Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Causing Men to Lust

Every Saturday, Ken and I walk along the beach and then eat at our favorite breakfast place with my parents. Then we walk back and Ken runs and walks up and down these stairs five or more times. He loves the exercise and we enjoy this special time together. It's my parent's highlight of the week. 

Recently, we took our grandchildren with us and while he was going up and down the stairs, our grandchildren and I played in the sand near the bottom of the stairs. After only a short while, Ken came over to me and told me we had to leave because the view had changed. He told me I would know what he meant in a minute. We packed up to go and I turned around. At the bottom of the stairs, a young woman was laying on her towel on her stomach with a thong on so her entire bottom was showing. Many men come down these stairs every day since it is a surfer beach and surfers like to surf there. They all saw a naked women while coming down the stairs this day. Earlier on the walk when we had to cross a bridge, I glanced down at the sand beneath and about six young women were laying on their stomachs with their heads together in a circle and their entire bottoms were showing.

We have been walking this beach for years and I don't remember seeing a woman in a thong there before. I am thinking that it won't be long before they go topless and we won't be able to go to the beach on warm days anymore. Do these women know that they aren't only causing teenagers and young men to lust but older men and even grandfathers to lust too? Turning men on is an ego thing for them. They feel pride when they know men look at them.  However, the boys and men aren't looking at them with love or respect, but with lust. They are looking at them as objects to satisfy their lusts, not as a human beings.

These women have no discretion. They are naked and unashamed when they are only supposed to do this with their husbands. They are defiling their marriage bed and have caused many men to stumble. They are only thinking about themselves and are mean, as Beth Moore has said, since they enjoy turning other women's husbands on. The Bible says they are like pig with a gold ring in its nose. Therefore, the Lord doesn't think too highly of their behavior.

"The desire to be desired in women is part of God's design for women's sexuality, but it has to be channeled in the right direction. A woman is supposed to be desired by her husband, to make him want her, and to revel in his appreciation of her body. But it is not right or appropriate for a woman to desire or get this kind of attention from men who are not her husband." {Lindsay Harold}

We, as Christian women, must do much better and teach our daughters to be modest. We must teach them about a man's sexual drive and that they are visual in nature. We want a man to respect us for our inward beauty of a meek and quiet spirit, not for the amount of flesh we show. Our clothing should never cause a man to stumble since we respect our brothers in Christ too much to do this to them. Never be responsible for causing someone else to stumble into sin. These women will be held just as accountable for their actions as the men who stumble. Yes, men are commanded to flee sexual immorality and this is why Ken informed us that we were fleeing. It's too bad that this young women didn't know she was taking the fun away from our grandchildren by making us leave playing in the sand due to her lack of discretion.

As a jewel of gold in a swine's snout,
 so is a fair woman which is without discretion.
Proverbs 11:22

Monday, May 2, 2016

Heirs Together in the Grace of Life ~ Chapter Twenty Four

In 1 Peter 3:7, we are told that we are heirs together in the grace of life. Marriage is sacred to God. He is the One who created it and it is a model of Christ and His Church. It is not something to take lightly or carelessly. Since God commands you to obey your husband, obey him. You were created to be your husband's help meet, not the other way around. Do everything you can to make his life easier, not more difficult. All men make mistakes. A woman's place is simply to obey for God's sake, not for right's sake. If you wait until you feel that your husband is right before you obey him, then you will seldom obey him, and you will never enjoy the miracles of God.*

Do you do what he asks of you? Do you cook food that he enjoys? Do you keep your home the way he wants you to keep it? Do you wash and take care of his clothing? Do you dress the way he wants you to? Do you give him sex when he wants it? Do you try to keep your husband happy? If you do, you most likely have a very good and strong marriage. If you are married to a difficult husband, continue to do the things He has asked you to do and allow the Lord to do His work on your husband since He does a much better job than you ever could.

Bonding, and becoming heirs together starts with the wife, because she is the weaker vessel and has the greatest need...If she pours her life into pleasing her husband and serving him, he will develop a protective nurturing instinct toward her. As he gains confidence that his heart is safe with her and that she places his welfare first, he will begin to trust her with his innermost being.* The Word tells us that a wise woman builds up her home but a foolish one tears hers down. Women today are told to be strong and independent of men. They are told they don't need a man to take care of them. Therefore, it is difficult to take this mindset, throw it in the trash, and renew your mindset with what God says about you. You are the weaker vessel. You were created to be his help meet. This is God's will for you. Learn what pleases him and do it. 

When your children are all grown up and gone, if you have fed your marriage with good things, your marriage will easily withstand the empty nest syndrome. Instead of pouring your whole life into your children while they are young, don't forget your husband since he is who you were created to help. Don't forget his needs. Keep him seeking you out to fulfill his needs. Pray daily for your husband. Love him deeply.

This is the final chapter of Created to Be His Help Meet. It's been a long study but a good one. It was fun to go through the book that changed my marriage for good and I pray it has changed many of yours as well. 

Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth. Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love.
Proverbs 5:18, 19

*Quotes from the book.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Believers Are Now Righteous and Walk in The Spirit ~ Romans 8:1-4

The whole of the New Covenant is to show us, as believers in Jesus Christ, that we no longer are a part of our old identity, our flesh since it was crucified on the cross with Christ's flesh. We have a brand new identity in Christ and we don't live like we used to anymore. We have put away our flesh with Christ and now walk in the Spirit in Christ! The New Covenant writers are continually reminding us of our new identity and to walk in it.

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit {Romans 8:1}. Therefore {based on concepts preciously expressed} there is no condemnation {as there were under the Law in chapter 7} to those who are now in Christ. In Jesus Christ, we are not under the condemnation to the Law, and we are freed from the power of the flesh; we no longer walk after it.  The sweetest truth to a believer is that we who deserve condemnation are delivered from it by the grace of God. But this chapter is not primarily about release from condemnation; it is about release from the power of sin. 

Romans 8 is an unequivocal statement of sure deliverance from sin, now and hereafter. In contrast to chapter 7, where we find man under the Law and walking after the flesh, those in Christ Jesus are not under the condemnation of the Law and do not walk after the flesh. Being in Christ is the opposite of being in the flesh. Those in the flesh cannot please God. Those in Christ have crucified the flesh and are let by the Spirit. Our primary goal or motivation, that which holds our attentions, gains our affection, captivates our energies, is what we will walk after. Those who are in Christ walk differently from those who are in the flesh. The unregenerate do not have the Spirit of God and therefore cannot walk after what they do not have. One doesn't walk his way into the Spirit and into favor with God; one walks in light of favor already bestowed.

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death {Romans 8:2}. The believer's daily relationship to his Heavenly Father, motivation and empowering, is called the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus. The law of the Spirit of life is a working principle that involves the believer in overcoming sin in the flesh. In our walk of holiness, we are required to yield, to submit, to put off, put on, mortify the deeds of the body, set our affections, let this mind be in you, and sin no more.  The law of faith is preached to Paul, and upon believing, Paul is given the Spirit of God. He is taken out from under the law of works and is placed under the law of liberty. He then found that what the law of his mind could not do in regard to the law of works, the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus does very well. That same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead, the Spirit of new life, that Spirit that is the life of Jesus, the very life of God, now dwells in the believer and functions in the place of his own spirit. That day to day function of that Spirit within is called the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus.

For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh {Romans 8:3} The Law could not empower a man to walk after the Spirit instead of after the flesh. The fault was not with the Law. It was the weakness of the flesh. The one thing that caused the sinner to fail to obey the Law was not human nature and not an enslaved will. The problem causing sin was flesh.  That God should send His holy Son in the likeness of sinful flesh demonstrates once and for all the extent to which God is willing to go for this rebellious race. 

Christ's flesh was like sinful flesh in that it too was weak. He hungered, grew tired, needed to sleep, aged, and was capable of bleeding to death. Christ's flesh was mortal flesh, as seen by the fact that it died as flesh dies. For Christ to put away sin in the flesh, it was necessary that He be totally identified with the flesh; the place where sin originated and set up its reign. To overcome flesh, He must dwell in flesh and be subject to its weakness and temptation. Jesus the man overcame in human flesh where all others failed. Jesus took part in flesh and blood that he might triumph in the same flesh that was the source and residence of all sin. It was only in Christ's fleshly body that God condemned our sin and by so doing lifted condemnation.  

The habits of sins in the flesh darken reason, sear the conscience, distort the affections, captivate the will, and leave the mind reprobate. Sin has a seat. It is the fleshly body. God condemned sin by crucifying the sinner with his sin {Romans 6}. Remember, Paul represented sin dwelling in his members as a rule of law, a working principle, a force in conflict with his own will. He cried out against it. The condemnation of sin resulted in our being able to actually do righteousness. This is absolutely essential to our understanding of the entire book of Romans and to Bible doctrine. Paul must show that Christ does what the Law could not do; terminate sin in the flesh. He is commending the gospel because it works to separate the sinner not from just the guilt of sin, but from sin's very power. 

The two inseparable things occurred in the execution of Christ's flesh:1. In the death of His flesh, He paid the price for our sin, 2. When His flesh died, our flesh died with Him, freeing us from sins in the flesh. Christ died for us; we died with Him. This is the full gospel. It is wonderfully true that the believer's sins were imputed to Jesus Christ and God judged them in His flesh - condemned them. The condemnation of the Law was once and for all lifted in the work of Christ for us. It is not the power of sin in the flesh that is destroyed, but the very flesh itself. Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin {Romans 6:6}.

That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit {Romans 8:4}. Christ condemned sin in the flesh of Adam's race; destroyed its power by crucifying the flesh so that the righteousness of the Law would actually be lived by those of us in Christ who can now walk after the Spirit rather than after the flesh. What the Law could not do, Christ did. The assumption of the text is that all believers do indeed walk after the Spirit and live righteously. The Scripture stands alone, apart from experience. All of this is something you need to begin believing by faith since God told us this is how it is once we believe in Him and the New Covenant writers consistently urge us on in our new identity.

Please listen to Mercy Me's Dear Younger Me. They understand clearly who they are in Christ!

You are holy
You are righteous
You are one of the redeemed
Set apart a brand new heart
You are free indeed

*The series begins HERE.
***From Michael Pearl's teaching with some of my thoughts.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Help for Witnessing to Others

Witnessing to others is difficult. Many have no idea how to do it. Michael Pearl has spent his life witnessing to others in prisons, to neighbors, street evangelism, in church, and to anyone who will listen. He has a passion for Christ and His Word. Years ago in No Greater Joy Magazine, he wrote how to witness. It has been on my kitchen desk all these years for my children to see and anyone who uses our phone. Make sure you are using your short life here to glorify God in all that you do!

Treat everyone you meet as if they are Christian brothers and sisters who are dear to you. In short, love them as they have never been loved.

Be continually joyful. Everyone is attracted to joy and no one will fault 
you for it. They will want what you have.

Be successful. Be the best at whatever you do. Everyone admires success 
and sincere effort. They will respect you for it.

Be helpful. Infuse something good into the lives of everyone you meet. 
Make them feel better about themselves in a clean and pure way.

Be generous. When others see you giving, they will recognize God in it.

Be gracious and cheerful in your righteousness. Don't be prudish and standoffish in your convictions. When you decline to participate in sin, don't do so in a way that says, "I am better than you, and you are a dog."

Be open. People are scared of the unknown. Let people get to know you and 
see that you don't bite and you don't have any secrets.

Don't do religious things to be seen of men. Let your righteousness be purity 
of heart and intention.

Speak of God and Jesus occasionally when it is spontaneously true. For instance, you might say, "Isn't it a beautiful day God has made?" or "God has blessed me with good health." On occasion you might say something like, "If it were not for Jesus Christ, I would be on my way to hell."

Follow the Holy Spirit's leading in knowing who is ready to receive the message. In time, someone will open up to you and ask a question, like, "Why are you always happy?" or "Why don't you _____?" Answer them honestly, telling them of your commitment to Christ and of your conversion. When the moment seems right, tell them the gospel story in detail. Win just one person and it is all worth it {even if it's just those precious children you are raising! - Lori}. 

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
1 Peter 3:15