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Yes I am talking about sex!

Sex is highly, HIGHLY, glorified in this day and age. I guarantee that you have not gone a SINGLE day without seeing it or thinking about it every single day since you were old enough to know anything about it. It was a beautiful thing made by God to be between a man and woman in order to procreate. We were blessed to have it also bring us pleasure and excitement from it. We have definitely take it above and beyond that, and we capitalize off of it, we make it the image, we make it the star. SEX is all anyone cares about now. You cannot have a successful television program or commercial without it being in there in some way anymore. Breast feeding, people hugging each other, and even FOOD has been sexualized. I personally believe that sex has become a form of idolatry. There is pressure on everyone to look sexy, and BE sexy.  Worst of all, there are careers in it. A business that capitalizes off of exploiting women, and men, and in some cases CHILDREN!!!!

Galatians 5:19

Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality,

We need to understand that this is not ok! I was treated as a sexual object my whole life, from earlier on in life than most people should know about sex. As women, we need to understand that feeling that way, and being treated that way is NOT OK. As men, you need to understand that women are much more than sexual beings.  We also need to understand that anything we put before God is NOT OK!!!! If you are having sex before marriage, you are putting it before God. If you are looking at porn, you are putting it before God. If you masturbate more than you read the word, you are putting it before God. If you watch shows that are sexual in nature and portraying sinful sexual acts, you are putting it before God. It is very simple.

1 Corinthians 3:16 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?

You cannot be a lover of God, and a lover of sexual immorality. YOU CANNOT SERVE TWO MASTERS. I’ve been there and I have felt the pain and the shame that sin causes. I have been there and felt degraded and worth nothing more than my sexual appeal. Only God can free you from your shame if you repent. You may never say it out loud, but there is a pain you receive as a child of God when you break his laws. If you claim to love God, if you claim to follow him, and yet you are being sexually immoral, you will NOT enter the kingdom.

 

1 Corinthians 6:9

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,

Galatians 5:19-21

Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Now I have heard from people that “pornography is not wrong because you are not actually having sex with anyone.” I know better however, I know that behind pornography is every work of the flesh. I know what Jesus tells me on this matter as well.

Matthew 5:28

But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

 

So in a world TEEMING with sex and slander around every corner, how do we go on as Christians? How do we resist!?

1 Corinthians 10:13

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

The answer to that was pretty clear cut to me. Be faithful to God, and he will be faithful and provide a way of escape so that you will not yield to temptation. I may sound old fashioned, but I know that I am right. Save yourselves for the marriage bed. If you feel you have already committed sexual immorality, make yourselves new in Christ and do not defile your body again.

2 Corinthians 7:1

Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.

1 John 1:9

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Marry for love and wait for your wedding night.

Hebrews 13:4

Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.

Devote your love and your time to Jesus, to doing his will. Have a heart for him and all things will be right.

Romans 12:2

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Philippians

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

 

Those who know my background have called me a hypocrite, but you know what? I am not. If I were preaching this 2 years ago, I would have been, but I am living proof that God can change you, God can heal your wounds, your hearts, and your sins. God can make you feel worth something again.

My prayer for you today is that you will be convicted on this, that sex and lust will no longer hold more of you than God himself. that he will guide you away from temptation and into his loving arms. I pray that you will read the word daily and gain new understanding of our God, his love, and his commandments, and that he will give you the spirit to obey them. In Jesus Christs holy name, AMEN,

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