All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything

12 All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything.13 Food is for the [g]stomach and the [h]stomach is for food, but God will do away with both [i]of them. Yet the body is not for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord is for the body. 14 Now God has not only raised the Lord, but will also raise us up through His power.15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take away the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? May it never be! 16 Or do you not know that the one who joins himself to a prostitute is one body with her? For He says, “The two shall become one flesh.” 17 But the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him. 18 Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the [j]immoral man sins against his own body. 19 Or do you not know that your body is a [k]temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from [l]God, and that you are not your own? 20 For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.                     1 Corinthians 6:12-20

One of the major issues facing the believers in Corinth and especially in the apostle Paul’s day was sexual immorality.  Temple prostitution was a major part of pagan worship rituals.  Temple prostitutes would have sex with those who came into the temple as an act of worship.  Many of those who were coming out of this background were struggling with this issue and the apostle Paul wanted to make it clear that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit.

The body and the spirit are not separate.  In the apostle Paul’s day the spirit was seen as something good, but the physical body was seen as something bad.  But when we come to Christ all of us are given to Jesus.  This not only includes our soul and spirit, this includes our physical bodies.

We are called to be living sacrifices unto the Lord and use our bodies to honor the Lord.  Those who are blinded by the world’s system believe that their bodies should be used in any way they desire.  They don’t believe they are accountable to God nor do they believe in Him.

But we who are in Christ belong unto Him.  All of our lives belong to the Lord and in everything we do we are called to bring glory and honor unto the Lord.  The problem with sexual sin is that it is done inside the body and will easily destroy someone if it is not confronted and dealt with.

There are many in the world today who simply believe their identity is found in what they are sexually attracted to.  The problem is we have an entire generation of people who are bound and confused by the lies of the enemy.  Without the truth of God and a relationship with Jesus Christ we become open game to Satan and are easily deceived.

As followers of Jesus Christ we are called to intercede and pray for those who are lost.  It is through the prayers of God’s people that the hearts and lives of the lost are softened to the gospel.  There is a mighty harvest before us and we need to understand that those who indulge in the wickedness of this world are blinded by the lies of Satan.

One of the most damaging things in the world today and one of the greatest weapons of the enemy is pornography.  Pornography is easily accessible and a person can take part in it in the privacy of their home.  But the real danger of pornography is that it is like a cancer that weaves its way into our lives.  Images are deposited into our spirits that play like a record over and over again.  Those who are not protected by the grace of God and do not have a relationship with Jesus Christ are easily destroyed by pornography and the way the enemy will use it to gain a foothold and eventual destroy a life from the inside out.

Many view pornography as something enjoyable and harmless, but they fail to understand the price and destruction it carries.  The reason so many today are sexually confused is because of sexual abuse and the access of pornography.  Pornography has created within people a lust for sex and every time they partake that lust grows and burns within them.

This often time will lead to sexual acts that are destructive and if they become sexual abuse they cause lasting damage upon their victims.  We are called to flee sexual sin and there is a reason for this.  It will grab hold of our lives and will destroy us from the inside out.

We need to take our journey with the Lord seriously.  We cannot allow the culture of the day to soften our stance on sexual sin.  We are to flee from it and must guard our hearts.  The Lord is returning soon and returning for a bride who is without spot, wrinkle, or blemish.  May we seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness.  May we fix our eyes upon Jesus and draw near with our whole heart.


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