Don't Believe This Lie about Sexual Desires

Don't buy into this lie about sexual desires. It's not biblical and it offers defeat instead of encouragement and hope.

Please see note #2 at the bottom about this subject matter.

After writing my series on Sides A,B,X,&Y, I received several emails from Christians who felt someone can be born with same-sex desires they can't “pray away.” One person suggested there's a benefit in Christians having forums where they can discuss their same-sex desires with others who have them.

We aren't all tempted by the same things. Some people have adulterous desires, some don't. Some are tempted to lie, some aren't. But God doesn’t create anyone an adulterer or a liar. And wrong desires are sinful even if we don't act on them:

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Matthew 5:27-28

Modern culture claims LGBTQ desires are like race or ethnicity, something we can't change. But Scripture is 100% clear that LBGTQ desires are sinful (Romans 1:16-32). God doesn't give us sinful desires. He helps us have victory over them (James 1:13Ephesians 4:17-24). 

If a Christian man claimed he couldn’t “pray away” his adulterous desires, we’d never suggest he learn to live with them and discuss them with women who have the same desires. (See note #1.)

We’d recommend he find mature Christians to counsel him, keep him accountable, and assure him that God is able to do more than he asks or imagines (Ephesians 3:20). 

We won't be perfect this side of heaven, but when we are genuinely saved, God can help us overcome sinful thoughts and desires (Ephesians 4:22-23).

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If you haven't read A Letter Defending Male and Female, I strongly recommend you read it. It specifically addresses arguments that promote transgenderism, but the biblical answers it supplies apply to all LGBTQ arguments.

Note #1: Exodus International was a large Christian organization founded in 1976 on the belief that homosexuals can change their desires with God's help. It was headed by former homosexuals and involved meetings where homosexuals discussed their common struggles. In the early 90s, my husband and I attended one of their large meetings in the D.C. area, hoping it would help us better understand a gay family member. Instead of finding it helpful, we left with an uneasy feeling about the discussions. 
     In 2012, the president of the organization renounced his former belief that homosexuals can change. He said he believed homosexual behavior was sinful, but according to him, 99.9% of homosexuals cannot be reformed. Expressing a combination of Side A and Side B beliefs, he said practicing homosexuals can be saved (see Sides A,B,X,&Y). 
     I don't pretend to fully understand the reasons Exodus International changed its policies and shut down, but like many other ministries, I believe they gave in to the pressures of culture. And I also wonder if their concept was flawed. Repeated discussions with others who share the same sexual struggles can inspire camaraderie and increase temptation. Instead of seeing same-sex desires as evil, it can lead to justifying and excusing them.

Note #2I want to let you know why I've been sharing truths about LGBTQ lifestyles and abortion more often than in the past. My archives (SeriesLists, Tips, IdeasPart 1; and Part 2) contain devotions about hundreds of subjects. But I'm addressing certain sins more regularly because Christians are being heavily influenced by culture in these areas. In addition, there's increasing pressure from inside the church to buy into false teachings such as Gay Revisionist Theology, and I'm seeing more teachers and preachers coming up with creative ways to justify or minimize these sins. My prayer is that Christians will understand what God teaches and stand firm on God's Word. 



Don't buy into this lie about sexual desires. It's not biblical and it offers defeat instead of encouragement and hope.


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Who Do You Quote Most Often?

Dear Christian, who do you quote most often? It's an important and revealing question in regard to your faith.

Who do you quote most often: your pastor, your favorite denominational teacher, or God?


There's nothing wrong with loving our church or favoring certain doctrines. But Scripture tells us to be "like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind" (Philippians 2:2). 

This means being more excited about the Body of Christ than our specific denomination. It means quoting Scripture more than pastors or teachers. It means being more interested in our common beliefs as Christians than in our doctrinal differences. 

It's essential that we have the same beliefs in regard to biblical moral laws, the inerrancy of Scripture, the character and deity of Christ, and the biblical doctrines of salvation. But we need not have the same beliefs in regard to things such as the gifts of the Spirit, the doctrines describing how God's sovereignty and man's freewill intersect, the methods of baptism, etc.*

Paul dealt with disunity in the early Church and said: "For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? … when one says, 'I follow Paul,' and another, 'I follow Apollos,' … no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ." (See 1 Corinthians 3; vv. 3-4 and 11 quoted).

Let's aim at being Christ-followers, not man-followers.

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* There are areas of mystery in our faith. God has given us all the knowledge and power we need to live godly lives (2 Peter 1:3), but He has not explained everything to us (Deuteronomy 29:29; 1 Corinthians 13:12). When we agree on the essentials of our faith, we shouldn't let the non-essentials hinder our fellowship with other genuine believers.

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Dear Christian, who do you quote most often? It's an important and revealing question in regard to your faith.


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Check My Words with His Word: Am I Right?

Check out this 1-minute devotion and see if you agree with what the author says about God's Word.

One thing that deeply affected me as a new Christian was knowing that God had given us His Word. And it's affected my life every day since.

So let me share a tiny list of things I get daily from Scripture. Please click each Scripture link below, read each passage, and let me know if I'm right. 😊

💙 No bones about it, God’s Word judges my thoughts and attitudes. Hebrews 4:12 

💙 It brightens my way. Psalm 119:105 

💙 It's filled with wonderful things. Psalm 119:18

💙 It’s a breath of fresh, life-giving truth. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 

💙 It doesn't stay in a book. Colossians 3:16

💙 It’s my weapon of defense and offense. Ephesians 6:17

💙 It’s permanent, eternal, unchanging. Matthew 24:35 

When people don't have God's Word, their truth is always changing. I remember how confusing that was before I found the Lord. 

Was something dangerous and unhealthy or should I celebrate it? 

Was it lustful or loving? Scientific or determined by each individual? Was it fact or fiction, set or negotiable, stable or changing?

The world's truth is always evolving devolving.

But we can be confident in God's Word. So let's hold onto it tightly, reading and studying it, rejecting anything that denies or alters it.

Scripture blessed me as a new Christian—and it has blessed me every day since!

For more encouragement:

5 Practical Ways to Hide God's Word in Your Heart

One-of-a-Kind Book – 15 things you may not know about the Bible

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The Biblical View of Physical Healing

A series of short devotions addressing the subject of Healing.

Saturday Collection for June:

There are many contradictory teachings about healing. This series addresses healing by looking at the full counsel of God's Word.


#1: Did Christ Link All Healing to Faith?

This article reveals the contradictions and misunderstandings associated with the false doctrine that anyone with faith will be healed.


 #2: Is Healing an Earthly Promise?

Some people teach that Christ promises healing to everyone who has faith. This devotion shares what Scripture teaches. 

 

#3: Does James 5 Promise Healing?

James 5 seems to promise healing to all who ask in faith. However, it must be combined with the rest of Scripture to be fully understood. This short devotion explains. 

 

#4: Why Many Faithful People are Not Healed.

People who teach that everyone with faith will be healed miss the most obvious evidence against their belief. This Bible study explains


A Message About Healing

Healing is a complex issue, and this 1-minute devotion contains an important passage that is often overlooked.

 

The Power and the Limit of Words 

There is a misunderstanding regarding Proverbs 18:21 that has created a false teaching in the Church. This 1-minute devotion explains. 

 

Heavenly Promises Versus Earthly Promises 

Beware of the way false teachings place promises about healing into the wrong time frame. 

 

Does Faith Heal Us? 

There are many false teachings about healing that leave people feeling guilty. Study all Scripture teaches! 


Accurately Understanding Healing 

Christians must be aware of the biblical teaching on healing so they are not taken in my false teachings. This 1-minute devotion offers the basis and provides resources for further study. 

 

Endured or Cured 

If all Christians were healed of physical illness, we'd miss a great deal of testimony about God's faithfulness. This 1-minute devotion explains. 

 


Misunderstandings About the Stripes of Jesus 

Many people misunderstand the phrase "by His stripes we are healed." This 1-minut devotion explains it using multiple Scriptures. 

 

A series of 1-minute devotions covering the subject of physical Healing.



    
A series of 1-minute devotions covering the subject of physical Healing.

A series of 1-minute devotions covering the subject of physical Healing.

Don't Head into Battle Without Reflecting on This Truth

When things get tough in our walk with the Lord, we need to take time to reflect on this truth...

As you know when you read Bible Love Notes, God has laid a number of heavy concerns on my heart. But I never want to forget the beauty and joy I find in my faith in Christ, and I hope the heavy subjects I share won’t cause you to do that either. 

"See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!" 1 John 3:1

When dealing with a hostile culture and other difficulties, we need to remember God's love and care (Psalm 103:1-2). 

Christians are facing many challenges that we didn't have to deal with 10–20 years ago, but our perseverance in this battle is worth the effort. We aren’t simply defending a human philosophy or preference. We’re defending the gospel of the only true God (Jude 3). 

Our God is just, holy, and pure. He won’t overlook sin or customize the gospel to fit culture. But He loves His children. 

He brings justified wrath on those who reject Him, but He saves, forgives, and comforts those who seek Him.

He placed us in this difficult time in history, but He gives us His Spirit to warn, guide, and assure us. 

We need to be prepared for action, aware of the battle, and clothed in our full armor (Ephesians 6:10-18). But we also need to take time each day to reflect on God's love for us. 

💙 Take some time today to do that! 💙

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Follow the Leader

We may say we are following Christ, but are we?  This 1-minute devotion encourages us to examine who we are following. #BibleLoveNotes #Bible

Judge your leaders by how well they teach and live God's Word.

Leaders get more recognition, but nothing would get done without faithful followers.

When we get to heaven, we'll see many "behind-the-scene" followers rewarded for their kingdom work. See Second-Class Gifts.

But following can also get us into trouble.

Aaron did fine when he followed his godly brother Moses (Exodus 4:12-16). But he messed up big-time when he followed the idolatrous crowd in the golden calf incident (Exodus 32:1-4). And he blew it when he joined Miriam's jealous rebellion against Moses (Numbers 12).*

Scripture says, "Bad company corrupts good character" (1 Corinthians 15:33). That's why we need to evaluate the character of those we follow. And even when we follow godly leaders, we need to check their decisions with Scripture.

The Bible is our most important resource for knowing what pleases Christ (Ephesians 5:8-17). 

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* When Aaron followed the ungodly crowd: See Scripture Records This Ridiculous Lie
When Aaron followed Miriam's lead: Scripture doesn't specifically say Miriam was the leader. God rebuked both her and Aaron, but He punished Miriam. This fact and the fact that Aaron had followed bad advice in the past leads me to believe he was following Miriam's lead in this situation. To read more background on this situation, see Miriam Didn't Finish Well.

Would you like to do a Bite Size Bible Study on this devotion and see two additional scriptural examples of good and bad following? You can do that HERE.


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Don't Be Afraid to Be Noble, Even if Others Call You Picky

This 1-minute devotions offers some specific teachers to avoid and some encouragement to carefully check all Bible teachers for accuracy.

Dear Christians, we're in the heat of battle, fighting for God's truth and seeing casualties and deserters all around us (Ephesians 6:12; 1 Timothy 4:1). 

We must constantly renew our minds in God's Word so that we can correctly divide truth from error (Romans 12:22 Timothy 2:15Hebrews 4:12). 

Have you ever thought about this fact: The Bereans in Acts 17:11 checked out the teachings of the apostle Paul, a divinely inspired man of God. Some people might have called them legalistic, pharisaical, negative, or narrow-mindedbut Scripture calls them noble. 

It's easy to identify teachers who contradict Scripture in obvious ways. It's a bit harder to recognize those who mix truth with error. And it's downright difficult when someone teaches mostly sound doctrine but teaches a significant error on an important cultural and biblical issue. (See note.) 

With God's Spirit and God's Word, we can identify errors in all of these categories if we refuse to excuse, defend, or overlook anything that contradicts the 100% true, reliable, perfect Word of God.

People may call this picky, but God calls it noble.

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Here are a few examples of teachers who fall within these three categories, each linked to explanations of their errors. It can be helpful to understand their methods and weaknesses so we can identify similar errors in other teachings.

🠞Obvious errors: Joel OsteenRachel Held Evans, Brian Zahnd, Bart EhrmanJen Hatmaker

🠞Truth mixed with errors: Eugene PetersonAndy StanleyRick Warren, and Timothy Keller: creationabortionLGBTQ issuessalvation 

🠞Mostly truth with a significant error: Alistair Begg

I'm grateful there are also many excellent Bible teachers who speak truth without errors. Those are the ones we should seek. If you feel like a lone voice of truth in your sphere of influence, find comfort in this devotion: Majorities Are Often Wrong.

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This 1-minute devotions offers some specific teachers to avoid and some encouragement to carefully check all Bible teachers for accuracy.


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"Judge Not" Scripture Out of Context

"Judge Not" (Matthew 7:1) is one of the most misused and abused phrases in all of Scripture. This 1-minute devotion explains.

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"Judge not," found in Matthew 7:1, may be the most misused phrase in Scripture. An increasing number of people, including Christians, use it to rebuke people who advocate God's moral principles, especially those principles that oppose popular culture.

But Matthew 7:1-5 doesn't teach against judgment; it teaches against hypocritical judgment. Pulling the words "judge not" out of context distorts the meaning and contradicts the rest of Scripture.

God tells us to judge:
1. Bad companions - 1 Corinthians 15:33
2. False teachers - Matthew 7:15-20
3. Sin and unrepentant sinners - Ephesians 5:1-13; Matthew 18:15

God also tells church leaders to judge sinning church members (1 Corinthians 5; Matthew 18:15-17).

We must judge ourselves and our motives first (Matthew 7:1-5), but when we have done that, it is God's will that we judge sin and sinners. Not only does it benefit the church, it helps us guard our hearts and it helps rescue and restore sinners (Proverbs 4:23James 5:19-20; Matthew 18:15).

To see a more complete list of Scriptures about biblical judging, see How, Who, and What to Judge According to Scripture.

See also: Do Not Judge and The "J" Word.

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"Judge Not" (Matthew 7:1) is one of the most misused and abused phrases in all of Scripture. This 1-minute devotion explains.


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We Need to Stick Up for the Family of God

It's popular to negatively stereotype Christians. Here are 5 Things to remember when you hear negative rhetoric about fellow believers.

The family of God is under attack. 

How should we react when someone calls us hateful or stereotypes all Christians by a few bad examples?

1. Remember that our perfect Savior was accused of being empowered by the prince of demons, and He said we should expect the same kind of hatred (Matthew 9:34; John 15:18-19). 

2. Remember that we'll be rewarded when we're insulted for our faith (Matthew 5:11-12). 

3. Take pride in our family heritage. If you aren't aware of those who have served God sacrificially and faithfully, I encourage you to start reading Christian biographies. Learning about the faith of others has deeply impacted my walk with the Lord, inspiring and instructing me. (See note.)

4. Stick up for your family. Our brothers and sisters in Christ are our "family" (Ephesians 2:19), and we should defend them against unjustified bigotry and negative stereotypes.

5. Encourage your family. Why not take some time this week to encourage a fellow believer who has taken an unpopular stand for the Lord, sacrificially given of their time, or shared God's love in some other way (Hebrews 10:25). 

“As we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”  Galatians 6:10 

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To increase your family loyalty, I recommend these two devotions: Why Christians Don't Need Holy Wars and Who Are the Children of God?

Note: Bible Love Notes offers a one-minute look at some Christians you might want to read more about. See Christians Who Inspire Us.  

And let me suggest some Christian biographies that have had an impact on my life. I get no money for recommending these:

End of the Spear is about a little boy named Steve Saint who was baptized by the man who killed his father. If you click the link, the book is on sale for $5 from the ministry Steve started. We worked with that ministry for several years, and Steve and his wife are special friends. If you want to read my one-minute devotions about them, see A Saint's Life, Divine Appointment in TimbuktuWhen Hardship Is a Privilege, and Back Door Miracles

God's Smuggler is about a Christian man who took great chances to share the gospel in Communist countries.

The Hiding Place is about Corrie Ten Boom's incredible love for God and the sacrifices she and her family made to help persecuted Jews during WWII.

The Emancipation of Robert Sadler is about a man sold into slavery by his father when he was a young boy. Despite his horrible mistreatment, he found the Lord and served Him with incredible fervor.

Several other biographies that impacted me are out of print, but I've written a devotion about one of them, Haralan Popov: Starved Spiritually

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It's popular to negatively stereotype Christians. Here are 5 Things to remember when you hear negative rhetoric about fellow believers.



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Have You Looked Out the Window and Seen God's Love?

In the midst of so many difficulties in life, God sends us this message. Have you recognized it?

My husband loves having bird feeders in our yard. And I’m amazed at the wonderful variety of birds we see: brilliant red cardinals, noisy blue jays, sharp-billed woodpeckers, bright yellow goldfinches, and red-winged blackbirds. 

God could have stuck to the basics in creation, but He isn't a minimalist. 

That’s one reason evolution is such an indefensible theory. If things happened merely by chance and necessity, the world wouldn’t be so incredibly interesting, beautiful, multifaceted, detailed, and surprising. 

Science has identified approximately 11,000 species of birds and almost 400,000 species of plants. Some scientists believe that if every animal was discovered there might be 100 million species! And what about the beauty of the sky and the variety of things we can taste and smell? 

Even in its fallen state, our world gives us a glimpse of God's glory that only a fool would reject (Psalm 14:1).  

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” Romans 1:20 

My husband was gazing out the window the other day and he said, “You should write about the fact that no matter how hard things are for Christians at this point in history, we can always look out the window and see reminders of God’s love and power. 

What a great idea! So look out your window today and rejoice! 

And to enjoy some other wonderful truths about God's creation see Enjoying Bugs, Butterflies, and God's Creation and How Coke Evolved from a Rock.

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In the midst of so many difficulties in life, God sends us this message. Have you recognized it?



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