1 Corinthians – A Time of Distress

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“Now regarding your question about the young women who are not yet married. I do not have a command from the Lord for them. But the Lord in his mercy has given me wisdom that can be trusted, and I will share it with you. Because of the present crisis, I think it is best to remain as you are. If you have a wife, do not seek to end the marriage. If you do not have a wife, do not seek to get married.  But if you do get married, it is not a sin. And if a young woman gets married, it is not a sin. However, those who get married at this time will have troubles, and I am trying to spare you those problems.” 1 Corinthians 7:25-28

The people of Corinth were in a battle. They were fighting a spiritual war. Satan was wanting to discourage them in their walk with Jesus or just get them to leave their walk with Jesus. This is our problem today. We are in a spiritual war like none I have seen before. Spiritual warfare is not so much about demon possession, territorial spirits, or generation bondage as it is overcoming Satan’s lies and deceit in our own life. The Corinthians were living in a time of stress. It was a time of lawlessness and a time where people were far away from God. They were living in a time like we are seeing today. Marriage and the family were being destroyed. Marriage is stressful in the best of circumstances. It is very hard on newlyweds. They are in the process of getting to know each other and learning to live with another person. Paul is saying that it is best if you don’t get married, but it is not a sin to marry. In this time of stress, we must have God in our relationships. Our marriage cannot last unless God is in the marriage.

“For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12) In our relationships we need to realize that we are not fighting the person; we are fighting a spiritual battle.

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