2016-5-22 Sex Is Sacred

EXODUS 20:14                                                                                          MAY 22, 2016


In our society and throughout most of the world the pursuit of pleasure is seen as a worthwhile pursuit. We have witnessed our country become more and more obsessed with sex. As the years pass, it seems evident to me that our culture is sliding down into the sewer of all manner of immorality. I know that immoral and illicit behavior has always existed. Yet I think that it has become more accepted as being normal and good. Those few young adults who admit they are still virgins are ridiculed and mocked. I admire Tim Tebow and the Robertson children from the show “Duck Dynasty as examples of those few who are willing to abide by God’s rules. Christians should be careful to not adopt the ways of the world. 1 John 2:15-17 (NIV) 15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For everything in the world–the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does–comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.”

The LORD has given us the Ten Commandments to be our guide in protecting our relationship with God and with others. Today we will examine what God intended in the seventh commandment. Exodus 20:14 (NIV) 14 “You shall not commit adultery.” The words are few but this commandment from God speaks to a lifestyle that honors God and our relationship by setting limits we would be wise to follow.

Sex is for marriage only. Sex is wonderful! God made it so! Proverbs 5:15-20 (NIV) 15 Drink water from your own cistern, running water from your own well. 16 Should your springs overflow in the streets, your streams of water in the public squares? 17 Let them be yours alone, never to be shared with strangers. 18 May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth. 19 A loving doe, a graceful deer– may her breasts satisfy you always, may you ever be captivated by her love. 20 Why be captivated, my son, by an adulteress? Why embrace the bosom of another man’s wife?”  The dangers of adultery are listed in Proverbs 6 &7. Proverbs 6:23-24 (NIV) 23 For these commands are a lamp, this teaching is a light, and the corrections of discipline are the way to life, 24 keeping you from the immoral woman, from the smooth tongue of the wayward wife.”

God designed marriage to be a lifetime bond. Genesis 2:24 (NIV) 24 For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.” Paul spoke of the bond that was to be between a husband and wife. Ephesians 5:25-28, 33 (NIV) 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself …and the wife must respect her husband.”  I urge all of you to consider coming to the marriage retreat that the church is sponsoring on Friday night and Saturday June 3-4th. Learn how to improve your marriage and then maintain it.

It is not easy in the world we live in to guard ourselves from the temptations that surround us.  Jesus warned us in Matthew 5:27-30 (NIV) 27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ 28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.” Jesus is not recommending we cut out our eyes or any other body part.  However, he is stressing the real danger we face in not being aware of the dangers of lust and desire. I find it necessary to often turn off the television or to switch to another internet article. The internet is a blessing and a curse. Many a Christian has been lead astray by pornography, the chat lines, and the dating sites for those seeking adulterous affairs. We must learn to be disciplined in how we live.

God is clear in how we are to live. Listen to the words of Paul and the guidance he gave to the Christians in Thessalonica. 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8 (NIV) 1 Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. 2 For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus. 3 It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; 4 that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable, 5 not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God; 6 and that in this matter no one should wrong his brother or take advantage of him. The Lord will punish men for all such sins, as we have already told you and warned you. 7 For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. 8 Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit.” Let us not reject God by ignoring his command to avoid all forms of immorality and adultery. Let us seek to be pure and holy!

It is tempting to choose only those areas we want to be obedient to God. It is easy to make excuses for not seeking to be pure and holy unto the Lord. Our toughest battle in this area is the one that goes on in our minds. It is a battle we must face! When we ignore the battlefield in our mind we will continue to lose these conflicts. Philippians 4:8 (NIV) 8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” We must put good things into our minds. Lately, Frances has been bringing me books home from the elementary school library. I am more likely to find good books there than so-called adult reading.

Listen to the advice of the Apostle Paul. 1 Corinthians 6:18-20 (NIV) 18 Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. 19 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.” In the words of Kenny Rogers from the movie “The Gambler”: “You’ve got to know when to hold ’em / Know when to fold ’em / Know when to walk away / And know when to run…” 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV) 13 No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.”Sex is sacred! We must learn how to honor God by keeping his commands!

Let us pray.