God’s Antidote For Our Sex Crazed Society
God designed Lust for one specific purpose. To assist in the ‘Two becoming one flesh’ process. I suspect that Godly lust is the glue that God planned to keep husbands and wives together through the tough challenges of life. Lets take a look at the passage that talks about two becoming one flesh from the Message Translation.
MSG 1 Cor 6:16-20
16There’s more to sex than mere skin on skin. Sex is as much spiritual mystery as physical fact. As written in Scripture, “The two become one.” 17Since we want to become spiritually one with the Master, we must not pursue the kind of sex that avoids commitment and intimacy, leaving us more lonely than ever–the kind of sex that can never “become one.” 18There is a sense in which sexual sins are different from all others. In sexual sin we violate the sacredness of our own bodies, these bodies that were made for God-given and God-modeled love, for “becoming one” with another. 19Or didn’t you realize that your body is a sacred place, the place of the Holy Spirit? Don’t you see that you can’t live however you please, squandering what God paid such a high price for? The physical part of you is not some piece of property belonging to the spiritual part of you. 20God owns the whole works. So let people see God in and through your body.
We must not pursue the kind of sex that avoids commitment and intimacy. It will leave us more lonely than ever. Whenever we don’t honor the spiritual mystery side of sex, the two becoming one part, we violate the sacredness of our own bodies. Our body is a sacred place, the place of the Holy Spirit. We can’t squander what God paid such a high price for! God’s Holy Spirit can’t make his home in a place that is not sacred, not God honoring.
God doesn’t force us to follow his rules, he simply asks us to, but when we refuse to follow there are consequences for these actions, for these sins. When we sin we are rejecting God’s will, turning from his ways, turning from the truth. Think back to when the Jews requested their earthly king. When they refused to follow God’s directions and warnings they were given their request and suffered the consequences for their actions. This going against God’s way is really disrespecting God! Likewise, if we allow lust to grow outside our Marriage relationships in whatever form, not honoring the two becoming one flesh we are disrespecting God, and this will lead us into many other sins. In fact, these sexual sins can cost us our salvation. This lust left unbridled will lead us to the sin of destroying God’s temple. Here’s an excerpt from Biblical Sins: The Six Levels Of Sin that explains about sexual sins:
Level 3: Destroying God’s Temple; Destroying Our Bodies Thru Sexual Sins
When we commit sexual sin we destroy God’s Temple, and we drive the Holy Spirit out from our body.
NLT 1 Cor 9:16 Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you? 17 God will destroy anyone who destroys this temple. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.
This passage warns that if we are destroying God’s Temple, God will destroy us! If we continue sinning against our body we will drive the Holy Spirit away!
NLT 1 Cor 6: 12 You say, “I am allowed to do anything”―but not everything is good for you. And even though “I am allowed to do anything,” I must not become a slave to anything. 13 You say, “Food was made for the stomach, and the stomach for food.” (This is true, though someday God will do away with both of them.) But you can’t say that our bodies were made for sexual immorality. They were made for the Lord, and the Lord cares about our bodies. 14 And God will raise us from the dead by his power, just as he raised our Lord from the dead. 15 Don’t you realize that your bodies are actually parts of Christ? Should a man take his body, which is part of Christ, and join it to a prostitute? Never! 16 And don’t you realize that if a man joins himself to a prostitute, he becomes one body with her? For the Scriptures say, The two are united into one. 17 But the person who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him. 18 Run from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body. 19 Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, 20 for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.
When we become children of God we no longer belong to ourselves, we belong to God. After God pays such a high price for us, the precious blood of Christ, we have Christ living in us. Those who continue in these sexual sins are really saying it’s OK to connect Christ to those sins.
This connection simply cannot happen. Remember we must be Holy !
NLT Is 43:2-3
When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. 3 For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior…
1 Peter 1:15-16
15 But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. 16 For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.”
How does a sinner at heart become Holy, become ‘set apart for God’? The Bible shows us a narrow path. If we are seeking God with all our heart, offering our lives as living holy sacrifices, worshiping in Spirit and in Truth, changing and becoming a new creation in Christ we are on the narrow road.
The Bible calls us to cut off the hand that causes us to sin. Jesus later goes on to explain that sins start out as evil thoughts coming out from an evil hearts:
NLT Matt 15:18 But the words you speak come from the heart―that’s what defiles you. 19 For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all sexual immorality, theft, lying, and slander. 20 These are what defile you. Eating with unwashed hands will never defile you.”
So the problem is the evil in our hearts. We should seek to purge this evil, to purify our hearts. Let’s take a look at an Old Testament passage that shows us the extent of this problem.
NKJV Jer 17:9 “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? 10 But I, the Lord, search all heart and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve.”
We are warned that our hearts are terribly wicked and deceitful, the most deceitful of all things! We can so easily fool ourselves into thinking our motives are good when at the root they are still evil and selfish. If we allow this self deception to continue, it will not work out well for us. These secret motives are clear to God and they determine how God rewards us!
James 4 talks about purifying our hearts. Lets take a look at the whole chapter in the New King James Version.
NKJV James 4:1-17 Pride Promotes Strife
1 Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? 2 You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. 3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. 4 Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. 5 Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously”? 6 But He gives more grace. Therefore He says:
“ God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”
Humility Cures Worldliness
7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.
Do Not Judge a Brother
11 Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. 12 There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you to judge another?
Do Not Boast About Tomorrow
13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; 14 whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” 16 But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.
17 Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.
It seems that James is telling us that the key heart issue is worldliness, double mindedness. Are we children of Heaven or children of this world? Are we living in the Spirit or in the flesh. Are we the new creation in Christ, humbly seeking and serving God and his will or just the same old selfish soul feed our selfish [evil] desires and trying to look good?
I especially like the above section titled “Humility Cures Worldliness”. It lists seven steps to overcoming worldliness:
- Submit to God – admitting God’s ways are far greater
- Resist the devil and he will flee from you – resisting temptation
- Draw near to God and He will draw near to you – seeking God
- Cleanse your hands, you sinners – turning from sin to God
- Purify your hearts, you double-minded – turning from worldliness to spiritual life
- Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. – Repent and turn away from your sins cutting off the hand [the idol] that is causing you to sin
- Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up -really trust and submit to God, carrying the cross he places on your shoulders.
I see this as both a progression to come closer to God, and as a “trouble list” to point out problems anywhere along the path of life. These items point out potential problems areas that we need to allow God to clean us out.
As l’ve pointed out with lists before, they are never a replacement for ardent seeking and following, but I think this list can help us become better seekers.
Lust outside of the two becoming one flesh is against God’s plan for us, it is sin. If we venture down that road, it will lead us to many sins and idolatry, and eventually spiritual death. If we have been indulging in this practice the Bible tells us that we [like all who have not submitted to the power of the Holy Spirit] have a wicked and evil heart. It tells us that God sees through to our deepest motives and these motives determine how God sees us. They determine our rewards. The Bible describes a narrow path to follow to turn us from further sins and allow God to clean out our hearts. That narrow road includes fervently seeking and trusting God, following the Holy Spirit, turning from our evil selfish desires, seeking only his will and his glory, offering our lives as a living holy sacrifice, becoming a new creation in Christ. We are to stop judging our brothers, to stop boasting about tomorrow, to turn from pride, self ambition and worldliness to humility, to wash our hands from sin, to weep, repent, and trust in the power of God’s Holy Spirit. This link also discussed in Coming Back To God
Please forgive our sin and our ignorance. Your ways are so far above ours that we can barely grasp your simplest teachings. We weep for our sin and humbly ask that you forgive us, to fill us with your Holy Spirit and help us to do our part, to turn from sin, worldliness, and pride; and turn to humility, service, love and obedience. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.
God’s Cure For Our Sex Crazed Society
God’s Cure For Our Sex Crazed Society
God’s Cure For Our Sex Crazed Society
God’s Cure For Our Sex Crazed Society
I just wanted to include an warning for those who continue to go to today’s Pastor-Pew-Sitter Churches thinking that they are following God – You are not!!
Take a quick look back at the passage in Jeremiah, that “the human heart is the most deceitful of all things”. This passage warns us that God sees through to our deepest motives even when we don’t see them. We can be convinced that we are serving God with pure motives but be totally wrong. When in our hearts we seek to exalt ourselves, are self-ambitious, we are full of all kinds of Evil. This is what has happened to our leaders, to your pastors, and probably most on your church council.James 3 spells out this problem for us.
NLT James 3:1 Dear brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers in the church, for we who teach will be judged more strictly. 2 Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way. …
7 People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish, 8 but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison. 9 Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God. 1…
True Wisdom Comes from God
13 If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you are bitterly jealous and there is selfish ambition in your heart, don’t cover up the truth with boasting and lying. 15 For jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic. 16 For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind.
17 But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. 18 And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.
This self ambition in a Pastor’s life is earthly, unspiritual, and demonic, and it leads to disorder of every kind. Here are a few posts for you to chew on:
Husbands & Wives Versus:
NLT 1 Corinthians 7: 10 -19 But for those who are married, I have a command that comes not from me, but from the Lord. A wife must not leave her husband. 11 But if she does leave him, let her remain single or else be reconciled to him. And the husband must not leave his wife.
12 Now, I will speak to the rest of you, though I do not have a direct command from the Lord. If a Christian man has a wife who is not a believer and she is willing to continue living with him, he must not leave her. 13 And if a Christian woman has a husband who is not a believer and he is willing to continue living with her, she must not leave him. 14 For the Christian wife brings holiness to her marriage, and the Christian husband brings holiness to his marriage. Otherwise, your children would not be holy, but now they are holy. 15 (But if the husband or wife who isn’t a believer insists on leaving, let them go. In such cases the Christian husband or wife is no longer bound to the other, for God has called you to live in peace.) 16 Don’t you wives realize that your husbands might be saved because of you? And don’t you husbands realize that your wives might be saved because of you?
17 Each of you should continue to live in whatever situation the Lord has placed you, and remain as you were when God first called you. This is my rule for all the churches. 18 For instance, a man who was circumcised before he became a believer should not try to reverse it. And the man who was uncircumcised when he became a believer should not be circumcised now. 19 For it makes no difference whether or not a man has been circumcised. The important thing is to keep God’s commandments.
NLT Ephesians 5:21-33 Spirit-Guided Relationships: Wives and Husbands
21 And further, submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
22 For wives, this means submit to your husbands as to the Lord. 23 For a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of his body, the church. 24 As the church submits to Christ, so you wives should submit to your husbands in everything.
25 For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her 26 to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word.[b] 27 He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault. 28 In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. For a man who loves his wife actually shows love for himself. 29 No one hates his own body but feeds and cares for it, just as Christ cares for the church. 30 And we are members of his body.
31 As the Scriptures say, “A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.”[c] 32 This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one. 33 So again I say, each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.
Instructions for Christian Households
18 Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting for those who belong to the Lord.
19 Husbands, love your wives and never treat them harshly.
20 Children, always obey your parents, for this pleases the Lord. 21 Fathers, do not aggravate your children, or they will become discouraged.
22 Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything you do. Try to please them all the time, not just when they are watching you. Serve them sincerely because of your reverent fear of the Lord. 23 Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. 24 Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ. 25 But if you do what is wrong, you will be paid back for the wrong you have done. For God has no favorites.
1 Peter 3:1-12 Wives
1 In the same way, you wives must accept the authority of your husbands. Then, even if some refuse to obey the Good News, your godly lives will speak to them without any words. They will be won over 2 by observing your pure and reverent lives.
3 Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. 4 You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God. 5 This is how the holy women of old made themselves beautiful. They trusted God and accepted the authority of their husbands. 6 For instance, Sarah obeyed her husband, Abraham, and called him her master. You are her daughters when you do what is right without fear of what your husbands might do.
7 In the same way, you husbands must give honor to your wives. Treat your wife with understanding as you live together. She may be weaker than you are, but she is your equal partner in God’s gift of new life. Treat her as you should so your prayers will not be hindered.
8 Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters.[a] Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude. 9 Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will bless you for it. 10 For the Scriptures say,
“If you want to enjoy life
and see many happy days,
keep your tongue from speaking evil
and your lips from telling lies.
11 Turn away from evil and do good.
Search for peace, and work to maintain it.
12 The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right,
and his ears are open to their prayers.
But the Lord turns his face
against those who do evil.”
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