Today is October 19, 2018
Verse of the Day -- 2 Corinthians 5:10
We must all appear before the Judgment
Seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Even though believers are declared
righteous, our works on earth will be judged by God.
MINI BIBLE STUDY FOR THE DAY
The Judgment Seat of Christ is not concerned with our sin as our sin has been separated from us as far as east is
He has removed our rebellious
acts as far away from us as the east is from the west. -Psalm 103:12
Believers will be judged for rewards for what we allowed God to do through us. The "good or bad" reference, at the
end of 2 Corinthians 5:10, relates to value, not to morality. We will each receive whatever we deserve
for the good or evil we have done in our bodies. In the sight of God, each of our works is judged either
good/pure or bad/worthless.
. . . if any
man builds upon (Jesus) with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each man's work will become evident; for the
day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire; and the fire itself will test the quality of each man's work. If
any man's work which he has built upon it remains, he will receive a reward. If any man's work is burned up, he will suffer
loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire. -1 Corinthians 3:12-15
But how can we as sinners do anything of eternal, everlasting value? We can't. The only good we can do is what we
allow God to do through us!
I can do all
things through Him Who strengthens me. -Philippians 4:13
QUESTION FOR THE DAY
When I met my boyfriend,
I became closer to God again. However, I found myself questioning my boyfriend when we go out to parties, wondering if we
should really be having sex because God says we shouldn't before getting married. Then we came to an agreement: "Well,
I think it should be OK as I'm pretty sure we'll be the ones marrying each other."
in our relationship, I asked him what he would do if we stopped having sex until we get engaged/married. Then he said he would
have to masturbate because he saw some research that it wouldn't be healthy if he didn't do anything for months/years.
Later, we came up with another solution. We both came to an agreement that we promise to never have sex with anyone
and would continue to have sex until our engagement period. Once we get engaged, we should stop having sex for about six months
or until we officially get married.
What do you think of the whole situation? I mean I'm sure
if I stopped having sex, too, I would end up watching porn again, which I would rather not do. Please help me. Thanks!
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Answer to today's GML question:
What do we think of your situation? We are dumbfounded.
If you are a Believer, someone who has trusted the shed blood of Jesus Christ as payment to eternally remove your sins, you
are in tremendous sin and need to repent. If you're not a Believer, you're one of Satan's children who are blinded.
Satan, the god of this evil world, has blinded the minds
of those who don't believe, so they are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News that is shining upon them. They
don't understand the message we preach about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God. -2 Corinthians
Whether or not you're having sex before marriage is the least of your problems-you're
one breath away from the most horrific eternal fiery damnation that you can imagine.
a Believer, you are not trusting God to meet your every need. Rather you are self-centered in your analysis when you should
be Bible-centered. You used the words "me," "my," "I," "we," etc., some 30 times in
your question justifying your actions.
God doesn't want you to base your decisions on what you
or your boyfriend think (i.e., "porn will meet my needs") or what you or your boyfriend feel (i.e., "need for
masturbation"), or lies your boyfriend is telling you (i.e., "not having sex is unhealthy," etc.). Rather,
knowing that God loves you and wants only what is best for you, you should be seeking, "What does God want?" And
in this life you'll only be happy, you'll only be satisfied, and you'll only experience true love if you are in God's will.
Oh, the joys of those
who do not follow the advice of
or stand around with sinners,
or join in with scoffers.
But they delight in doing everything the
day and night they think about his law.
They are like trees planted along the riverbank,
fruit each season without fail. Their leaves never wither,
and in all they do, they prosper.
But this is not true
of the wicked.
They are like worthless chaff, scattered by the wind.
They will be condemned at the time of judgment.
Sinners will have no place among the godly.
For the LORD watches over the path of the godly,
but the path of the
wicked leads to destruction. -Psalm 1:1-6
Be careful to listen to all
these words which I command you, in order that it may be well with you and your sons after you forever, for you will be doing
what is good and right in the sight of the LORD your God. -Deuteronomy 12:28
So your basic problems are stemming from a lack of understanding of God's will in your life. To know God's will you
need to know Scripture. The Bible tells us that a mature Christian will be able to relate all their thoughts and actions to
God's will. In other words you will be able to "think in verses."
We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are
taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, -2 Corinthians 10:5
Knowledge of scripture is illuminated by God's Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:9-16).
. . . we know these things because God has revealed them to us by his Spirit -1 Corinthians
Until you learn Scripture, you will be like a ship without a rudder . . .
unable to stay on course and unable to dock for rest or away from a storm. Your questions indicate you desperately need a
scriptural rudder as you seem oblivious to the worldly evaluation you are using that is opening the door to catastrophic sin
in your life.
The Bible will directly answer most of your questions. For instance, consider what
the Bible says about fornication (sex outside of marriage):
. . . abstain from . . . fornication -Acts 15:20, 29; Acts 21:25
Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither
fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards,
nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God. -1 Corinthians 6:9-10
Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled; for fornicators and adulterers
God will judge. -Hebrews 13:4
But the Bible also says:
And such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were
sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit of our God. -1 Corinthians
God has provided a way out, through the shed blood of Jesus Christ at Calvary. Trusting
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