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God, Sex, and Prayer: Don’t Be So Heavenly-minded that You’re No Earthly Good, Part 3 (TPMD Bus 2 – #523)

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TODAY’S POEM: “How Precious We Are” (Author Unknown)

VERSE: 1 Corinthians 7:10-16 (Commentary from Matthew Henry’s Commentary)

QUOTE: “If we would pray aright, the first thing we should do is to see to it that we really get an audience with God, that we really get into His very presence. Before a word of petition is offered, we should have the definite consciousness that we are talking to God, and should believe that He is listening and is going to grant the thing that we ask of Him.” –R.A. Torrey

TOPIC: God, Sex, and Prayer: Don’t Be So Heavenly-minded that You’re No Earthly Good

Over the past 2 broadcasts, we have been discussing the topic of God, sex, and prayer. I am convinced that many Christian men and women have destroyed their marriages because they do not know how to live a balanced Christian life. Some Christian women, and even some men, believe it or not, who are testosterone challenged, destroy their marriages because they have this ridiculous idea that they cannot have a strong prayer life with God and still enjoy hot sex with their mate. They become more concerned with following their pastor in a prayer and fasting campaign than taking care of business at home. Some of these silly women become more dedicated to their pastor than they are to their husbands, and tragically, because they are not having sex with their husbands at home as they should be, they end up, after they have had their little prayer and fasting session, having sex with the pastor. And then, as James 1:14-15 says, “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” And then you have a mess on your hands. Now, don’t get mad with me because you know I am telling you the truth. Don’t get mad with me and cut me off. The Apostle Paul asked in Galatians 4:16, “Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?” I don’t know about your situation. You just think I know about your situation because you are under conviction. In other words, they become so heavenly-minded that they are no earthly good.

Some people make the mistake of getting so spiritual and holy that they somehow cannot make the transition to get down and dirty when they need to, and they miss out on the joy and excitement of the act of marriage. (Sorry, folks, contrary to what some church leaders try to make you believe, there is nothing clean and pristine about sex if you’re going to do it right. This is why Christian brother, Charlie Shedd, wrote years ago, a whole chapter in his book on marriage, about “clean up” after sex. My dear brother, who I believe is one of the best Bible teachers in the world and certainly the best Christian writer, Tony Evans, wrote a book titled, “Sacred Sex”. I know what he is talking about, but the strong desires and feelings that I have have toward sex down through the years have been anything but sacred, and yet, believe it or not, I am still saved. I believe most men will agree with me on that, but I understand what my dear brother is saying.)

There are some husbands who for some reason, get in their minds that they cannot be the spiritual head of the home and at the same time take care of business in the bedroom at home. Praying to God and handling real life marriage and family issues is not an either/or proposition; it is a both/and situation.

Allow me to say here, beloved, that many people do not understand this, but I believe that people who are truly born again and who are spiritual, have the best sex in the world. My theory is, the reason for that is because a lot of the major issues and questions in the couple’s lives — spiritually, psychologically, and philosophically — on important subjects such as life, purpose, money, death, dealing with trouble, and the after life, have been resolved through Jesus Christ, their Saviour. So, with those things resolved, they can relax and enjoy the sex part of their lives. If you are married, you can really enjoy married life, including your prayer life, your spiritual life, sex and everything else that goes with it, that is, if you are not screwed up in your head about balance about such matters….

DEVOTIONAL: “Ask of Me (Part 2)” from E.M. Bounds

Pray, Think, Do! God Bless You!

MUSIC: “Prayin’ for You” by Lecrae

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Posted by on September 20, 2013 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

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Henry Martyn: Whatever God may appoint, prayer is the great thing.” (The Prayer Motivator Minute #460)

Henry Martyn said: “Let me burn out for God. After all, whatever God may appoint, prayer is the great thing. Oh that I may be a man of prayer.”

Our prayer motivator verse from the Word of God today is Philippians 4:6, which reads: “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Coleridge. He said, “An hour of solitude passed in sincere and earnest prayer, or the conflict with and conquest over a single passion or subtle bosom sin will teach us more of thought, will more effectually awaken the faculty and form the habit of reflection than a year’s study in the schools without them.”

 
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Posted by on September 20, 2013 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 

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God, Sex, and Prayer: Don’t Be So Heavenly-minded that You’re No Earthly Good, Part 2 (TPMD Bus 2 – #522)

TODAY’S POEM: “In The Early Hours” by Deborah Ann Belka

VERSE: 1 Corinthians 7:6-9: “But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment. For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that. I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, it is good for them if they abide even as I. But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.” (Commentary from Matthew Henry’s Commentary)

QUOTE: “I must take time to come into God’s presence, to feel my weakness and my need, and to renew my fellowship with Him.” –Andrew Murray

TOPIC: God, Sex, and Prayer: Don’t Be So Heavenly-minded that You’re No Earthly Good

We talked yesterday about how some people feel that in order for them to be spiritual, in order for them to pray and maintain a relationship with God, they cannot engage in the everyday things of life. That kind of spirit is nothing new.

In ancient times, there were groups of people known as ascetics who had a similiar mentality. An “ascetic” is “a person who practices severe self-discipline and abstention.” According to the New Advent Dictionary, “Early Christians adopted it to signify the practice of spiritual things, or spiritual exercises performed for the purpose of acquiring the habits of virtue.” People who chose the lifestyle of asceticism withdrew from worldly pleasures in order to pursue religious and spiritual goals.

The Dead Sea Scrolls revealed the ascetic practices of the ancient Jewish sect of Essenes who took vows of abstinence to prepare for holy war. An emphasis on an ascetic religious life was evident in early Christian writings and practices. In fact, according to Margins of Solitude by Marina Miladinov, the deserts of the middle-east were at one time inhabited by thousands of hermits.

Sexual abstinence was one aspect of ascetic renunciation. These ancient monks and nuns also tried to gain the virtues of humility, compassion, discernment, patience, not judging others, prayer, hospitality and almsgiving. Some even reduced their intake of food as an aspect of their asceticism. These people thought that by moving away from society, living a solitary life, and committing themselves to wholly “spiritual” things, they were getting closer to God and living a more righteous life than others.

A modern version of this lifestyle is the Catholic church with its priests and nuns who must take vows of celibacy. Somehow, they have come to think that abstaining from marriage and sexual intimacy makes them more fit for service to God. However, there is nothing in the Bible which implies this. Now, in I Corinthians 7, Paul does tell us that if we can remain single like he was, we will have more time and energy for the Lord’s work. He said, “I would that all men were even as I myself (that is, unmarried). But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that. I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, it is good for them if they abide even as I. But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.”

Looking at the Catholic church — with priests sexually abusing little children — obviously, some of them cannot “contain.” The vow of celibacy, which is not found in Scripture, has led to no small amount of confusion and abominable activity in the Catholic church.

God wants us to pray to Him wherever we are, no matter what we are doing. Praying in the desert or in the church building is no more spiritual than praying while you are on the treadmill, or washing dishes, or on the job. If you are looking for the perfect circumstances to pray, you will never find them. The devil will make sure that you are always doing something in order to keep you from praying.

DEVOTIONAL: “Ask of Me (Part 1)” from E.M. Bounds

Pray, Think, Do! God Bless You!

MUSIC: “What if His People Prayed?” by Casting Crowns

 
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Posted by on September 19, 2013 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

God, Sex, and Prayer: Don’t Be So Heavenly-minded that You’re No Earthly Good, Part 1 (TPMD Bus 2 – #521)

Thank you for joining us on Prayer Bus #2. As you might recall on August 13, 2013, we completed Broadcast #520 of the Prayer Motivator Devotional as well as John R. Rice’s entire book titled “Prayer: Asking and Receiving’. Since then, I have been taking a much needed break. And it is so good to be back with you today to encourage you to pray. We praise God and thank God for giving us the grace to do this broadcast and we thank all of you who went on the first prayer bus journey with us and we hope that you will receive a greater blessing and encouragement on this second prayer bus journey.

The simple purpose of this broadcast is to motivate, encourage, and exhort you to Just Pray. This radio broadcast is not necessarily for people who already know the secret and power of prayer and who actually practice genuine prayer on a regular basis, rather it is for those who may find it difficult to pray or for people who claim they do not have time to pray. I am convinced that most Christian people do not need to learn how to pray; they need to Just Pray! If I can get you to just pray, all sorts of wonderful things will begin to happen for you, your family, and whatever God has called you to do. We do not pray based upon our subjective feelings, we pray based upon objective facts in the Word of God. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 18, 2013 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

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Andrew Murray: “Time alone with the Lord Jesus each day is the indispensable condition of growth and power.” (The Prayer Motivator Minute #459)

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VERSE: Mark 11:15-17: “And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves; And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple. And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.”

QUOTE: “If you find a reluctancy to go into the presence of God, there may be unconfessed, unrepented sin in your life. Part of your quiet time is to get your heart clean and pure. Each of us needs to take ourselves by the nap of our necks and confess and repent before we come into God’s holy presence to fellowship.” –Adrian Rogers

 
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Posted by on September 18, 2013 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 

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