A Sexual Revival

I had the great opportunity to be part of the True Woman ’12 Conference in Indianapolis where over 8,200 women met to seek God for revival.

Revival. It sounds like an old-fashioned word, doesn’t it? Maybe that’s because most of us have never seen one in our lifetime. Revival is when God’s Spirit is poured out on His people and many, many are changed. It happens when we commit ourselves to earnestly seek the Lord and obey Him 100 percent. Revival is what happens when the church stops playing only defense and determines to play offense—to take ground back from the enemy.

The Lord has called the ministry I co-founded, Authentic Intimacy, to a very special corner of revival—a revival of intimacy, specifically sexual intimacy.

There is no battlefield fiercer than sexuality. Satan has his claws in every area of sex from little kids being sexually abused, to millions of men and women hooked on porn, to the wife who resents her husband’s sexual needs, to the woman who constantly feels sexually rejected by her husband, to the one who’s confused about their sexuality.

This was key for me to understand: Satan doesn’t just want to destroy marriages by tainting sex. He wants to mar the picture of the holiness of God that our sexuality has the opportunity to display.

Sexual intimacy between a husband and a wife is the primary metaphor that the Bible uses to express God’s desire for His people and their holiness. Every time a husband and wife have sex, they have the opportunity to celebrate God’s passion for His Church and to share in His holiness (Eph. 5:22–33).

Unfortunately, the vast majority of Christian marriages are too shackled by wounds, guilt, and lies to even consider that their sexual intimacy is a form of worshipping the Lord.

We are praying and fighting for a sexual revolution—a sexual revival. It’s time to stop just playing defense, assuming that the best we can do is hold our ground. Now is the time to beg God to equip us to kick the enemy out and to take back what he has stolen.

If you are wounded, God is the Healer.
If you are guilt-ridden, God is the One who has covered every sin.
If you are damaged, God is the Redeemer.
If you are addicted, God is your Victory.
If you are discouraged, God is the God of all compassion and comfort.

When God calls, He also equips. He is calling you to share in His holiness, to be set apart from this world, and to be a spiritual warrior who refuses to accept defeat.

Has God revived your sexuality? If not, would you ask Him to today?

About the Author

Juli Slattery

Juli Slattery

Dr. Juli Slattery is a clinical psychologist, author, speaker, and the president/co-founder of Authentic Intimacy, a ministry devoted to reclaiming God's design for sexuality. In 2020, Juli launched SexualDiscipleship.com, a platform designed to help Christian leaders navigate sexual issues … read more …

Join the Discussion