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When you come to faith in Christ, you become a target of the enemy. Not because of you, but because of the Name you carry. There are three areas where we do battle; areas that are opposed to the will of God.
The domain of darkness - the area of deception and destruction
The world system - the area of desensitization and relaxation
The fleshy nature - the area of rationalization and temptation
Sex is an area used by the enemy to deceive, tempt, desensitize and destroy. We tell ourselves stories, usually false but very powerful, that rationalize our thoughts and actions. Jesus has a different take...
Matt 5:27-30 (CSB) 27 “You have heard that it was said, Do not commit adultery. 28 But I tell you, everyone 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. For it is better that you lose one of the parts 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. For it is better that you lose one of the parts of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.
Ouch! Here are some big thoughts on this passage - to you if you follow Jesus, and for your consideration if you don't.
SEX IS SACRED
Dr Brian Simmons (TPT creator) notes that the Aramaic word that Jesus would have used for adultery really incorporates any sexual act. You could paraphrase it this way "Keep all sexual acts inside the covenant of marriage".
Many (sexual) relationships today are consumeristic.
Independence is important,
Given physically but not fully
Needs are more important than the relationship
Authenticity is not complete because it is not a safe zone (there is a risk it could end)
Long-term commitment is a phobia