The Father’s Heart for Your Sexuality – Part 3 – Joy (Proverbs 5:15-23)

The father's heart for your sexuality is joy. Maybe you need to read that again. God created sex to be enjoyed by a husband and wife. Sex is not just for procreation or for satisfying a biological drive. God desires that the husband and wife be "intoxicated" with the love they share for one another. In other words, heterosexual marriage is the only context where the goodness and power of sex can come together to create a life-giving, joy-filled, and soul-satisfying sexual relationship. This is where the two become one in a way that glorifies God (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:5; Mark 10:8; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; Ephesians 5:31).

The Father’s Heart for Your Sexuality – Part 2 – No Regrets (Proverbs 5:7-14)

The father here in these verses of Proverbs is imparting perspective to the generations that follow him. In particular, he is continuing his teaching on the dangers of adultery and forbidden sexual relationships. He is telling his sons (all of his posterity) to listen to the perspective of an older man. They will lose so much life if they look for sexual fulfillment outside of marriage. Whatever pleasure they think they might gain will ultimately end in regret.

4 Leadership Counterfeits

Be careful not to be fooled by gifts of service, by strong personalities, by unusual talents, or by false saviors. Real leaders in God's church are defined by the word, confirmed by the Spirit, and proven by their lives. Don't hurt your church with counterfeits but bless them with the gift of godly leadership.

Christian Life Is a Dawning Light (Proverbs 4:10-19)

Your life in Christ is a dawning light right now. There is a brightness and fullness of the light and life of God that is waiting for you when Christ returns that will make the sun’s light seem dim. Just keep walking and trusting. One day you will see Jesus as he is, and you will be like him (1 John 3:2-3). The beauty of Christ’s light dawning on that new creation will be beyond anything you can hope or imagine (1 Corinthians 2:9)!

The Crown That Lasts (Proverbs 4:1-9)

Very few people will ever receive a crown of a kingdom in this life. In truth, I'd say there's basically no chance that you or I will. (I'm just guessing there are no kings or queens reading this!) Yet, there is a way for you to receive a crown, and it's a crown that lasts eternally. Eventually, King Charles' crown will no longer be on his head, and he will stand before God as a man, just like you and me. His only hope as he stands before the throne of God will be the righteousness of Jesus.

Your Power to Do Good (Proverbs 3:27-28)

Wisdom is not just a set of abstract principles and metaphors. God's wisdom will lead you to do practical good for those around you. It will not only protect you and bless you, but it will also cause you to protect and bless others. As you humbly submit to God's word, God's word will work through you to express God's love, righteousness, justice, and equity (Proverbs 1:3) to your neighbor. You should never separate principle from action: they go hand-in-hand.

Life, Security, and Confidence (Proverbs 3:21-26)

The lie you are tempted to believe is that this world offers real answers to these most basic needs. Even if a medication can prolong your life a little longer, death still awaits. Even if your financial plan is impeccable, your money can never be completely secure. And, even if a new flashy sports car makes you feel better about yourself, that feeling will fade. Wisdom offers you more. God's desire is that you may have life to the fullest extent possible. Jesus said, "I came that they may have life and have it abundantly" (John 10:10). This life is found in following Him. He is the good shepherd. As David sang, "The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters." (Psalm 23:1-2). The father speaking here in these verses in Proverbs is communicating the heart of God for you. "My son, if you listen to me, you will have what you really want. You will have life, security, and confidence. You will have what this world can never give you."

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