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If you want to escape the mess that lust makes of your sexuality, you need to know at least three things.
God invented sex, sex was God’s idea. Some people actually think that because God has a bunch of rules about sexual sins, He’s opposed to sex in general. They think that sex was the sin that the first man and woman committed which caused them their status and ever since then he’s just been on this crusade to stop us from doing this. Banish those wrong thoughts from your mind because God invented sex. It was his idea that it feels good. He could have done it some other way, don’t you think? For instance, husband and wife decide they want to have children, and then husband sneezes on wife and there you go! She’s pregnant. See, he didn’t have to make it a pleasurable thing, he did that, it was his idea. Understanding this helps you because if you don’t, you’ll think that God is against your sexuality, then you spend your time fighting your sexuality when God doesn’t want you to fight your sexuality; He wants you to fight lust which makes a mess of your sexuality.
However, God reserves sex for marriage. Yea, you knew I was going to get here, didn’t you? See, it’s because it so good and so precious that God put boundaries around it. Name something very precious to you that you haven’t set boundaries around them to protect. God has drawn boundaries because sex is such a precious thing and the boundary he has drawn is: it’s for husband and wife within marriage. One can say that sex is God’s wedding gift to couples. He brings this incredible gift and he doesn’t just shove it on them. He pulls them close because of the commitment they have towards each other. He designed it to be an expression of their love, he designed it to be pleasurable and good, he designed it to be something that reminds them of his goodness, and he gives them this precious gift. Until, you understand this, you’ll never understand sex because sex and marriage were never meant to be separated from each other. A preacher says “we don’t need sex education, we need marriage education.” Well, I believe this is true. It’s wrong – what so many of us have been taught about sex as if it were just a physical function and activity. God created sex and marriage to be intertwined. Sexual intimacy is one aspect of a man and a woman becoming one completely. In God’s sight when a man and a woman, commit themselves to the covenant of marriage, they become one emotionally, financially, spiritually and through the gift of sexual intimacy, they become one physically. And this oneness of sexual intimacy was never meant to be turned away from all the other aspects of oneness and just enjoyed in itself; it is part of a husband and wife becoming one. When a man and his wife make love, there is a spiritual joining. It is a physical picture of how God views them in marriage. If you take this outside marriage, whether adultery or sexual immorality, you are disrespecting God’s plan for sex, marriage and for your body. Let this sink in. when we sin sexually, it is not just being naughty, we are taking all that God has made and we are rubbing it in the dirt.
1cor 6:16 indicates that “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 shall become one.’” Sex touches our souls, as tenderly and as precariously as they can be touched. It’s not just another physical function but that’s the way the world views it, “you have sexual desire, you have sex. It’s just a bodily function”, God says “no”. There’s a spiritual reality taking place and in sex two people are becoming one and the only two people who are supposed to be becoming one are those who have become one in other parts of their lives because they are married to each other.
More so, God punishes those who misuse the gift of sex, misusing sex in any way is an attack on God himself, it is an act of active rebellion against him. Eph. 5:6 “Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient.”
Listen, you’re going to read this and when you’re done, they will be a thousand and one voices contradicting what I’ve stated here. Those voices are going to come on your television, radio, magazines. They are going to say that there are no consequences, you can do all this things and they are all good. Please, do not be deceived! God is a holy God and a righteous God, He created us for purity and when we violate that, He’s not going to break His promise, punishment will come. His wrath and anger will come; all sexual sins will be punished, nobody gets off the hook.
The conclusion this brings us to, is that we have a very serious problem; it’s not just about pornography or sexual immorality. The main problem is that the world is in rebellion against God. I just hope this reality weighs on your heart because it’s true, whether you want to agree with me or disagree, it leaves us hopeless in ourselves. But there’s something else, God promises to punish all sexual sins but God is also a merciful God. That’s the main point of this article, every single person that has lived on the face of this earth is deserving of this holy and righteous God’s wrath and He will be absolutely justified to send us all to hell. But God, who is rich in mercy and grace, sent His only son, God became a man and invaded this sin-ruined world and He became one of us and walked in our shoes and faced all that we face but then He obeyed every single command of God. He then laid down His life on the cross, when He did that He was taking our place, He was bearing our punishment, He was receiving the wrath for all the sexual sin, rape, incest, prostitution, homosexuality, adultery and He stacked them all up and bore the pain once and for all. God poured out holy wrath on His son and He did this so that sinners who deserve it can be forgiven. Jesus became sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.
I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus and I seriously need more siblings. All you have to do is cry out to Him and acknowledge that you need to be saved. You need to receive God’s righteousness in place of your sin. Stop arguing with God, stop making excuses and apologize to Him. He’s more than willing to forgive you than you are willing to ask. He’s in love with you.
There’s going to be a third edition. What God expects of us when we are tempted to put on that computer and watch that stuff or place a call through to that man/woman or fantasize on those ungodly things. We will know the truth and it will set us free.