“Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.”
“The righteous shall move onward and forward; those with pure hearts shall become stronger and stronger.”
We live in a time when impurity threatens many men and women. Pornography is easily accessible in our generation. The internet is flooded with sites that’ll hurt believers. It will ruin our relationship with our heavenly Father. It affects our marriages and destroys our connection with others.
There is intense guilt that comes from using porn.
It covers us with a shame that hurts us deep inside, something detrimental to intimacy with our spouses, family, or friends, and as well with other believers. We’re guilty of hidden sin. Satan uses it to further isolate the Christian.
Porn causes us to be secretive. We want to hide it from others. We learn how to delete “cookies” on our computers. We want to hide the things we are doing. We must understand that using porn becomes addicting, it’s sort of crack cocaine to our spirits.
Masturbation is common to those viewing pornography.
Our view of naked men or women in sexual acts objectifies them. Subconsciously we start to evaluate our closest relationships. We compare others to the things we see.
- It’s addictive. We can’t imagine life without it.
- It seperates us from others. It begins to isolate us.
- We have a secret life, hidden and masked.
- Porn is easy to find, and it latches itself in our minds and hearts.
- It often leads us into further and deeper perversions.
- We see others as objects, not people who God loves.
- It often leads one into a life of hypocrisy and deception.
- Porn can lead one into masturbation and wrong relationships with others.
- It weakens our God-ordained relationship with our spouses.
- Viewing porn is a form of adultery.
- We start to compare our spouse to the things we’ve seen.
- It instills us with guilt and shame. It will destroy your discipleship.
- The time we spend in porn can be better used for the Word, worship and prayer.
- It desensitifies our relationship with God’s Spirit.
There’s so much more that can be added to this list. But this dear one is just a start. Perhaps you’ll discover more that should be added.
“I have made a covenant with my eyes.
How then could I look at a young woman?”
“Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable—if there is any moral excellence and if there is anything praiseworthy—dwell on these things.”
Only the Spirit of holiness can make an impure heart pure. However, we must do the ‘leg work” and make it to free ourselves from this sin. Our minds and hearts are our battlefields. To recognize this constantly is necessary. We must take solid steps to take the victory He gives. I realize that the demonic forces are very intense, but God’s power is far stronger.
Your desire to be pure is evidence of God’s care and grace.
If you’re struggling it’s really helpful to share your problem with someone you trust. Becoming accountable will help. Please don’t be afraid of being judged. Quit lying to yourself (and others) that you can overcome this on your own. You can’t hide it any longer.
If you wish you can contact Linda or me. If anything we can pray.
“Can a man embrace fire and his clothes not be burned?”