Proverbs 7:25-27 “Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths. For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her. Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.”
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Many will read today’s title and think, “This doesn’t apply to me” and move on. They have been able to keep themselves morally pure, or they think because they haven’t committed the act of adultery with the opposite sex, that this is a moot point.
I believe God has so much more for us that the “do’s and don’ts” of Christianity.
The law laid bare man’s soul before God based upon his actions. When Christ came, He gave us a whole new level by which to live.
We all know:
Exodus 20:14 “Thou shalt not commit adultery.”
Pretty straight forward.
But when Christ came:
Matthew 5:28 “But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.”
When I was first saved, I would place the “Verse of the Day” on a dry erase board by my work bench. One day, I placed that verse on the board and a man came and asked me angrily; “Show me where is says that in the Bible.” I did and his shoulders fell and he walked away convicted.
You see, I went to the office cube where he worked to find pornographic pictures posted all over his walls.
We find many ways to justify our sin. We try to move the lines that our loving, Heavenly Father has drawn for us so as not to appear in the wrong. Satan loves for us to blur the lines God has drawn to make it seem like we haven’t really crossed when we crossed the line long before the act was ever committed.
James 4:4 “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”
Saved, born-again children of God are betrothed to be married. During that time of betrothal, the law tells us that what we do outwardly will be telling of our desire to keep ourselves pure for our groom; the Lord Jesus Christ. Our bride, Jesus, tells us that looking and lusting is the same as doing.
We are known as the bride of Christ. When we are in Heaven, there will be a ceremony and the marriage supper of the Lamb. We are to keep ourselves pure for that time.
Many think that to win the world, we must become like them. That whole philosophy goes against the Word of God.
2 Corinthians 6:14-17 “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,”
Our separation becomes a declaration.
We must be willing to be known as Christian both in word and deed. I am in full agreement that our lives should be lived in such a way that people should see Christ in me. Our evangelistic duty goes far beyond the principles by which we live.
Without going into too much detail, we are to be reapers of the harvest of souls prepared for us. God’s call is for workers in the field.
Luke 10:2 “Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.”
What seeds were sown for us to harvest? Who is to sow them? Or grow them?
Luke 8:11 “Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.”
1 Peter 1:23 “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.”
In Christian circles, we often use colloquialisms that portray a truth. One such phrase is:
“We may be the only Bible someone will read.”
While our lives should portray the transforming power of the gospel; that power came from a seed: the Word of God, that was planted in us and grew to the fruit they see in us today.
When we ‘play’ with sin, or dabble around it’s edge, we are playing with a serpent whose sting is deadly. When we befriend the world’s music, manner of speech, or her dress; we betray our true nature and become an enemy of God.
Rather than declare who we are and who it is we belong to, we shrink from confrontation because we might offend. In our minds, we justify the adultery with the world we have already committed by thinking it will soften the blow of the reality that we are all sinners in need of a Savior.
As I have grown in my walk with my God, I have found myself often on the wrong side of an issue because I was ignorant. What we do once we do learn, then determines our love for our Savior.
We become entangled in wrong speech, wrong behavior, and wrong relationships and think there is nothing wrong because God hasn’t executed His justice.
We mistake His longsuffering for acceptance.
Try to tell your boss you are working for a competitor while employed with him because they’re a friend. Try telling your spouse that the opposite sex is fulfilling what they lack and see how that flies.
It is no different when we try to tell God that He should accept our partial obedience, or our partial loyalty. Some have the audacity to go so far as to say things like:
“God gets my Sunday, the rest of the week is mine.”
We fail to remember the transaction that took place at salvation.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
Our soul and spirit will unite with a new Heavenly body one day. On that day, we will see God face to face. It is recorded that in His presence, every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.
We should not fool ourselves into thinking that God will be accepting then, or now, of the sin with which we have grown accustomed.
If the roles were reversed and God cheated on us… how would we feel?