Introduction:

We’re just about finished with out mini-series here on Sexual Immorality as it pertains to our main series 6 Toxins That Affect Our Walk With God.  As with all of our subjects this is certainly not an exhaustive look at sexual immorality.  All the studies we do is so that you’ll be encouraged to further look into a subject that we teach on.  As we draw this series to a close I can share with you that this series has a direct relationship with the next one…which is divorce. So, let’s continue to look at what the Word of the Lord has to say about why Sexual Immorality is so toxic to our relationship with God.

Today’s Message:

Main Message Text:  Matthew 5:27-20

Today’s Study Scripture:  “But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, and becometh saints.” – Ephesians 5:3

In order to understand this verse more clearly.  Let’s take a look at it in the Amplified Version, and see how we can tie this into our main series.

But immorality (sexual vice) and all impurity [of lustful, rich, wasteful living] or greediness must not even be named among you, as is fitting and proper among saints (God’s consecrated people).

I’m not sure how much more I can really say about this subject, but there’s two more messages to go.  I feel like I’ve been able to adequately explain that what Jesus was dealing with more than anything in the Sermon on the Mount was the motives of our hearts.  We have said over and over that Jesus was not excusing the physical acts, but teaching us that the physical acts are a result of what’s in our hearts.

We have covered why pornography is part of this problem of sexual immorality.  In Ephesians here, Paul is exhorting us to not practice things like fornication, and so forth.  He understood the physical acts, and he also understood that the physical acts come from the fruit of what’s in our thoughts.

So, really all that’s left to say over these last couple of messages on this subject is that we really need to be careful what we’re meditating upon.  We need to take an inventory of the things that are in our minds, and hearts.  We need to make sure that we’re not dwelling on any lustful thoughts or attitudes.  We’ve seen time and again that is where sexual sin in conceived.

This series has been difficult to do because of my own personal issues with sexual sin.  I’ve had to really take these messages to heart in my life, and be sure that I’m careful.  It’s had an affect upon my relationship with God at times because like I touched on yesterday sexual sin leaves you feeling kind of dirty and shameful before God.  The awesome thing about the blood of Jesus…however…is that it was shed to not only wash the sin away, but the guilt and shame that’s associated with sin.

Always remember that when we stumble we have a High Priest who is not untouched by our temptations and infirmities.  He understands, and if we need help in overcoming these things…we can come boldly to the throne of grace in our time of need.  I’ve had to do just that time and again because I know the power and ability isn’t within me to overcome, but in the blood of Jesus.