Guest Post from Dr. Juli Slattery
Dr. Juli Slattery is a widely known clinical psychologist, author, speaker and broadcast media professional. I’ve been impressed with her commitment to Scripture and her burden to minister to women from all walks of life. She and her husband Mike have been married for 18 years and are raising their three boys in Colorado Springs.
Juli served as the co-host of the Focus on the Family daily broadcast from 2010-2012. She then sensed the Lord calling her to leave her position at Focus to co-found Authentic Intimacy. Authentic Intimacy is a non-profit organization designed to minister to women on all topics related to intimacy in marriage and intimacy with God.
Juli joined us for the True Woman 12 Conference in Indianapolis last week where more than 8,000 women met together to cry out to God for revival. On Monday following the conference, Julie wrote a blog post sharing how Authentic Intimacy is battling for a revival in the marriage bed.
God wants His glory to be seen in marriages, and I believe that is a key to the spiritual revival He wants to bring. I loved Juli’s post and wanted to introduce you to her and her website, so I asked her if I could share it with you here today.
A Sexual Revival?
Dr. Juli Slattery
I had the great opportunity this past weekend to be part of the True Woman conference in Indianapolis. Over 8,000 women met to seek God! Let me tell you – there was no watering down of truth in this place! Women from 48 states, 7 countries, and various denominations met to ask God for revival.
Revival. It sounds like an old-fashioned word, doesn’t it? Maybe that’s because we’ve never seen one in our lifetime. Revival is when God’s Spirit is poured out on His people and many, many are changed. It happens when we commit ourselves to earnestly seek the Lord and obey Him 100%. Revival is what happens when the church stops playing only defense and determines to play offense – to take ground back from the enemy.
The Lord has called the Authentic Intimacy team to a very special corner of revival – a revival of intimacy, specifically sexual intimacy.
There is no battlefield fiercer than sexuality. Satan has his claws in every area of sex from the little girls being abused by their fathers, to the millions of men and women hooked on porn, to the wife who resents her husband’s sexual needs, to the woman who constantly feels sexually rejected by her husband.
This was key for me to understand: Satan doesn’t just want to destroy marriages by tainting sex—He WANTS TO DESTROY THE HOLINESS OF GOD.
Sexual intimacy between a husband and a wife is the primary metaphor that the Bible uses to express God’s desire for His people and their holiness. Every time a husband and wife have sex, they have the opportunity to celebrate God’s passion for His church and to share in His holiness.
Unfortunately, the vast majority of Christian marriages are too shackled by wounds, guilt, and lies to even consider that their sexual intimacy is a form of worshipping the Lord.
We are praying and fighting for a sexual revolution – a sexual revival. It’s time to stop just playing defense, assuming that the best we can do is hold our ground. Now is the time to beg God to equip us to kick the enemy out and to take back what he has stolen.
If you are wounded – God is the Healer.
If you are guilt-ridden – God is the One who has covered every sin.
If you are damaged – God is the Redeemer.
If you are addicted – God can release you from captivity. He is your Victory.
If you are discouraged – God is the God of all compassion and comfort.
When God calls, He also equips. He is calling you to share in His holiness, to be set apart from this world, and to be a spiritual warrior who refuses to accept defeat.
Originally posted at authenticintimacy.com on Monday, 24 September 2012
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