A man relocated to a city with his family: his wife and two daughters. His two daughters were virgins because they had a godly upbringing. Now in this city, pre-marital sex, homosexuality and all kinds of sexual perversions were being practiced. Yet this man's two daughters remained virgins until the day they left that city to another country.

But do you know the most striking things about these two girls?
1. They were of marriageable age (yet they refused to embrace the sexual immoral culture of the city they lived in).
2. They were engaged to be married (yet they refused to become sexually immoral with their soon-to-be husbands - they held tightly to their moral values).
3. They were surrounded by people who were sexually immoral (all their friends and neighbors were engaged in one illicit sexual act or the other) yet they resisted the temptation to join them.

And you know, this is not a fictional story. It is a true life story recounted in the Bible - in the Book of Genesis Chapter 19 verse 1-29.

What Lessons Can We Learn From These Two Girls?

1. YOU ALWAYS HAVE A CHOICE. Some people do what is wrong because they think they don't have a choice. You always have a choice, even when someone is pointing a gun at you, you still have a choice to either do what they want or do what you know is right.
A young Christian man decides to join his colleagues at work to defraud his company because his colleagues threatened him that it is either he joins them to steal from the company or they falsely incriminate him. Now he had a choice: to resign or to take the matter up to God in prayer and ask for His intervention.

A young Christian woman decides to give her body to her fiance because he threatened to break up the relationship or cancel the wedding already fixed, if she refuses to give him sex, and so she gives in because she thought she had no choice. Of course she had a choice. She had a choice to end the relationship herself and honor God (who will honor her in return) or say no and let the guy do what he wants to do, because a broken courtship is better than a marriage void of trust, peace and joy, and filled with infidelity, unfaithfulness and abandonment.

You always have a choice to choose RIGHT over wrong. Choose RIGHT always.

2. YOU CAN RESIST EVIL. As long as you're a child of God, you have the power of the Holy Spirit in you to resist evil and embrace only good. 
The Bible instructs us in 1 Thessalonians 5:22 to "Abstain from every form of evil" because we have been given the power from above to do it - to flee, to abstain, to avoid all appearances of evil. Can you imagine how these two girls continually resisted doing evil for the long period of time they spent in that city? This is how we are to constantly and continually resist evil. You don't resist evil today and give in tomorrow. You resist evil continually with the help of the Holy Spirit.

3. YOU CAN RESIST PEER PRESSURE. Do you think for a moment that the two daughters of this man had no friends and neighbors who kept mocking them, pressurizing them, and telling them to join them to have fun? Yet they said no and maintained their stand till the day they left that city. You too can do it, much more now that you have the power of the Holy Spirit residing in you.

4. YOUR ENVIRONMENT SHOULD NOT DETERMINE YOUR CHARACTER. Some Christians relocate to a Buddhist or Islamic country or state, and few months after their relocation, they have changed to fit in with the behavior and culture of that place even when it is anti-Christian and anti-Scripture. This should not be so. You are to carry your Christian, godly character, attitude, behavior and values to anywhere you go: a new country, a new city/town, a new job, a new Church etc. Influence your environment with your godly character and values.

5. A NEGATIVE NATIONAL CULTURE SHOULD NOT OVERRIDE YOUR POSITIVE PERSONAL CULTURE. Living in a country or city where you must give or take bribe to get something you are meant to get lawfully (without bribery) does not mean you should embrace the practice. If you stand your ground for righteousness, God's favour will always pave way for you.

Coming from a country where it is okay to have pre-marital sex, have children out of wedlock or practice single parenting, engage in homosexuality, drink alcoholic beverages, doesn't mean you should do likewise. You know this is not the practice of heaven as a child of God, and as a heavenly citizen, you are to embrace and practice the culture of heaven. 

6. VALUE YOUR VALUES. That something is valuable to you does not necessarily mean it is or it'll be valuable to others. And that this and that are your personal values does not mean it'll also be the values of other people. Our destines are different. Our journeys are peculiar. Our life's purpose is unique. So when you find out what VALUES you need to have and live by to be able to successfully reach your destination and fulfill your destiny, hold them tight and never let go, no matter what people around you are doing or saying.

7. KNOW WHO YOU ARE. The two daughters of this man knew that although they were living in an immoral city, they were not from that city. They belong to God and must live according to God's standard of holiness. 
Are you a child of God? Live according to His standard of holiness and righteousness.

I also want to use this opportunity to invite you to join the family of God and become a child of God by accepting Jesus into your life and confessing Him as your Lord and Saviour. Do it now and be saved. Life on earth can only be enjoyed and lived to the fullest when a man reconnects to His heavenly family - the family of God.


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