Today we continue our new study through the Book of Deuteronomy…it’s called “The Exodus: A Journey From The Desert To The Promised Land”.
Just as the Israelite's spent many years as slaves in Egypt, you too have spent many years as slaves to sexual sin, and this study will teach you several things:
1) We avoid mistakes in our own lives through learning from Israel’s past failures.
2) God’s faithfulness and patient love is portrayed more often than His punishment.
3) Obedience and disobedience carry inevitable consequences in this life and the next.
Be sure to download the workbook at www.DustinDanielsRadio.com
Today we begin our brand-new series in the Book of Deuteronomy. This sexual purity Bible study is called "The Exodus: A Journey Through the Desert to the Promised Land". This material is from a workbook that Pastor Mike Turner and I have put together.
The overall context of Deuteronomy Chapter 1 is to: 1) remind the Israelite's of what God had done and encourage them to re-dedicate their lives to Him 2) obedience and disobedience carry inevitable consequences in this life and the next 3) avoiding mistakes in our own lives through learning from Israel’s past failures 4) God’s faithfulness and patient love is portrayed more often than His punishment.
We also discuss how online hackers have more of a morality compass than "legal" businessmen who entice and promote adultery.
Welcome to a journey that you never wanted to take. Welcome to a club you never wanted to join. You are most likely listening to this radio show because something is wrong in your life.
Maybe you’re single, and you want to address your sexual desires before you get married. If you’re married, perhaps sex has caused great pain for many years or decades, and you have tried your best to "fix it" on your own. There’s also good possibility that you got “caught” by your spouse. You broke your promise to her (again), and she has given an ultimatum - get help or get out.
Or lastly, maybe you are simply tired of living a double life. You’ve confessed your sexual sin and you want to make things right with God and your family.
Whatever the reason, we’re glad you’re here. This could be new start for you, and this journey (if you embrace it) will change your life. This is what we call “a beautiful disaster”. If you are willing to submit to the Word of God and are willing to do some things that you have never done before… your life will indeed change! The irony of course is that the way up is the way down. The only way to gain your life is to lose it…in Christ.
In this show we start a brand new study titled "The Exodus", which is taken from the book of Deuteronomy and compares the Israelite's slavery to that of our slavery to sexual sin. We also answer the question, "What should my Church do now that gay marriage is legal?"
How many times have you asked yourself, “I wonder what God’s will is for my life? It’s amazing how specifically God answers that deep theological question through the Apostle Paul in His first letter to the Church of the Thessalonians.
Paul, writing through the power of the Holy Spirit says in 1 Thessalonians 4:3 - God’s will is for you to be holy, so stay away from all sexual sin.
Now, don’t get hung up on that word “Holy”. We tend to think that word means “perfect”, and that’s not the case at all. Holy simply means “different/set apart”. Most translations use the word “sanctification”. But sanctification implies that the work is done, but the work isn’t done is it? You and I and everyone else on the face of the planet is tempted sexually at some level on an ongoing basis. It’s an ongoing work - the original language there is more of a “sanctifying” instead of “sanctification”...meaning its an ongoing process.
So if God’s will is for us to be different - then we start thinking differently don’t we? We start behaving a little differently day by day because of our thinking. All of us used to act and think like the world, but by each passing day we are changing into the very likeness of Jesus Christ...if we choose to be obedient.
“But Dustin, hang on man, how do we look and act differently”? Paul tells us as he finishes the verse, 1 Thessalonians 4:3, we stay away from all sexual sin.
If you missed last week’s show, we defined sexual sin, and I would encourage you to jump on the website or download it from iTunes, because today we are going to finish our conversation with Joe Dallas on the topic of homosexuality.
Are people born gay? Is homosexuality unchangeable? How can love be wrong? We answer these questions and more!
It is so interesting to me, how Jesus answers this question from the Church of His day in Matthew 19:1-6. He not only answer the question about divorce, but He also gives us the standard for all of sexuality at the very same time.
Look at what Jesus does here. He points us right back to the beginning of creation in Genesis 2:24, and with one statement we see the template for all sexuality. We see the standard for which all sexuality is now based and judged.
One biological man and one biological woman under a covenant from God is His definition of marriage and sexuality. It’s so simple isn’t it? God is not a God of confusion and disorder, He is a God of simplicity and order. We as humans are the one’s who make things difficult!
Let me give you an example: When I left my first wife and chose to have two affairs with two different women... I knew it was wrong. I don’t know if I ever would have called it “sin” back then, because the word “sin” wasn’t in my vocabulary, but I knew it was wrong... I was defiant. I was entitled. And I was going to do what I wanted to do and nobody could or would tell me any different. I knew it was wrong but I justified my thoughts and rationalized my behavior.
And now I see myself in so many of you. "Dustin, when is lust actually lust? How long is “too long” to look? Dustin, I know that I’m not supposed to be sleeping with my girlfriend, but see...we love one another, and you don’t want me to hold back my love from her right? Dustin, is masturbation a sin? How can pornography hurt anyone?"
Brothers and sisters, ladies and gentlemen… time and time again, I will point you back to Genesis 2:24. Not my words, but God’s...God’s Word’s reiterated by His Son Jesus Christ. Look, even if you’re not a Christian…I understand the skepticism. But the reason I believe this to be true is because anyone who claims to be God, predicts His own death and then rises from the dead and then shows Himself to hundreds of people afterward to prove to us that He is exactly who He said He was...has the authority over everything and everyone.
Secondly, I believe this to be true, because I tried the world’s way. It didn’t work out so well. I was an addict for over 20 years of my life..and if you want to hear the whole story, visit DustinDanielsRadio.com.
We tend to frame this discussion as God, being a grumpy grandfather type stereotypical character and cosmic kill joy...instead of a Loving Father who only wants the very best for you. Pastor James MacDonald says something like this...We don’t realize that when God says don’t, He is saying “don’t hurt yourself”.
But we continue to hurt ourselves. Our country has hurt itself again, by legalizing sexual sin. And the Church still doesn't know how to deal with same sex attraction, homosexuality, and now gay legalized marriage.
So on today’s show, I wanted give a very clear picture of where we are from a Biblical Worldview on this topic of homosexuality.
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word. He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault. In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. For a man who loves his wife actually shows love for himself. No one hates his own body but feeds and cares for it, just as Christ cares for the church. And we are members of his body. As the Scriptures say, “A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.” This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one.
Today we are going to talk about the mystery of marriage, and the mystery -the one thing - that makes marriage so unique from any other relationship- so special…SEX! The sexual union that is specific to a marriage (covenant relationship between one man and one woman under God.)
I heard a sermon by Dr. Jim Garlow. He is the pastor of Skyline Church in San Diego California. He does a marvelous job of explaining the creation account of marriage….and today I wanted to share some of those notes that I took from that sermon with you.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7
For wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul; Proverbs 2:10
An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge. Proverbs 18:15
We as a culture are fascinated with knowledge aren’t we? Dare I say “addicted to education”, obsessed with our studies, longing to learn new things that will allow us to get the next promotion, be a better parent or lose that dreaded ten pounds.
But what about learning things of the spiritual world? It’s amazing to me what Jesus told us. In Matthew 18:3 - Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven.
The apostle Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 1:27
But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong;.
And I love the snippet of scripture in John 3 - a conversation between Jesus and a religious man named Nicodemus. This guy was THE teacher in all of Israel….and everything he had ever learned and taught was wrong about salvation- this concept of being saved from our sins.
So how does all this relate to God’s definition sexual purity. Is it possible that you may have learned some incorrect things about sexuality growing up?
Of course, we all have! So, how do we unlearn them? And then how do we learn the beauty, the majesty and the glory of what God says sexuality and purity really truly is?
That is our topic for today… Godly Wisdom.
If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. - 2 Corinthians 5:17
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. - Galatians 2:20
…. for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. 10 “Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God’s people. Once you received no mercy; now you have received God’s mercy. -1 Peter 2:9-10
Who are you? That is the question of today’s show. Now some of you might be thinking, well…I’m a banker, plumber, realtor. No….that’s what you do for a living.
The question is…. startling really. Who are you? Some of you may start thinking about things that your parents or other kids as you were growing up called you…ya know…things that aren’t so nice. And those things unfortunately seem to play over and over in our heads when we become adults and believe it or not…they affect our relationships.
But see, that’s not who you are either. We just kind of latch on to those names - those associations - those failures in our life. It seems to me that we have a case of mistaken identity in the Church. Let's find out why, as we tackle the topic of topic of Identity…Who are you?
For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; 4 that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, 5 not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God; - 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5
How many times have you asked yourself, what is God’s will for my life? Does God really have a plan for my life? How do I know, will I ever know?
If you have never asked those deep questions of life, you may want to see if you have a pulse!
Today we are going to address the topic of God’s will for your life!
John 15:1-8 is an amazing passage of scripture. Jesus is talking to His disciples just hours before Roman soldiers took him away to be murdered for our sins.
This idea of abiding means to remain in Christ, continuing to stay close to Him through the good times and the bad - staying steadfast and not leaving - not forsaking no matter what happens in your life.
And isn’t just like the Lord Jesus to make His point so simply, by using a vine.
In this week's show we're going to talk about this idea of abiding, and how you can start making a conscious effort to abide in the Lord Jesus Christ.