October 10, 2015

sugar coating

Sexual sins have a uniquely devastating impact on people’s lives. Unlike any other sin, sexual sin can do almost irreparable damage to your life because it’s a sin against yourself. When the apostle Paul wrote to the sexually confused church in Corinth, he had to say with astonishment, “Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, ‘The two will become one flesh.’ But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit” (1 Cor. 6: 16– 17). Do you see how sexuality and spirituality are always closely intertwined with one another?

Our claims to a relationship with God mean we are subjecting Him to our illicit behavior. If He is in our lives, He is accompanying us during that shameful tryst, the affair, or when we lock the door and type in the address of the porn site. Then Paul offers the answer and application: Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. (1 Cor. 6: 18– 20)

Our bodies and what we do with them is a very serious issue with God. The holy, pure, awesome, all-knowing, powerful Creator of the universe, in the person of the Holy Spirit, dwells inside every child of God. When you decide to have illicit sex or demean the gift with pornography, it’s like going into the most awe-inspiring church you’ve ever seen, filled with stained-glass windows, then using a hammer to destroy all that beauty.

There’s a reason why your prayers don’t get answered. There’s a reason why when you open and read the Bible you don’t sense or hear God speaking to you. Although God is ready to forgive and listen the moment we seek His heart, habitual sexual disobedience causes God to close His ears. It cuts off your ability to hear His voice and experience His presence (see Isa. 59: 1– 2).

Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save,

    nor his ear too dull to hear.

2 But your iniquities have separated

    you from your God;

your sins have hidden his face from you,

    so that he will not hear.

God grieves over us and is jealous for His children. In His love He disciplines with the velvet vise of pain and consequences, hoping we will realize that what we are doing is unacceptable. What scares me the most today is that sexual immorality, in all of its forms— fornication, adultery, homosexuality, pornography, and lust— has become so acceptable in the Church today that we have lost our moral distinctive and as a result our platform to share the Good News. There’s a reason why the Church is largely impotent today. We are spiritually ineffective in an increasingly violent and decadent culture, not because we’re like the culture, but because we’re worse than the culture. We know better! Each of us is part of the beautiful bride of Christ. Your physical body is holy to God. He wants to dwell in it. He’s not against sex. Some of you are getting such second-rate, lame sex. He cries out today and says, “Stop it. It’s devastating. It’s a sin against your own body, psychologically, physically, and spiritually.”

Honor your body, honor God, honor God, honor your body.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

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