As one king after another in the Historical section of the OT came about, many of them failed to do one thing.
Remove the high place.
Before the children of Israel occupied the land, the Canaanites built high places for their temple worship. Their high places were used for three things.
1. Worship of Idols.
2. Sacrifice of babies (out of womb abortion).
3. Sexual immorality.
There were temple prostitutes, both male and female, ready to “service” the worshippers.
As I was studying this out, I wondered why in the world would the nation of Israel would forsake God and chase after idols. Then the revelation came. This revelation came after I came out of the blindness of my own heart as a sexually sinning believer.
Sometimes when you are walking in the place of sexual sins, the meanings are completely obscured. But when you come to yourself by the Holy Spirit, the light reveals a lot of things.
Sex was the driving factor of Israel’s idolatry.
After David committed adultery with Bathsheba and killed Uriah the Hittite, Solomon took over the throne just before David’s death. The apple never falls far from the tree. Solomon had 1000 women and they all turned his heart away from the Lord. The Bible tells us that he “loved many women.”
These women worshipped other gods and turned Solomon’s heart to do the same. I do not buy the argument that Solomon did this as part of his diplomacy to keep peace among the nations. When the Lord commanded the nation of Israel to subdue the nations they were to completely annihilate these nations so that the sinful habits of these nations would not infiltrate and flourish in the land of Israel.
If you study Numbers chapters 19 through 25, you will see that the children of Israel were defeated at the plains of Moab by sexually immoral women. The plan to stop the slaughter of the nations before Israel was to get God to curse Israel (the Balaam and Balak show).
It didn’t work.
But Balaam thought about this a minute and devised a plan that the Lord Jesus revealed to His apostle, John recorded in Revelation 2:12-17.
Get the nation to curse itself by committing sexual immorality. Get them to get God mad at them.
We see the same thing today in the church.
Worship and Sexual Immorality.
For years, the church has been bound and cannot escape the temptation of sexual immorality.
In 1 Corinthians 7, Paul gives the answer to solve sexual immorality in the church.
But males, these days are scared to commit. My wife and I were talking about this. I said that it’s a shame. Men are not afraid to go to war. Into harms way. Men are not afraid of getting in the ring to get their heads bashed in. But when it comes to commitment and marriage, they turn yellow belly.
When the Lord created our bodies, it wasn’t for the purpose of perversion.
What would happen if someone came into your home and tracked dirt on your white carpet? You would get upset because you had to clean up their mess. Right?
While sinners will not understand this, believers, you must understand that your body is not yours.
Listen to the message Bible of 1 Corinthians 6:18-20….
“There is a sense in which sexual sins are different from all others. In sexual sin we violate the sacredness of our own bodies, these bodies that were made for God- given and God- modeled love, for “becoming one” with another. Or didn’t you realize that your body is a sacred place, the place of the Holy Spirit? Don’t you see that you can’t live however you please, squandering what God paid such a high price for? The physical part of you is not some piece of property belonging to the spiritual part of you. God owns the whole works. So let people see God in and through your body.”
What happens when we commit sexual immorality with our bodies? Remember, our bodies is the temple of the Holy Spirit. So if we commit sexual sins, we are desecrating His temple.
What happens when we desecrate the temple?
Look at 1 Corinthians 3:16-17……..
“Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.”
Now you can see why 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 is there.
Here is where the church, the believers that profess Jesus as Lord has been missing it.
We’ve been worshipping ourselves in sexual immorality. We worship our organs. We worship our orgasms.
I know. It’s gross but you do not realize that you are idolizing yourselves and worshipping yourselves and you have assumed the throne over your bodies to commit sexual immorality at will.
The hands that are to be lifted before the Lord are to be holy.
Instead, they are lifted in Secret Sexual Sin.
The hands that have touched ourselves in self sex or in touching others in adultery, fornication, and homosexuality, we raise these same hands to God.
Not in repentance, but in utter defiance. Our defiled temples are worshipped without any thought to cleanse the temple.
The abominations continue each week and we have not stopped to think about the fact that we’ve grieved God. We are so indifferent that we do not care what God thinks. Though at times, the Lord looks at us and desires for us to simply repent before it’s too late.
Every temple that is defiled must be destroyed.
The devil’s only pleasure is when you refuse to walk free of the cycle of addiction, and you find yourself bound in an opened cell. The shackles and chains that bind you were removed by the Lord Jesus on the cross of Calvary.
The only thing that is holding you where you are is your will to stay. The devil cannot make you stay because Jesus did everything possible to free you and you are looking through an open cell that leads you all the way out of the entire prison house.
His demonic forces, incubus and succubus, rome the world in the spirit realm, looking to have sex with sleeping men and women.
As a result, the temple is desecrated.
And the Lord is not about to let your temple stand.
It’s destroyed. And when we up the ante and “act out” with another person in adultery, fornication (porn), masturbation (self sex), and homosexuality, the price is paid in full.
How is it destroyed?
STDs, HIV/AIDS, and other forms connected to death. Drugs, alcohol. The seamless fabric of sexual immorality is everywhere. But the ultimate thing is that we worship eroticism. We worship our ability to seduce men and women into the defiled bedroom and commit sex acts in the search for love, intimacy, and sexual supremacy of bodies.
And that’s why our worship services are so jacked up. So many people come in bound sexually and they are trying to worship God, but they return home to the place of their sexual chain post. Lock themselves up. And commit sexual immorality.
They worship themselves in lascivious living and are raising their hands to themselves. To worship sex.
Then they come to the facility where the church assembles and mingle with the righteous. Like a virus, sexual immorality spreads. Temple prostitutes come and offer sex to preachers, ministers, deacons, ushers. Destroying marriages. Abortions. Homosexuality.
All up in the church.
If we do not break and destroy MOAB, The Mother Of All Battles, we will see more scandals than at any time. The mighty will fall. More predominant men and women of God falling into sexual sins.
If the church doesn’t turn to God and leave behind on the cross their flesh and renew the mind, the people of God will continue to defy God and that leads to the overthrow and destruction of their temple (bodies).
The taking of Communion will curse and doom many. The meal designed to commemorate the Lord’s death is now a meal that commemorates sin, and the Lord will not let the meal of celebration, and remembrance of Him be used as a meal to commemorate sexual immorality, or any sin, for that matter.
You can stop bowing at the altar of masturbation, porn, adultery, fornication, bisexuality, and homosexuality. Un-employ every demon and drive your flesh to the wilderness and seek God in humility, cleansing yourself from the filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
Destroy the altar and crucify the flesh.
Right where you are, just repent and ask for the Lord forgiveness. Ask Him to change your ways and to give you grace to overcome the next temptation that will come in the next moment or tonight.
There comes a point where you have to stand and fight.
This is the moment.
You have read many blogs on how to defeat sexual immorality. It is time to put it all together and defeat this. There is nothing too hard for the Lord and there is nothing that is impossible, if you ask the Lord to help you to live holy, moment by moment.
Turn your worship of you off, and worship God. Dethrone yourself and enthrone God. Crown Him King of kings and Lord of lords. Lift up your heads, O you gates and let the King of glory come in.
The mistake that many of us make when it comes to sexual thoughts is that we open ourselves to think about it, and then we spend more time than necessary exploring these thoughts instead of casting them down.
Paul said in 2 Corinthians 10:4-5,
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought to the obedience of Christ…”
In verse 4, Paul is letting us know that we are to exclusively rely and depend upon the Source of power to deal with what comes at us, or what we conjure up from the dark unregenerate part of our soul.
Listen to what the Lord Jesus said in Matthew 6:22,
“The lamp of the body is the eye…”
Your physical eyes is the doorway to the soul and spirit.
Whatever your eyes see and whatever your mind trains your eyes to see, that’s how darkness or light prepares to enter. Whether you are born again or not, and you train your eyes to look for things to lust after, notice the rest of what the Lord Jesus said,
“If therefore your eye is good (clear), your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is dark (bad), your whole body will be full of darkness.”
What constitutes a good eye? Being a child of God.
What constitutes a bad eye? Being a child of darkness.
What if you are a child of God and you look at bad things?
The principle is still the same.
Your whole body will be full of darkness. But you are a child of God. How can you be a child of the light and a have your body full of darkness?
Remember, Jesus said, “your body,”
He didn’t say your spirit.
Look at what the Lord Jesus told Paul in Acts 26:18…
“…to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.”
When you refuse to look upon a woman lustfully, you are protecting your body from allowing darkness to enter. When you refuse to look, you are not afraid of falling into temptation. You are guarding your eyes from allowing your soul to meditate on the object sinfully according to Matthew 5:27-28.
While we must renew our minds, it is done by spending time in the Word of God and less time in the word of the underworld.
That’s why most software programs called “Windows” is just that. You are looking through the window to enjoy the view.
It takes the power of God to pull down a stronghold.
Paul said in Ephesians 6:10,
“Finally my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.”
We all know that sex is appealing. When sexy things confront us, we want to explore the possibilities of having sex.
Sex appeal is just as powerful with SSA or Same Sex Attractions.
Lust works both ways, depending upon sinful sexual preference.
The battle will always be about what your soul wants to meditate on after you see it.
Psalm 101:3 says, “I will set nothing wicked before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; it shall not cling to me.”
You have to make a conscious effort to shut down what your eyes used to watch.
It took me a while to understand how hypocritical I was when it came to keeping the Word of God. Like Paul said, “…having a form of godliness but denying it’s power.”
A few weeks ago, I needed to make a shift in my approach to being a child of God before the people before they recognize the office of pastor in me.
As a child of God, I am responsible to live the way the Word demands us to live. Preachers have to work the Word for themselves just like any believer. The office of pastor is what I am called to do, and it is also known as the “overflow” or the anointing of the Holy Spirit upon my life.
What the Spirit of God does when I am in the pulpit is not for me but what is deposited as the Word of God is for the people. As a born again believer, I live off of the “well of water, springing up into everlasting life.”
This means that I drink from the well of everlasting life for me. To walk in His ways for me. To be pleasing to the Lord for me.
This is what I shared.
“If I sin the sin of porn and masturbation ever again, I am a hypocrite and I can no longer preach to God’s people as a hypocrite. I will step down and resign the ministry should I ever sin like I did.”
Matthew 23 is the sermon of all sermons on hypocrites.
For me not to fulfill my ir-retractable promise, means that I have to work Proverbs 4:23 every moment. Now mind you, my commitment to holiness is deeper than that. When the Lord delivered me from porn and masturbation, I look to Him as the only one that I need to please. And when I can’t please the Lord, I know that when I stand before Him to be judged, I want to be able to know before then that I did everything I could to keep myself from sinning by employing His Word in strict obedience.
I cannot compromise because pleasing the Lord is all I want to do when it comes to sexual sins.
None of you were there when He saved me and called me into the ministry. I know what His voice sounds like. I know what His presence is like. I know when He smiles and I know when He is grieved. I know when He is pleased and I know when He is not pleased.
“…but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.”
I don’t know about you, but I want to be pure as He is pure.
That’s why the battle is an intense battle. This is the motivation of my life. Hearing Him say “well done, good and faithful servant” is what everyone says at funerals and home-goings, but do we really deserve to hear him say it if we know that we haven’t battled hard enough to keep sexually explicit thoughts from our minds? Do we deserve to hear it if we know we haven’t lived holy? Do we deserve to hear it if we know that we have not been pleasing in His sight on the level of Enoch and Jesus?
I urge you. Plead with you. This is the hour of testing and trials. Perhaps you haven’t lived up to His expectations. You can when you make the irreversible quality decision to live holy regardless of the winds of the world blowing on your house on the rock.
“Therefore whoever hears these saying of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock (the courage, fortitude, and unquenchable strength of the human will to hear what Jesus said and do them).”
Words in parenthesis are mine.