January 11, 2005
Flee Sexual Impurity
1 Corinthians 6:18-20
Fellowship with the Lord is crippled by sexual sin. When we willfully violate God's commands, we shut the door on Him. Only when we cry out in repentance can our fellowship be restored. Ultimately, no experience in life is worth separation from God, nor is any temporary pleasure worth life-long guilt, possible addiction, or disease.
To avoid the landmine of sexual sin, husbands and wives should seek to meet each other's needs. The Bible warns against depriving each other, except for a limited and mutually agreed upon season of prayer. (1 Corinthians 7:5) For those who are unmarried, beware the popular argument that everybody needs sex - this lie has gotten many people into trouble. God calls some men and women to a celibate life, and He calls others to wait until He provides a marital partner. In both cases, He knows how to fulfill their every need in other ways. Some unmarried people can consider these ideas unrealistic, but God never asks us to do the impossible. Remember that He provides His Spirit to enable us.
We can cooperate with Him by taking our focus off what we do not have and instead seeking other ways to channel our energies. For example, it is healthy to build strong, caring friendships with people of the same sex, and to use our talents in projects that positively impact our communities. But we must always put on the armor of God, especially the breastplate of righteousness to guard our emotions and the helmet of salvation to guard our thinking. Even if you have allowed your armor to "slip," confession to God brings certain forgiveness and a fresh start.
On Jan. 2, 2005, Dr. Stanley begins a ten-week series entitled "Landmines in the Pathway of the Believer" that identifies and helps you disarm the spiritual landmines in your life. For more information, including television listings and airtimes, visit www.landminesofthebeliever.com.
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