The world’s sliding scale of ethics and morality provides a
fitting non-foundation for a society enamored with limitless
personal freedoms without the corresponding personal
It is perfect for people who want to feel good about themselves
no matter how they live. It makes “sense” to those who see no
ultimate purpose for their lives.
“You shall not commit adultery” (Exodus 20:14)
is not limited to sex outside of marriage.
God commands us to abstain from all sexual immorality,
including premarital sex (fornication), homosexuality,
incest, voyeurism, bestiality, public nudity and much
more (see Leviticus 18 and 20)
The Bible is very clear that we’re not to be hypocritical when
dealing with sin.
Scripture’s parameters regarding sexual sin are extremely narrow
and govern not only our actions, but our words and thoughts as well.
That leaves me guilty.
How about you?
Where’s your mind when you’re reading that romance novel or watching
that steamy movie?
Are you using pornography?
Flirting with that good looking co-worker even though you’re married?
Using double entendres or other suggestive remarks?
Exchanging inappropriate e-mails with another man/woman?
Fantasizing about sexual encounters with someone you’re not married to?
Going farther than you should, physically, on a date?
Before we start thinking about addressing the sins others commit,
we first need to make sure our own hearts, hands, and mouths are
clean by repenting from any sexual sin we’re participating in.
Be true to oneself, quit lying and ask what is really really the
reason for wanting to go out with her/him and knowing it was
inappropriate; do not sell yourself down the road of no-return,
deceiving oneself for momentary pleasures and reaping an eternal
regret and horrible consequences.
In the New Testament, Paul adds licentiousness, uncleanness
and lewdness (Ephesians 4:19), which largely deal with liberal
attitudes towards sexual matters. Men seem to “get away” with
adultery while unfaithful women are considered tramps.
This double standard is ancient.
In John 8:3-11, a crowd was ready to stone a woman caught
“in the very act,” but where was the adulterous man?
We have a God who does not change (Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8),
and since His Word is based on His very character, it does not
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God’s Word, however, deals with both sexes equally.
His Word does not take sexual sin lightly either.
Leviticus 20:10 commands death for both participants for
adultery, as well as for sodomy and homosexuality (verse 13).
Paul reminds us that God killed twenty-three thousand
Israelites in one day for sexual sins (I Corinthians 10:8).
In Abraham’s day God destroyed five entire cities by fire
for their aberrant sex practices.
God sent the Israelites and Jews into captivity for immorality,
among other reasons.
Jesus struck the heart of the matter in His Sermon on the Mount.
Christians must not even lust after another—fantasizing or
committing sex with them mentally (Matthew 5:27-28).
Nowadays, many psychiatrists, psychologists and counselors
actually advise people to fantasize, or perhaps even have
a “little fling.”
Advertisements and fashions all play to the lust of the flesh,
making it increasingly more difficult to obey Jesus’ command.
Teens sometimes scorn their peers if they are still virgins
by fourteen. This topsy-turvy world has completely lost its
understanding of this commandment.
Why should we flee temptations?
Revelation 21:8 states that God will sentence the sexually immoral
to the Lake of Fire, right along with murderers, idolaters, liars
and other unrepentant sinners.
Paul adds, “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit
the kingdom of God?” Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators,
nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites
. . . will inherit the kingdom of God. (I Corinthians 6:9-10)
Much like our big cities today, ancient Corinth was filled
with sexual temptations. Paul advised the brethren there to
“flee sexual immorality” (I Corinthians 6:18).
Too often we flee, yet leave a forwarding address!
It is unwise to hang around people, places or situations that
tempt us into sexual sins.(Proverbs 5:3-14; Genesis 39:7-12).
When we flirt with temptation, we can end up as an ox going
to slaughter (Proverbs 7:6-27).
But for us, it is a slippery slope to the second death.
Through His law, God has provided us a fixed standard,
a pattern of approved behavior that is valid and profitable
for anyone in any place at any time.
This is the factor that allows us to have unshakable faith
in Almighty God and His purpose for us. And we need such an
unshakable faith during these last days. Paul warns us in
II Timothy 3:1 that our time would be “perilous” to us
because of our belief in the truth of God.
What are the results of rejecting and being disobedient to God?
Disobedience would lead to ….
1. Uncleanness, meaning moral impurity;
2. Longing or desiring, especially what is forbidden;
3. Disgracing each other by mutual consent, meaning unlawful
and impure connections with one another. Verse 24 contemplates
not just a perversion of sex—homosexuality—but any use of it
outside of God’s Law, such as fornication.
Paul describes more of what rejecting
God leads to:
For this reason God gave them up to
vile passions. For even their women
exchanged the natural use for what is
against nature. Likewise also the men,
leaving the natural use of the woman,
burned in their lust for one another,
men with men committing what is
shameful, and receiving in themselves
the penalty of their error which was due.
The apostle then lists specific attitudes (verses 2-5),
many of which apply to these three examples of traditional
ethics and morality being turned upside-down. Though the
world continues to increase its store of knowledge,
the people and their leaders are always learning and
never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
One day, hopefully soon, the folly of man’s misguided
immorality will be revealed by the coming of Jesus Christ
and the establishment of the Kingdom of God.
Then, “the earth will be filled with the knowledge of
the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea”
(Habakkuk 2:14), and the problems will truly begin
to be solved.
BE SURE YOUR SINS WILL ALWAYS FIND YOU OUT!
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Everybody wants a blessed life, nobody wants the blessed life the way
God gives it—through a broken life. But before God can thoroughly
bless a person He must thoroughly break that person from his own
· We saw that in Jacob, who after being broken, became Israel.
· The understanding of the necessity of brokenness before blessedness
was seen in our Savior’s purchase of redemption through brokenness,
as is personal salvation and restoration.
· The path of brokenness begins with the birth, followed by the death,
but the eventual resurrection of God’s desires and intentions.
Abraham, Joseph, Moses, David…all took this path.
· The pattern of brokenness is seen through various Bible illustrations
and in real-life demonstrations. God has been in the “breaking business”
all through the Bible.
The “Purpose of Brokenness”
(1) To bring us to spiritual maturity and
(2) To allow us to engage us in maximum ministry.
Charles Stanley’s definition of brokenness:
“Brokenness is the condition whereby our will is brought into full
submission to his will so that when he speaks, we put up no argument,
make no rationalizations, offer no excuses, and register no blame,
but instead, instantly obey the leading of the Holy Spirit as he guides us.”
Brokenness is not just a “condition,” it is also a process—a very
predictable, planned process from God’s viewpoint. When we are
the ones being broken it is chaotic and confusing, it is painful
and puzzling. God is in the very center of our circumstances,
accomplishing His purpose which is …..
(1) spiritual maturity and
(2) maximum ministry.
How does God break us from living like unbelievers live—depending
on their five senses and their corrupt minds, their warped wills and
their easily influenced emotions? Believers, and only believers,
have an inner man that is meant to control the outer man.
The life of Simon Peter in the gospel provides a great example of
God’s breaking process.
1. The Process of Brokenness is Planned.
To many of us, our spiritual life is a huge mystery. We see it as
only some spontaneous, rather than something calculated, thought
out, planned out.
Think how this planned came together for Peter.
First, Christ choose His disciples, and one of them was Peter.
And the one that Jesus had the most problems with was … Peter.
But Christ saw what He could do in and through this man—a man
who had more hang-up than a telephone solicitor. Christ knew
with His touch, the blow of the chisel here and the heavenly
sandpaper there, Peter could be used to the glory of God.
If you will cooperate with God as you walk through the breaking
process, He will shape you into a servant that resembles His Son.
Christ’s plan was to zero in on what seemed to be Peter’s strength.
· Matthew 16:16-18 Peter spoke up…this time with the right
answer. Jesus pointed out to Peter that he didn’t come up with
that conclusion by himself—God had revealed it to Him.
· Matthew 16:21 Jesus began to prepare His men for His death.
· Matthew 16:22. Peter buts in. “Why, you’re not going to do
anything of the sort! You’re not going to be the Son of God and
have a bunch of men treat you that way. We are going to take
care of you.” How many know it is He that takes care of us,
and not the other way around?
Peter was a man of tremendous strength, potential, determination.
But Peter was not responding from a “spirit-level,” but from a
“soulish-level.” His will said, “No, you won’t die.” His emotions
said, “I’m too loyal. I love you too much to see that happen.”
His reason said, “None of this makes any sense.”
· Matthew 16:23a. “Peter…Satan, get behind me…” Who?
That’s, right. Peter, this is Satan’s plan for me to avoid the cross.
Get this. Peter had just had this tremendous spiritual revelation
in verse 18 and now he had a soulish revelation that was
diametrically opposite. The first came from heaven, the last came
· Matthew 16:23b “Peter, you are an offense unto me…”
Peter was his most outspoken, loyal disciples. It must have crushed
· Matthew 16:24-26 While Jesus said this to all “his disciples,”
the primary target was Peter. Peter had the bright idea that Jesus
would raise up an army and wipe out Rome and set up an earthly
kingdom. “No, Peter, you must be willing to die, also.”
2. The Process of Brokenness is Perpetual.
Many people have the idea that if we have one giant, whopper of
a breaking that it will last a life-time. Brother, you better keep
the bandages handy. Brokenness is a perpetual process…a process
to keep us broken from self-reliance, self-glorification, self-seeking.
Years ago when I was a young adult a man was trying to sell me
some health insurance. I said to him, “Man, I don’t need health insurance.
Can’t you see? I’m healthy.” His reply was, “You are over-due and you will
be needing some.” We need health insurance because…we all get sick,
sometimes seriously sick.
If you haven’t gone through the breaking process…hang on,
you’re overdue. Our strong points can be our weak points…because
we allow them to marginalize God.
Someone said “EGO” is “edging God out.”
Every step of the way, Peter was being broken.
· Matthew 14:22-27, 28-30 – Peter’s faith was broken.
– “If it is you, bid me come.” That’s serious spirit thinking.
– “But,” vs. 30. Peter slipped into his soulish senses and sank.
– Here is Peter—bold, courageous, loyal, fearless, determined—
and he nearly drowned. Wiped out. Buried at sea.
· Matthew 18:15-22 – Peter’s rights were broken.
– “How oft? Seven times?”
– “NO.” “Seventy times seven.” Not 490, but on and on and on.
– Shattered the old Peter who had his limits.
· Matthew 19:27 – Peter’s expectations were broken.
– “What shall we have?”
– Jesus: “More than you deserve and more than you can imagine.
· John 13:4-8 – Peter’s pride was broken.
– “Thou shalt never wash my feet.”
· Matthew 26:51-52 – Peter’s wisdom was broken.
– Peter drew his sword. Great plan, Peter.
– “Put up the sword into his place; for all they that take the sword
shall perish with the sword.”
· Matthew 26:33, 69-75 – Peter’s self-confidence was broken.
– Broken, Peter goes out weeping like a little baby.
· John 21:15-17 – Peter’s self-professed love was broken.
– “Lovest thou me?”
-”He was grieved.” Broken.
At every turn, Peter was put down, embarrassed, silenced, humiliated.
Why doesn’t God let up on us? God works to strip from our lives
that which we depend upon…so that we will depend on Him.
God loves us too much to let us be our soulish self.
He has bigger and better things for us.
3. The Process of Brokenness is Painful.
Psalm 119:67 “Before I was afflicted, I went astray: but now have
I kept thy word.” Verse 71 “It is good for me that I have been
afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.”
The process of brokenness is painful because of what brokenness
targets—the old man, the self life, our soulish dependence.
Our old man doesn’t like to be exposed as helpless, hopeless and hellish.
Most believer know what God is targeting to break in our
lives. We know what is grieving the Holy Spirit.
We know what is quenching the Holy Spirit.
The process of brokenness is painful because brokenness takes time.
The process of brokenness is painful because of the tools God uses
to break us.
God may use a wife to break a husband…husband to break a wife…
parent to break a child…child to break a parent…friend to break a friend.
The real laboratory of life is the home.
The home is where the real “you” is.
God may use your children to expose your flaws, your inconsistencies,
God can touch our “health” to get our attention.
You have heard of many medical problems that cannot be diagnosed.
All sickness is God’s hand of breaking, but all sickness is a time to
draw near to God.
God can hit us where it hurts—a shot at our pocketbooks.
There are people God will put in your life who care to be honest
God can wipe out our huge egos with personal failure. God did that
for me my first semester in college. If I had succeeded I don’t know
where I would be today. God used my failure—He didn’t have to do
very much to get me there—to get me to surrender to Him.
God’s most powerful tool is His Word.
· Jeremiah calls God’s Word a “hammer” 23:29, and a “fire,” 5:14.
It is also a “sword” Heb 4:12 and a bright “light” Ps 119:105.
This is one reason why people consistently stay away from church
services. The Word literally tears them up. God uses the Word to
break us. And you will not be broken until we can discern between
what is soul and what is spirit.
Let’s make a clarification about a couple of things that may or may
not be tools used by God that peole may wonder about.
· Death. Does God take another person’s life to get our attention?
It will often result in that, but it doesn’t seem like God to takes the
life of someone to make a point because God loves both people.
Death is the result of sin.
· Sin. Does God cause a person to sin to bring about another’s
submission to God? e.g. Does God get a teenager on drugs to get
a parents to fall on their faces before God. God will take advantage
of our sins and disobedience to bring about His purpose to confront
us and change us.
4. The Process of Brokenness is Precise.
God knows everything about everyone of us and know how to
precisely measure our breaking. And what a great God He is…
from person to person He orders our breaking.
Our breaking will last no longer than when we finally surrender.
Any resistance on our part will prolong the process. So our
willingness to yield shortens it.
The only thing that you can determine in the process of brokenness
is how long you will postpone the inevitable. God will have His way.
Charles Stanley warns, “Those who resist God long enough are not
destroyed — rather, they generally are ‘shelved.’ They are ignored.
They remain unused. They stagnate at their current level of
growth and spiritual maturity. They remain in their flawed state.”
That concept of being “shelved” is a Bible concept. It comes out
of 1 Corinthians 9:27 where Paul expressed the dreaded thought
of becoming a “castaway,” meaning “rejected,” (A.T. Robertson)
or “disqualified,” not from salvation, but from any earthly usefulness.
The last thing Peter wanted to do was give up the control of his life.
He wanted to do it “his way.” Brokenness is God’s process of bringing
us to the place where we humbly say, “Lord, I get it now. What do
you want me to do? How do you want me to live? Where do you
want me to go? What do you want me to say? Its all about you—
its not about me.”
Peter would later write in his first epistle, “God resisteth the proud,
but giveth grace to the humble,” 1 Peter 5:5. Peter had lived the
first part, and was now enjoying the last part.
5. The Process of Brokenness is Profitable.
The best things for all of us is to be broken by the loving hand of God.
It is productive. It is profitable.
How can we be sure of that? Well, did it do ‘ol Peter any good?
Did he continue to live as he had always lived? Was he always a
spiritual yo-yo—up and down, up and down? Was he ever changed?
What is our proof of the profitability of brokenness?
Remember God purpose for brokenness? Maturity and ministry.
How did that work out for Peter?
· Maturity is never fully accomplished, but Peter was much more
grown up than when he first met Jesus. Acts 4:13 “And they took
knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.” Hey, we start
looking and behaving more like Jesus than ourselves, we are headed
in the direction of spiritual maturity. Jesus could now be seen in Peter
…what an accomplishment…a job only God could do.
· As far as ministry was concerned, he was the leader of the pack.
After all that he had been, and all that he had done (most of it not
good), God assigned Peter the ministry task of preaching on the
Day of Pentecost, Acts 2. He was Spirit-empower, preached Christ,
and 2,000 turned to Jesus and were baptized.
And the very next day after this record event at Pentecost, Peter
and John are headed to the temple to pray, Acts 3:1. That tells
me volumes about Peter. He’s no longer depending on himself.
While Peter takes up the first half of the book of Acts, it’s not the
old Peter doing the work; it’s the new Peter, the broken Peter.
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Sometimes you see a boy or a girl who has a very bad temper which
he does not try very hard to control. At such times, when things do
not go just as he wants them to and he goes into a rage, a rush of
words pours from his mouth, words that he would ordinarily be
ashamed of and ones that he will wish with all his heart he might
I know a girl who got terribly angry one time and she began to say
very naughty words about her little friend. Her father heard the loud
talk that was going on outside and went to the door and called his
young daughter to him. He saw a dandelion in full seed—its big tall
stem rose high above the grass around it and on top of that stem
was that ball of pure whiteness almost ready to blow away with its
hundreds of tiny seeds. The girl’s father told her to pick off all that
white fluffy top. Then as she brought it to him he told her to go out
and throw the whole handful up in the air as far as she could.
Of course the wind caught each little seed with its white wing, and
how they scattered in every direction. After the last one had settled
to the ground and most of them gone from sight and ready now to
take root and grow,—her father told his little girl to try to pick them
all up and put them back on the stem again.
Words are just like that. How fast they scatter the moment you let
them out of your mouth—and somewhere they take root too so that
others think they can do it if you can.
But, oh, how much you would give to be able to collect some of those
words back again.
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A great man injured by anger was Moses. When the people murmured
and asked for water, Moses was commanded to strike the rock at Horeb.
Out of all patience with the people and their waywardness, Moses struck
the rock twice, as if the rock had been the head of the people, crying out
as he did so, “Hear, ye rebels!” This burst of rage cost Moses the Promised
Land, because it was for this transgression that Moses —in spite of his
grand service and his pathetic pleading at the end of Israel’s long wandering
—was not permitted to go into the land of Canaan. That was not the first nor
the last time that a land of promise and of happiness was lost through anger.
Moses was not as patient as God.
Jonah is an example of how the character of a good and a great man can
be marred by anger, and his usefulness impaired. His story suggests the
folly, the danger, and the injury of anger. Unfortunately, when a man feels
anger and gives unrestrained expression to it, as Jonah did, his fellowman
is not as patient and long suffering as God was and does not always return
the soft answer which God returned to the angry and petulant Jonah.
Anger is one of the most common sins, yet one of the most dangerous and
injurious to the peace and well-being of man. More than any other sin,
it blasts the flower of friendship, turns men out of Eden, destroys peace
and concord in the home, incites to crime and violence, and turns love and
affection into hatred.
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An answer, when mild, turns away rage,
but a word causing pain makes anger to come up.
Proverbs : 15 : 1
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