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Summary: Sex is a beautiful gift from God, but it becomes an "Accursed thing" when used outside it intended purpose

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1 Cor 6:12-20 ¡V Our Bodies and Sex are Sacred - Part 1

Joshua was confused and baffled (Joshua 7)

„X Just a few days earlier, he had just witnessed a devastating display of God¡¦s power as He destroyed the city of Jericho

„X Now he was licking his wounds after his overwhelming force of 3000 men had been mauled by the little town of Ai

„X What had gone wrong? What was different? What had changed?

„X Like any man of God Joshua went before the Lord in prayer to ask what was going on

„X But God wasn¡¦t in any mood for pleasantries. Israel had sinned and God told Joshua in no uncertain terms to get up and root out the sin in the camp and that He would not help them until he did

What was the Sin? ¡V Achan had taken of the ¡§accursed¡¨ thing

„X He had desecrated himself by taking of the spoil of the city of Jericho, something God had expressly told the people not to do ¡V ¡§Do not touch the accursed thing!¡¨

„X He didn¡¦t want his people polluting themselves with the pagan customs of the Canaanites

„X Why? Because they were His Holy people!

„X Deuteronomy 7:6 ¡§For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth

„X God had given clear instructions to Joshua not to touch these things

„X Joshua 6:18 ¡§And you, by all means abstain from the accursed things, lest you become accursed when you take of the accursed things, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it.

God¡¦s people are still Holy and He still forbids us to be involved with ¡§accursed things¡¨ things that aren¡¦t holy

„X We desecrate ourselves when we associate with ¡§accursed things¡¨, things that aren¡¦t holy

„X We too are Holy people

„X Peter calls us as much in 1 Peter 2:9 ¡§a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light

Today we will be looking at this subject of Holiness and desecration in 1 Cor 6:12-20

„X If we take a look around our society today, and ask you to what use do we put our bodies what would you say they are being used for?

„X Let me put it another way, If you saw a young man staggering down the street on a Saturday night, what was his body being used for? A receptacle for alcohol or drugs

„X Is this what God designed our bodies for?

„X If you took a walk around any downtown area of the world what would be the most popular business you would find? Food outlets ¡V we love our food don¡¦t we, Australia is now only second to the US in obesity

„X Is this what God designed our bodies for? As a place to stuff enormous amount of food into

„X What is the common theme that saturates our entertainment industry today, and is the most common word typed into the internet search engines? Sex

„X Is this what God designed our bodies for?

„X Guess how much Demi Moore who turned 40 in November, spent on preparing her body for her comeback in the forthcoming ¡§Charlie¡¦s Angels¡¨ sequel?


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