Tag: sexual sins

How the mighty have fallen!

Scripture reading for March 29th: 2nd Samuel 11-14

In my years in the church, I have witnessed a number of moral failures.  Many of these have been in ministry and were men and women of God who had powerful ministries and were great people of influence in the church and community.  Those in ministry have caring hearts and are often the target of Satan.  Satan knows that if he can get a man or woman of God to compromise, he has a good opportunity to trip up many in the church as well.  These moral failures were often a result of pride and lack of accountability.

King David decided to stay home from the battlefield and take a break.  He was about 50 years old at this time.  While resting at home, he saw his neighbor’s wife bathing and sent for her.  They had a sexual encounter and she conceived a child.  (2nd Samuel 11:4-5)  When David was notified, he sent for her husband, Uriah.  David hoped to have Uriah spend time with his wife but the plan failed.  King David sent Uriah back with orders for Joab, his army commander,  to have Uriah killed in battle.

David’s failure to restrain his passions brought an unwanted pregnancy.  David essentially had Bathsheba’s husband murdered.  (2nd Samuel 11:25-27)  David then married Bathsheba.  This turn of events displeased the Lord!

Sexual sins are deadly!  David’s son, Solomon, also born to him through Bathsheba, wrote that the door of adultery leads to hell and death.   (Proverbs 7:26-27)   God has joined the man and woman together as one in flesh and spirit.  They are a picture of Christ and His bride, the Church!  (Ephesians 5: 31-32)  When we separate what God has joined together, we open the door to violence between the parties involved.  (Malachi 2:15-16)   David was moved on by Satan to have Bathsheba’s husband murdered and the child that was conceived died as a consequence!

Check your own heart today in this area of sexual lust and sexual sins.  Have you been looking at things you should not be looking at?  Have you entertained temptation rather than resisting it?  Are you emotionally involved with someone who is not your mate?  Flee temptation today and turn to the Lord for forgiveness and help!  David’s own advice can be found in Psalm 32: 1-6!

Tags : , , , , , ,

How the mighty have fallen!

Scripture reading for March 30: 2nd Samuel 11-14

In my years in the church, I have witnessed a number of moral failures.  Many of these have been in ministry and were men and women of God who had powerful ministries and were great people of influence in the church and community.  Those in ministry have caring hearts and are often the target of Satan.  Satan knows that if he can get a man or woman of God to compromise, he has a good opportunity to trip up many in the church as well.  These moral failures were often a result of pride, success, and lack of accountability.

In today’s reading, King David decides to stay home from the battlefield and take a break.  He’s about 50 years old at this time, has had great success, and is looked upon as God’s anointed leader.  While resting at home, he sees his neighbor’s wife bathing and sends for her.  They have a sexual encounter and she conceives a child.  (2nd Samuel 11:4-5)  When David is notified, he sends for her husband, Uriah.  David hopes to have Uriah spend time with his wife but the plan fails as Uriah has made a vow of abstinence while his army is fighting.  King David sends Uriah back with orders for Joab, his army commander,  to have Uriah killed in battle.

Sin always takes one farther than they want to go!  David’s failure to restrain his passions brought an unwanted pregnancy.  David essentially had Bathsheba’s husband murdered.  (2nd Samuel 11:25-27)  David then married Bathsheba.  This turn of events displeased the Lord!  Sin never makes God happy and its pleasure is passing for those involved!

What lessons are here for us today?  First, sexual sins are always deadly!  David’s son, Solomon, also born to him through Bathsheba, wrote about sexual sin and adultery in several places in Proverbs.  (Proverbs 5-7)  God’s Word warns us that we must not commit adultery!  When we do, we violate a sacred union.  God has joined the man and woman together as one in flesh and spirit.  They are a picture of Christ and His bride, the Church!  (Ephesians 5: 31-32)  When we separate what God has joined together, we open the door to violence between the parties involved.  (Malachi 2:15-16)   David was moved on by Satan to have Bathsheba’s husband murdered.  Bathsheba’s grief is mentioned as well.  Not only that, but the child that was conceived died as a consequence.  More death and grief result from a short time of stolen pleasure!  Oh that we would learn from God’s Word and avoid all the death and grief!

Check your own heart today in this area of sexual lust and sexual sins.  Have you been looking at things you should not be looking at?  Have you entertained temptation rather than resisting it?  Are you emotionally involved with someone who is not your mate?  Flee temptation today and turn to the Lord for forgiveness and help!  David’s own advice can be found in Psalm 32: 1-6!

Tags : , , , , ,

Sin that makes the earth vomit!

Scripture Reading for February 7th: Leviticus 18-20

SEX!  There, that got your attention!  God talks about sex and all it’s perverted variations in these chapters of Leviticus.  He tells his people that they are not to have sexual relations like the nation of Egypt where they were enslaved.  God’s people are to live differently from the world.  God’s laws about sexual conduct are designed to bring about a holy people who have children who will be blessed by God with His presence and power through a relationship with Him.  If we want this blessing, we must become a holy people as He is holy.

Honor is important in sexual relations.  Incest dishonors your father or mother and you if you initiate it.  God also states that it is wickedness.  (Leviticus 18:17)  Sex with close relatives (incest) is wrong and dishonors the family.  Sex with another man’s wife (adultery) defiles you! (Leviticus 18:20) Sex with the same sex, homosexuality or lesbianism, is “detestable” to God.  (Leviticus 18:22) Sex with an animal (bestiality) is perverted! (Leviticus 18:23)  God has designed man for one woman for life and has promised to bless that monogamous relationship.  (Genesis 2:24)

When you commit any of these sins, God says that you defile the land where you live.  God states that this defilement causes that land to “vomit” out people who do these sins!  (Leviticus 18:24-28)  In fact, this is why God has destroyed all of the great civilizations up to this point in history!  Wow!  This makes me afraid for the land we live in today!   When will our land begin to “puke” out those who are committing sins of incest, adultery, fornication, homosexuality, and bestiality?   God’s Word is truth and will ultimately come to pass.  We may appear to get by but the consequences of sin always find us out. (Numbers 32:23)

God’s people are to be markedly different!  They are to be holy because God is holy. (Leviticus 19:2)  This holiness is to be walked out in love and respect for God’s laws and in our conduct towards others. Jesus said that if we love him, we will keep his commandments!  (John 15:10) The other laws of Leviticus 19-20 give details about our conduct that could be summarized as “love your neighbor as yourself”. (Leviticus 19:34)  The two great commandments taught by Jesus are: “Love God with all your heart, soul, mind” and “Love your neighbor as yourself!” (Matthew 22:37-39)   We find their basis here in the book of Leviticus among the laws for sexual purity for the nation of Israel!

America today needs our prayer and intercession!  Its sins are like those described here in our reading for today.  We are a nation who knows too much and applies too little.  These sins are prevalent in the church as well as in the nation we live in.  Take time today to repent and pray for God’s mercy.  The earth is ready to vomit!

“And if you defile the land,(with these sexual sins) it will vomit you out as it vomited out the nations that were before you.” Leviticus 18:28

Tags : , , , , , , , ,