Updated: Feb 11, 2020
From Daniel's Desk on 2/10/20
My Title: JUDGE YOURSELVES!
My Verse: 9-10
"9 I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with the sexually immoral people— 10 not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world."
This is a very sensitive subject in our society today. - We've allowed ourselves to become IDENTIFIED by our sexuality. Even writing that sounds loony but it's the truth. The difficult thing here is that 100% of us deal with this drug on some level.
We come up with acceptable ways to explain our own selfishness. "You do you." - "The heart wants what the heart wants." - "To each, his own." - "Judgement free zone." - In other words, I want what I want and don't you dare call it weird because you want what you want too and to expect you to do anything more than what's right by you, than that would be foolish of me. <-- It's just so selfish it's crazy. How shortsighted is that philosophy? The only thing that could every result from investing in that is hearts and emotions torn to shreds!!! - That's just the emotional level!
The spiritual level is of much greater significance! - God DESIGNED sexual purity as a gift to marriage. It's the natural drug designed to be enjoyed between man and wife. Any perversion to this design is a recipe for disaster. - To even suggest this to today's culture is offensive but the proof to this truth and the fallout and consequences surround us everywhere! WHICH IS WHY WE AREN'T SUPPOSED TO JUDGE THE WORLD. God will do that, and DOES do that. The thing about getting kicked in the teeth is that it's not fun. Sin will ALWAYS KICK YOU IN THE TEETH. Always. As believers, we should be in the business of telling people they don't have to get kicked in the teeth anymore. THERE IS A BETTER TRUTH! - We should also be RUTHLESS about reminding EACH OTHER about this truth. - Also DON'T GET LOST in the details... SIN is SIN. This isn't just for sexual sin, this goes for greed, idolaters, revilers, drunkards, swindlers. Your body is a temple for the LIVING God, DON'T take that for granted! Don't grieve the Holy Spirit. The same Spirit that knows the DEPTHS of God lives in you. Knows you. Searches you. Allow Him to WORK in you SO THAT He can WORK THROUGH YOU POWERFULLY.
SO, NOW APPLY IT: Judge yourself. SEARCH yourself. Where are the weak spots in your wall. Where is the spirit asking you to join Him in making your heart and your soul stronger for the work He wants to call you to?
Sexual immorality DEFILES the church. This should be taken seriously!
A little leaven leavens the whole lump.
Christ, the Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. So celebrate the festival, not with old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
Examine YOURSELF carefully!
"I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler-not even to eat with such a one.
"For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge?"
God judges those outside. Purge the evil person from among you.