Life is Precious to God
October 23, 2022
Life is Precious to God
We are partnering with Love Life Ministries, which is a pro-life organization that works with local area churches in providing prayer and ministry for those seeking abortions at local abotion clinics.
Greg Stephens from Love Life will be coming shortly to talk to us about what we will be doing this Saturday, October 29th.
Let me speak briefly here about how valuable and precious life is to God.
1. Human Life is created for companionship with God.
Genesis 1:26-27 (NLT)
Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.” 27 So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
We are the only part of creation formed specifically in the image of God, and this is what separates human life from any other life form on earth.
2. Life begins at conception.
It is not a blob of lifeless matter in the womb of a pregnant woman.
It is a life given by God.
Because of this, abortion is murder.
Psalms 139:13-18 (NLT)
You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. 15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. 16 You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. 17 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! 18 I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!
Jeremiah 1:4-5 (NLT)
The LORD gave me this message: 5 “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb.
Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.”
3. Murder is prohibited by God.
Abortion is murder, the taking of innocent life.
Exodus 20:13 (NLT)
You must not murder.
Genesis 9:5-6 (NLT)
And I will require the blood of anyone who takes another person’s life. If a wild animal kills a person, it must die. And anyone who murders a fellow human must die. 6 If anyone takes a human life, that person’s life will also be taken by human hands. For God made human beings in his own image.
4. When Israel forsook God and worshiped idols, they sacrificed their children to Molech.
Leviticus 20:2-7 (NLT)
Give the people of Israel these instructions, which apply both to native Israelites and to the foreigners living in Israel. “If any of them offer their children as a sacrifice to Molech, they must be put to death. The people of the community must stone them to death. 3 I myself will turn against them and cut them off from the community, because they have defiled my sanctuary and brought shame on my holy name by offering their children to Molech. 4 And if the people of the community ignore those who offer their children to Molech and refuse to execute them, 5 I myself will turn against them and their families and will cut them off from the community. This will happen to all who commit spiritual prostitution by worshiping Molech.
6 I will also turn against those who commit spiritual prostitution by putting their trust in mediums or in those who consult the spirits of the dead. I will cut them off from the community. 7 So set yourselves apart to be holy, for I am the LORD your God.”
1 Kings 11:4-7 (NLT)
In Solomon’s old age, they turned his heart to worship other gods instead of being completely faithful to the LORD his God, as his father, David, had been. 5 Solomon worshiped Ashtoreth, the goddess of the Sidonians, and Molech, the detestable god of the Ammonites. 6 In this way, Solomon did what was evil in the LORD’s sight; he refused to follow the LORD completely, as his father, David, had done. 7 On the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, he even built a pagan shrine for Chemosh, the detestable god of Moab, and another for Molech, the detestable god of the Ammonites.
5. Abortion is a modern form of Molech worship.
The same demon spirits that urged Israel to leave God and worship idols are the same demon spirits that urge people to abort their children.
Ephesians 6:10-12 (NLT)
A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 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.
Demon spirits infiltrate any nation given over to idolatry, and since abortion caters to the ancient god Molech, it opens a person, a family, and a nation to the infiltration of demon spirits that seek to kill, steal, and destroy!
In the USA, we have turned idolatry and murder into a money-making industry.
And the love of money is the root of deep sin.
1 Timothy 6:10 (NLT)
For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.
6. The backdrop of abortion is immorality – the misuse of sex.
Sex is a creation of God for the inhancement of marriage and for the propagation of the human race.
We have made sex into a tool for the satisfaction of selfish desires in people.
1 Corinthians 6:13-20 (NLT)
You say, “Food was made for the stomach, and the stomach for food.” (This is true, though someday God will do away with both of them.) But you can’t say that our bodies were made for sexual immorality. They were made for the Lord, and the Lord cares about our bodies. 14 And God will raise us from the dead by his power, just as he raised our Lord from the dead.
15 Don’t you realize that your bodies are actually parts of Christ? Should a man take his body, which is part of Christ, and join it to a prostitute? Never! 16 And don’t you realize that if a man joins himself to a prostitute, he becomes one body with her? For the Scriptures say, “The two are united into one.” 17 But the person who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him.
18 Run from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body. 19 Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, 20 for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.
7. If you have had an abortion, there is mecy and forgiveness if you repent.
1 Corinthians 6:9-11 (NLT)
Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, 10 or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people—none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God. 11 Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
1 John 1:9 – 2:2 (NLT)
But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.
1 My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous. 2 He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world.
8. Repentance opens the door for God’s mercy and forgiveness when we sin.
Psalms 51:3-7 (NLT)
For I recognize my rebellion; it haunts me day and night. 4 Against you, and you alone, have I sinned; I have done what is evil in your sight. You will be proved right in what you say, and your judgment against me is just. 5 For I was born a sinner— yes, from the moment my mother conceived me. 6 But you desire honesty from the womb, teaching me wisdom even there. 7 Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
1. If abortion has been apart if your past, forgiveness can be a part of your future beginning now.
2. Jesus offers life in the place of death if you choose repentance when you sin.
3. Repentance releases forgiveness to you and restores freedom.