The following article is one I wrote this morning as a devotion for Wings As Eagles. It strikes me though as a message that needs to get out as much as possible, so I am posting it here as well.
“That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God: That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified.” 1 Thessalonians 4:4-6 (KJV)
Taking control of your own body by the Spirit of God, and keeping yourself pure before God; was the lesson for the previous study. Some seem to think that we have no control over our “feelings” so we should just let them fly, or let them loose. Sadly, that is how fights and wars eventually begin. That is also how many “unwanted” babies are murdered in the womb or born and abused and neglected.
The Christian life is a different life. When a man, woman, boy or girl meets Jesus Christ and gives their lives to Him; they do not give with the mentality that they can live “However I please”; but with a new heart of, “What can I do that will glorify Jesus?” The apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “Whether, therefore you eat or drink, or whatsoever you do, do all for the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31).
We look at our present society in the USA, and when 80 percent of USA citizens claim to be Christians; 50 percent of Christian marriages are ending in divorce. There is something drastically wrong. We can rant and rave all we want about homosexual unions going to desecrate marriage; it seems to me that we already have by divorcing so easily. If marriage was sacred to Christians there would be less divorces, and there would not be all this drivel about homosexual marriage. Before anyone goes balistic with me about this NO! I am not for homosexual marriages. Let’s not blame them for the loss of sacredness of the marriage union; it has already been lost. Let’s pray that we can begin healing hurting Christian marriages. Let’s pray that a Christian husband who has entered an adulterous relationship will have his eyes opened to the sin he is commiting against God and his wife and family; repent of his sin, seek forgiveness from God and his wife and family, and be restored. Let’s pray that wife who is thinking of leaving her husband and children because of some quack she has met on the internet will repent, confess her sin and seek forgiveness and be restored to her husband and family, and most of all to fellowship with God.
Christian you are not an animal who is not in control of your thoughts, your feelings, or your body. You have the Spirit of God within you. If you do not have the Spirit of God in you, showing you, convicting you of what is right and wrong, then you don’t know God, His Son Jesus, and are yet in your sins. (Read Romans 8:9-11). The people whose hearts do not know God through Jesus Christ follow their flesh, the desires of their bodies, and condemn themselves. They are already condemned in their sin (John 3:18). If you profess Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord and can live in a sinful, shacking up, adulterous, life of fornication, and do it without guilt or remorse, then, you most likely have never truly trusted Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior. You are living after your passions and lust, and not after the Spirit of Jesus Christ.
Professing Christian men taking another man’s wife. You thief. You will pay. You are taking someone who does not belong to you. Professing Christian wife; you are sleeping with another woman’s husband. You thief. You take someone who does not belong to you. The writer of Proverbs writes,
“Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids. For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread: and the adulteress will hunt for the precious life. Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned? Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned? So he that goeth in to his neighbour’s wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent. Men do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is hungry; But if he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give all the substance of his house. But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul. A wound and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away. For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance. He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content, though thou givest many gifts.” Proverbs 6:25-35 (KJV)
Likened to a thief, one who steals another’s spouse will pay, and the payment will be tremendous. Paul writes above, “That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified.” Live to serve and glorify God and His Son Jesus Christ. The way of the world and the flesh is evil, and is the way of destruction.
-Tim A. Blankenship