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Sex and God's Image
Theme of the Week: The Path To Sexual Integrity
Monday, March 20, 2017

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Key Bible Verse: So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:27)

Dig Deeper: Genesis 1:26-30

Our sexuality isn't an evil to banish but a gift we must learn to steward well as [God's] image bearers.
—Michael Todd Wilson (Licensed professional counselor with Intentional Hearts based in Colorado Springs, Colorado)

As his kids, we reflect God's image in lots of ways. But at the core of that reflected image is our gender and our sexuality. The essence of God's image is manifest in the creation of male and female. Neither gender alone sufficiently reflects that image. While plenty of other important conclusions can be drawn from this, clearly our gender (male and female) and the union of our genders (our sexuality) is at the very heart of our representation of God's image.

Why, then, should it surprise us that Satan's number-one target in the twenty-first century is both our gender and our sexuality? Sure, sexual temptation has been used as a weapon against the church from its beginnings. But have you noticed how preoccupied we've become as a society with our sexuality—and the free and varied expression of it—since the sexual revolution?

The more our enemy can keep us selfishly preoccupied with issues surrounding our sexuality, the less focused we'll be on reflecting [God's] image to others, especially to those who are spiritually lost.

Adapted from Unburdened by Michael Todd Wilson (IVP, 2015) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.

Prayer for the Week
Creator, you know my thoughts and the secrets of my heart. Set me free from sinful patterns and help me to walk in obedience.

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Curt Lovelace

March 20, 2017  8:39am

As a father to three young men, all not yet married, this is an important topic. I wish at their age someone would have shared this information with me. Looking back, one person did, a Fellowship of Christian Athletes minister in my college years did share this messages, or one like it. He was not effective because I was not willing to listen. I thought he was “old fashion" and his ideas were just that, ideas, that didn’t apply to me. Young or old, this topic is important. When I have shared these ideas with both Christians and non-Christians they look at me like I am from another planet. Then again, looking back, I thought that the minister from my college years was from another planet. This week's MOI should help us, as men of integrity, live out our lives with sexual integrity and give us God's power, his Word, to cause other to do the same.

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