A lustful thought is like a torpedo, cruising relentlessly, silently under the water, straight toward the hull of our ship. Unless we take instant evasive action, we’re in trouble. Eventually that thought will strike. We tend to minimize the impact. In fact, most of us believe we’re spiritually stalwart enough to take a few hits. But the truth is we can’t afford to let any lustful thoughts into our minds. We can’t let them linger, even for a few seconds. That little opening is all the Enemy needs; he is very adept at slithering in through the smallest of openings. He knows how to exploit that one little opening until it is a gaping hole in your spiritual armor.
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Molested at a young age, Jordan found lust growing within himself. Before long, he was living a double life in the church while giving over to homosexual sin. Yet the overwhelming mercy of God won Jordan back and set him free.
Body piercing seems to be a growing phenomenon within the Body of Christ. Young people especially seem to be expressing their individuality by this strange and bizarre practice. Rather than finding their identity in Christ, they are choosing to find some fleeting identity through being different. Having lived and worked as a missionary in New Guinea, I’m reminded of how these primitive tribal people would place bones through their noses as well as employing other means to ‘decorate’ their earlobes, lips, etc. What was once considered a relic of a past culture has now become fashionable in the 21st Century.
If a woman is ensnared in online dating and promiscuity, what can she do to begin 'living right?'
There are at least 54 references to repentance in the New Testament, in addition to the 16 in the Old Testament. It would stand to reason then, that repentance should be a regular practice in the life of every Christian. And yet, it seems that repentance is seldom preached in the Church any more, and that many Christians have only a vague idea what repentance is all about.
Television. Internet. Social media. Video games. Pornography. They have all become mainstays of our culture and have had a dramatic impact on the spiritual condition of the American Church. They also represent a lifestyle that is becoming increasingly self-focused, self-indulgent and self-deceived.
Many Christian men who deal with strong sexual temptation are likely familiar with techniques such as ‘bouncing the eyes when a pretty women comes into view’ or ‘snapping a rubber band on their wrist when their mind wanders into lustful thinking’. These methods are examples of “behavior modification” - the process by which someone forms new and harmless reactions to sexual stimuli in order to replace unwanted reactions. The men familiar with these techniques are also likely familiar with the inadequacy of them.
Bruce shares his personal testimony as he graduates from our Residential Program. For more information about our men's Residential Program, visit: http://www.purelifeministries.org/residential
We cannot count on the unmerited favor of God to cover our sins when we stubbornly refuse to forsake them. God’s grace cannot be used as an excuse to remain in sin when it is, in fact, the way out.