In Deuteronomy Chapter 6 Moses is calling the Israelite's to make a wholehearted commitment to the Lord. A call for obedience to the Living God...a call to love the Lord with all of your heart. Obedience also requires patience...something most of us need a serious dose of, right?
On your purity journey towards the Promised Land, how often are you doubting that the Lord is with you? Why? Is it because you have become impatient...impatient that He hasn’t taken away your struggle with sexual sin?
We've all seen the two year old child kicking and screaming in the grocery store check out line because his parents won't allow him to have another piece of candy. Children have no sense of time or patience, so their parents must teach them.
Just as our earthly parents teach us patience with earthly things, our Heavenly Father teaches us patience with eternal things. Is it possible that the Lord won't take away your struggle because He knows that it's the struggle that will bring you closer to Him? Is it possible that your sexual temptation's are the thorn in your flesh to trust and rely on His strength...not yours?
In part two of today's show we an answer an email asking what it looks like to deny yourself.
Have you ever wondered how God could be a "jealous God"? (Deuteronomy 4:24) Once we meditate on this question, then we can move forward with asking two more: 1) How is God jealous over your moral purity? 2) How are you jealous for God?
I'm reminded of Luke 13:34 - ”O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God's messengers! How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn't let me. Luke 19:41 also reads, But as he came closer to Jerusalem and saw the city ahead, Jesus began to weep.
Godly jealousy is Godly protection. Your focus is completely on the other person. It's like this feeling you get in your gut when you see a strange creepy man speaking to your wife or your child.
However, when it comes to human jealousy I'm reminded of James 3:16 - For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. James 4:2-3 also reads - You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.
On today's show we discuss both types of jealousy. In part two, we answer the question of "What do I do with my guilt?"
This week we are in Deuteronomy Chapter 4 where Moses commands obedience.
He's telling the Israelite's to not forget what they’ve seen...in essence Moses is talking about pursuing moral purity.
Purity is such an interesting word. We tend to dramatize it in our culture, but purity simply is this idea of not mixing anything into your walk with Christ.
Who is the Moses in your life that can shoot it straight with you? Do they have permission to speak into your life, and are you humble enough to receive Godly counsel when you start going sideways in life?
In Part Two, Lucy asks if she should move in with her boyfriend.
We are in Deuteronomy 3 this week as we continue our purity study titled "The Exodus: A Journey From the Desert to the Promised Land." Today's focus verse prompts an important question...."Who is your King Og?"
In other words, have you surrendered everything over to God when it comes to the area of sexual integrity? For example, Internet accountability, secret P.O. Boxes, email addresses, saved phone numbers that need to be deleted, cable TV that needs to be cancelled, relationships that need to be broken.
This sexual purity thing is real. You are in a real battle, This is a real war. People go to war to kill or be killed. Your enemy - the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8).
Are you going to “OWN” the things that you’re lusting after? If you are, then today is the day to take responsibility. The beautiful thing about our Savior, is that He doesn’t force us to do anything. He let’s us choose. Today we can walk in the flesh or in the Spirit. What is your choice?
A couple weeks ago, we started a brand new purity study titled "The Exodus: A Journey Through the Desert to the Promised Land". It is a study on the book of Deuteronomy. Deuteronomy is known as the “Second Law”, it is a summary book on the Old Testament. It’s like the cliff notes version on the law.
The idea of this study is to see the correlation - the connection - the association between the exodus journey of the Israelites and your personal journey out of the bondage called sexual sin. The world calls it "addiction".
Here’s how it works: We will go through each chapter of Deuteronomy in sections, and we would love for you to follow along with us by downloading the workbook at our website - www.DustinDanielsRadio.com. Click on FREE RESOURCES.
We are in Chapter 2 of Deuteronomy this week, and today we are talking about Giants. How does this chapter relate to your life? We discuss the following:
What giants (fears, reservations, anxieties, shame, control issues) are you facing that is keeping you from entering the Promised Land? Are you fearful to share your whole story? Are you scared to tell the truth about your sin?
I personally was fearful to let anyone get close to me. I feared that you’ll find out that I’m a fake. That my life is just one big act and I’m a nothing but a phony. I also found out that I was VERY wrong.
In part two of the show Cindy from Chicago wants to know if she should allow her husband to bring pornography into their marriage.
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.