SATURDAY January 20, 2018
Refrain from Intimacy
Do not deprive one another except with consent for a time, that you may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again so that Satan does not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. - 1 Corinthians 7:5
Paul taught that under certain circumstances that it was alright for a married couple to refrain from sex. He further instructed that the only reason there was to be no sexual contact in marriage was for a time of prayer and fasting. However, this period should not be too long. If that happened there would be problems in the marriage. So that Satan does not tempt them to go elsewhere, a married couple should come back together sexually and break the time of fasting and prayer.
What does fasting and prayer accomplish in your marriage relationship? First, it is a time of denying yourself so God can work in your marriage. Second, as God works in both of your lives, He will help to solve the problems in your marriage.
Some of the problems in a marriage result from a hardened heart towards each other. Another difficulty is when a husband is caught looking at other women. It happens when they walk down a hallway, or driving down the street in their car. If they are checking out other women, then they have a big problem. Another issue is viewing dirty things on TV. It is estimated that 75% of people, both men and women in the Church, have issues with pornography! Ask the Lord to help you because any of these situations will harm your marriage relationship.
The real problem is that there is a lack of self-control––people do not have it! Christian couples need to be Spirit controlled––or they will not have a marriage. Do not let Satan have a field day with your marriage!
How soon marriage counseling sessions would end if husbands and wives were competing in thoughtful self-denial!
~Walter J. Chantry~
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