Saturday, June 7, 2014

How to Prevent Moral Failure


Bro Shatwell woke up one morning, and sat up in his bed to pray, as he often did. But this particular morning was quite different.

He was sitting there praying fervently in the spirit AND suddenly there appeared a dark silhouette of a man appeared in his hallway. He could not make out a face, just a figure. 

He continued to pray and watch it, and it watched him. 
It DOES NOT move from the doorway…. and the next thought that flashed across his mind was the most disgusting,  immoral, ungodly sexually perverted thought you could imagine!  
He kept praying.

It watched him. He watched it.  After a few minutes, without that image moving….Rev Shatwell said he felt something weighty like a heavy quilt lay across his whole body.

Two more ungodly, immoral perverted thoughts flashed across his mind.

When he realized what the spirit was, he rose up against it, rebuked it in Jesus Name and commanded it to leave. It turned sideways and just disappeared.

Rev Shatwell, said, “Ok Lord, please! You must explain! I was sitting here praying! Where did that come from?"

The Lord said, “Did you notice how the thing communicated?  
-through thoughts and feelings!”    It did not use words.

Is that type of thing biblical?  Well, Let’s read this!

Job 4:14-17
King James Version (KJV)
14 Fear came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones to shake.
15 Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood up:
16 It stood still, but I could not discern the form thereof: an image was before mine eyes, there was silence,

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; 
2 Corinthians 10:5

 When Judas went to inform them where they could find Jesus, the Bible says that "Satan entered into him" (John 13:27).

How do I prevent moral failure?

1. Consider the cost! Ask yourself right now what would happen if you fell to immorality? What would happen to your family? Your life? Your children (if you have any) What about your reputation?

Lets get this straight!  IT’S NOT WORTH IT!!! 

People with a lot of money have fallen morally.
People with no money have fallen morally.
Pretty people have fallen morally.
Ugly people have fallen morally.
Religious have fallen morally.
Prestigious have fallen morally.
Moms and dads have fallen morally.
Children and teens have fallen morally

AND IF YOU AND I DON’T USE KNOWLEDGE and wisdom……we too, could fall!  Or you could be a victim of one who has!

2. “Don’t create a seed-bed!”  Keep your thoughts clean. Keep them Pure. Keep them Holy.
Don’t allow yourself to sit around and daydream about immoral thoughts with the opposite sex.

You are going to fail first in your mind, then with your heart!
This is why you must stop thoughts before they become actions!

3. Don’t make God angry! Don’t be the cause of a brother or sister to fall! Don't flaunt or tease so as to attract someone to you and cause them to fail.

4. Don’t give place to the devil!   Don’t take your lunch down to the public pool!  Stop picking up Sports Illustrated or Victoria’s Secret! -Which ever happen to be a problem for you! 

5. I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes!  Ps 101:3
No books, no movies, no images etc...get it out of the house!

6. Don’t try sneaking with God!  He knows what a person does in secret. You won’t fool him, and He will shout if from the rooftop if necessary!
Ps 24:4 He that hath clean hands and a pure heart, who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.( promised falsely) (deny involvement)

Job 31:6
New King James Version (NKJV)
6 Let me be weighed on honest scales,
That God may know my integrity.

7. Make yourself a promise!  Job 31:1
 “I have made a covenant with my eyes;
Why then should I look upon a young woman?
Get an accountability partner if necessary. Give someone (spouse or best friend) access to your emails, Facebook or etc….Maybe the answer is having joint accounts? Or…..cancel all of it if it is too much a temptation!

8. Save it!  We need to save the flirtatious comments, sexy, tight, skimpy, revealing outfits, and tasty lip gloss for our marriage! 

Prov 7: 6-27   Read this and tell me what is wrong with this picture?)

For at the window of my house
I looked through my lattice,
7 And saw among the simple,
I perceived among the youths,
A young man devoid of understanding,
8 Passing along the street near her corner;
And he took the path to her house
9 In the twilight, in the evening,
In the black and dark night.
10 And there a woman met him,
With the attire of a harlot, and a crafty heart.
11 She was loud and rebellious,
Her feet would not stay at home.
12 At times she was outside, at times in the open square,
Lurking at every corner.
13 So she caught him and kissed him;
With an impudent face she said to him:
14 “I have peace offerings with me;
Today I have paid my vows.
15 So I came out to meet you,
Diligently to seek your face,
And I have found you.
16 I have spread my bed with tapestry,
Colored coverings of Egyptian linen.
17 I have perfumed my bed
With myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
18 Come, let us take our fill of love until morning;
Let us delight ourselves with love.
19 For my husband is not at home;
He has gone on a long journey;
20 He has taken a bag of money with him,
And will come home on the appointed day.”

With her enticing speech she caused him to yield,
With her flattering lips she seduced him.
22 Immediately he went after her, as an ox goes to the slaughter,
Or as a fool to the correction of the stocks,[a]
23 Till an arrow struck his liver.
As a bird hastens to the snare,
He did not know it would cost his life.
24 Now therefore, listen to me, mychildren;
Pay attention to the words of my mouth:
25 Do not let your heart turn aside to her ways,
Do not stray into her paths;
26 For she has cast down many wounded,
And all who were slain by her were strong men.
27 Her house is the way to hell,[b]
Descending to the chambers of death.

The man described in this passage was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Unfortunately, he put himself there, and as a result, he fell to this promiscuous woman!  

Keep yourself from falling morally by not allowing yourself, your mind or your daydreams to roam out of boundaries!

Here is a link to Rev Shatwell's full message if you'd like to watch it in it's entirety.
He is preaching at Mens Conference

David Shatwell Pastors with his family
at United Pentecostal Church
in Okemah, Oklahoma

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