Copyright © 2014 by Wayne Stegall
If you have ever been laughed at because you told someone you were still a virgin, you know that our society has lost its respect for sexual purity.
I had been a good person in merely human terms and as most struggled with desires requiring marriage.
I had a sudden impulse from the Spirit one Sunday during the fall of 1996 to fast for a breakthrough in sexual purity. Inspired by the book of Daniel, I then started a partial fast for 21 days. After praying for three weeks, I made considerable progress. After a period of maintaining sanctification by occasional bouts of fasting, I gained complete victory by resting in the finished work of Jesus on the cross.
I had originally intended for celibacy to be the means of an eventual wholesome marriage. However, I should have known that I was headed for long term celibacy by certain signs that adversaries meant to block any aspirations to marry for mere malice. Also, marrying anyone in Durham seemed an unacceptable conflict of interest because they were so given to wrong me for their own gain. At one point, a tall Latina engaged me in a seemingly flirtatious conversation at work. To my dismay, it appeared that occult powers were banging her forehead to prevent her.
Having succeeded in gaining self control to suppress the the desire to marry, many benefits emerged. I gained a certain spiritual confidence that been clouded before. I gained in the ability to fend off the occult battle that was against me. Also too, boldness began to overcome my previously shy personality. These were all things that I had wanted as a new Christian but which seemed to elude me. It took sixteen years for the fulfillment of Jesus's promise.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. (Matthew 5:6)
If I had to regret anything, it would be that I did not become a Christian and attain this freedom as a child or teen. The current programming, that teens have to grab sexual pleasure before marriage to have fun, is a grevious lie. There is more fun and happiness to be found outside of the bondage that this world's sex culture brings. Remember that Jesus said:
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (John 10:10)
January 21, 2014 Created.
February 1, 2014 Correct article dates where wrong.