Satan’s Wish List
Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. (1 Corinthians 7:5 ESV emphasis added)
Satan is Alive and Well Despite Rumors to the Contrary
Sometimes it seems no one believes in the devil anymore. He has become a cartoon character. Jesus talked a lot about Satan, so we’re going with Jesus on this one.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. (Matthew 6:13 NIV)
Satan Does Not Want You to Have Sex with Your Spouse
In marriage, the number one goal of Satan is to keep husbands and wives from having sex. We’re not saying this, Paul is saying this. God’s Word tells us clearly in our passage that Satan looks forward to you not having sex with your spouse. In fact, he loves it when you have infrequent and non-reciprocal sex because he knows you are then ripe for sexual sin.
Satan will do anything he can to keep you from having sex so that you will lose “self-control”. He loves it when you are out of control sexually. He looks for opportunities to strike when he senses your sexual and emotional needs are not being met. This can lead to physical or emotional affairs with someone other than your spouse.
Satan Will Distract You from Sex in Three Ways
- Circumstances – He will encourage a lifestyle that is so crammed with places to go and things to do that there’s just no time for sex.
- Distraction – He will tell you that everything is more important than sex. If you think sex is the next thing on the agenda then he will introduce an urgent need to distract you.
- Deception – He will try to convince you that frequent sex with your spouse is excessive sensuality and that you need to stuff it to show “real” self-control. He will also try to convince your spouse that sex with you is the last thing they want or need.
God’s Word, on the other hand, tells us that frequent and reciprocal sex is the way to counter Satan’s temptations. Paul reminds us that sex is one of Satan’s favorite temptations. We would say that it’s in the top 3 right after pride and power although an argument could be made for it being number one on Satan’s list in marriages.
How do we fight back against the attacks of the evil one? First, “do not deprive one another” in other words just do it. Second, realize your life is busy so you need to make room for sex. Thirdly, do not be unaware of Satan’s schemes to thwart sex. And finally, stand against the lies of the devil by reading and re-reading God’s Word especially 1 Corinthians 7:1-5 and The Song of Solomon.
Fight for your right to have sex, resist the devil, and he will flee. Don’t be taken in by the lies of the evil one who is prowling about like a lion seeking whom he may devour with sexual temptation.
Bible Thought: Satan loves it when you don’t have frequent and reciprocal sex with your spouse.
Prayer: Father, help me be aware of Satan’s attempts to deceive me and fill my mind with lies. Help me to stand on your Word of Truth about married sex. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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Just do it,
Rene & Gloria