I have put this post in two places on my blog, for the purpose of sharing with men the importance of taking the steps on becoming free from the lusting ways of a youth. For the Holy Bible tells us; 2 Tim 2:22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. KJV
Jer 18:6 O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the Lord. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel. KJV
Nearly all men are under one type of influence or another. As the clay is in the hands of the potter, so all of mankind is in the hands of God. Rightfully so, is the potter used to illustrate to us, how God can transform us from the marred vessel, to a vessel of habitation fit for God Himself.
For are we not children of dust, made from the dust. Did not Christ, use His spit and dirt to cure a man of blindness. Then let us put our whole bodies within the hands of God, that we should be shaped into a vessel of honor for our Lord to use.
Desire is a powerful thing that a man possesses or in to many cases possesses him. desire will shape a man more than anything else, from the inside out. For desire starts from the soul.
The soul of man is filled with what ever a man wants to plant within it. And this is why it is of great importance that a man watches what he puts over him. For almost all men are followers of one thing or another. When desire draws a man towards something good or evil he is apprehended by it for a time. And while he is apprehended by it, he is influenced by it. Let us all beware and watch were our feet are lead where they step, our hands reach, what our eyes land upon and our ears beckon for.
It is the wise man who listens to Gods instructions. Ps 1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. KJV. One must examine his own soul and ask, “Why after five, ten or twenty years have I not been able to break away from the lifestyle of Lusting?”
The man who examines his life at the bar of God will soon find that he desires what he should not and those choices have had too much influence on his life. His associates are of ill manners when it comes to obedience to God, he has stood in the way of sinners much to long and by doing so. Has learned things that a man should never be near, let alone a man who proclaims Christ as his God. Then even worse this same man sits with men in places he should never be, doing things he should never do and saying things he should never say. I know I used to be that man.
We are constantly under physical and spiritual pressure from all sides as we walk upon the face of this world, as sojourners. 2 Cor 10:3-5 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; KJV.
Yet these pressures are as the hands of a potter, forming a vessel fit for the Master’s house or forming a vessel not even fit for water. Therefore a man must watch where he steps. Were a man goes so does his heart, soul and mind. What a man opens his ear to, so he opens his whole being to. What a man sets his eyes upon will have great influence in shaping who he is and what he will become, What he spends his time doing is what he will bow the knee to.
I could ask nearly any man who proclaims Christ as their Lord, this question. Do you let naked women into your home, hard liquor, beer, violence, homosexuals (not to evangelize to) Drugs and all the world has to offer you? They would answer, “No.” I would then say, “You do. you watch the television with your family, and you are well-practiced in it.”
The television is the “Mouthpiece of the world.” I have heard every excuse under the sun for watching the television. Though I have never had a man share with me that it has enhanced his spiritual life with Jesus Christ. Do what a man of God would do, and take your television to the Valley of Kidron and burn it, After praying to God. And having the faith that what you are about to do will be the beginning of the end of your war within your own body.
If you throw your television away without praying it is sin. For all things done without faith are sin. That is if you have no faith from praying. You will receive no conviction from above, therefore you will do works without faith. Rom 14:23 And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin. KJV
If you ever hope to clean your soul from all the idols that are within it, you must clean your house from the idols that are within it. For I was as you are, and you know that you eat with your eyes and drink with your ears when you are apprehended by the television for hours on end.
You and I both know that the television has poured more garbage into your mind, heart and soul than the local landfill could. We both also know that your lusting ways are kept in a healthy condition by the television. This to can be concluded; your wife knows that you lust. You have tried to quit many times but failed, let love rule your home by having one God in your body and sharing your body with one woman.
When you toss your television out the door, people will take notice, and your wife will be one of the first ones. Pray with her, ask her forgiveness for your trespasses and repent to God. She has done no wrong, and you have shown her what you want, and it has brought her to tears. All she wants is one man and for her to be the only women in your heart. The television makes that impossible.
If you can’t depart with the television, for the love of God, your wife and children, you will not depart from your lusting lifestyle for the love of God, your wife or your children. Don’t go to a man and ask his opinion about tossing out the television (if he owns one). He will tell you what you want to hear. Have you not done that before and where did that get you.
The television has witnessed to you, it has transformed generations and multitudes of men and their ways of thinking. As men of God it is time that it goes. has it not stolen enough time from our God and loved ones.
By long-term influence, men have been transformed into accepting the ways of living that the unsaved of just one hundred years ago would have flat-out rejected. From abortion on demand to homosexuality and the acceptance of lusting after women. This was all done by influence over time. Not all men have, but few have not.
A man must consider what he does on a daily basis, if he wants to better his way of life with Jesus Christ. For can a man live to this world and be closer to the one who died for him?
This is the first step of faith in a sojourns walk away from lusting. I shall be praying for the millions of you out their. Amen. your brother in Christ Matthew.
THE POWER OF THE TELEVISION; TO INFLUENCE THE HEART.
The heart of a man who proclaims Christ as his God, is as a garden. holding the fruit of the spirit within it, (Gal 5:22-23 KJV.) the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Yet when a man drinks from the cup of this world, he becomes a sluggard with his hoe, rake and pruning shears. His heart will receive the exact opposite of the fruit of the spirit. It will receive the seeds of forbidden fruit, wind-blown seeds of weeds and the flames of lust. And the cup of this world, is water to the forbidden garden, and the father of this world gives the increase to that garden.
The television is the Goliath of the world, and it must be defeated by faith in God. If not the whole man will never defeat the sinful lifestyles that rule his heart. His heart over time will be put in a state of subjugation to evil, no matter what his position in life is.
Keeping a television in your home and trying to quite lusting, is the same as taking a shower without soap. A man may feel a little cleaner but in the long run he will never be pure in the ways of God, when it comes to loving his wife, sisters in the Lord, or women who need examples of men in this dark age that we live in.
Because of the television, he will lose the power to stand on purity, he will lose the power to stand in Christ and he will lose the power to stand against any sexual sins within his own life or others. I will make my case.
The man who watches television, in all likelihood did not keep his wife pure, does not teach his children purity and in his daily routine lives his life as the heathens do (except when he is around certain men.)
So far has a mans heart been bent towards evil by the television, that he is a slave to sin. Today a man can take his wife to a movie or watch the television with nudity scenes in it without even wincing. Does the movie “Brave-heart” ring a bell.
The heart of a believer is supposed to be as flesh not stone. (Ezek 36:26 KJV.) A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
Yet there is hope for all who trust in Christ.
The worse thing that happens to a mans heart, is not that it will only become numb to the yearning of Godliness. It will become as two hearts. Ps 12:2 They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak. KJV.)
It is a dangerous thing when a man, speaks like a dove and lives like a snake. Beware the snake will swallow the dove.
It is now time to die to your ways, and live to the ways of Christ. For can a man live and inherit the Kingdom of Heaven? Let your heart not deceive you. Grace is a wonderful gift. Yet Grace is not for sinners who sin. Grace is for sinners who become saints and for saints who continue to run the good race against sin.
If it was not true what I write about grace. Then you would have rest at night, peace in the day and love would rule your heart, keep your soul, and direct your mind in the ways of Christ our Lord. Yet it is not so, you know by the law of God written on your heart that you are Guilty, therefore repent of your sinful lifestyle of lusting against God and his creation.
Be not satisfied with sin but strive for godliness. Be not found in the valley of indecision but in the bosom of God. Pray to God, live like Christ and be moved by the Holy Ghost. Listen to no man who is full of excuses to live like hell and proclaim heaven. Live like a man who lives like he fears hell and desires heaven with all his heart, mind, soul and strength.
Let not your acquaintances, be your stumbling blocks towards the perfection that Christ lays out for us.Matt 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. KJV.)
For we are the children of Christ and as children we should admire our Father who is in heaven. We should want to be like no other, act like no other and think like no other but Christ who set a pattern for us. 1 Tim 1:16 Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting. KJV.)
For a man, church, and a nation’s spiritual strength (faith) can be measured by how little of the lifestyles of sin reside in them or how much. Even the heathens within that nation, are kept in check by spiritual strength of the brethren. Or sin abounds without grace. And the men, church and nation go unchecked towards Hell.
My beloved brother, how hard have you fought against the ways of sin, unto blood? Heb 12:3-4 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. 4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin. KJV.)
Resist, resist and then resist! By worshiping He who is your Father, by separating yourself from the ways of this world through Christ and by praying and listening to the quiet voice of the Holy Spirit. James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. KJV.)
Be gone with that which is evil, though it be close to you, though it be far, though it be within you, be gone with it through Christ. For it will bring death two times. For the heart is full of wickedness and imaginations. Yet once wickedness is cast down and the imaginations of the heart are taken captive, then one’s spirit shall dwell in the shade of the day with God in the sanctuary of his heart. He shall be free from the loves and customs of this world and abound with love for all things that are good and weep for all things that are evil.
His heart shall be as the heart of Christ, full of the fruit of the spirit and full of the knowledge of God. Yet this he will know, that he is blameless in front of God when it comes to the lifestyle of lusting.
I love the quotes of the fathers of Christianity, Here are a couple; He defines as an adulterer not only the man who has actually invaded another’s marriage bed, but also the man who has contaminated her by the lust of his gaze. Tertullian (c.203)
A Christian husband has nothing to do with any woman but his own wife… A Christian with grace healed eyes is sightless in this matter. He is mentally blind against the assaults of passion. Tertullian (c. 197)
The power of the television; to influence the mind.
The mind of man needs no assistance being at enmity with God. Rom 8:7 Because the carnal mind is at enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. KJV.)
If one could see from heaven, they would see that the television has apprehended the minds of men as Christ should, When the big game is just around the corner the game is the talk of the town and church. It is in every soul, every heart and all the minds of men. Men use all their strength to plan for the big occasion. Involving, the wife, kids and even the neighbors. After all it’s Sunday, football is king when it comes to the minds of men.
What is seen by the soul, is given to the heart. That the heart may be filled with imaginations. What the heart is filled with, is given to the mind. Then the mind orders the flesh to do as the soul desires.
The mind of man is a hopeless case, except for one thing. Jesus Christ.
It is of such value to guard and enlighten the mind, of the saved man. This is why Paul the apostle tells us that the “Helmet of Salvation fits upon the saved mans head.” For the mind must be kept in check by the inner-man. And the first sign that the mind is going the ways of the world, is this; that its conscience begins to grow numb, To the ways of Godliness.
A man who does the things that the world does, and gives them not a thought, has become a man without a conscience. Yes nearly all men are awoken to the worse of things. I speak of the things that should appall the mind of a Christian man; how men a use profanity around him and he doesn’t even say a word, how filthy jokes can be within his sphere and he nods his approval. Yet worse how a man who proclaims Christ as his Lord, can walk in the world without wincing.
What does this have to do with lusting being put under foot? Everything. If a man cannot do the smaller things of faith, he will never do the things required to overcome the greater things of sin that rule his life.
Yet I give you hope in Christ, We are given a new mind, the very mind of Christ. 1 Cor 2:1616 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ. KJV.
How can we see as Christ, if we don’t have the mind of Christ? Yet we do see as Christ, that is why we have joy and also we grieve the Holy Spirit.
Pray, and cleanse your mind, repent and renew your mind. That it would become a light unto your heart and soul. Also that you would take your place by purity as a man. Yes you would be the head of your house and your wife would love for you to be. Be not a partaker of the filthy things that happen around you. You will witness more to this world by purity, than by any other means.
If you desire with all your mind to be Christ like, then put it into works by faith. Put your foot upon those things that are lewd. be separate from those who are evil towards God, and you. Think not, how do I witness to people then? Have not they witnessed to you enough and have you not been transformed into their image enough. From the television in your home, to the ways of the world by those who are in your circle of influence.
Be strong, yet don’t try and be Daniel in a day, for has not the lions pit put its teeth in you enough. Don’t fear the world but don’t fight the world. your mind must be blameless and your conscience must be clean first.
You must involve yourself in a good spiritual war with yourself first, to be blameless and with a clear conscience. I don’t believe most men struggle with lust, I believe that most men have never declared war on lust from within. For there to be a war there must be a battle, blood must be spilled, the flesh must go through pain and the mind must suffer, that it may be branded by the hand of God, “To go and sin no more.”
The power of television over the soul
God loves the soul of a king who cast down the idols of his people. 1 Kings 15:11-12 And Asa did that which was right in the eyes of the Lord, as did David his father 12 And he took away the sodomites out of the land, and removed all the idols that his fathers had made. KJV.
The soul of a man loves Jesus as his God, who cast down the idols that are within his soul.
The television is as seeds to the fertile ground of the soul, the problem is that the seeds come from the enemy, and they are tares.
The soul of a man gives him his inheritance in this life and the life after. for it’s the souls of men that are saved, minds are renewed and hearts of men are made as flesh, but the souls of men are transformed or they are not.
I shall now share with you a simple thing that you can do. To begin no longer lusting after women. The next time you get a three day vacation, do this. Share with your wife to make sure that you have enough juice at home (I prefer tomato juice) for three days, share with her that you are about to examine if the television should stay in the home or not. For the love of God, the love of your wife, and your children.
Share with her that you are going to examine your soul and its motives for three days. You will not watch the television, listen to the radio or read anything but the Bible. You will be staying at home and will be on a juice fast.
Listen to quite worship music, pray to God, and listen, listen to your conscience. Play with the kids and have a good time. But keep the phone conversations short or don’t answer the phone. Be still and know that God is God.
Examine your life and ask, “Why have I not been able to be free from the ways of lusting?” At the same time repent of your sins against God and ask your wife for forgiveness.
When the three days are up and work calls, you will see what no man can teach you. For God will show you what you personally need to see. You will not be able to look at the television again, unless you use effort to blot out that three day weekend.
Yet this could be the beginning of the end of your sinful lifestyle.
All I will command you to do is destroy your television, out of love for your soul. It is cruel hatred for a man to know something is evil and not command his brother who he loves not to be gone with it.
I command not as a leader but a follower and a father, for their are many instructors but few fathers. You love your children, therefore you command them, to do this and not do that and this is good. We are all God’s children therefore let us love one another, in peace, in love. Yet let any man rebuke in warning and bow the knee to Christ alone with his brother.