Tag: sexual immorality

Our body is a Holy Temple!

Scripture reading for September 1st: Isaiah 33-35, 1st Corinthians 6

Key Scriptures: 1st Corinthians 6:15,18-20 “Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never!” , , ,”Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? Your are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”

Corinth was a city known for it’s gross sexual immorality. Many church members had been saved out of that culture. Paul patiently explained that as believers, they were now part of Christ’s Body which was holy. By taking their bodies and joining them sexually with another person that was not their spouse, they were sinning against their own body and the Holy Spirit Who lived in them. God purchased us with the price of His own Son’s blood! Let His Glory shine through us in holiness! This is everlasting joy!

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, I welcome the Holy Spirit to my body! Thank You for redeeming me with the precious blood of Your body. Shine the light of Your holiness through me bringing glory to Your Name and everlasting joy!

Isaiah 35:10 “And the ransomed of the Lord shall return and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads’ they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.”

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Dealing with gross sin among believers.

Scripture reading for August 31st: Isaiah 30-32, 1st Corinthians 5

Key Scriptures: 1st Corinthians 5:9-13 “I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people–not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler–not even to eat with such a one. For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.””

There was gross immorality in the church at Corinth. Paul wrote to them concerning the handling of this problem. The world is full of sexual immorality but it should not be in the church. God’s Word is clear concerning this truth. Those who claim to be ‘brothers’ or ‘sisters’ and are living in immorality, idolatry, drunkenness, or other sins are not to be taken into the fellowship of the church unless they repent. Those inside the church must be disciplined by church leadership. God will take care of those outside.

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for clear instruction for Your church in dealing with gross immorality among those who call themselves believers. Help Your leaders to faithfully apply this instruction.

Isaiah 30:15 “For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” But you were unwilling . . .”

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Sexual purity is not optional!

Scripture reading for June 18th:  Proverbs 29-31, 1st Thessalonians 4

Key Scriptures:  1st Thessalonians 4:3-8  “For this is the will of God, your sanctification:  that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you.  For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness.  Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God, who gives His Holy Spirit to you.”  

Paul solemnly warned the Thessalonians against sexual immorality.  God’s Word is very clear about what He considers “immorality”.  Adultery is sexual immorality in a marriage covenant when one partner steps out on another.  Fornication is any sexual acts outside of a marriage relationship.  Homosexuality is any sexual acts between those of the same sex.  Bestiality is sexual misconduct with animals.  Pornography is lusting for sexual contact through images or imagination. These acts “transgress and wrong” those involved and they must and will answer to God.  We disregard God Himself when we claim to be a believer and still continue in sexual immorality.  Be warned: God will avenge!

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord Jesus, have mercy on our land and its people.  We have transgressed against Your Holy Word and Spirit and each other in these sins of sexual immorality.  Help me to control my own body and thoughts and solemnly warn this people about Your plan for our sanctification in Jesus Christ. turning away Your wrath.

Proverbs 29:1  “He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck, will suddenly be broken beyond healing.” 

Proverbs 29:8 “Scoffers set a city aflame, but the wise turn away wrath.”

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Avoid deception!

Scripture reading for July 12th: 1st Corinthians 6, Psalm 139, Proverbs 15

Key Scriptures:  1st Corinthians 6:9-11 “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God?  Do not be deceived:  neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. and such were some of you.   But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” 

Paul warned the Corinthian believers against deception.  Repentance was required for faith to operate and bring freedom.  If someone was still practicing sexual immorality or idolatry or any visible or hidden sin, they would not inherit God’s kingdom.  Those in Christ’s kingdom have turned away and allowed Christ to wash them and set them apart for God’s household.

Faith Confession:  I am not deceived but joyfully receive God’s truth and am thankful that He washed me and set me apart for the Kingdom and filled me with His Holy Spirit.  Help me to faithfully preach this truth today in a church world that has come under deception.

Proverbs 15:2-3 “The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly.  The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.”

 

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The judgment of Babylon

Scripture reading for December 24th:  Zephaniah 1-3, Haggai 1, Revelation 18

Key Scriptures: Revelation 18:2-3 “And he called out with a mighty voice, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great!  She has become a dwelling place for demons, a haunt for every unclean spirit, a haunt for every unclean bird, a haunt for every unclean and detestable beast.  For all nations have drunk the wine of the passion of her sexual immorality, and the kings of the earth have committed immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have grown rich from the power of her luxurious living.””

John saw another bright and shining angel come from heaven with an announcement for the earth.  This angel announced the fall of the world system of religion, government and business under the control of Satan through Babylon.  This corrupt counterfeit system was marked by God for destruction.  It had corrupted the earth and all of its inhabitants.  It was a home for demonic spirits of rebellion.  It enslaved people in luxury, sensuality  and materialism blinding them from knowledge of God Almighty, the Creator.

Zephaniah 1:17-18 “I will bring distress on mankind, so that they shall walk like the blind, because they have sinned against the Lord; their blood shall be poured out like dust, and their flesh like dung.  Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them on the day of the wrath of the Lord.”

Prayer:  Lord, I rely on Your mercy through Jesus Christ for deliverance from Your wrath, which I deserve.  Help me to faithfully tell others of Your great mercy through Jesus Christ.  Amen.

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Called to Holiness!

Scripture reading for September 17th:  Proverbs 29-31; Ecclesiastes 1; 1st Thessalonians 4

Key Scriptures:  1st Thessalonians 4:3-7  “For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God;  that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you.  For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness.”  

The idols that the Thessalonians once served promoted sexual immorality.  Their culture was very permissive.  But Paul’s pastoral warning stood against this pervading sin in the culture.  He was proactive and now reinforcing what he had earlier taught them.  God would avenge all wrong of sisters and brothers through immorality!  God calls all to holiness.

Proverbs 29:1  “He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck, will suddenly be broken beyond healing.”  

Proverbs 30:20 “This is the way of an adulteress:  she eats and wipes her mouth and says, “I have done no wrong.”

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for Your loving reproof and solemn warnings against this sin of immorality.  May I live to truly love You and as a result, my brothers and sisters, never violating them.  Amen.

 

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Thankful for Scripture Examples!

Scripture reading for November 24th:  1st Corinthians 7-11

Key Scriptures:  1st Corinthians 10:6-10  “Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did.  Do not be idolaters as some of them were; as it is written:  “The people sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in pagan revelry.”  We should not commit sexual immorality, as some of them did–and in one day twenty-three thousand of them died.  We should not test the Lord, as some of them did–and were killed by snakes.  And do not grumble, as some of them did–and were killed by the destroying angel.”  

Paul stated that all the past writings and examples recorded in Old Testament Scripture was there as examples for New Testament believers.  These negative examples teach us the consequences of rebellion and unbelief.  They stand as warning and encouragement to live a righteous and holy life and avoid the death and destruction that come from practicing known sin!

Thankful for Scripture examples:  “They traveled from Mount Hor along the route to the Red Sea, to go around Edom.  But the people grew impatient on the way; they spoke against God and against Moses, and said, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the desert?  There is no bread!  There is no water!  And we detest this miserable food!”  Then the Lord sent venomous snakes among them; they bit the people and many Israelites died.”  

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Overcomers rewards!

Scripture reading for December 1st:  Revelation 2

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Revelation 2:4-7 “Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love.  Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent, and do the things you did at first.  If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.  But you have this in your favor:  You hate the practices of the Nicolatians, which I also hate.  He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.  To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.”

These short letters to the seven churches of Asia, written at the instruction of  the glorified Jesus Christ, contain a greeting, a word from Jesus concerning the deeds of the church, and a warning and promise to those who hear and heed.  Jesus Christ knows all that goes on in His body.  He loves His Church and commends them for the good but warns them about evil.  The Nicolatians were involved in sexual immorality and continued sin would result in judgment.  Repentance promised the reward of access to the fruit of the tree of life in the paradise of God!

Observations for over-comers:  Our Lord reveals our strengths, good works, and needed changes to those who are teachable!  “May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.  A loving doe, a graceful deer–may her breasts satisfy you always, may you ever be captivated by her love.”  (Proverbs 5:18-19)

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Holiness is key to seeing the Lord!

Scripture reading for October 28th:  Hebrews 12

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Hebrews 12:14-16  “Make every effort to live at peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.  See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.  See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son.”

Being a Christ-follower in a hostile world requires effort and focus.  The enemy of our soul, Satan, is always at work to distract or destroy believers.  A common tactic is through conflict and the failure to forgive others.  Unforgiveness can lead to a bitter root that divides people from each other and ultimately from God.  Sexual immorality is another common trap of the flesh that leads to defilement and possible loss of inheritance in God’s kingdom.  Esau is mentioned because of his failure to value spiritual inheritance.  He lost it through his careless appetite!

Observations for over-comers:  Over-comers are focused on seeing the Lord when He comes and rely on God’s grace to keep them in holiness.  “Who may ascend the hill of the Lord?  Who may stand in His holy place?  He who has clean hands and a pure hear, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false. . . .Such is the generation of those who seek Him, who seek Your face, O God of Jacob.”  (Psalm 24:4,6)

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Learn to control your body!

Scripture reading for September 16th:  1st Thessalonians 4

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  1st Thessalonians 4:3-8  “It is God’s will that you should be sanctified:  that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God; and that in this matter no one should wrong his brother or take advantage of him.  The Lord will punish men for all such sins, as we have already told you and warned you.  For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.  Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you His Holy Spirit.” 

God has designed men and women with sexual desire and drive.  This is to be fulfilled in a marriage commitment with a spouse of the opposite gender.  God has also given us all a will and control over our appetites and bodies.  After salvation, we can and must learn to control our bodies and their appetites.  Sexual immorality is to be avoided in all its forms.  We are set apart for God and are to love our brothers and sisters and not wrong them by sexual sins.  Paul warned the church that God would punish men for all sexual sin and that rejection of this teaching and failure to apply it was rejection of God!

Observations for over-comers:  Sexual sin is a favorite temptation and trap of Satan through our flesh.  Over-comers learn to control their bodies and live by the word of God in the power of the Holy Spirit.  “For a man’s ways are in full view of the Lord, and He examines all his paths.  The evil deeds of a wicked man ensnare him; the chords of his sin hold him fast.  He will die for lack of discipline, led astray by his own great folly.”  (Proverbs 5:21-23)

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