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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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March 22, 2012 - Don’t Blur the Lines

By Dave Kidd

“When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God”?(Galatians 5:19-21, NLT).

The other day, I was driving along a highway, enjoying the day and the conversation with several passengers. Suddenly, what had been a light rain shower became a torrential downpour. With the windshield wipers running on high, I drove at a much-reduced speed, but I still had difficulty making out the exact boundaries of my lane of travel. The lines were blurred.

Paul warned the Galatians that if they allowed their sinful nature to blur God’s standards for holy living, they would inherit plenty of pain — and they risked disinheriting the Kingdom.

As a minister offering relationship counseling, I’ve discovered that nowhere are the lines more blurred than in the sexual realm. Unmarried couples far too often rationalize, excuse and justify their blatant violation of boundaries set by God in His Word for sexual purity. Unfortunately, this is true of many couples who sit in church services on a regular basis and call Jesus their Lord.

I encounter couple after couple who are planning to marry, who come to the premarital counseling process with a sad history. Married couples will share intimacy problems they face. In most cases, the common problem is that they allowed the sexual lines to be blurred before their wedding night.

Paul noted many other sins that are not sexual in nature, but can still plague the believer who gives in to the desires of the sinful nature. Whenever God’s boundaries become blurred, what was not considered acceptable by biblical standards yesterday seems to be acceptable today.

 I believe this a result of today’s rampant individualism and the view that truth is relative. The error in this thinking is found in Scripture. And the warning could not be clearer.

“There is a way that seems right to a man,? but in the end it leads to death” (Proverbs 16:25, NIV).

“In the end it leads to death.” That is the real consequence of Paul’s warning that “anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.”

Don’t blur those lines!

— Dave Kidd is lead pastor at True North Church (AG) in Minerva, Ohio.

 

 

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