A guaranteed way to not give in to temptation

Temptation is a door that leads to Hell, but for the destination to be reached one must open the door and walk through it.

Now, we don’t have to open the above-mentioned door, but that doesn’t mean temptation won’t present itself over and over with a knock from the other side. And depending upon personal circumstances and weaknesses, ignoring the knock isn’t always that easy.

So how can we avoid what’s waiting on the other side? What can we do to make sure the temptation doesn’t make its way into our heart? How can we make the hinges sit still?

One could give several useful answers from the scriptures, but there’s one in particular that’s a guaranteed way to avoid opening that door any time we hear the knock… Continue reading

#lust, #sin, #temptation

(#35) The Proverbs of Solomon 11:3-6-What Levels “Haves” with “Have-nots”

Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Judgments Solomon made about individual cases brought to him for Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10), or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 11:3-6: “The integrity of the upright will guide them, But the  perversity of the unfaithful will destroy them. 4 Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, But righteousness delivers from death. 5 The righteousness of the blameless will direct his way aright, But the wicked will fall by his own wickedness. 6 The righteousness of the upright will deliver them, But the unfaithful will be caught by their lust.”

“Integrity” is associated with “blamelessness” and “uprightness,” all of which are combined in terms like “honesty,” “consistency,” “purity,” “devoutness.” God described David, “a man after My own heart, who will do all My will” (Acts 13:22), to Solomon: “Now if you walk before Me as your father David walked, in integrity of heart and in uprightness, to do according to all that I have commanded you, and if you keep My statutes and My judgments, then I will establish the throne of your kingdom over Israel forever, as I promised David your father, saying, ‘You shall not fail to have a man on the throne of Israel’” (1 Kings 9:4-5). In fact, David asked God to judge him on the basis of his “integrity” (Psalm 7:8); although Job had lost everything, he kept his “integrity” (Job 2:9); and Christian “young men” should show “integrity” in doctrine (Titus 2:6-8). Other proverbs stress that a poor person who walks with “integrity” is better than a “fool” (Proverbs 19:1) or the “rich” (Proverbs 28:6), and, “The righteous man walks in his integrity; His children are blessed after him” (Proverbs 20:7). Those who are “poor” and spend their time feeling sorry for themselves because others are “rich,” need to learn that having “integrity” makes them far more acceptable to God than any other quality! To King David, walking “in integrity” gave him confidence (Psalm 26:1).

It is pitiful to see and hear the plethora of false prophets and deceitful speakers who fan the fires of victimization, emphasizing the difference between the “haves” and the “have-nots,” when if they taught God’s Wisdom, “integrity” would strengthen the hearts, confidence, and goodness of all who would walk in it. The contrast drawn in Proverbs 11:3-6 shows that the “wicked” will fail and fall because of their own “perversity” (twistedness), “unfaithfulness” (failure to obey God), trust in the purchasing power of “riches” (1 Timothy 6:17), “wickedness” (lack of Wisdom or goodness), “lust” (narrow-minded concerns about their own desires above others). All preachers, politicians, parents, and professors should be about educating and overseeing everyone with “integrity,” and forget all about their quest for power and influence in any other way!

 All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

#bible-study, #devoutness, #have-nots, #haves, #honesty, #integrity, #lust, #poor, #practical-lessons, #proverbs, #rich, #unfaithful, #victimization, #wicked, #wisdom

“Proverbs Are The Piths” (10)

In Proverbs 5:1-14 Solomon has warned his son about the end result of adultery; now he gives a solution to help extinguish the tempter’s fire in Proverbs 5:15-23. And what is this solution? Feed the fire that burns at home and you won’t have time to feed the ones out on the street!

Verses 15-17: If you don’t go around drinking from any ole’ water source, then why trust just anybody with something that goes straight to the heart? The consequences are rampant even today. Illegitimate children who suffer because of bad decisions made through lust, broken homes and STD’s aren’t just modern casualties of illicit sex! But modern-day TV shows reveal hearts by having no shame in profiting from the spectacle of people not knowing who has fathered their child, marriages that get dissolved before they ever began and circus-like atmospheres that supposed adults create for our culture to be spoon-fed with all because someone decided to take a drink from a stagnant and deadly source. Stick with running waters and the source we can trust and there will be no sickness that others suffer with.

Verses 18-20: Solomon urges his son to be “intoxicated” with his wife and he won’t be poisoned by adultery! Sex was designed by God and God designed marriage to be the place where the passions get played out. Any other avenue results in grave danger (Hebrews 13:4). There is intended to be much more involved in sex than just the physical pleasure. Notice how Solomon does not leave out the word “love.” To reduce the act of sex to the physical act alone, is to reduce the one with whom the act is shared with down to a physical object that can be replaced, removed and resold! There is no safety in the arms of someone who seeks only the fleeting physical pleasures of sex and not the lasting bond of love, care, concern and happiness through God’s ordained marriage covenant.

Verses 21-23: Why listen to this marriage counselor? Why think with the mind and not the flesh? Because our Creator is watching! The immoral person couldn’t care less about the soul that we must give an account for. This lesson that’s worth remembering for our culture today has a lot more to do with the Law of Heaven than it does with the Law of the Land! Instruction has been given, but the results and deadliness of not heeding it can sadly be seen in every generation.

#adultery, #culture, #lust, #marriage, #proverbs-are-the-piths, #sex

Illustration: The Battle Against Lust

[This illustration comes from All Pro Dad, via their “Play of the Day” e-mail.  I highly recommend this (as well as Family First‘s “Family Minute”) to all the dads out there.  To subscribe, go here (for Family First, click here).  Oh, and they have a version for the moms, too – click here to sign up for iMom‘s “Espresso Minute.”  –Chad]

In Greek mythology, the Sirens were seductress, mermaid-like creatures who lured nearby sailors with their enchanting music and voices to shipwreck on the rocky coast of their island.  The Greek hero Odysseus had to sail by this dangerous vortex and, in order not to plunge into ruin, come up with a plan.  According to author Kim Luret,
“Odysseus instructed his crew to first plug their ears with beeswax and once that was done, to tie him securely to the mast.  His orders were strict–the sailors were not to remove the wax from their ears, nor respond to him in any way until the ship had safely passed the island of the Sirens.
As they got within earshot of the Sirens, Odysseus became as a man possessed. He had never heard anything so alluring or beautiful. He was utterly captivated and began fighting against the ropes, shouting impassioned orders for the crew to turn the ship towards the island.  Unable to hear his commands, the sailors ignored him. They hunched over their oars and rowed with a fury.
This infuriated Odysseus.  He threatened execution to all who disobeyed his orders to free him at once and turn the ship around.  But the sailors neither heard him nor cared. They had made an agreement in advance to report to and obey the real Odysseus, not this inflamed creature who’d gone temporarily mad. Their orders came from truth and reason, not from a lie and insanity. And by sticking to their pre-planned agreement, captain and crew got out alive.
Once they’d made a safe distance from that dangerous place, the sailors removed the beeswax from their ears and untied their captain. No longer within earshot of the Sirens, Odysseus was himself again. And he thanked his crew for staying true to the orders from his real self.”
For many men, the situation Odysseus found himself in is akin to the fight against lust.  If we don’t take radical steps to protect ourselves, we’ll shipwreck our lives.  Here are 10 practical ways to help in your battle against sexual lust.

#illustrations, #lust, #temptation

“Proverbs Are The Piths” (5)

The book of Proverbs shows itself to be an equal opportunity defender in 2:16-19. Not only will God’s word protect young people from “slick talking men” – it will protect them from “slick talking women” too!

Verse 16- Solomon tells his son that the pretty young from down the street has grown to be trouble in the neighborhood. While the word “strange” (KJV and others) can refer to a foreigner, it can also refer to someone who has become “estranged” from a covenant or lifestyle. She wasn’t leaving; she was already gone. This is the exact reason we find the words of verse 17.

Verse 17- She was raised to know and do better! While this can’t be said for every person, it can be said for her. In all likelihood, verse 17 indicates not only the abandonment of her God (covenant), but also the betrayal of her husband (companion of youth). So Solomon says beware my son, she knows the right words (vs.16), but she doesn’t have the right heart!

Verse 18-19 – It’s a one street with a dead-end sign. Solomon introduces a topic that every young man must be warned about – the lust of the eye, lust of the flesh and the pride of life. It’s a big warning about a little bit of sex and it won’t be the last time these wise words are given to this naive young man. One can almost hear Solomon saying, “Don’t make the same mistake I did.”

There’s no doubt in my mind that Solomon understood how easily temptation could overtake a young person through lust. He knew everyone is only young once, but Solomon never once minced his words to his children in the book of Proverbs – sin leads to death every time no matter how pretty it may be!

#lust, #proverbs-are-the-piths, #sex, #warning, #youth

Revealing a Secret

Today, I violate the code and open the door on something Christian men have tried to keep quiet. Why? Because women need to know what Christian men REALLY think about modesty and immodesty in women so they can have more empathy and compassion. I hope you will read the article and share your thoughts on what I consider an important issue.

#immodesty, #lust, #modesty, #purity

Whoever looks at a woman . . . JAM

The average British man spends six months of his life ogling women, according to a new study. Researchers claim Englishmen target an average of eight dames a day and spend two minutes eyeing up each one. Evidently British ladies do it too, but pick an average of only two blokes a day for 90 seconds each, just one month of their life. It makes a person glad to live in America. But the truth is God made us the way we are and looking is not lusting and encountering is not encouraging. Lust involves intent – “whoever looks at to lust”, Jesus said, commits adultery in their heart. This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess

#just-a-minute, #lust