@Doug-Renz This is so good to hear, as looking to the cross with your wife will unite the two of you as you’ve never been united before! The cross will draw you into the one place where your hearts will be affected, changed, cleansed, and continually filled with the love of God. The place where God showed His great love for us in sending Jesus as our perfect sin offering and filled with awe and wonder of such love, grace, and patience extended to us. But where Jesus was rejected, despised, unloved and extended to be nailed as a criminal to the cross for us, and as us. Your desires will be firmly anchored at the cross as one, on solid ground because our flesh was nailed to death with Jesus. So dying together and raising to life together and seeing all that Christ has done together, will set your hearts ablaze together.
From a slave to sin–to freedom in Christ (Galatians 5:1). From an abusive husband verbally and physically–to loving my wife as Christ loved the church (Ephesians 5:25). I attend church at FamilyBibleChurchKingman.org in Kingman, Az. and I'm a volunteer mentor for SettingCaptivesFree.com; My desire is to speak, teach, and preach THE CROSS of Jesus Christ with the same passion I once had for sin!
"Because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction..." 1 Thessalonians 1:5 ESV.
One of my favorite writings that still brings tears to my eyes when I read it, for all the evil I poured out to my precious wife Sylvia, can be found here: erickhurt.com/my-wife-sylvia/
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RE: Lesson 26 - Warring Against Our Flesh - God’s Provision in Marriage
RE: Lesson 26 - Warring Against Our Flesh - God’s Provision in Marriage
1 Corinthians 7:1-2 NIV Now for the matters you wrote about: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.” 2 But since sexual immorality is occurring, each man should have sexual relations with his own wife, and each woman with her own husband.
Hi Doug! Our wives are to be there “for us” in our time of sexual need. Likewise, we are to be there for them as well in their time of need. Your wife may be thinking that this is to somehow “blame her” for your sin, which is not the case. But clearly, marriage and our sexual intimacy is what God has given us so that we, as men, may seek out our wives instead of seeking out the impurity that has stolen this intimacy between a husband and his wife. And notice that we are not to withhold intimacy from one another.
1 Corinthians 7:3-4 NIV The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband. 4 The wife does not have authority over her own body but yields it to her husband. In the same way, the husband does not have authority over his own body but yields it to his wife.
I hope that makes sense and somehow helps, Doug.
RE: I had a student finish the 60-day Purity course for the first time
@Matthew-Sims Well done brother! So thankful for your ministry, Matthew, and for walking with this brother lifting up the wondrous cross! The cross of forgiveness, healing, cleansing and freedom, seeing Jesus dying so we could live! I’m excited to see one more heart captivated at the cross then set free from captivity!
Galatians 2:20 ESV I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
We have been crucified with Christ but didn’t receive even one scratch on our bodies through this horrific death called crucifixion! Not one mark could be found on our entire body that was “crucified with Christ.” Why not? Where are my scars and marks? Look at Jesus on the cross for you! Look! There He is! stripped! beaten! pierced! and bleeding to death for you! Your sin and mine right there torn in His flesh! Under the curse of sin and death! Under the judgment of God for you! Look! There are your scars! There are your marks! Right there being put to death in Jesus’ flesh!
Friend, you are free to go! Jesus stepped forward to be crucified for your sin. Wait! But Jesus didn’t do anything wrong! And never sinned! Let me go to my own death! The Lamb must be blameless and without blemish so that this holy sacrifice can make you holy and without blemish. Without one mark or scratch on your body! But look at His wounds that heal you. They have become as if they were yours! And your sin as if they were His! The Lamb that was slain has now risen from the dead to live in you! A new life by faith in Christ who loved you and gave Himself for you! Proving His love and showing His wounds that healed you. Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe" (John 20:27 NIV).
Romans 12:12 ESV Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
Friend, Jesus rejoiced because of His steadfast love and hope He had with His Father. The hope of seeing His Father again as He would not abandon His Son to the grave nor would His body see decay or corruption! It was this love that He rejoiced in which allowed Him to be patient in tribulation. The trails Jesus faced from false witnesses. The mocking of His name, His Father's name, and the Spirit’s work. He was mocked, put on trial, falsely accused, taken captive and turned over to be executed on a cross. At the cross, we see what true patients looks like as Jesus went through the worst tribulation know to man or will ever be seen again. For all of the wrath of God’s fury was shot into Jesus’ flesh and bone as He was gasping for just one more breath! His blood was being poured out on the altar for you! Jesus took your sin to the cross and then buried them in a tomb! Then raised on the third day and up into heaven where Jesus is now interceding for you!
Friend, do you see Jesus hanging on the cross for you? For when you do, when you look there constantly, you will die to all forms of sin and shame as did Jesus on that cross! You will be buried with your heart of stone and all sin with Jesus! But then, just as Jesus rose on the third day, you will rise from the dead as a new creature in Christ free from all the sin that once held you captive and a slave! Look to the cross now and see Jesus dying for you!
RE: Christians and PTSD
@Mike-Cleveland Thank you for sharing this interaction regarding PTSD. It really highlights that the cross is the answer to every problem and for every struggle. Where Jesus hung on the POST to remove our every sin and place it upon Himself (1 Peter 2:24). To renew us on the inside, in the heart, right at the control–center of who we are (2 Corinthians 4:16; Romans 2:29).
We see Jesus hanging on the cross that was designed for us because our sin needed to be judged and put to death! He took every TRAUMATIC blow of God’s wrath for us! Was torn and bled for us! Was pierced for us and received every wave of God’s righteous judgment so that we could be transformed, forgiven, healed by His traumatic wounds, our eyes, heart, and life are lifted up and out of the STRESS as Jesus was stressed beyond that of any human (Romans 8:3).
His joints were out of place so that ours could be put in their proper place. His DISORDER beyond that of being recognized as a human (Isaiah 52:14) on the cross so He could resurrect and reorder our lives by rising up from the grave in victory and power over sin and death (Colossians 2:15). And this to raise us up and out of our own grave and into a new life with a new heart, a renewed mind and therefore free from our former lives and troubles (1 Corinthians 15:57). All of the PTSD that Jesus went through for us was that which changed us on the inside, the only place the work of the cross could reach, far into the depths of who we were to become who we are in Christ (Galatians 4:19).
RE: Set Free by Jesus' Death: Session 2
@Cindy-Hirch Oh, sister, how I do remember the beginning of my journey too. I’m still on the journey learning to walk in the Spirit like you said, “not to just have a head knowledge, but to grab my heart in a whole new way so that I can truly experience freedom.”
And this is precisely what happens as we die daily with Jesus while looking to Him crucified. The cross indeed is the answer that sets our feet on solid ground. The reason you can stand and testify to both small and great. Saying what the prophets and Moses said would come to pass. Jesus suffering on a criminal's cross would open up your heart and unlock the prison door. That because He suffered and died, was buried and the first to rise from the dead, you too would walk in His footsteps, meeting your death in Him, burial of sins and a resurrected life! All because of THIS gospel!
Acts 26:22-23 ESV To this day I have had the help that comes from God, and so I stand here testifying both to small and great, saying nothing but what the prophets and Moses said would come to pass: 23 that the Christ must suffer and that, by being the first to rise from the dead, he would proclaim light both to our people and to the Gentiles.