“The Effects of Adultery” February 7

 

The Effects of Adultery - Most of us know someone whose life has been turned upside down by the sin of adultery. Perhaps that is you. While it is not the unforgivable sin, the effect of adultery is often devastating, affecting our relationships with others, even our children, our finances, and our testimonies. But none of those things is the worst consequence.Most of us know someone whose life has been turned upside down by the sin of adultery. Perhaps that is you. While it is not the unforgivable sin, the effect of adultery is often devastating, affecting our relationships with others, even our children, our finances, and our testimonies. But none of those things is the worst consequence.

 

Today’s Readings:
Exodus 25 & 26
Psalm 19.7-14
Proverbs 6.32-35
Matthew 24.1-28

 

The Effects of Adultery

 

Proverbs 6.32-35

Soul Destruction

 

Most of us know someone whose life has been devastated by the sin of adultery. Perhaps that is you. While I have seen many marriages restored and even made better, the journey is hard and in many cases, restoration never happens. Instead, families, children, finances, and testimonies are destroyed.

There are many sins which have the consequences already built in. Thinking we can fool around with any kind of sexual immorality without devastating consequences is like thinking we can jump off a building and not have gravity affect us!

If there is one area where the Bible has strong warnings, it has to do with our relationships, especially the danger of sexual immorality and other inappropriate relationships!

But there is an even greater consequence; that is the effect it has on the person’s relationship with God.

Verse 32 says, “Whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding and he who does so destroys his own soul.”

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September 24 “Are you ready and watching?”

watching, looking, happy little girl three years old signing the sky

Mark 13.33, “Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is.” While we don’t know when the Lord will return, many signs point to the fact that it could be soon. Are you ready and watching? Are you praying?

 

Today’s Readings:
Isaiah 39 & 40
Psalm 109.21-25
Proverbs 26.2
Galatians 2.1-21

 

Isaiah 39 & 40:

At least it’ll be good for me

Hezekiah made me think of some of our politicians. He has just been told that his actions are going to cost his children and grandchildren dearly. Look at his response. Isaiah 39:

5 Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Hear the word of the LORD of hosts. 6 ‘Behold, the days are coming when all that is in your house, and what your fathers have accumulated until this day, shall be carried to Babylon; nothing shall be left,’ says the LORD. 7 ‘And they shall take away some of your sons who will descend from you, whom you will beget; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.’”

8 So Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “The word of the LORD which you have spoken is good!” For he said, “At least there will be peace and truth in my days.”

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March 13 “Watch out … or trouble will find you!”

“He who earnestly seeks good finds favor, but trouble will come to him who seeks evil.” In other words, if you look for trouble, it will find you!

trouble will find you

Today’s Readings:
Numbers 23 & 24
Psalm 33.18-22
Proverbs 11.27
Mark 13.1-20

Numbers 23 & 24:

After all … He uses us!

I guess the story of Balaam is one of the stranger stories in the Bible. First, his donkey talks. Then God speaks to a pagan king through a false prophet (2 Pet. 2.15-16; Jude 11). The bottom line is that God is God and He can and will use whatever and whomever He chooses. We shouldn’t be surprised; after all, He uses us!

Psalm 33.18-22:

He delights in & watches over His children

“Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him, on those who hope in His mercy.” God is omniscient; He knows everything and sees everything! But His eye is on those who fear, worship and reverence Him, in a special way. He places His special favor on them, and delights in and watches over them as only He can!

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