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Honor the Sanctity of Marriage

2019-05-03T10:19:26-04:00 May 6th, 2019|

“You shall not commit adultery” (Exodus 20:14). On the positive side, God requires sexual relations within marriage. This is a Christian duty. “The husband must fulfill his duty to his wife, and likewise also the wife to her husband. The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does; and likewise also the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does. Stop depriving one another, except by agreement for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer, and come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control” (1 Corinthians 7:3-5). God charges husbands and wives to find fulfillment and satisfaction in each other. This means that, in sexual relations, as in other areas of life, every husband and wife should seek fulfillment for their spouse.

On the negative side, God condemns adultery, sexual relations between a married person and someone not his or her spouse. Under the heading of the Seventh Commandment God also forbids, fornication, sexual relations between two unmarried persons, and homosexuality, sexual relations with someone of the same sex (Leviticus 18:22, 1 Corinthians 6:9, Hebrews 13:4). In addition, God condemns bestiality, sexual relations with an animal (Leviticus 18:15-16). And He condemns incest, sexual relations with a parent, child, sibling, or grandchild (Leviticus 18:17, 1 Corinthians 5:1). The condemnation extends to rape, prostitution, and child molestation. In each case, men and women seek self-pleasure and self-satisfaction. They do not give proper consideration to their duty toward their spouse or future spouse.

Christ also connects the above outward acts with sinful passions. “I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matthew 5:28). These words apply to women as well as men. A woman who looks at a man with a lust for him has already committed adultery in her heart. Lust betrays a lack of contentment with one’s current status or situation. We will look at this more fully under the heading of the Tenth Commandment. For now, realize that to lustfully gaze upon another violates God’s command.

Some say, “You may look but not touch.” However, Christ’s words extend to all types of looking such as viewing nudity and pornography. Plying the pages of popular magazines, surfing the internet, or visiting ‘adult’ clubs to gratify personal lust violates the Seventh Commandment. Pornography is more explicitly sexual. Viewing pornographic material, visiting pornographic internet sites, or so-called ‘adult’ stores to gratify personal lust, again violates the Seventh Commandment. God condemns such activity. It betrays discontent with and besmirches the marriage relationship.

Why this hedge around marriage? God designed marriage to picture the exclusive relationship Christ has with His church. “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless” (Ephesians 5:25-27). Marriage is a high calling. Marriage is a holy calling.

Miss or Master Christian, to fulfill this calling, you must honor the sanctity of marriage. If you fail, you must seek Christ’s forgiveness and recommit yourself to Him. And Mr. and Mrs. Christian, you must devote yourselves exclusively to each other. “You shall not commit adultery”

Denny Prutow

Christ Our King

2019-05-01T08:37:12-04:00 May 6th, 2019|

Some countries have kings and queens. Others have presidents and prime ministers. In every country, there are also those who are a part of a higher kingdom, the kingdom of God. Jesus Christ is the Lord over this kingdom. Christ’s kingdom is a spiritual kingdom. “My kingdom is not of this world,” He said (John 18:36). Christ exercises His rule in the hearts of men and women everywhere. His kingdom transcends national borders.

Naturally, there are rules to follow in Christ’s kingdom. These rules are recorded in the Bible. They are rules for living which bring eternal joy. Too bad so many folks reject Christ’s kingdom. There is a lot of Christian bashing going on these days. Why? People don’t want to be bound by a bunch of rules. They want to be free. They discover they are free to be lonely, discouraged, depressed, and unfulfilled. They wander through life looking for meaning and purpose.

If this is the picture of your life, you need to turn to the King of kings for help. You need to enter Christ’s kingdom. There is only one way to do this. “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved” (Romans 10:9). You will be saved from ultimate meaninglessness, purposelessness, and uselessness.

To help you grasp this message, click here and listen to the audio message, “Christ, Our King.”

Christ Our Prophet

2019-05-01T08:34:53-04:00 May 5th, 2019|

How spectacular it was when God spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai. Shouldn’t there be modern-day prophets to speak to us for God? Thankfully, we do have a prophet. The prophet is Jesus Christ. He speaks to us today in the very same way He spoke to His disciples two thousand years ago. Yes, people openly recognized Christ as a prophet: “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet” (John 4:19).

Notice how Jesus presented God’s word to His disciples. “Beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures” (Luke 24:27). Jesus used what we know as the Old Testament books of the Bible when He spoke about Himself. Of course, the Bible is The Book about Jesus. If you want to understand Jesus, you must understand the Bible.

Sadly, many people do not understand the Bible. Do you? The disciples did not fully understand what was written in the Bible either. Jesus realized this. He “opened their minds to understand the Scriptures” (Luke 24:45). Jesus not only spoke to the disciples from the Scriptures, He worked in their minds by the Holy Spirit. He enabled them to embrace the message of the Bible. Christ was their prophet. Jesus can help you comprehend the meaning of the Bible too. Ask Him to be your prophet.

Click here to listen to an audio lesson called, “Christ our Prophet.”

Bewitched By Work?

2019-05-01T08:31:35-04:00 May 4th, 2019|

There are addicts of all sorts. There are alcoholics and workaholics. Where do you fit? Perhaps you are not addicted to drugs or alcohol; but are you addicted to work? Many people are. It’s a primary source of stress.

“Who has bewitched you?” (Galatians 3:1). Do you think you are going to get ahead in God’s world by work alone? Then you probably think you can please God and find a happy place in the life to come on the basis of good works. However, the Bible asks, “Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?” (Galatians 3:3).

Now don’t get me wrong, hard work does produce results as many a success story will attest. A great danger remains. Work can cast a spell on you. You really think your personal worth is wrapped up in your achievements. You are driven. You are impelled to prove yourself to everyone by the work you accomplish. You are bewitched by work. As a result, you are stressed beyond your limit.

You need a new perspective on your job. God encourages hard work. He requires high performance too. The objective is not self-exaltation. Our work reflects on God. We labor with His strength in order to glorify Him. This perspective is the proper answer to the problem of self-imposed stress.

Click here to listen to the audio message, “Stress: Bewitched by Work.”

Science and/or Faith

2019-05-01T08:29:47-04:00 May 3rd, 2019|

The Bible begins with this grand and sweeping statement, “In the beginning God created the heavens and earth” (Genesis 1:1). This is a critical element of the old fashioned Christian faith. And Bible believers insist that Genesis 1:1 is truth and not poetic myth. This means, that from the perspective of Bible believers, Genesis 1:1 involves science. It must. Because here we have the basic fact regarding the origins of the universe. It was created by God. It did not evolve. And mounting scientific evidence supports the Bible believer.

But many of those committed to evolution argue that Genesis 1:1 is a matter of faith while evolution is science. Is this really the case? The noted astronomer Carl Sagan has done a great deal to popularize the theory of evolution. But he says, “Today it is far easier to believe that organisms arose spontaneously on earth than to try to account for them in any other way. Nevertheless, this is still a statement of faith rather than of demonstrable scientific fact.” Here is a noted proponent of evolution who maintains that holding to evolution is a “statement of faith.”

In other words, belief in evolution is just as much a matter of faith as belief in creation. And the clash between the Bible and the theory of evolution is a clash between two different faiths.

For some clarity about true faith, click here and listen to the message called, “The Testimony of Faith.”

Listening to God?

2019-04-06T10:06:20-04:00 May 2nd, 2019|

What do you have to do in order to hear the voice of God? Do you have to engage in special forms of meditation? Or do you have to be hypnotized or go into a trance? Strangely enough, all you have to do is read the Bible. The Bible was not “made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God” (2 Peter 1:21). You see, the Bible did not originate with men but with God. This means when you read the Bible, God is speaking to you. And so if you want to hear from God, the first step is to pick up the Bible and read it!

You may wish you could hear God’s voice as Moses did. But if you are waiting for God to speak to you with a booming voice out of heaven, you will wait a long time. The fact is, we are better off than Moses. “We have the even surer prophetic word” (2 Peter 1:20). We have the Bible. And so if you want to hear from God, the first step is to read the Bible.

Do you have the courage to do that? Do you have the courage to sit down at home with God, without the blare of the stereo or the TV, and simply read the Bible?

To help you understand your priority to read the Bible, click here and listen to a message called, “A More Sure Word.”

Good News to You

2019-04-06T10:05:57-04:00 May 1st, 2019|

The gospel is the Good News about Jesus Christ. God sent Him to earth “that the world should be saved through Him” (John 3:17). Christ entered the world to accomplish what we could never do. He lived a perfect life. Then he died on a cross. “He Himself bore the sin of many” (Isaiah 53:12). Christ paid the penalty due to others for their sins. This is Good News. Christ stood in the place of others and suffered the wrath of God against sin. Not only so, as proof that Christ’s sacrifice was an adequate payment for sin, “God raised Him up again” (Acts 2:24).

After His death and resurrection, Christ sent out His followers to tell others this wonderful Good News. He said, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation” (Mark 16:15). Today God continues to send forth the Good News. For example, the gospel, the Good News, is sent to you by way of this little article. In the words of the Bible, “I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). What should be our response? “Repent and believe the gospel” (Mark 1:15).

Click here to listen to the message: Since the Gospel Has Come to You.

Can You Start Life Over?

2019-04-06T10:05:09-04:00 April 30th, 2019|

Perhaps you have said to yourself, “If I could only start life again, I would certainly do things differently.” Yes, for many people, the past is a graveyard of regrets and mistakes. And today is filled with guilt over past sins and failures. As a result, the nagging question persists, “How can a man be born when he is old?” (John 3:4). In other words, how can a person put away the past and really start life over?

Can any human being really do that? With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). It is possible for God to change you on the inside, to literally transform how you think and feel about yourself, to make you a hopeful person! You see, God can forgive you for past sins and failures. At the same time, God can give you a vision for the future. He has plans for you

You can’t give yourself a fresh start in life but God can! So when Jesus Christ comes to you and says, “You must be born again” (John 3:7), don’t laugh! Trust Christ! Join the ranks of those who say, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope” (1 Peter 1:3).

For further thoughts on this same subject, click here and listen to, “Needed, New Hearts.”

The Heart of Murder

2019-04-27T16:01:58-04:00 April 29th, 2019|

“You shall not murder” (Exodus 20:13). The Sixth Commandment forbids direct assaults on God’s image bearers. “Whoever sheds man’s blood, By man his blood shall be shed, For in the image of God He made man” (Genesis 9:6).

Numbers 35 reveals three elements to murder. First, there is specific action which results in the death of another human being. Striking a person with an object of wood, metal, or stone, or with the hand, which may cause death, and does cause death, is murder (Numbers 35: 16-18 and 21). Second, there is ill will or hostility. This means striking out at a person with “enmity” or “hatred” so that death occurs (Numbers 35:20-21). Third, there is premeditation. Numbers 35:20 and 22 speak of “lying in wait” and then striking a person so that he or she dies.

In hopes of finding favor with David, two rebel commanders of Ishbosheth, Saul’s son and king of Israel, plot to kill him. They plan the murder for noonday when the king is napping. Second Samuel 4:7 describes the dastardly deed. “Now when they came into the house, as he was lying on his bed in his bedroom, they struck him and killed him and beheaded him.” Here there is clear premeditation and an act causing death. The desire to curry favor with David no doubt carries with it commensurate ill will toward Ishbosheth. Murder is therefore just as much a matter of heart as it is an outward deed. The desire is to inflict fatal injury.

It is to this matter of heart that Jesus turns when He speaks about this commandment. “You have heard that the ancients were told, ‘YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT MURDER’ and ‘Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing,’ shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell” (Matthew 5:21-22).

You see, Christ plumbs the depth of the commandment. It is not only outward acts which are significant. The Scribes and Pharisees emphasized only the outward acts. When their anger and rage erupted against Stephen, they stoned him to death. They saw no problem. In their hostility they suborned witnesses. The ends justified the means. In their eyes, Stephen was a heretic. He deserved death. They thought nothing of the anger filling their hearts. But it is this anger, ill will, hatred, and hostility which precipitates such murderous acts. The outward acts cannot be separated from the inward disposition of heart.

And so, you must take care. As the apostle Paul exhorts, “BE ANGRY, AND yet DO NOT SIN; do not let the sun go down on your anger” (Ephesians 4:26). How difficult this posture actually is. A brother or sister in the church may call you an empty-headed fool and moron. In anger, he or she may indict you as reprobate. Words like this spoken in anger, such assaults, are tantamount to murder.

In these cases, sudden anger may quickly overtake you. Subdue your own heart. Do not respond in kind. Especially do not allow anger and bitterness to stew in your heart through the night. Such brooding anger and hostility may lead you to retaliate. Remember, your assaults on God’s image bearer, your words and actions, made in the heat of passion are also equivalent to murder. Remember God’s word, “You shall not murder.”

Denny Prutow

Your Adversary the Devil

2019-04-06T10:03:20-04:00 April 29th, 2019|

There is an unseen spiritual world around us. “Our struggle is not with flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness” (Ephesians 6:12). This spiritual realm of wickedness is led by “the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world” (Revelation 12:9). “He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him” (John 8:44). He is “your adversary the devil” (1 Peter 5:8).

What is the devil’s desire? He “prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8). He is a thief and “the thief comes only to steal, and kill, and destroy” (John 10:10). Yes, the devil is “your adversary” and his desire is to deceive you and to make you miserable. He wants to lead you away from God in order to destroy you.

Jesus Christ saves you from the lies, misery, and destruction of the devil. “The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8). Join those who come to God through faith in Christ saying, “He delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son” (Colossians 1:13).

To help you understand this devotion better, please click here and listen to the message called, “Satan’s Ploy, Our Demise.”