|Today on NoCo, we listen in to a 2011 message that Pastor Mike recently preached at Bethlehem Bible Church in West Boylston, MA on how to achieve victory over sexual sin. Pastor Mike preaches verse-by-verse, so please open up your Bible to 1 Corinthians 6 and 1 Corinthians 7 and follow along.
All of the Bible should be preached in a public setting. If it is in the Bible it is God breathed. Would you rather the world educate yourself or your children about sex, OR would you rather learn about sex through God's Word in an appropriate setting?
Main Theme: Ways to Overcome Sexual Temptation-Victory Over Sexual Sin:
Paul not only says that we must flee sexual immorality, but he also says enjoy sexual morality. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 that we need to flee and run from sexual sin and sexual immorality. If single you glorify God with your body by abstaining from sex, and if married you glorify God with you body by enjoying your spouse.
Pastor Mike starts off with a review in order to understand the context of the Old Testament equivalent to 1 Corinthians 7:1-6. The way to avoid sexual immorality, if you are married, is to enjoy sexual morality. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 7:1-6: Now concerning the matters about which you wrote: It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman. But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband. The husband should give to his wife her conjugal rights, and likewise the wife to her husband. For the wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. Likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does. Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. Now as a concession, not a command, I say this.
What is the Old Testament equivalent to 1 Corinthians 7:1-6? What is similar to this passage in the Old Testament? Answer: Proverbs 5
Abstain from sexual immorality, enjoy sexual morality; God is watching everything you do. Avoid sexual immorality-which is all sex outside of marriage.
A young man is being addressed by his father (who is inspired by God) in Proverbs 5:
1 My son, be attentive to my wisdom;
incline your ear to my understanding,
2 that you may keep discretion,
and your lips may guard knowledge.
3 For the lips of a forbidden woman drip honey,
and her speech is smoother than oil,
4 but in the end she is bitter as wormwood,
sharp as a two-edged sword.
5 Her feet go down to death;
her steps follow the path to Sheol;
6 she does not ponder the path of life;
her ways wander, and she does not know it.
7 And now, O sons, listen to me,
and do not depart from the words of my mouth.
8 Keep your way far from her,
and do not go near the door of her house,
9 lest you give your honor to others
and your years to the merciless,
10 lest strangers take their fill of your strength,
and your labors go to the house of a foreigner,
11 and at the end of your life you groan,
when your flesh and body are consumed,
12 and you say, How I hated discipline,
and my heart despised reproof!
13 I did not listen to the voice of my teachers
or incline my ear to my instructors.
14 I am at the brink of utter ruin
in the assembled congregation.
15 Drink water from your own cistern,
flowing water from your own well.
16 Should your springs be scattered abroad,
streams of water in the streets?
17 Let them be for yourself alone,
and not for strangers with you.
18 Let your fountain be blessed,
and rejoice in the wife of your youth,
19 a lovely deer, a graceful doe.
Let her breasts fill you at all times with delight;
be intoxicated always in her love.
20 Why should you be intoxicated, my son, with a forbidden woman
and embrace the bosom of an adulteress?
21 For a man's ways are before the eyes of the LORD,
and he ponders all his paths.
22 The iniquities of the wicked ensnare him,
and he is held fast in the cords of his sin.
23 He dies for lack of discipline,
and because of his great folly he is led astray.
Like Paul, Solomon says avoid sexual immortally (v.1-14,) and enjoy sexual morality (v.15-23.) You can protect your spouse from sexual immorality by being with your spouse physically/sexually. Marriage is more than sex, but sex is a critical component to marriage.
Six Truths From God's Sexual Curriculum (Sex Education from God's Prospective):
1. Sex with your spouse is for the two of you alone-it is an exclusive relationship. Proverbs 5:15
Listen in next week for the continuation of this episode...