdom of God. The devil wants to derail you from serving God.
He wants you imprisoned to sin. God wants you free. His aim is deadly, he excels at tailor-made temptations, and it is at our points of greatest vulnerability that he will attack. As powerful as the evil one is to tempt us, God is infinitely more powerful to deliver us and has given us in Christ all the resources we need to live godly lives:.
His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. Then I break it in half, throw it to the floor and stomp on it. Suddenly it changes everything, because if it belongs to me, then and only then do I have the right to do with it as I please.
If it belongs to someone else, I have no such right. When you came to Christ, when you affirmed him as Lord of your life, you surrendered your entire self, including your body, to God. The title to your life was transferred from you to God. Christ owns you and your body. You are bought and paid for. He paid the ultimate price for it. What price? The shed blood of God Almighty! We are his both by virtue of his creation and his redemption. God has every right to tell me what to do with my mind and body. I have no right to do whatever I want with what belongs to God. You will inevitably adopt the morality of the programs, movies, books, magazines, music, Internet sites and conversations you participate in.
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The cognitive is basic to the behavioral—you become what you choose to feed your mind on. Sow a habit, reap a character.
Sow a character, reap a destiny. Your future can be accurately predicted by what you allow your mind to dwell on. In first century Corinth there were prostitutes all over the streets, but when you entered your home you had a sanctuary from the temptation.
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We live in a technological Corinth, where immorality can come into the privacy of our home through airwaves television and modems the Internet. Most of us are only a few pushbuttons away from sexual immorality of the mind.
Every choice we make to view and contemplate immorality desensitizes us to its evil. Actions, habits, character and destiny all start with a thought, and thoughts are fostered by what we choose to take into our minds.