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SEX!!!!!

Another beautiful day, all thanks to You, Father! May I use the time given to me, to do and say and be what You would give You the most glory! For You alone are worthy, praise Your holy name!

1 Thessalonians 4:1-8 (<<click here)

Lord, today’s passage is totally pertinent in the world in which I find myself. In our downfall, we are a sex driven society and it is nigh impossible to not be impacted by it. TV, internet, magazines, email, music, Facebook, movies, our attire – EVERYTHING is sex laden! It is very difficult for me and most everyone else to not be affected in some way! But you call us to be HOLY and being holy means to be set apart. Being “like You” means being “different from the world.” (biblehub.com)

Lord, following You means I want to be like You! You are holy, so I am to be holy. Your Word clearly calls us to sexual purity. I am called to love You with all of my heart, soul, strength, and mind, and to love others as I love myself (Luke 10:27). To be very clear here this is to be Your definition of love, not the world’s. So if I am to fulfill the command to love I will not do anything that would make me hurt someone else from a sexual perspective. Obviously, I will take no physical action sexually but even thinking sexual thoughts is harmful outside the context of my marital relationship. It is detrimental to me and if it became known to Karen or any other party to whom I am having sexual thoughts, it would be detrimental to them as well. Detrimental does not equal love.

Lord, the culture in which I live bucks this like crazy but sex outside of a marital relationship is sin! This is the only context in which we can be 100% committed and that is to our husband or wife. Marriage is a covenantal relationship – to love (by Your definition) till “death us do part.” I know it’s not easy but it’s the way it is supposed to be! Anything else and in any other context, and we are outside of Your will…no matter how solid a relationship is.

Lord, protect our marriages – keep them pure. Help us to love each other as You have called us to. Lord, help those outside of marital relationships to be pure and to avoid the pitfalls of sexual interaction. For those who have not crossed that line – keep them strong and help them wait. For those who have fallen, give them a fresh start, a clean slate as they seek Your love and forgiveness. Help us all, all followers of You, to be set apart – to be different from the world!

July 23rd, 2015, Thurs, 7:17 am

Burdened?

Father, as I look out at the beautiful creation before me I am in awe of Your majesty and greatness! It is hard to grasp why someone so awesome would love me so…but I am so glad You do! Praise Your name!

Matthew 5:17-20 (<<click the green)

One thing that has come out in our recent Bible studies at church is Jesus’ relationship with the “law of Moses”. We might not be able to put all the pieces and parts together but it seems to boil down to Jesus bringing a new covenant onto the scene – as communicated in the New Testament. The word used for “testament” is a translation of the word “covenant”. So we have the Old Testament (Covenant) and the New Testament (Covenant).

So the question is, did the covenant Jesus laid out replace the covenant given to Moses? Jesus himself states very clearly in verse 17, and again the Amplified Bible plainly communicates it,

“Do not think that I came to do away with or undo the Law [of Moses] or the [writings of the] Prophets; I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.”

Jesus didn’t change anything. He didn’t eliminate it or destroy it. He fulfilled all of it! By the time Jesus came on the scene, Jewish religious leaders had added to and expanded and “explained” the law to the nth degree. And if you expected to please God, you had to abide by it all! It was so burdensome that no one could possibly do so!

The new covenant didn’t replace the old covenant, it clarified it. Jesus didn’t eliminate the core importance of the law but He did eliminate all the man-made layers it had accumulated over the millennia. Jesus lifted our burden!

Humanity – in trying to be diligent in honoring God’s law – had made it into a confusing mass of rules and regulations. Jesus, when asked, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” summarized the entirety of the law in just a few words.

“The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.” (Mark 12:28-34)

Lord, in Your life here amongst us You showed us how to fulfill the law in our lives by following Your example. By giving ourselves over to You each and every day, and throughout each day, Your Spirit will guide and direct our heart, soul, mind, and strength to love You and to love others as You do, as well.

Oct 18th, Wed, 9:59 am

SEX!!!!!

Another beautiful day, all thanks to You, Father! May I use the time given to me, to do and say and be what You would give You the most glory! For You alone are worthy, praise Your holy name!

I Thessalonians 4:1-8 (<<click here)

Lord, today’s passage is totally pertinent in the world in which I find myself. In our downfall we are a sex driven society and it is nigh impossible to not be impacted by it. TV, internet, magazines, email, music, Facebook, movies, our attire – EVERYTHING is sex laden! It is very difficult for me and most everyone else to not be effected in some way! But you call us to be HOLY, and being holy means to be set apart. Being “like You” means being “different from the world.” (biblehub.com)

Lord, following You means I want to be like You! You are holy, so I am to be holy. Your Word clearly calls us to sexual purity. I am called to love You with all of my heart, soul, strength and mind, and to love others as I love myself (Luke 10:27). To be very clear here this is to be Your definition of love not the world’s. So if I am to fulfill the command to love I will not do anything that would make me hurt someone else from a sexual perspective. Obviously, I will take no physical action sexually but even thinking sexual thoughts is harmful outside the context of my marital relationship. It is detrimental to me and if it became known to Karen or any other party to whom I am having sexual thoughts, it would be detrimental to them as well. Detrimental does not equal love.

Lord, the culture in which I live bucks this like crazy but sex outside of a marital relationship is sin! This is the only context in which we can be 100% committed and that is to our husband or wife. Marriage is a covenantal relationship – to love (by Your definition) till “death us do part.” I know it’s not easy but it’s the way it is supposed to be! Anything else and in any other context, and we are outside of Your will…no matter how solid a relationship is.

Lord, protect our marriages – keep them pure. Help us to love each other as You have called us to. Lord, help those outside of marital relationships to be pure and to avoid the pitfalls of sexual interaction. For those who have not crossed that line – keep them strong and help them wait. For those who have fallen, give them a fresh start, a clean slate as they seek Your love and forgiveness. Help us all, all followers of You, to be set apart – to be different from the world!

July 23rd, Thurs, 7:17 am