Today is February 7, 2019

Verse of the Day — 2 Corinthians 5:15

He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

We should be Christ-centered, not self-centered.


MINI BIBLE STUDY FOR THE DAY

When we trust Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we repent, or change our direction.

I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. —Luke 13:3

As we mature in Christ, our motivation will change from being concerned about the things of the world to being concerned about eternal things.

And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation. —Romans 5:11
     See also Galatians 4:3-7.

Our new lives should mature to revolve around what Christ wants versus what we want.

it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. —Galatians 2:20

This is certainly not easy to do at first, for we all begin our walk knowing very little doctrine.

And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to men of flesh, as to infants in Christ. I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are not yet able, for you are still fleshly. For since there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not fleshly, and are you not walking like mere men? —1 Corinthians 3:1-3

And even though we mature at different speeds (“Now accept the one who is weak in faith, but not for the purpose of passing judgment on his opinions.” —Romans 14:1), we eventually learn to allow God’s Spirit control of the flesh nature and reflect His glory.

. . . live the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. —1 Peter 4:2

For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. —2 Corinthians 4:6


QUESTION FOR THE DAY

Dear Compass:

I have been searching for an answer for months: If we are to obey our husbands, what do we do if they have an obsession with sex and want to include another partner in our bedroom? I keep denying him, yet keep seeing your GML responses that never vary from saying to “obey and pray.” I NEED an answer! It’s going to come to a confrontation soon.


ANSWER:

Good grief. You are to first obey God, then your husband. In Daniel 3, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego gave us a great example of following God to the point of death.

If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up. —Daniel 3:17-18

We are assuming your husband is NOT a Believer. So your prayer would be that he get saved and love you like Christ loves the church.

Whenever a husband asks a wife to do something ungodly, the wife should:

  • Pray for God’s wisdom for her responses to be Christ-centered, and,
  • Appeal to her husband by explaining that as a Believer, she can’t do things that are clearly outside of God’s will. If he insists, she should leave for her safety. Her pastor should definitely be involved.

As far as your husband’s having an obsession with sex, most men have a HEALTHY obsession with sex. God made them that way. That’s why one of the Ten Commandments is “Do not commit adultery.”

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QUESTION

Dear Compass, (Regarding divorce/remarriage)

If two believers get divorced and the husband has remarried to a Christian woman, can the first wife remarry (to a Christian, of course)?

ANSWER

If an “unbelieving” spouse departs, Scripture says that person is not under bondage to that situation and could therefore remarry (1 Corinthians 7:15). However, she is bound as long as he lives (1 Corinthians 7:39), and if she is released from a spouse, she’s not to seek a new one.

Are you bound to a wife [spouse]? Do not seek to be released. Are you released from a wife [spouse]? Do not seek a wife [spouse]. —1 Corinthians 7:27

The most important thing after a separation or divorce is to be reconciled. Despite what the problems were, God can fix them. And he wants you to be reconciled.

but if she does leave, let her remain unmarried, or else be reconciled to her husband, . . . —1 Corinthians 7:11

However, the Scripture also says:

Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be released. Are you released from a wife? Do not seek a wife. But if you marry, you have not sinned; —1 Corinthians 7:27-28a

But I say to the unmarried and to widows that it is good for them if they remain even as I. But if they do not have self-control, let them marry; for it is better to marry than to burn (in lust). —1 Corinthians 7:8-9

Therefore, if you are divorced, God thinks it’s best for you to

  • be reconciled,
  • stay unmarried, or
  • if you fall in love to a Believer, it is abundantly clear you can marry and not be in sin.
Additional resource for this GML:

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Satan’s Top 10 Lies: Lie #1 Divorce Is the “Unpardonable” Sin for Christians – Bill Perkins

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