Eternal Pleasures, Forevermore!

Eternal Pleasures, Forevermore!


“The porn industry is in crisis following the death of five young women in 12 weeks”

As my eyes follow the words of this news article, I’m saddened. As I wrote my last blog, “The Open Casket of the Spiritually Dead,” I was not aware of the other deaths from the other four women. In a span of 12 weeks, five image bearers of God died. Four out of the five were by suicide. The other one died in her sleep. These five women, potential wives, and mothers. Five women who had a family, although some may have disagreed with their lifestyle, who had loved them dearly, gone….let that sink in. 

We don’t know what happens in the moments leading up to their deaths, but if they didn’t turn from their sin and believe in the Lord Jesus, their destination is grim. This is not to knock them or make another, what seems to be depressing, blog. But I want you to feel the weight of this. From an industry that makes billions of dollars a year, with millions and millions of viewers a year, they continue to catch the eyes of their viewers on a daily basis. 

Apparently, depression runs rampant in the porn industry. The irony of that is, for an industry who banks on delivering video after video, with the intentions of pleasing their audience, the porn stars are depressed. Depression is real, and this is coming from a person who speaks from experience. I struggle with depression. I’ve struggled with depression since high school. But the difference between now and high school is that I wasn’t saved in high school. 

Trying to suppress the hurt and the sorrow of depression, I would numb myself with marijuana, sex, porn, and money. Those things were a means to temporarily sweep my depression and anxiety under the rug. Did it work? For the moment, but after the temporary “high,” I was back to square one…depressed. I was also bullied in high school as well, which contributed BIG TIME to my depression. Feeling worthless because of the words were said and the names I was called, sunk me into a dark place of depression. 

The porn industry said that what contributes to the depression that runs rampant in the industry is bullying. Cyber-bullying, hate mail, you name it. In the article, one porn star says, “I have suffered depression because of the way people view my job. That is the worst part of this job, the way people treat because of what I do for a living.” Nobody deserves to be bullied, and I mean NOBODY. This includes those who are stuck in the porn industry. 

With all this said, I feel sorrowful for these women and their families. An industry filled with lovers of money, lovers of sex and in many cases, lovers of drugs, these temporary pleasures have an end to them. This road of pleasures is as wide as the gate they entered in. This road of pleasures is filled with people who seek to be satisfied and find any way to fill that void. But that void is never satisfied. Proverbs 27:20 says, "Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied, and never satisfied are the eyes of man.” Other words for Sheol and Abandon are death and destruction. So death and destruction are never satisfied. It continues on, like a tornado, destroying everything in its path. It doesn’t have to be this way…there is hope!

With depression being in essence, hopeless, Jesus is the hope.

Just simply ceasing to look at porn isn’t going to deliver you. That is the will of you and your flesh. It won’t last. But to replace the temporary pleasure of viewing porn with something eternal. Or should I say, SOMEONE eternal? Psalm 16:11 says, "You make known to me the path of life; in your presence, there is a fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” To know Christ, to be a co-heir with Christ, to be son or daughter of God, is to experience eternal pleasure. The pleasures of the Lord are eternal, it doesn’t go away, it’s permanent. 

To be made in the image of God is to want pleasure because God is the author of pleasure. But the difference is, we have perverted the means of enjoying those pleasures by abusing sex, money, drugs and every other thing we’ve got our hands on. The word Eden in Hebrew is delight or pleasure. Think about that, God made a garden and called it “The Garden of Pleasure.” And it was for man and woman to enjoy, FOREVER. 

So we get our want for pleasure from our Creator. God doesn’t despise pleasure, but what He does despise is man’s view of pleasure. It’s perverted, it’s man-centered and not God-centered, it’s evil and not holy and it’s temporary and not eternal. Your “pleasure” of viewing porn will come to end. That is why you keep going back over and over and over again, wanting more thrilling videos. Take a moment and ponder that. Ask yourself, “why do I keep going back?” “why do I feel the need to want more?” It is because you’re wanting to feel that void of wanting pleasure with something temporary. God, who the creator of pleasure, has a much better plan for your pleasure. And that plan is Himself. For He sent His Son to die on the Cross for sins including, porn, adultery, and lust. Jesus died for those who are in bondage to this heinous sin, so that they may be set free. Jesus died so that for those who believe in Him, will experience pleasures the right way, eternally.

I encourage you to pray for these porn star’s families. They are grieving a loss that they loved dearly. Pray that God brings His people into their lives to share the hope of Jesus Christ. Pray for all the porn stars who are trapped in the industry, for their soul is on the line. Pray for those who are still trapped in viewing porn day after day. Lastly, pray for your heart and mine, that we continue to experience the pleasures of God, rather the temporary pleasures that porn has to offer. Grace & Peace.

Meditation as a Means of Mortifying Sin

Meditation as a Means of Mortifying Sin


There is a stigma when it comes to meditation. The first thought that comes to the minds of many, when thinking of meditation is what? Sitting crisscross making the “humming sound.” This type of meditation encourages you to empty your mind to find inner peace. This is not biblical meditation. So lets get that out of the way and clarify that thats not what I’m talking about when it comes to meditation. Biblical meditation doesn’t encourage you to empty your mind but rather the opposite. It encourages you to fill your mind with truths that come from God’s Word. The meditation that I’m talking about is best defined by Don Whitney in his book Spiritual Disciplines, pg. 46, and it states, “deep thinking on the truths and spiritual realities revealed in Scripture for the purposes of understanding, application, and prayer.” This, my friends, is true, biblical meditation. Intentional thinking of God’s Word, pondering the truth’s that come from His Word. 

Everyone meditates on something. Whether it’s things from the past that have hurt you, to what happened at work this passed week that made you upset, everyone meditates on something. Like I said earlier, other religions have taken this concept and made it their own, some with the practice of emptying your mind, in an attempt to find inner peace and solitude. We as humans, made in the Imago Deo (Image of God), were made to meditate. To sit, chew and ponder in your mind. But as you know, sin entered in the world and have misconstrued it into something it wasn’t made for. But let me encourage you, getting back to biblical meditation can and will help as a means of mortifying sin. That includes the sin of pornography. 

Before indulging in porn, a thought occurs in your mind. I have yet to meet a person who watches porn without thinking about it first. Whether it’s from replaying that woman or man you’re wandering eyes laid on earlier in the day to boredom. A thought slips into your mind, calling out to you to indulge. This is a form of meditation. A sinful one, but it is a meditation. You are sitting and pondering about what is intended to be sacred but was wrecked by sin. So you have that thought to indulge in porn slip into your mind, you have one of two options. You feed it or you starve it. Your first instinct, a fleshly one, is to indulge. You continue to think about, “If I do it now, I can repent later,” “Nobody is home, so I won’t get caught,” “I know this is wrong, but I can’t help it,” “One more time isn’t going to hurt,” “I’m too far into this, I can’t stop,” and so on. Once you start feeding this thought, it is a downward spiral from there. Next thing you know, you are filled with conviction, needing to be washed from the guilt and shame. 

Meditation can act as a means of mortifying your sin. Getting up in the morning, before pulling your phone out, checking your twitter, Facebook, Instagram etc. fill your mind with God's Word. Get in your Bible. To fight temptation is to use God's Word. To use meditation as a means of mortifying your sin of pornography means to chew on God's Word. 

Practically speaking, here is an example of using biblical meditation as a means to mortifying sin:

Let's take Ephesians 4:17-24 and practice meditating on it. In those verses Paul talks about our "former manner" and our "renewed spirit." So if you're going to mortify your sin of pornography, take the truths of these verses and apply it to your life. What are some truths of Ephesians 4:17-24?:

  • We must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds
  • Why not? Because they are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them.
  • Is walking as the Gentiles do our former manner or our renewed spirit? 
  • It's our former manner.
  • What does Paul say to do with our former manner?
  • To put off our former manner
  • Then what? To be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. 

Now that we have taken the truths of these verses, take these truths to the throne of grace and plead with God. 

Here is a prayer that is shaped in the biblical truths of Ephesians 4:17-24:

"Father, I come to You with complete and total dependence upon You. Your Word says to put off my former manner and not walk as the Gentiles do, who walk in their futility of their minds. You tell me to put off my former manner and to be renewed in the spirit of my mind. So, LORD, I ask that You help me today to walk in the newness of life that You've given me. Your Word says that I am a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17) and so I pray for strength and wisdom when confronted by temptation. I pray that You give me the strength to flee and remembrance of the truths of Your Word in Ephesians 4. Thank You that I do have a renewed spirit and mind and by Your grace, I can live today, not as Gentile, but as Your child. In Jesus name, amen!" 

My prayer is that this encourages you to dig deeper in the Word and mine the truths of the Bible. The very Word in which you open, is the very Word that God has breathed life into (2 Timothy 3:16). Take advantage of that and use it to mortify, to kill and to bury the sin that seeks to destroy you. As the words of the puritan John Owen, "Be killing sin or it will be killing you." Grace and peace!

The Open Casket of the Spiritually Dead

The Open Casket of the Spiritually Dead


When we go to funerals, what is the atmosphere like? It could go either way. For believers, there may be some grieving, heartache, but there is also rejoicing. Rejoicing in the fact that the one who passed on, is present with the Lord. On the contrary, for unbelievers, it's a nightmare. Weeping, sobbing uncontrollably, anxiety, depression fills the atmosphere. Hope has been sucked out, like life in the body that lays before swollen eyes. See the contrast between the two? 

On December 5th, 2017, a porn star hanged herself in a public park, 20 minutes from her home.. Another image bearer of God is gone and I wonder how many times her videos have been played since. It's sick to think of, isn't it? You're probably thinking, "why would someone view porn videos of a person who is dead?" "where is the sympathy?" "That is sick and twisted!" This thinking process is valid. But let me ask you, do you think when you view porn online with people who are alive physically is better? No, it's not. You are essentially viewing funerals of spiritually dead people.

Ephesians 2:1a says, "And you were dead in your trespasses and sins." Spiritually dead people who are taking something sacred, which is the marriage bed, and defiling it right before your eyes for your pleasure. "Where is the sympathy?" The passing of this porn star should be a wake up call for anyone who is still caught in the confines of porn. Every time someone clicks on porn, they are essentially opening a casket of a lost, spiritually dead soul and viewing it for their own selfish pleasure [click-to-tweet]

"For the wages of sin is death" Romans 6:23a. Death, physically and spiritually. This is the sad reality of those who are not in Christ. John 14:6, says "Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." If this porn star who committed suicide last week did not turn from her sin and put her faith in Jesus Christ, to put it bluntly, died in her sin. I will not make that certain judgement because I did not know her personally, but this is the standard for everyone. This should be a sobering reminder for believers and if you are an unbeliever, this should be eye opening moment.

This is a wake up call for anyone reading this. That porn star we view on our screens are lost souls who need the love of Christ, not our lust. They need the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Spirit of God to "remove the heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh" Ezekiel 36:26. Until that day, believers, we must forsake the sin of lust and turn back to Christ who is the end-all-be-all. We must pray for these porn stars who are trapped in this industry. We must stop viewing open caskets of spiritually dead, and lost souls, and we must get down on our knees and pray for them. No one is out of reach for our God. He is the Alpha and Omega, no one is too far gone for Him. Close the caskets, beloved, and start praying for Lazarus moments in the porn industry.  

7 Scriptures To Help You Walk in the Fear of the Lord

7 Scriptures To Help You Walk in the Fear of the Lord


One of the most valuable attributes the Christian can have is the fear of the Lord, but what is it exactly? And how does one get it? In this exposition I want to share 7 Scriptures on this valuable treasure. Let me just say that Holy Writ is exhaustive on this topic so I will not be able to cover it all, but hopefully this will serve as a tool to help you dig into an essential doctrine of the Christian faith.

  1. We have to begin with the Proverb from King Solomon, son of David. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs‬ ‭1:7‬ ‭ Here we have the foundation of all wisdom. If anyone desires to be wise, they must have the fear of the Lord.
  2. Again, one might wonder how they can obtain this treasure and quite simply: it must be taught to you. The Holy Spirit, through His servant-king David tells us: “Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.” Ps. 34:11‬ ‭In order to be taught, we must be teachable, willing to learn and understand that as much we think we know, we have much more to learn; only to discover we truly know nothing as we should.
  3. Jesus teaches us the fear of God as well: “"I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that have no more that they can do. But I will warn you whom to fear: fear the One who, after He has killed, has authority to cast into hell; yes, I tell you, fear Him!” Luke‬ ‭12:4-5‬ ‭Typically when one thinks of the fear of God, it’s in reference to reverential fear- but this is another element to consider.
  4. The LORD declares through His Prophet Isaiah that He ought to be the object of the people’s fear: “"It is the LORD of hosts whom you should regard as holy. And He shall be your fear, And He shall be your dread.” Isaiah‬ ‭8:13‬ ‭No need to fear man. No need to fear the future. Only fear God.
  5. Apostle Paul uses the Greek word “phobon” to describe what Scripture calls “the terror of the Lord.” “Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.” 2 Cor.‬ ‭5:11.
  6. We have such great confidence and reassurance when walking in the Fear of the Lord. The Psalmist again tells us, “The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear Him, and rescues them.” Psalms‬ ‭34:7‬ ‭The fear of the Lord is a hedge of protection, a refuge that shields us from the evil one. I’m sure this is why Job was always protected, because he feared God and shunned evil (Job 1:2).
  7. Fearing God and hating evil go hand-in-hand.“By loving-kindness and truth iniquity is atoned for, And by the fear of the LORD one keeps away from evil.” Prov. 16:6‬ ‭To fear God is to know God and to know God is to love God and to love God is hate evil, especially our own.

“IT” is Sin

“IT” is Sin


Recently, the reboot of Stephen King’s “IT” released and took the nation by storm as it was #1 in the box office, and I admit that I contributed to this by seeing it (no pun intended).

According to IMDb, “IT” is a shape-shifting demon (I agree with this notion), while others have said “IT” was merely a man. First and foremost, let me just say that this post is not an endorsement or a recommendation to watch the movie, but if you decide to see it or already have, there’s no judgment here.

IT in a Nutshell

Seven young outcasts in Derry, Maine, are about to face their worst nightmare -- an ancient, shape-shifting evil that emerges from the sewer every 27 years to prey on the town's children. Banding together over the course of one horrifying summer, the friends must overcome their own personal fears to battle the murderous, bloodthirsty clown known as Pennywise.”

Pennywise was left to reign in the sewer grates in the city of Derry for hundreds of years until some kids chose to stand up.

Now for a moment let’s picture this demon-clown as being the sin that so easily ensnares us.

Are you allowing sin to reign in our life, or by the power of the Spirit, do we put it to death?

As the citizens of Derry allowed this creature to feed off the fears of helpless children, the body count went up and once it had its fill, it would retreat for next 27 years.

The Nature of Sin

Here is the nature of sin: it desires to reign in your body and even more so, kill you. As Christians, we cannot afford to turn a blind eye to sin, but it is the daily duty of every Believer to kill our sin nature or else, we will die (Rom. 8:12).

Matthew Henry once said, “It is the pleasing, and serving, and gratifying, of the flesh, that are the ruin of souls; that is, the second death.”

The Remedy for IT

  1. We are to “walk in the Spirit” (Gal. 5:16).
  2. “Put on Christ” (Rom. 13:14).
  3. “Put no confidence in the flesh” (Phil. 3:3).

Are you allowing sin to reign in your life? Let today be the day you also take a stand, and kill sin before IT kills you (again, no pun intended).


A Great Christ For My Need

A Great Christ For My Need

Sin separates. Our ancestors Adam and Eve enjoyed perfect fellowship with God until sin crept in. The serpent beguiled Eve to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil in which she convinced Adam to do the same and from that point on. . .

The Danger of Masturbation

The Danger of Masturbation

It is from these very words above (of the apostle Paul) that advice may be taken to further explain a matter which according to some, the Bible apparently makes no reference - that of undisclosed and unaccompanied indulgence, or quite simply masturbation. . .

Why I Don't Want to Be Porn-Free in 2017

Why I Don't Want to Be Porn-Free in 2017


As the end of the year approaches, many people have resolutions in place striving to be a different person they were the year before. For others, however, it serves as a reminder of some of the people or things they may have lost, but for the porn-addict, it provides a sense of hope. Let me first say, that there is absolutely nothing wrong with desiring to be porn-free—that is actually a good thing—but I just wanted to share three potential dangers of what can happen when we place our hope in resolutions:


We can become ensnared by our words.

Are we striving to be porn-free because of our own resolution or because of the desire to please the Lord in all of our ways?

As born-again Christians, our aim should be to live a life pleasing to the Lord Jesus Christ. Our inward man delights in the law of God and we hate the sins that remain within us, producing much suffering. It is also important to understand we are still flawed; we do not always keep our vows. Therefore it is better to not make an oath to the Lord than to do so and not keep it (Eccl. 5:5). Not only have I experienced it, but I have heard many say they will not "fall" again, only to stumble in a moment of weakness. We swear to ourselves, others and to God that that time will be the last and we truly strive hard to ensure that happens; but we must ask ourselves, are we striving to be porn-free because of our own resolution or because of the desire to please the Lord in all of our ways?  Bizzle said in his song "My Confession," “We spit about the sin that we overcame, it’s easy to talk about your past crime, but what about the one you’re still on today, but last week you said it was the last time?” The agony felt after a fall can be immense, because we trusted in our word rather than trusting in the finished work of Christ. [click-to-tweet] New Year’s resolutions are profitable for many things, the fight against sin isn’t one of them.

We fail to see the enemy’s strategy in regards to temptation.

While studying the Gospel of Luke, I seen just how persistent the devil is when it comes to temptation. It is understood that we have evil desires within us (James 1:14), but we are also at war against the powers of darkness who work tirelessly to deceive and destroy us. In the Gospel of Luke we see how Scripture tells us “when the devil had finished every temptation, he left Him until an opportune time” (Lk. 4:13). Matthew Henry said Satan had “emptied his quiver.” The enemy exhausted every temptation possible and fell short of his goal since he did not have anything in our Lord, but that still did not stop him from trying. However, we have all sinned and fallen short of God’s perfect standard, therefore January 1st will not stand against the devil’s fiery darts. Rather, we must stand on the Word of God or the “Sword of the Spirit” (Eph. 6:17) just like our Lord did.

We risk losing sight of Christ’s finished work on the Cross.

I mentioned this briefly on one of my other points but I feel that it is important for us to meditate on what Christ did for us on Calvary over 2,000 years ago. Indwelling sin can cause us to doubt whether if we have truly been redeemed but the fact that there is a struggle (let the reader examine if this is true in their life) is an indicator we have been born again. Before Christ, we were dead in trespasses and sins, haters of God and without hope in the world; but the Lord laid down His life and purchased us with His own blood (Matt. 20:28). He destroyed the works of the devil (1 John 3:8) and more importantly He satisfied the wrath of God in order that our fellowship may be reconciled to our Heavenly Father (Rom. 5:9). He has completed the work all by Himself, so to place our hope in January 1st is to trust in our own works. It is Christ who makes all things new, not the New Year. In Him we have new mercies every morning so every day is “Day One” for us, we do not have to live by a system where we have to count the days that we’ve been free when He has already set us free once and for all (Gal. 5:1).

Again, I want to reiterate that there's nothing wrong with resolutions in themselves, only when we place your hope in them. Therefore, work out your salvation with fear and trembling (Phil. 2:12) while resting in the sufficient grace of Christ Jesus. No matter what day it is, in the words of Steven Lawson, “we fear God, follow Jesus, flee sin and fight Satan.” 

I don't want to be porn-free in 2017, I want to be porn-free every day as I strive to live a life that honors and glorifies my Savior. Let us all resolve to do just that.


Why #iHatePorn

Why #iHatePorn

Grace and peace family! 

As WRAP Week and our #iHatePorn campaign comes to a close, I just want to take the time out to thank everyone who participated in the event. I totally understand how uncomfortable it is to share your struggles with others online opening ourselves up to ridicule to those who do not believe, but be of good cheer because those who put their trust in Christ will not be up to shame (1 Pet. 2:6). God will have the last laugh.

In the spirit of transparency I'm going to share a specific time of testing with you all. God has blessed me with a great job. The president of the company along with the other employees I work with see me as "a praying, Christian man" in which I strive to glorify God in how I work (Col. 3:23). So this past week as I sat at my desk, I had this "unusual" strong desire to view pornography on my work computer. I work at the front desk in my office with two other people sitting behind me, but lust is irrational so it does not care about the risks you take, it just wants its desires fulfilled. By God's grace and His Spirit working in me, I did not take the bait; I passed the test. Check this out though guys: THE VERY NEXT DAY, our IT Department came to our site to check our PCs, apparently our system was attacked by the Ransomware virus so I was a bit anxious because I did not want to be responsible for it in any way. My PC was clean. My conscience was clear. But I couldn't stop thinking about "WHAT IF!" What if I would have compromised? It was at this point that 1 Peter 2:11 became clear to me. I realized that sin is looking to destroy me and everything I hold dear to me. 

God has blessed me with a lovely wife and our beautiful twins, as a husband and father it is my obligation to provide for them as I keep Christ as the Head of my life; although I fail at this at times. There is too much at stake and I realize that I have a lot to lose: my job, my witness would have been tarnished giving those who do not believe an occasion to blaspheme the way of truth all for a desire that can never be satisfied. This is why #iHatePorn! My God hates it and if I desire to hate it, I must be able to see it from His perspective. This is my prayer for you as well my brothers and sisters. 


"The grand mischief that sin does to man is this, it wars against the soul; it destroys the moral liberty of the soul, it weakens and debilitates by impairing it's faculties; it robs the soul of its comfort and peace; it debases and destroys the dignity of the soul; hinders its present prosperity, and plunges it into eternal misery." -Matthew Henry

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The Heart of God Over Porn and Why We Almost Shut it Down

The Heart of God Over Porn and Why We Almost Shut it Down

I can recall when God Over Porn first started I was praying about wanting to make a change in regards to the effects porn has had within the lives of Believers. Let me just start off by saying I did NOT know how widespread this sin is among the Church