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Bought with a price!

Scripture reading for July 13th:  1st Corinthians 6

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  1st Corinthians 6:18-20  Flee from sexual immorality.  All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body.  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, you were bought at a price.  Therefore honor God with your body.”  

Sexual immorality is a favorite temptation of Satan to snare God’s people.  King David, a man after God’s heart, was trapped by this sin and Joseph of more ancient times was tempted sexually by Potiphar’s wife but used his feet to escape the trap.  Paul warned the Corinthians, living in a very immoral sexual culture, of the danger of sexual sins of all types.  When believers sin sexually, they sin against their own body.  Each believer has been purchased by the blood of Jesus Christ from Satan’s domain and now belong to God.  We must flee all sexual immorality to avoid reproach in our own lives as well as Christ’s church.

Observations for over-comers:  Over-comers must flee all sexual immorality and keep themselves only for the Lord, who has bought them!  “One day he went into the house to attend to his duties, and none of the household servants was inside.  She caught him by his cloak and said, “Come to bed with me!” But he left his cloak in her hand and ran out of the house.”  (Genesis 39:11-12) (Joseph with Potiphar’s wife)

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Flee sexual immorality!

Scripture reading for July 14th:  1st Corinthians 6

Paul used his letter to the Corinthians to answer questions about how believers should handle different problems.  One issue that Paul was concerned about was lawsuits between believers.  Paul reminded the church that they should not take their problems before unbelievers, but deal with disputes themselves.  “Do you not know that the saints will judge the world?  And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases?  Do you not know that we will judge angels?  How much more the things of this life!”  (1st Corinthians 6:2-3)  Believers should work things out!  Paul stated the incredible responsibility that the Church will enjoy later.  We will be involved with the judgment of the world as well as angels!

Paul added a warning concerning immorality.  “Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God?  Do not be deceived:  Neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, now adulterers, nor male prostitutes, nor homosexual offenders, nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards, nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.  And that is what some of you were.”  

Today’s culture in America has now embraced sexual immorality and our Supreme Court made gay marriage legal across the land. Television and movies regularly show immoral sexual behavior as entertainment and some Christians regularly watch it.  Pornography is available to most!  But God’s Word clearly states that no sexually immoral person will inherit the Kingdom of God! Some of Paul’s recipients were in that lifestyle, but they were delivered through faith in Christ!  Christ’s sacrifice of His body and blood can deliver anyone who will repent and give them access to God’s kingdom and family!  Share this good news!

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To avoid defeat, “use de feet”!

Scripture reading for January 13th: Genesis 37-40

The story of Joseph is a fascinating one!  He was a dreamer and the youngest of 11 brothers.  He was also his father’s favorite and probably a little spoiled.  He had dreams that showed his father and brothers bowing down to him and shared them with his family.  His brothers jealousy nearly cost him his life!   At least one of his brothers showed a small amount of compassion and his life was spared as they sold  Joseph into slavery and he was taken to Egypt.

Joseph was evidently quite handsome and muscular.  In his new role as servant to a wealthy Egyptian named Potiphar, Joseph was noticed by his master’s wife.  One day when Potiphar was gone, Joseph was doing his duties in the house.  He was propositioned by Potiphar’s wife:  “Come to bed with me!”   Joseph’s response was full of truth and godly wisdom.  “My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife.  How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?” (Genesis 39:9b) This happened day after day and Joseph continued to refuse her advances.

Adultery is a sin!  It is a sin against God and another person who is already joined as one to their spouse by God.  God hates adultery and this sin causes lying, jealousy, hatred, violence and ultimately death.  Adultery sows violence in a relationship and destroys marriages and homes. (Malachi 2:16)  Children are the victims and the devil loves to devour the children.

Joseph gives us some very practical advice about how to escape temptation.  Our first line of defense is our feet!  If we would just quickly remove ourselves from the temptation, how much easier we find we can resist!  When we linger and reason we will always be defeated!  Running away may seem cowardly, but it is sure better than the mess caused by sexual sin!  “Use de feet to avoid defeat!”

One day he went into the house to attend to his duties, and none of the household servants were inside.  She caught him by the cloak and said, “come to bed with me!”  But he left his cloak in her hand and ran out of the house.” (Genesis 39:11-12)

“Flee from sexual immorality.  All other sins a man commits are outside his body but he who sins sexually sins against his own body.” (1st Corinthians 6:18)

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Lawsuits and immorality among believers!

Scripture reading for August 10th: 1st Corinthians 6:1-20

Lawsuits are a big thing in our culture.  Lawyers advertise to entice people to file suits and win big settlements.  Of course, they get a big cut themselves.  Everyone needs to have liability insurance to help in case of some negligent act triggering a lawsuit that will take their savings and even their home.  It was happening in Paul’s day!

“If any of you has a dispute with another, dare he take it before the ungodly for judgment instead of before the saints?  Do you not know that the saints will judge the world?  And if you are to judge the world , are you not competent to judge trivial cases?  Do you not know that we will judge angels?  How much more the things of this life? (1st Corinthians 6:1-3)  Paul’s statements about saints ultimately judging the world and even angels are amazing revelations given to him by God.  He likened the disputes that believers had here on earth to trivial matters compared to what was to come.

The name of Christ was being shamed by believers going to court and arguing with other believers in front of unbelievers.  Paul told them that they would be better off just suffering the wrong than take their brothers to court with unbelievers.  They should judge among themselves in the church or just drop the matters of dispute.

“Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God?  Do not be deceived:  Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders no thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.  And that is what some of you were.  But you were washed, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” Paul  taught them that people practicing wickedness indicated that they are not really saved.  A person who thinks they are right with God when they are really not is incapable of repenting.

Today’s main argument for homosexual sins is that they are genetic.  People are not responsible because God made them that way!  God’s word teaches that sin is a choice and that this list of sins leads to death and eternal separation from God.  God can cleanse and deliver people from all of these sins!

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