Don’t Give It A Second Thought

I think often times I fail to resist temptation when I allow it a second thought. Pornography has had such a great hold over my life for years that the only way I can maintain control over its urges is to allow the Spirit to bolster my strength to make the right decision BEFORE I face temptation. Saving that decision for my weakest moment, standing before Satan’s deceit offered up on a silver platter, is never wise. I can’t remember very many times I DIDN’T make the wrong choice in that moment and then regret it. That’s not to say that God doesn’t always offer us a way out of temptation as He promises us in His Word. I just know that “way out” comes in all different forms and at all different times, and will not be easily chosen by our foolhardy, hormonal minds in that crucial moment. I think many times our way out of a difficult sin situation is just by Spirit-led self-control. I am weak im my own power.

Self control is cultivated as one of the fruits of the Spirit, and when we follow Christ and grow in our relationship with Him, self control is excercised and developed by obedience. Being in the Word every day will develop that, along with having a sincere and obedient heart before God.

Though we may consider ourselves the “strongest” Christian we can be, we are still weak in our flesh when faced with something as dangerously attractive as lust. Don’t give sin a second thought. Decide what to do before the temptation arises and stick to your guns. Satan’s lies are powerful before our flesh and giving even a moment to consider the merits of succumbing to the urge will ALWAYS cause us to fail. There is only one good choice to make, anything else we allow ourselves to consider is a blatant lie. If we sit there and consider it at all, and don’t decide what to do beforehand, we will fail and grieve the Holy Spirit, by whom we are enabled to stay on the path of righteousness.

Lastly, do not harbor any positive thoughts toward pornography. Any enjoyment you may have gained from it in the past was ways a lie. Every time I allow myself a tiny moment of inward longing for the adrenaline rush of sin, I inevitably begin a downward slide that is hugely difficult to recover from. It is then that my ability to allow God to help me forsee moments of temptation and avoid them is dangerously impaired.

We ABSOLUTELY CAN be on a path to stay out of the pit of lies of pornography! Just cultivate that Spirit-directed self-control and use Godly foresight to know when you might be tempted and do all in your power to avoid it. I promise God will do the rest and you will see the fruit of obedience.

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About Jeremiah

I am a God-fearing, wife-doting, father of 3 adorably wonderful small children. I find my identity in who Christ has called me to be: a family man, musician, and redeemed escapee of pornographic addiction. I find a new freedom and solace in writing about my experiences and insights the Lord has given me. You will find I have much joy in life, and that as a result, I may inject corny humor and the ironic quip from time-to-time. I just pray that Christ will be glorified through me here, one way or another, by what He gives me to say.

Posted on June 5, 2011, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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