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Subject – The Christian Church – Let’s Talk About Sex in Relationships – Understanding the Entrapment of Emotional and Sexual Entanglement: Why…and Why Ask Why? True Story – Part 2 of 15
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Sunday, 25th of August 2019
Nuggets of Wisdom
time to get healed. It’s time to confess. Falling for the bait doesn’t make you
the worst person in the world. You were snared. You were hooked. But you don’t
have to stay that way. Now is the time to deal with the shackles that keep you
enslaved. Today you can leave the prison that sexual immorality has created
from your past mistakes. Hear your Father’s voice call out to you above the
noisy clamor of our culture. He says, “I love you. You’re free to go now.
Sexual sin has no hold on you.”
― Craig Groeschel, Weird: Because Normal Isn’t Working
“In the middle of deep emotional pain, immorality can be rationalized and appear justified because our vision is blurred. We are viewing through the eyes of one focused on relief, not on the Lord.”
― Lois Mowday Rabey, Snare: Understanding Emotional and Sexual Entanglements
“If a guy pressures you to compromise sexually, he is not showing you Christlike, agape love. He’s not encouraging you toward purity and holiness. He’s not striving to honor God in that area of the relationship. He’s focusing on his wants and is sadly using you to satisfy them. He’s being selfish and putting his desires above all else.”
― Bethany Baird, Love Defined: Embracing God’s Vision for Lasting Love and Satisfying Relationships
Key verses for Today:
Exodus 20:14 –17
14 No adultery.
15 No stealing.
16 No lies about your neighbor.
17 No lusting after your neighbor’s house—or wife or servant or maid or ox or donkey. Don’t set your heart on anything that is your neighbor’s.
Matthew 5:27-32 Message
Adultery and Divorce
27-28 “You know the next commandment pretty well, too: ‘Don’t go to bed with another’s spouse.’ But don’t think you’ve preserved your virtue simply by staying out of bed. Your heart can be corrupted by lust even quicker than your body. Those leering looks you think nobody notices—they also corrupt.
29-30 “Let’s not pretend this is easier than it really is. If you want to live a morally pure life, here’s what you have to do: You have to blind your right eye the moment you catch it in a lustful leer. You have to choose to live one-eyed or else be dumped on a moral trash pile. And you have to chop off your right hand the moment you notice it raised threateningly. Better a bloody stump than your entire being discarded for good in the dump.
31-32 “Remember the Scripture that says, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him do it legally, giving her divorce papers and her legal rights’? Too many of you are using that as a cover for selfishness and whim, pretending to be righteous just because you are ‘legal.’ Please, no more pretending. If you divorce your wife, you’re responsible for making her an adulteress (unless she has already made herself that by sexual promiscuity). And if you marry such a divorced adulteress, you’re automatically an adulterer yourself. You can’t use legal cover to mask a moral failure.
1 Corinthians 6: 9-11 – New Living Translation
9 Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, 10 or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people—none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God. 11 Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
1 Corinthians 6: 16-20 Message
16-20 There’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.” Since we want to become spiritually one with the Master, we must not pursue the kind of sex that avoids commitment and intimacy, leaving us lonelier than ever—the kind of sex that can never “become one.” There 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. Or 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. God owns the whole works. So let people see God in and through your body.
Galatians 5:19-21 – Message
19-21 It is obvious what kind of life develops out of trying to get your own way all the time: repetitive, loveless, cheap sex; a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage; frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness; trinket gods; magic-show religion; paranoid loneliness; cutthroat competition; all-consuming-yet-never-satisfied wants; a brutal temper; an impotence to love or be loved; divided homes and divided lives; small-minded and lopsided pursuits; the vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone into a rival; uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions; ugly parodies of community. I could go on.
This isn’t the first time I have warned you, you know. If you use your freedom this way, you will not inherit God’s kingdom.
The Story narrated by Lois Mowday – My Husband left me for another woman
The attractive young woman sat across from me in the hotel coffee shop-head down, tears flowing. I had been at a speaking engagement out of town and knew her only casually. She was embarrassed to talk honestly with someone who was practically a stranger, but her pain couldn’t be contained.
“I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to break down so quickly.” She said.
“It’s okay,” I replied with a slight nod that I hoped communicated my own sorrow at her obvious turmoil.
“My husband left me for another woman. I never want to see him again! But, I don’t know what to do with the hurt.”
We talked for a while. She admitted that sh had seen a few men- only as friends-since her husband had moved out of the house.
And, there had been one affair.
She assured me that it had been nothing serious, and that it was over. She had simply responded to a kind and dear friend who was there in a painful, lonely moment.
Before I could respond, she said, “Why is it wrong to want a little comfort – to just be with someone who cares?”
Conversation continues – Why ask why?
This woman, her husband, the woman with whom he was involved, and that woman’s husband were all professing Christians. The scenarios is not a new one. The breakdown of family units due to infidelity is all too common, even among Christians. The instance of immorality among singles is also on the upswing.
Only a few years ago, a person professing to be a Christians would rarely have come right out and asked why immorality is wrong. There was an acceptance in the evangelical community that morality was still a lifestyle to be desired. In fact, it was not considered as an option. It was a biblical standard that went along with being a Christian. There were certainly people caught in this particular trap, but the acceptance of morality as a necessary part of the Christian lifestyle was secure.
Now that we find ourselves in the middle of a culture that no longer views immorality as a sin; we need to go back for a moment and see why it is important to even address this issue
Conversation continues – Definition of Adultery and fornication
In Exodus 20:14, the text says, “You shall not commit adultery.”
According to Webster Dictionary, Adultery means “Voluntary sexual intercourse between a married man and someone other than his wife or between a married woman and someone other than her husband.” Fornication means, “Sexual intercourse between unmarried people.
Conversation continues – Self-Worship
When sexual intercourse takes place apart from the marriage commitment, an individual’s own interest slip into first place in his or her heart.
We are surrounded by the all-consuming worship of self.
Conversation continues – Why should I do that?
“You need to make a decision. You need to decide if you are going to walk with the Lord or if you are not. If you are, immorality is a lifestyle that you have to give up. It won’t be easy or instant. But first you need to say yes to trying again to put the Lord first.”
She had tasted of the Lord and remembered that He was good.”I want to, but I don’t know how,” she whispered.
“knowing how will come. The first step, today, is to acknowledge the desire to change.”
She nodded a silent “yes.” As I looked at her, I ached for her, for the battle ahead. At the same time, I felt an excitement in knowing that if she really could begin to untangle the damaged emotions controlling her, she would experience a anew power and deeper relationship with the Lord. The road ahead was uphill and long. The end results would prove to be well worth the effort.
How about you? – Watch Sexual Sin: 4 Strategies on how to overcome sexual sin by Apply Gods word 10 minutes’ video
What is your situation today, take a lesson from above story and begin a healing process today?
How to Overcome Sexual Sin: By studying Proverbs 5 we can discover 4 powerful strategies on how to stop lusting and how to overcome sexual sin.
1. Look Past the Present Pleasure and Focus on the Future Pain of Sexual Sin (Proverbs 5:1-6)
2. Stay Close to Biblical Teaching and Stay Away From Sexual Temptation (Proverbs 5:7-14)
3. Use Your Sex Drive As God Intended (Proverbs 5:15-20)
4. Remember: No Sin Is Secret. We Reap What We Sow (Proverbs 5:21-23)
Next, we would be looking at causes of immorality
Next – Causes of Immorality
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