Sermon Notes

June 11, 2016

Fizzle to Sizzle II

God’s mandate on abstaining from sex before marriage is not to limit us, but to free us.

John 10:10 tells us the thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. The enemy’s methods have been the same from the beginning of time. He subtly takes truths and ever so slightly tweaks them into lies.

Sex is not immune to these lies. For decades, society has been telling us that cohabitating with those we are not married to is completely acceptable. We are inundated with subtle mistruths convincing us that casual sex is a healthy thing, and to have multiple partners is merely living life to the full. When faced with the consequences of pre-marital sex, such as diseases and unplanned pregnancies, we are simply handed “solutions.”

In John 8, there is a story of a woman caught in the very act of adultery. There was no questioning if she was guilty or not. Pulled from the bed into the public square, she was forced to face judgment. In those days, her sentence was clear … death. This is where Jesus stepped in and infamously told the crowd, ‘Whoever is without sin, throw the first stone.’ One by one, the accusers dropped their rocks and left.

After all had left, the woman knelt broken before her savior. He didn’t stay standing but got down in the dirt with her, looked her in the eyes and said, “Go and sin no more.”

He wasn’t telling her to sin no more in order to bind her, or set rules just for the sake of governing her decisions. Instead, He was handing her freedom. Freedom like she had never known.

Satan has used society as his voice for too long. We think living a loose life is a free life, but to the contrary, it is in a Godly life that we experience true liberty.

Maybe you have sought relationship after relationship in hopes to fill the deepest longings of your heart, only to come up short every time. There is no condemnation in His voice. He is there before you, knees in the dust, urging you to go and sin no more!

John 10:10 doesn’t stop there. It goes on to say, “But I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

There is a life of abundance awaiting you on the other side of your obedience. Let today be the day!