For you know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that you should abstain from fornication (1Th 4:2-3):
Now, you remember the fifteenth chapter of Acts when the early church had gathered to determine what relationship the Gentile believers should have to the law. Peter said, “I suggest that we put no burden upon them that neither we… the yolk of bondage of them, that neither we nor our fathers were able to bear.” Paul testified of the miracles that were wrought through grace among the Gentiles. And then James said, “Let’s put on a no greater burden that you’ve already received. Keep yourself from things that are strangled and from fornication (fornication is having sex with someone you are not married to) and if you do this you do well. God bless you.”
The Greek culture, the Roman culture, was a culture in which fornication was a very common practice. In that pagan society, much of the worship of their gods involved fornication as they sought to become one with their gods. And many of the spiritual rights within their temple were fornication. It was a very common practice in that culture. And so Paul is exhorting them again to live a pure life, a sanctified life, a life that is set apart unto God and to keep themselves from the common practice of fornication. If ever there was a time when Paul’s exhortation was needed, it is today, as we have again evolved into a pagan society and their very practices have become extremely common again. It’s a very accepted thing in our society.
I was reading an interesting commentary that was written back in nineteen fifty-one. And in this commentary, it told about an article in the Woman’s Home Journal in the nineteen… October, nineteen fifty-one issue (I believe it was) that was an article against the smut and pornography that had begun at that time to enter into the United States, and how the city of Chicago was able to deal with it and get rid of all the smut peddlers and all of the pornography out of the city. Nineteen fifty-one. But look at how much we have degraded since then.
And with the introduction of all of the pornography, I don’t know if you can get a novel that’s been written in the last forty years that isn’t centered around sexual subjects, incest and all kinds of sexual experiences. It’s in all of the novels. It’s just something that has pervaded the literature and with it an attitude of laxity towards real moral living. And so, Paul’s exhortation to the Thessalonians is an important exhortation in our day: that we are different from the world. We are not to live to please our own flesh. We are to live to please God. We are to keep our lives separate from the world and from the corruption of the world, in order that we might live a life that is pleasing unto Him. And so, this is God’s will for you: that you live a separated life, a life of dedication and consecration to God, and keep yourself from fornication.
Paul, in Galatians five, lists fornication as a part of the works of the flesh. But at the end of that list of the works of the flesh, he says something that we better pay close attention to: he said, “For we know that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” Paul said, “Don’t be deceived on this issue.” And there are a lot of people that are deceived thinking that they can live any kind of a life that they want, and God will accept their lower standard of living. But God demands a high standard from His children. And Paul said that every one of you should know how to posses his vessel in sanctification and honor, your vessel being your body.
"We have this treasure," Paul said, "in earthen vessels are in our bodies that the glory may be of God and not of us" (2 Corinthians 4:7).
So… we need to live in the Lord Jesus. It was pretty bad even back then but it is so much worse now. The Bible tells us that right before the end it will be as in the days of Noah and we are way beyond that in our society and way of thinking today. God bless you!!!:):):)
We all feel like that sometimes dear one. Especially in this world where there is so much hatred towards Christians. It seems to get worse by the day. You just have to ask the Lord to help you through each day remembering that He loves you so very much and that you are so precious to Him!!! Never forget that. Of course we will pray for you that the Holy Spirit touch you right now and open your heart to what He has in store for you. We pray that He give you a real hunger for His Word so that you can grow closer to Him and begin to live the dreams that He has for you. That when you share Him with someone that the Holy Spirit will speak through you and seeds will be planted in their hearts and souls will come to find Jesus as their Lord and Savior. In Jesus name we pray, Amen and Amen. God bless you!!! ♥♥
ILSOM is a part of the Toronto Blessing church and is NOT a good church to attend. ILSOM is a means Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship has developed over the years to pass on what they call ‘the Father’s blessing’.
The Toronto Blessing refers to the supposed outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the people attending the Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship Church, which at the time was the Toronto Airport Vineyard Church. On January 20, 1994, a Pentecostal pastor named Randy Clark spoke at the church and gave his testimony of how he would get drunk in the Spirit and laugh uncontrollably. In response to this testimony, the congregation erupted in pandemonium with people laughing, growling, dancing, shaking, barking like dogs, and even some even being stuck in positions of paralysis. These experiences were attributed to the Holy Spirit entering people’s bodies. The pastor of the church, John Arnott, referred to it as a big Holy Spirit party. The moniker “Toronto Blessing” was given, and the church was soon in the international spotlight.
When this “blessing” is held to the light of Scripture, however, it can scarcely be called a blessing; abomination, maybe, but not blessing. Absolutely nowhere in Scripture can one find any precedent for what was happening at the Toronto Airport church, except, perhaps, the physical conditions demon-possessed people suffered. In fact, the Toronto Airport church became so embroiled in emotional outbursts and psychological displays that Pastor Arnott ceased preaching salvation, and instead preached about the party of the Holy Spirit. Experiences were being held in higher authority than Scripture. This was even too much for the already extremely charismatic Vineyard movement, which severed ties with the Toronto Airport church in 1995, prompting the name change to Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship.
A believer’s focus needs to be Jesus Christ, the “author and perfecter of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2), not on oneself, one’s experiences, or even the Holy Spirit. The Toronto Blessing focuses on the last, to the detriment of biblical faith. Believers can have fun, dance, sing, even shout to the Lord. However, when a worship service resembles the dream of a demented schizophrenic and attributed to the work of the Holy Spirit, only one word comes to mind: heresy.
I would have nothing to do with them. God bless you!!! :):)
I am the Creator of heaven and earth: Lord of all that is and all that will ever be. Although I am unimaginably vast, I choose to dwell within you, permeating you with My Presence. Only in the spirit realm could Someone so infinitely great live within someone so very small. Be awed by the Power and the Glory of My Spirit within you!
Though the Holy Spirit is infinite, He deigns to be your Helper. He is always ready to offer assistance; all you need to do is ask. When the path before you looks easy and straightforward, you may be tempted to go it alone instead of relying on Me. This is when you are in the greatest danger of stumbling. Ask My Spirit to help you as you go each step of the way. Never neglect this glorious Source of strength within you. ~Jesus Calling~
“And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.” —John 14:16–17 nkjv
“But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.” —John 16:7
So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.” —Zechariah 4:6