Another Addiction

Getting hooked

It’s amazing how many different ways Satan has to enslave us: drugs, alcohol, tobacco, overeating, gambling, etc. Our adversary knows how to get us hooked and keep us hooked.

Satan has been entrapping even more with another highly addictive practice, using Internet pornography.

How many ever thought when they started where this would lead them? How many ever dreamed what a grip this would get on their minds? How many would have ever guessed what it would do to their marriages? Or to their relationship with God?

Admitting what it does to us

“It won’t hurt me.” “I can handle it.” “I can stop it anytime I want.”

But Paul cautions, “. . . let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall” (1 Corinthians 10:12).

The writer of Hebrews warns us that we can be “hardened by the deceitfulness of sin” (Hebrews 3:13).

Sin deceives us when we think we can indulge without consequence. But sin, when repeated, has a definite hardening effect on us. Our conscience can become so calloused by repeated indulgence that it becomes less and less sensitive, and we drift farther and farther away from our God who calls us to be holy as He is holy (1 Peter 1:14-16; 2:9-11).

Taking decisive action

Jesus said, “. . . everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” And then He said, “If your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell” (Matthew 5:28-29).

While Jesus does not mean for us literally to pluck out our eye, does He not mean we must take drastic action to save our souls?

Whatever it takes.

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Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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So What’s So Bad About Porn?

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A trap set and waiting

Some 49 years ago I had a teacher  who actually recommended looking at porn to see what it was like. Bad advice!!!

Pornography is one of Satan’s deadliest traps. It is so available, so alluring, so addictive.

Pornographic graffiti has been found in ancient ruins. Internet pornography is a new spin on an old sin.

Pornography has nothing to commend it and much to condemn it. So what’s so bad about porn?

What Jesus had to say

“…everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matthew 5:28).

Jesus also said that “evil thoughts….defile the man” (Matthew 15:19-20).

Pornography’s highly addictive nature is another reason we must not even dabble with it. “. . . do not sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts” (Rom. 6:12).

If you haven’t gotten into porn, don’t. If you have, seek help NOW! Do whatever it takes to get out—while you can!

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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Will You Look at That!

Optical delusions

God created our marvelous sense of sight. With the free will God gave us, we can use our eyes for good or evil.

How attractively Satan packages evil! The person who pleases God “shuts his eyes from looking upon evil . . .” (Isaiah 33:15). “. . . everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matthew 5:28). “I have made a covenant with my eyes; how then could I gaze at a virgin?” (Job 31:1).

A made-up mind

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Making up our minds not to look and lust, let’s choose the many wholesome alternatives God provides to look and learn (Psalm 8:3-4; 19:1; Romans. 1:19-20; Proverbs 6:6; Matthew 6:26, 28).

The choice is ours.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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