Genesis 2:18 People Need Others

The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” Genesis 2:18

It is common for people to believe that they can make it alone, that they do not need others for help. People want to feel as if they are in control and can do what is needed on their own.

Children begin this belief with pushing parents away when attempting to try something new. Teens reject the advice of parents. Adults reject help out of selfish pride.

After making the earth and everything in it, God made man. He realized that man was alone, and it was not good, so He made a helper for him.

Although this scripture is looking specifically at marriage, it can be applied in many areas of life, but it starts with marriage. A marriage partner is (or should be) the closest person to anyone.

The spouse should be able to understand and know the other spouse more intimately than anyone else. Knowing someone this way allows for that person to help out in any way needed.

Often people in marriage are in it for themselves, rather than for their spouse. They are not there to help build the other one up, but to be built up.

In this same way, people need others to help them out in nearly every area of life. And in the same way, many are in friendships with others for selfish reasons, rather than to help the other person.

Jesus wants every believer to love and serve others. One person may be serving another, while another one yet serves the first one. This is the help that every one needs in their different times of need. No one should be alone, but a part of God’s community loving and serving each other.

You may or may not be married. Either way, there will be many times that you will need help from others. Allow God to use others to help you.

If you are single, seek God to show you the one who should be your helpmate in marriage, the one who can know you intimately and help you the best. This can build you up in your walk with God and with accomplishing tasks in life in general.

You are not a lone island, who is there to help you on your path with God?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will seek God’s direction to who can help you in this life; that you will seek God’s direction in who you can help; and that God will place people in your life that will point you to Jesus and build you up in God and His word.

1 Corinthians 7:11 Not An Option

But if she does, she must remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband. And a husband must not divorce his wife. 1 Corinthians 7:11

Divorce is the number one option of marriages that are struggling. As soon as there is some major struggle in a marriage, many people look to getting a divorce.

They want out of the marriage, feeling that there is no hope of reconciliation. Many will even right a clause into a marriage certificate to allow for divorce or nullification of the marriage under certain circumstances. People want to escape the troubles, rather than face them.

Paul gave his own opinion on divorce. It was that if a woman separates from her husband, she should not get remarried. And the man must never divorce her.

Divorce has become so common and mainstream, that there is very little to no difference between the world and the church. Marriages face some difficulty and the only way that they see as a way out of it is by divorce. They want to give up, move away and try again.

God had never planned it that way. His plan was marriage was for life, no matter what happens in it. He hates divorce. Throughout the bible, the relationship with God is always shown as a marriage. God does not divorce the believer, though He will allow the believer to go.

When a believer goes through with a divorce, he is saying that his problem in the marriage is bigger than God. That God cannot fix his marriage. This is selfish, prideful thinking.

There is nothing that God cannot fix in one’s life, if one is willing to obey everything God says to do. To stop getting a divorce, one must love and forgive as God loves and forgives, and not allow divorce to even be an option.

You may be in a struggling marriage and are contemplating divorce. Don’t do it. Give your life, your spouse and your marriage into the hands of God.

Seek God to know how to treat and love your spouse as God treats and loves you. Be willing to love and forgive as Jesus loves and forgives you.

With God, all things are possible. Do not conform to the ways of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

Allow God to rule in your life and marriage, and do not allow divorce to be an option, regardless of how ugly it may get.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow God to rule in your relationships with others; that you will trust God with your marriage; and that you will love and forgive as God does.

1 Corinthians 6:18 Flee Sexual Immorality

Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. 1 Corinthians 6:18

One of the greatest sellers in media, whether it is books, magazines, tv shows or movies is sex. People, as a whole, like to see things that are sexual in nature.

The porn industry is the greatest, most profitable industry across the entire world. Along with purchasing sexual acts, the acts of sexual acts is extremely common among all people, everywhere and of every age level.

Paul just finished telling the Corinthian people that their bodies are members of the body of Christ. Now he tells them that they must flee all sexual immorality.

Sexual sins has not only permeated the society at large, it has also permeated throughout the church. It is common to hear of couples living together in sin, without being married. Many churches have begun to accept people living in homosexual lifestyles and not call it a sin. And this is just the physical act side of things.

There are another group of believers who won’t do the physical acts, but have it in their minds and dreams. They will watch porn, or think about it on a constant basis as if it does not matter and there is nothing wrong with it.

Jesus had brought about the idea that not only is the act sinful, but thinking about the act is also sinful. Thinking about the act, will often bring about the physical action.

As with any sin, the believer must flee it. Temptation to sin sexually will arise, but one must flee it. He must turn and run away as fast as he can and focus his attention upon God and His word, rather than the sinful ways of this fallen world.

You must examine what your thoughts and actions are about. What are you willing to see and do? Do not allow the beliefs that free sexual acts or thoughts are good outside of the marriage God instituted in the Bible.

Line your thoughts and actions up with what God has put in place. Whenever temptation to sexually sin arises, flee with everything that is in you. Do not allow thoughts to stay, leading to greater things against God.

Sexual acts are good, but within the boundaries of marriage that God made. Live for God, not self.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will strengthen you to flee all sexual sins; that God will guide you to flee all sin; that you will focus your life on God and His word; and that you will live for God in every area of your life.

Isaiah 54:5 Who Are You Married To?

Wedding rings

For you Maker is your husband–the Lord Almighty is his name–the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; he is called the God of all the earth. Isaiah 54:5 

The view on what marriage is varies from person to person all over the world. Many see marriage as just something convenient for the moment. People go into marriage for selfish and temporary reasons.

Marriage is supposed to be the dedication of a man and woman to each other for the rest of their life. They are to focus on each other and no one else.

The real focus of what marriage is supposed to be is found in the dedication to each other. It is putting the other person before one’s own self. People will be dedicated to someone or something. Often they are dedicated to things.

Isaiah reminds the people that God is their husband. The people are married to God. He is to be their focus.

This concept of being married to God has never changed. The book of Revelation finishes with a prophecy of Jesus returning for His bride.

Believers are to be married to God–focused and dedicated to God and God alone. There is to be no adultery with false gods–anything other than God Himself.

Too often believers become like the world in casting aside their marriage. The call for a divorce or live in adultery. They give their hearts and lives over to someone or something other than God. They forsake their first love, their husband.

This adultery can happen when a believer allows sin and sinful habits into his life as he refuses to listen to the Holy Spirit.

The good news is that God does not call for a divorce, as men do. He keeps calling His bride to be with Him. He is in it for eternity, with an eternal love for His bride, the believer–the church.

When you chose to follow Jesus, you became a part of the bride of Christ. He is your Maker and God of all and now is your husband.

Dedicate all of your love and focus upon Him. God is the perfect husband I that He will lead and guide you perfectly in every area of your life. He will never fail you as human husbands may.

While doing this, do not allow yourself to fall into adultery and seek or lust after other husbands–stepping into sin or turning to false gods. Remain loyal to God alone, your husband.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be dedicated to God alone; that your life will be a one of marriage dedication to God; and that you will know His love and protection for you. 

Proverbs 6:25 Wandering Eyes

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Do not lust in your heart after her beauty or let her captivate you with her eyes. Proverbs 6:25 

There are women in this world who are very beautiful physically, but are very dark spiritually. They live their lives to flirt with other men. They are never satisfied with just one man, but want a piece of each one.

There are also men, who look handsome physically, but their character is bad. Just like some women, they desire to be physically with other women, no matter who the person is.

Many people who see someone who looks great will begin to lust after that person. They desire to be with that person, whom they don’t even know, because of how that person looks or acts.

Solomon gives a strong warning for a person not to lust after a woman who is straying and lives for the wrong reasons.

Physically beauty is only skin deep. Many see it and desire the physical side of another person, disregarding the character and spiritual side of a person. This leads them into fornication and adultery, very quickly.

Some may only lust after another person and never do the act, but Jesus linked it as the same when even lusting in the heart as the actual action.

Lust for a person is seen every where a person looks. It is pushed as acceptable and common. It does not matter if a person is married or not.

There are many believers who get caught up in the lie that the other person might be better. Some will choose to act upon their thoughts, while many will just stay in the stage of lusting after someone.

While it is true that some men or women will look great, a believer must quickly turn his eyes away and move on. He must never allow lust to reign in his heart, turning him away from God.

Regardless of whether you are single or married, happy or not with your situation, you must guard your eyes. Do not allow yourself to be captured by the physical characteristics of another person.

God has set up the pattern of being with another person and how it is supposed to be. Follow His plan. His plan will bring contentment and joy. Walking the way of the world in lust will only bring about death and destruction.

Seeing someone cannot be helped, but what you do with your thoughts can. Focus your thoughts on God, not people.

I pray today that you will see people as God sees them; that you will know the true love of God for others; that God will help you guide your eyes and heart; and that God will help you to not lust after another person outside of marriage.