Pornography has seduced a large number of Christians today. Look no further than your local church and there lies many who are held captive by this deadly vice. Our minds are being darkened when participating in viewing such inappropriate content. And so, it essentially shreds to pieces the few remnants of newness in us. The newness of life found in no other than Jesus Himself, and experienced by you since being converted originally, is deteriorating. This is made to happen once your eyes are subjected to beholding vanity.
Matthew 6:22-23, King James Version
22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!
The mere glance of sexual images can send a rush through our system, very much like a narcotic response. What it then does after mentally enslaving us, is create dependency that weakens the individual, causes disruption for the intended union of “one flesh” which destroys marriages, and results in a distortion in thinking that weakens our ability to relate and function properly. A simple yet profound truth. Though, even more unfortunate than all this is how the problem continues to grow unnoticed, in us. Yes, us. We are an enemy of ourselves, as silly or cliché as it may sound.
Pornographic material has reached levels unimaginable now that it’s so easily accessible, with minimal effort needed for gaining access to an unlimited supply of your wildest dreams. What may appear to be a secular problem only is, in fact, an issue more commonly found among Christians than any of us would ever care to admit. That’s to be expected in an over sexualized culture which thrives by appeasing its many lusts, however, it’s also a show of how the Church is in critical danger and needs immediate revival. Therefore, it raises concerns on if we truly are conducting ourselves by the rule of the Spirit.
(Galatians 5:16, King James Version)
“This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.”
Carrying out such a life is only made possible through Jesus, with His death and resurrection making it so for even the filthiest sinner. This newness to our former way of living conquerors the flesh completely. Bringing some other form of operation into the equation is the surest way to conquer anything. In other words, to concentrate your attention on any overmastering thought or purpose, will then strip your past desire(s) that were intended for something entirely different and associated with something less authoritative. Your new purpose has come with new desires quite simply. We can all obtain such refreshment to our lives if only should it be asked of God in prayer.
(Matthew 7:7-8, King James Version)
7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
Christ offers deliverance from mankind’s greatest peril — sin, evil, death, and judgment. It’s vitally important to fully comprehend that, as believers, we already have emerged victorious forevermore over Satan and his angels. You’re no longer bound to a defeated lifestyle where repetitive actions of sinful behavior take place. We can permanently be delivered from the influence of demonic entities in our lives by using two powerful weapons that God has given us in the arsenal of our spiritual armor, with which we battle “against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (see Ephesians 6:12-17). The believer is to defend himself with the shield of faith and use the offensive weapon which is the Word of God. Against these two, no spirit can prevail. By holding up the shield of faith, we extinguish the flaming spiritual arrows they send against us, arrows of lust, doubt, guilt, jealousy, evil speech, and all manner of temptations. With the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, we overcome the evil one by proving his temptations to be lies, because he is the father of lies (see John 8:44). This is absolutely necessary in the life of a Christian. I plead with you now to rely on He who is able. No other is needed than He who died a brutal death for you. His name is Jesus, the Christ. We have freedom and victory in the palm of our hands through His sacrifice, but it’s on us to exercise the weapons given by Him adequately.
(Genesis 4:7, King James Version)
“If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto theeshall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.”
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