May 11, 2015
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ADDICTION OF LOSS
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ADDICTION OF LOSS
FOUR THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT SEXUAL IMMORALITY
(1 Corinthians 6:12-20)
It will hurt you and rule over you.
“All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.” (Verse 12)
It is not good for your body.
“Now the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. And God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power.
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 or whore? Certainly not! Or, do you not know that he who is joined to a woman is one body with her? For “the two,” God says, “shall become one flesh.” [Torah: Genesis 2:24] “But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.” (Verses 13-17)
This is why we need to commit to marriage before we have sexual relations.
It should make us run away.
“Run away from sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body.” (Verse 18)
It dishonors God.
“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (Verse 19-20)
ALL THINGS START WITH A THOUGHT
What you think or what you image—all start in the mind: the soulish realm. You are a tripartite being. Just as there is a Divine Trinity: God, the Father; God, the Son; and God, the Holy Spirit … so are you a threefold personality: spirit, soul and body.
Your human spirit interfaces between God and your soul (“nephesh” in Hebrew). Your soul comprises intellect,emotion and will. What you think or see in your mind (image or imagination) is the progenitor of what you will do in your body. That's WHY you must learn to control your thoughts and images.
Learn to build a wall. Delete the BAD thoughts and images before they can spread, grow and develop into actions like cancer. Learn to take your thoughts and images CAPTIVE and CAST THEM DOWN. In 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 we read:
“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not fleshlybut mighty through God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”
I used to live on my yacht and because of that spent a lot of time on the beach. At sunset I used to visualize the greatness of God from the expanse of ocean from the Pacific Coast westward. It helped me to think creatively. It reminds me of a story about a man who was on the beach and prayed to God, asking for God to build a bridge from California to Hawaii. God answered the man, “I can do that easily, but wouldn't you rather have something of more benefit to you?” The man thought, and answered, “Yes, God, can you help me to understand women?” The Lord replied, “Do you want that bridge to be four lanes or six lanes?”
You can talk to God. He understands the situation. Ask Him for help. When you are tempted with sexual immorality, learn to say to the LORD, “Jesus, do you want to do this with me?” And, if you can't ask that question—or feel uncomfortable asking it—then you know NOT to perform the action.
Just because it feels good does NOT make it good. In Genesis 3:6 we read that Eve thought the fruit was:
Good for food
Lust of the flesh
Pleasant to the eyes
Lust of the eyes
Desired to make one wise
Pride of life
But in 1 John 2:16 we read that, “For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.” And in verse 17, “And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.”
Here is a SECRET to help you. And … I think it is really what holiness is about. When you start your day, pray and ask God to give you the desire to please Him MORE than you want to lust, commit fornication or view pornography.
In the USA, 77% of men and 25% of women either do watch or have watched pornography ... with a high percentage of those being people involved in the work of the LORD.
If you have been—or are—operating in an alternative life style such as gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual or queer, KNOW that God can deliver you. He will forgive you, cleanse you and give you a NEW start. Do NOT let people, institutions, philosophies or friends deceive you and keep you out of God's BEST for YOU—and out of Heaven.
In the Torah, Genesis 2:24, we read: “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” The institution of the family unit—marriage based upon a man and his wife—was for procreation of the race: to produce children. This is why our bodies are made such: with a man's penis and a woman's vagina. And this is the only combination that produces a natural God ordained fertilized egg in the woman.
Reading the context of Genesis Chapter 19 we can easily see God's view of—and the judgment on—homosexuality. Also, in Romans 1:24-28 of the New Testament, we read:
“Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting.”
I have a good friend who is in Heaven with the LORD now who founded and directed for years a powerful ministry in a large metroplex. He was a wonderful husband and father with a beautiful wife and children, all who still love and serve God. One time after we preached together he shared with me his testimony. He had been a male prostitute—a homosexual who hired himself out—and realized he was lost and on his way to Hell. He gave his life to Christ and was wonderfully transformed. He eventually married the girl who had witnessed to him which resulted in his salvation. And they lived a wonderful family life.
I say this to share with you that you're never too far gone. Jesus loves you so much … He gave His life for you on the cross. His body and brain took your punishment … His BLOOD paid for your sins. Ask the Lord Jesus to deliver you. And if you want other help, counsel or encouragement, there are many places that will help you. And, you can always contact me at the Email listed above. I will be happy to pray for you.
Remember—thoughts, images, flirting—all put you one step closer to the actions. Learn to stop them in their tracks. If you have a problem at the office with flirting or temptation, put a picture of your family—or a photo of the Bible or an Angel—on your phone or on your desk. Build a wall between you and the problem to keep the “fiery darts” of temptation deflected. Get involved in praying in the Spirit, in tongues, or in God's Work. Faith quenches the fiery darts of the wicked one. “Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.” (Ephesians 6:16)
And … remember this BONUS: If you want to be used in SPECIAL works for the LORD, live a separated life. Study thiis: The Power of a Separated Life.
Think these >> I want to please God – I want to be God's friend – I want to live holy!
I trust teaching helps you, my friend. Heaven is REAL … and it is forever. Don't miss it.
Baruch haba b'shem Adonai.
President / Regent
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