Some folks think that once you become a Christian you must live a cloistered life like a monk. King Solomon had over a thousand wives and concubines and God blessed him richly in all things. How could God help Solomon in his sin? Because the law had not yet been given, so Solomon was not in sin. God is not offended when a husband and wife have sex, where do you think our children come from?
Genesis 18:12 So Sarah laughed to herself and said, “now that I am old and worn out, can I still enjoy sex? And besides, my husband is old too”.
God told Abraham when he was a hundred years old and Sarah was ninety that she would become pregnant and give birth to a son. This was not a virgin birth, Abraham and Sarah had to have sex in order to fulfill the will of God. They did not “fool around” just to have a kid, Sarah said she had pleasure with Abraham. God gives us opportunities to have legitimate pleasures and they are not sinful.
Hebrews 13:4 Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.
God will honor whatever a husband and wife agree to, but He will judge those who include other people in their intimate lives. A husband and wife can give themselves to one another in sexual pleasure but God draws the line with infidelity. The bodies of the husband and wife belong to one another, they are not to be put on display for other people. A husband and wife dress to please one another and not the people outside of their covenant.
Psalm 16:11 You will show me the path of life: in your presence is fullness of joy; at your right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
These pleasures were once exclusive to our unrighteous flesh but now they agree with our spirit, soul and body. It gives us the Bible kind of pleasure when we please God and when He blesses us. When God has an active place in our lives we are not consumed with the pleasures of our flesh, but we are well satisfied. We need not abstain from the pleasures of the flesh, we simply need to prioritize and put our Lord first.
1 Corinthians 7:5 Do not deprive each other of sexual relations, unless you both agree to refrain from sexual intimacy for a limited time so you can give yourselves more completely to prayer. Afterward, you should come together again so that satan won’t be able to tempt you because of your lack of self control.
Intimacy between a husband and a wife is personal and a necessary part of their covenant. God does not ask us to abstain for any length of time because He knows the importance of such a beautiful gift. God does not call for His people to be prudes but to enjoy one another with Him as the Lord of the relationship.
I am a servant of the most high God,
I am submitted to His authority.
I give the devil no place,
so he must flee from me.
Father has given me the Name,
a Name the devil must bow to.
The Name of Jesus has made me free.
He has made me a new creature,
He has put the devil under my authority.
Matthew 9:37 Jesus said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest, that He will send out laborers into His harvest.”
PRAYING FOR laborers
PRAYING FOR our part: Individually/FOJ Church/Body of Christ in Helena
PRAYING FOR hearts: Our hearts to minister and people’s hearts to receive. We are trees who have been planted, watered and feed by God. We are rooted in His Word and love.
PRAYING FOR divine appointments: 2 Tim 2:19 God knows who are His. Holy Spirit lead appointments!
PRAYING FOR courage: Jeremiah 1:8 Do not be afraid of their faces. (Do not shrink back) Philippians 2:13 For He who calls us is faithful; he will surely do it…. equip us with everything good that we may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight.
PRAYING Hebrews 1:14 Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation…