The 40-Day Challenge : Day 9
“Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.” (Luke 1:26,27)
The angel was sent to a virgin who was pure not only physically (as she had never had sexual intercourse with a man), but also in the heart… Her eyes were not evil and she would never allow herself to be influenced by circumstances.
We are living in times where the Internet and technology, used in an uncontrolled manner, have corrupted the society in all levels, affecting also the family.
Many people have been influenced by the bad example of so-called Christians, whose moral principles have been corrupted.
They have allowed the circumstances to dictate the rules of their faith.
They do not live according to what the Word of God says, but according to the circumstances.
When we begin to look at things in a negative way, we lose our purity, our virginity, and we embrace malice.
It was not only Mary’s physical virginity that drew God’s attention, but above all, her inner purity. She did not allow herself to be contaminated.
But there are many people who are negatively influenced by the circumstances and the voices of the world, and so they lose their purity. We need to be careful with everything that can contaminate us.
What’s more important: God or the people around you?
If no one lives according to Christian faith, is it a reason for me to stop being a ‘virgin’, pure? Not at all!
However, this is exactly what many people do in order to justify their failure. They use this as an excuse.
Our failure is a result of what is inside of us.
It’s very important that I see myself the way I truly am — a soul, with mistakes and flaws. When I do this, I am able to understand why people make mistakes or behave in a certain way.
If I am not perfect, how can I demand perfection from others?
For example, women like to compare themselves to other women. As a result, they either feel inferior or judge the others. And this is nothing but a sign that their relationship with God is not doing well.
If they compare themselves to what is written, they will prioritise God; but because they prioritise people, they end up losing… They are selfish. They can’t see their imperfections.
Mary lived in Nazareth, a humble place…
Many people want to live in palaces, but God is looking for people who cherish their spiritual virginity.
We keep our physical bodies pure by sacrificing and denying our fleshly desires, and the same applies to our spiritual purity.
We are put to the test as well: we go through difficult moments; we have to fight against negative thoughts, evil eyes, doubts, insecurities, etc. But when we take care of our ‘virginity’, nothing can stop us!
We keep our salvation under lock and key, with much fear.
What makes all the difference is the one I prioritise: God, my will, or other people.
We have free will — the right to decide! We can choose whatever we want. But remember one thing: we will reap whatever we sow!
Who will God invest in, like He did with Mary?
He will invest in those who deny their own will. Though they are apparently losing out, they are actually drawing the attention of God.
Examine yourself: What’s your priority? Have you kept your ‘virginity’ in a world whose prince is the devil, and where everything makes you sin and is contrary to faith?
Those who make themselves chosen by God will always stand out!
9th January 2018 at 11:14
It is true
Those who live for God do stand out and shine because when we live for God we give 100%, but how can I love for God today, is when I do His will, as you said fight against doubt or negative thoughts. Thanks you
6th January 2017 at 20:48
Thank you Ms. Viviane you have helped me open me eyes to a lot of things today and thanks to that I have learned that I need to keep my eyes and my heart pure.
4th July 2014 at 2:35
Hello Mrs Viviane. I learned that I must not compare myself to others and embrace what God has given me.
I kept this line on my mind:
“..we will reap whatever we sow” everything you do to others, will come back to you one way or another. If you do good then eventually you will receive moreee than that. But if its otherwise,then you will receive bad things.
Thankk you for the message and God bless you and your family:)
18th August 2013 at 17:32
Hello Mrs Viviane. Today from this message i learnt that when ever i start looking at things in a negative i lose my purity and my virginity and i will immediately embrace malice.God wants to invest in me just like He did to the Virgin Mary so i have to cherish my Spiritual virginity.
30th July 2013 at 6:01
Dear Mrs Viviane, I got 3 things here …I cannot allow circumstances to dictate my faith!
– Also not to be foolish to see myself better than others because I’m full of mistakes myself.
– Lastly but not least when comparing myself with others means that I don’t prioritize God in my life any more because I should be focusing on His word.