Today, we continue our devotions on the Christian’s relationship with three big influences on our society – sex, alcohol and the media. The problem we have is that in today’s society, the media and even in some cases the church tries to dilute or make OK the things that God calls “Sexually Immoral”.
Also with the Internet these temptations are more readily available through pornography, dating web sites and other web sites. We are in a battle and we need to always come back to the Word of God because Christ is our Cornerstone and at the core of our being.
God gives us the Gift of Sex but puts safeguards in to protect us.
Here are some questions that flow from this:
What if I am in a steady relationship with someone that I love and we are living together? What if I am living with someone and we love each other and have children?
The answer to these questions is that we are not trying to pass judgment on people’s relationships or domestic situations. God has set out in His Word what is His best. Sin is simply defined as “missing the mark” – missing God’s best. The challenge to you today is why not bring your relationship under the Lordship of Christ and get married and live in the boundaries of God’s best? If you would like to talk more about these issues please don’t hesitate to contact myself or Jon Keel or speak to your Life Group Leader.
What if I am struggling with adultery, fornication and lust? Does God still love me? Is there a way back?
We need to remember that it is the act of these three things that is the sin. If you are struggling with temptation then make yourself accountable to someone and ask God to give you the strength to RUN from the sin, RUN to Christ and RUN with others – get help! The answer to the question does God still love you is an unreserved “yes”, God is passionate about you and loves you unconditionally as we will see as we progress through this week. He wants you to break free of this bondage that often can wreck your life. If you would like to talk more about these issues please don’t hesitate to contact myself or Jon Keel or speak to your Life Group Leader.
On Sunday we showed an illustration of why God puts safeguards in to the way we use his gift of sex. We took two pieces of paper and asked two people to draw a Masterpiece. We then stuck those pictures together so they became one Masterpiece. Once the pictures were stuck together we pulled them apart which damaged both the paper and the pieces of art. When we have sex casually or look at pornography we are giving pieces of ourselves away and we are damaging the Masterpiece that God has made us.
When we come to God in repentance and ask for forgiveness he wipes the slate clean and gives us a new start. To illustrate this we gave our two helpers brand new clean white sheets of paper to start their Masterpiece again.
1 John 1 v 9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.