Lately, we’ve been taking a look at some things that are “potholes” for believers. Ever driven down a road with a lot of potholes? Doing so can cause damage to your vehicle as well as making your trip very bumpy.
A “pothole” on the road of life is: An erosion in the pathway you are on that can cause damage if not repaired.
We’ve been using Psalm 106 as backdrop for our talk so let’s look at it again in an effort to discover another pothole.
They joined themselves also to Baal of Peor, and ate sacrifices made to the dead. Verse 28
The incident at Baal of Peor was orchestrated by Balaam a prophet of Midian. He was asked by Balak, king of Midian to curse the Israelites so he could defeat them (Numbers 22). But, Balaam could not curse them because they were blessed by God. So, Balaam came up with a plan to have the women of Moab invite the Israelite men to sacrifices to the false god, Baal. Sexual immorality was a part of Baal worship practices and the Israelite men became involved in it. Revelation 2:14 gives us insight into what happened:
But I have a few things against you, because you have there those who hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality.
Involvement in such practices caused the children of Israel to undergo discipline from God.
Today, we have many people who are believers in Jesus involved in sexual immorality. The boundaries for healthy relationships have not changed. Sex outside of a marriage covenant between a husband and wife sworn before God is sexual immorality. Common law marriage is included in sinful sexual practices because common law marriage is a creation of the state and is not sanctioned by God. Sexual immorality is a broad biblical term that includes fornication and other practices such as pornography.
God does not bless sexual immorality nor does He excuse it in any instance. Believers must choose to walk in faith and love in their relationships. Here’s a few quick things to remember:
a. Trust God with the physical aspect of a relationship. You are not to get involved sexually with someone to see if you are sexually compatible.
b. Pornography is a product of lusting after someone in the heart and is often a product of low self worth or anger. None of the issues that cause pornography are solved by pornography. Pornography only exacerbates the problem.
c. Worldly pressure to have sex is to be defeated by our love for God and our trust in Him. It may appear at times that you are standing alone when you stand for biblical sexuality but God is always standing with you.
d. True love can wait on the person it loves. If your partner can’t wait to have sex until marriage, then selfishness is driving them. You can’t say you love someone while you are pressuring them into sin.
God will discipline sexual immorality in His children. God is faithful to His character. If He stands for freedom from sin, He will also stand for grace to be victorious in life. Don’t fall into the trap of Satan. Love as God loves. It is the fastest way to discern if the relationship you are in is of God or not. True love endures the pressures of the day and waits on God’s perfect timing. More is at stake than a relationship.
Love others through God. In doing so, you’ll be blessed by the Almighty!