|Emotional / Sexual Purity
You Have Self-Control to Just say "No"?
Purity Before Marriage?
7 Reasons Why You Should Remain a Virgin until
is God's Purpose for Sex
Is it Love or Lust?
is a Learned Experience
it Infatuation or is it Love?
Acts of Love
Samson's Lust Deceived Him
Rushing into Marriage Unprepared
Pressures from Society
Porn Advertised Everywhere!
Married NOT Prepared
Skinny on Teenage Body Image
You Stuck in the Snowball of Conformity?
Lusted After Delilah
Don't be like Samson
as described by scripture is an inappropriate
and excessive desire or craving for something that preoccupies our mind
and actions. When a person becomes preoccupied with lust and
desire until it affects their perspective on everything else around them
there is a problem. Dating relationships among young people are often
ruled by emotional and sexual desires that fuel into addiction later on
a young spiritually immature mind believes it is ok to have sex before
marriage, or even if they don't, but have not been taught to respect the
opposite sex, they will have sex before marriage. This is what dating
is. This starts the validation to have sex with others, to view naked
people having sex, and to think on sexual things when they should be
thinking on more important things for their growing up years.
are God’s creation—he did not make you to look upon another with
lust in your eyes, but many have chosen that for their life. How many
young men respect the young women around them? It's not wrong to
appreciate a beautiful woman or man but what makes it wrong is when we
look to receive (disrespect) something from that beauty because we think
it belongs to us. How selfish is that?! At this point it becomes lust
and wrong desire. These desires can cause many emotional problems for young
people and those who are thinking of getting married.
Samson Got Caught Up in Lust
you ever read or heard about the story of Samson and Delilah? (Judges
16:4-31) Read Judges to find out for yourself. Here is my short recap.
thought Delilah could do no wrong—he couldn’t see her for the woman
she really was—wicked and evil. Samson was burning with passion for
her, but Delilah deceived Samson more than once. Samson was in lust and
desire for Delilah and she took advantage of his feelings and betrayed
the secret of his strength to the Philistines and consequently he died.
was a deceitful woman with honey on her lips and poison in her heart.
But because of his desire and lust he brought on his own death by
trusting in her lies! He believed the lies that Delilah loved him and
wanted him. Samson caved in over and over again because he was continually
deceived by her beauty and passionate words. Samson's own blindness
allowed himself to be deceived.
is the same way that young people today become deceived to open
themselves up with each other sexually and emotionally.
why did I mention this story?
It is the same way with any lustful desire or sexual craving—whether
it is porn addiction, adultery, fornication, or other sexual sins. Lust
destroys “who you are”! (she/he will prey upon your life). Lust
will deceive you into believing the lies you hear from the world. You
will get caught up in the lies and your perspective will change about
everything else around you.
Samson was very strong and could even strangle a lion, he could not
smother his burning lust and see
Delilah for who she really was—wicked and evil! Every time you view
another person with thoughts of lust, view lustful images, commit
fornication and other sexual sins, you are being deceived and defrauded
into believing the lies of the world.
WHO YOU ARE
you a child of God or a part of the godlessness of society? You can
conquer wrong attitudes about sexuality by not letting it control your
perspective on the world around you. Dating is the beginning
of wrong thinking and attitude about the opposite sex. It creates
disrespect with oneself as well as for others. It degrades the perfect
union of man and wife as "one flesh". The bible does not
mention dating because it was non-existent.
night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the
deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us behave decently,
as in the daytime, not in orgies or drunkenness, not in sexual
immorality and debauchery, not in dissention and jealousy. Rather clothe
yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to
gratify the desires of the sinful nature. (Romans 13:12-14)
Does The Bible Say About Fornication (lust)?
1 Thessalonians 4:5
1 Peter 4:3
1 John 2:16
2 Timothy 2:22
1 Corinthians 6:13
1 Corinthians 6:18-20
are you? If you say that you are a child of God then you have to trust
in Jesus Christ with your life! Why are you trusting in created
things? How does sin happen? First people reject God and then they make
up their own idea of what they think their God should be. But later,
because their God is an invented God, they sin. Sexual sin, greed, lust,
addiction, hatred, murder, deceit, strife, covetousness, these are all
sins that we fall into when we reject God. You have to choose.
2010 Heaven Ministries ~ Angie Lewis
Marriage Column ~
March 10, 2010
into Marriage NOT Prepared
Ask Angie: Dear Angie
I’m a 20 year female that got married and having regrets about it,
what do I do? The 14th of March makes it a year and infidelity has
already taken place? Trusting him is the last thing I can do right now.
I tried praying about it and that does not seem to be working and if it
is I’m having a hard time realizing it. I have no one to talk to about
the way I’m feeling so I’m HOPING you can help me out because I’m
2 seconds away from saying "I want out" Please right back
I’m in need of help!
Marriage Guidance: You’re
not the only one who has felt the way you do and you are not the only
one who has rushed into marriage unprepared. The sad truth
is you did not know the man you married when you married him and he
probably did not know you either. Answer this: Would you have married
him if you would have known that he would be committing adultery less
than a year into your marriage?
This is why we have
created a new ministry so
we can help prepare young Christian couples today “start off” with a
healthy marriage based on God’s design. Your predicament is nothing
new. We have been writing about this issue for years!
People are rushing into
marriage as if they were dating. In other words we have this
dating attitude, which is based on desire and lust feelings, not
love and is the same attitude that about 85% of couples walk into when
they marry—and they don’t know it because they were never taught to
know any different.
We grow up thinking it is
normal to give away our heart, mind and body away to every single person
that we date and this is where the trouble begins. The Christian culture
advocates dating these days and sees nothing wrong with it, but there is
a lot wrong with it!!
When you first met and
married your husband you desired and loved him greatly, didn’t you?
All you cared about was being with him and being his wife and to have
that classic Cinderella and Prince charming marriage and romance. But
you guys have barely been married a year and your prince is out
gallivanting around and you are ready to leave the marriage. What went
wrong? How can young Christian people today keep from making the same
Do you know how many times
women have told me that their husbands are “not in love” with them
anymore or how many times that a wife has said she
is not in love with her husband anymore? It is amazing. “Uho, I
don’t have those feelings of sexual and emotional desire anymore, time
to move on and find another spouse. Wuh? Uh? STOP RIGHT THERE!
Ironically, it is arranged
marriages that are based on commitment and those couples, who at
first, have no feelings for one another at all that usually end up
staying married. The husband and wife learn to love one another.
Of course this is not true in all arranged marriages but many end up
being healthy marriages.
Sincere love for a person
takes our actions—it’s not something you feel at all but rather
something that you do. Going into marriage unprepared and basing our
actions on feelings rather than principle
and commitment will ALWAYS get couples in trouble with their marriage.
Not surprising at all, the US
has the highest divorce rate in the world. We all know why that is,
right? Rushing into marriage—marrying the wrong person—not knowing
whom we are marrying and Godlessness. Check out this eye-opening chart
on divorce rates all over the world. http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/peo_
Who Did You Marry?
Dating and all of the
whirlwind romance that goes along with dating keeps young people
from seeing the person they truly married. They let their
emotions rule every aspect of the relationship and they
become so captivated and impassioned by this person that they do not
care if they have the same values and beliefs as they do—they do not
care if they are incompatible—they do not care if they have been
married before—they do not care if they drink too much or whatever it
is… they don’t care about a lot of things they should be caring
about when seeking a suitable marriage spouse.
Not until after getting
married and weird stuff like adultery start happening do couples really
see the person that they married. Sadly, this is what has happened to
you, and to you, and to you, and to you…who did you marry?
But God hates divorce!!
And you do want to work on the marriage and love your spouse, right? So
then lets do it!
Marriage without God is
like apple pie without apples
The Master Designer of
marriage needs to be the strength that holds up the marriage when the
winds come. Strong winds will come and
beat upon your house and try to tear it down—you can bet on it. In
fact it is happening to you right now. What are you going to do about
everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is
like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the
streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against the house, yet it did
not fall, because it has its foundation on the rock. But everyone who
hears these words of mine, and does not put them into practice is like a
foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rains came down, the
streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against the house, and it fell
with a great crash.(Matthew 7:24-27)
is a light at the end of the tunnel. I know what it is like to be a
young married woman. It may seem like the end of the world right now,
but it is not. You can both learn from this experience and be better
marriage spouses to each other.
can have a happy, healthy and blessed marriage for the rest of your
life. But God must be the center of your marriage.
You can have him at the center of your marriage when you put all of your
ducks in a row. In other words when you have your priorities in order.
Your marriage has not crashed yet, it only needs a better foundation
than the one it is on now. So, rebuild the cornerstones of your house on
the Rock of God’s loving guidance and care.
must have their priorities in order…
the husband priorities are to be:
the wife priorities are to be:
read this marriage column with your spouse. Your husband needs to
repent, seek forgiveness and start loving his wife properly!! We repent
because we need Christ’s forgiveness we need to ask Him to give us a
new heart and mind in Him. You
need to do the same. Just because we have not committed sins such as
adultery does not mean we are not in need of Christ’s forgiveness and
guidance in our life—we are all sinners!
Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must
deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whosoever wants to
save his life will lose it. but whoever loses his life for me will find
it. What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet
forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his life?”
cannot deny our selfish ways and become new people in Christ
until we understand the full scope of God’s forgiveness and love for
us. (Ephesians 2:4-7) We must be
willing to trust God and believe that what God says for us is true so we
may live our lives according to His will and purpose for our lives. “And
without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes
to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who
earnestly seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)
If your husband has
repented and ready to love his wife in the ways of the Lord, then
there are several ways to bring
back trust in the marriage. Here are just a few. Circumstances are
different for every marriage.
1. Husband should be willing
to allow wife to call him (not on cell phone) anytime at work.
2. Husband should be willing
to give up nights out with buddies or take his wife with him, if she
wants to go.
3. Husband should verbally be
willing to tell his wife that on that day he was faithful. Take each day
one day at a time. He should do this every night before they both go to
sleep. This way she hears him say that he was faithful and it is
reassuring. If there is ever a time that he is not faithful, he won’t
be able to say that he is.
4. Husband should be willing
to call his wife from work and let her know that he is on his way home
not let doubt and disbelief from the world keep you from seeking God for
your marriage. Don’t listen to what family and friends tell you to do
because most of the time they are in error also. And remember, “God
does not live in temples made my man”. If you reach out to Him
you will find Him. “For in him we live and
move and have our being, as some of you poets have said, we are his
offspring.” (Acts 17:24, 27) We are to worship,
love, and praise God in Spirit and
in Truth. (John 4:24)
a spouse commits adultery it is very difficult to trust again so coming
into the Lord together and being accountable for your actions is a must.
If God is not at the top of your priority list than accountability will
not work? If we just go through the motions of repentance and really not
want to give up our selfish lifestyle then you can also forget about the
marriage staying up for long after a few mild winds blow. God doesn’t
want your words, He wants your actions—He wants your hands and feet.
MUST BE SINCERE
must be principled actions. You are not on your first date anymore;
you’re married and marriage takes responsibility and loving actions
based on Christ himself. Sex without commitment is
meaningless!! Remember that next
time you feel the need for some
recognition from the opposite sex. Infidelity hurts marriage so much
that many times couples cannot stand up under the pressure.
by utilizing the power of God in your marriage you can pick yourselves
back up and grow and learn from it. If a man or woman truly loves
another and are committed to the marriage, they will not commit adultery
or anything that would emotionally or physically harm their spouse. How
do I know this? Sincere love
comes from God. Only through Him do we have the capability to love
others properly. Humans are incapable of sincere love without the
intervention of the Holy Spirit within them.
all this sound confusing to you? Well don’t let it be. In fact, it is
died for your sins.
He lives in you in Spirit.
Jesus wants to be your friend because He loves you.
He wants to be your best friend because He knows that you need Him.
The wisest thing you both can do is to be best friends with Jesus.
Let Jesus lead your heart and mind in your marriage.
Jesus will show you how to love like He loves.
now your marriage may be crashing because you are basing it on
selfishness. Selfishness comes from the world. The world is so needy and
loveless that nothing good will ever come from it. Christians MUST come
out from the world and be united with Jesus Christ in His kingdom—the
Kingdom of Heaven—the Holy Spirit within you.
to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in
heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my
burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28)
frees us from our burdens, sins, addictions, negative emotions,
oppression, and the weariness of the world. Jesus promises us love,
healing and peace with God. Did you know that having a growing
relationship with God creates positive change in us because as we grow
with Him we become more like Him? Believers learn to be spiritually
productive and bring purpose into their lives. It is only then that we
realize how meaningless life is without knowing or having God’s love.
“For everything in the world—the
cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he
has and does—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world
and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives
forever.” (1 John 2:16-17)
always have worldly temptations around us no matter what we do or where
we go but, if we become best friends with Jesus He will help us to bear
up under the pressure of temptation in society. (1
Corinthians 10:13) And we become stronger people in the Lord.
Marriage Belongs to God
state did not create and establish marriage—it was God’s idea. Adam
needed a helpmeet
and God gave him one and they became one flesh. (Genesis
3:24) Therefore if your marriage is crashing you need to RE-commit
yourselves to each other based on God’s design not on the
both need to work at being the husband and wife that God meant for you
to be through studying His Word daily.
Our book healing
from Adultery –Adultery
Pandemic will give you the encouragement and biblical application
you need to get you both on the right track to work on healing
yourselves and restoring the marriage to God.
Personal healing takes place
when we realize and decide to let God takeover. If we don’t understand
who we are in Christ we certainly cannot place God first in our lives.
But this is what couples need to do for personal healing and restoration
of the marriage. Go
to the wives area for healing Go
to the husband’s area for healing.
Ministries has tons of free materials for encouraging you in
your marriage from ebooks to newsletters and from books to articles.
Read the information together, print out the articles that are pertinent
to your particular concern and study them with your bible in hand.
Don’t let the winds blow your house down, do something about it,
today! Work together, encouraging one another. Make God the most
important aspect of your life and watch your marriage be blessed with
Angie and Frank
Heaven Ministries ~ Marriage Healing Ministry
Heaven Ministries ~
Scriptural Romance in Preparation to Marriage