Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1Pe 5:8 NIV
There are six references to the word sober in the King James Bible, and all of them unite the word sober to watch, pray, and preparation. These words imply an action is required of us daily, moment by moment. Unfortunately, there are so many distractions in this world, and so many things pulling on our time, money, and gifts that we are barely awake, let alone keeping watch and praying. But some of the things robbing us of time are in the areas of sin and fleshly desires that should have died when we became born again. Some of these things can cost us everything.
The faithful bride of Jesus Christ refuses to commit adultery with false and godless world religious systems and vain philosophies. The faithful refuse to compromise. So where are the faithful, and why are they so quiet? I believe the answer to this question is as I just stated, they are tied up in distractions of this world, though they may not be compromising in sin they have allowed the worries and cares of this world to carry them away from their first love. Actually, this is sin, it is idolatry.
What is idolatry?
Idolatry is defined as image-worship or divine honor that is paid to any created object. The Bible tells us to do all things as if we are doing them for the Lord. If we keep these words in mind, we are likely to refrain from idolatry. Idolatry is a desire of the flesh, a means of putting something we desire in our flesh above our love for God.
We are living in a world that has literally lost its morality. You do not have to be a prophet to see this is true. The reason for this is idolatry in the form of self-worship, which can be displayed in a variety of ways. A desire for money, sex, power, control, and fame all open the door to the sin of idolatry and allow for the people of God to be lured by a spirit of whoredom and perversion. Unless one is born of God and keeps themselves from idolatry, they will sin and be lured away by every wind of doctrine that suits their heart.
We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him. - 1Jo 5:18 NKJV
Sexual sin is no longer strongly defined as sin and immorality because the royal priesthood of God (1Pe 2:9) has compromised and moved the boundary line. There are no boundary lines for secular humanity and blurred ones at best for the Church. I say this because it is obvious by the laws and standards set in place by those who do not proclaim Jesus as Lord. I also say this about the Church because there is now over one hundred “gay-affirming” churches in Arizona alone that call themselves Christians, yet clearly rebel against God’s word that Christianity is based on. There are whole denominations that have turned from the truth of the word and have distorted the holy Scriptures with feelings. The idea that we should allow our feelings to lead us is not of God because He tells us to be led by His Spirit, and we won’t fulfill the lust of our flesh, our feelings.
The worlds insatiable appetite for perversion can never be quenched without a true move of God’s Spirit upon the earth. The Spirit of the fear of the Lord must be desired by those who occupy a pulpit if we are ever going to truly tap into Gods glory.
The godly eat to their hearts’ content, but the belly of the wicked goes hungry. Pro 13:25 NLT
This proverb reminds us that a wicked and perverse generation will always be in want because they reject the One who can fill them. A hole in the heart is a welcome mat for the devil, and a wounded soul is a playground for all types of perversion.
Lust has no end. Jesus said, For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? Mt 16:26
Perversion Increasing at Alarming Rates
America opened its doors to sexual perversion long before pornography ever hit the scene. However, with so many forms of porn available, it is harder for an individual to avoid than ever before.
In an article on the Conqueror Series website, they give some statistics in the area of pornography use. As you read these, please allow the Holy Spirit to open your eyes to this serious sin issue in our nation and churches and ask Him to help you be part of the solution. If you are held captive here, ask Him to free you.
Over 40 million Americans visit porn sites on a regular basis; spending on average 6 minutes 29 seconds on a site.
There are 42 million pornographic websites to which total 370 million pages!
The pornography industry’s annual revenue is more than the NFL, NBA, & MLB combined. Also, more than ABC, CBS, & NBC combined!
The porn industry is using American’s hard-earned money to grow their wicked wealth while many who spend money on such things lack in the area of basic needs. An addiction can cost a person everything.
47% (almost half) of Americans report that porn is a problem in their home.
Pornography increases the marital infidelity rate by more than 300%.
The average age a child is first exposed to porn is at eleven, and 94% of children will see porn by the age of 14.
The statistics on children should be even more alarming as we are commanded to instruct them in the ways of the Lord; obviously this is not happening in most families.
Here are a few more stats that may surprise you.
68% of church-going men view porn regularly.
Over 50% of pastor’s view porn regularly.
33% of women age 25 and under, search for pornography at least once a month.
15% of self-identified Christian women say they never watch porn, and 87% have watched it.
55% of married men and 25% of married women watch porn monthly.
These statistics are not only staggering, they are inexcusable! For Christians who actually are born again believers, any type of sexual sin should die with the old self and the new, resurrected self, should arise ready to defeat the enemy of their soul.
Ask yourself if
Your sexual fantasy cost you a job, your marriage, your dignity, or your child’s innocence?
Are you secretly looking for ways to fulfill your fantasy lust while standing on the cliff of spiritual death and a cesspool of soul sickness?
The seduction of a Jezebel spirit is luring people to a bed of thorns where death will eventually be met.
Death to dignity
Death to marriage
Death to ministry
Death to innocence
Death to spiritual life in Christ
A little leaven leavens the whole lump. Gal 5:9 Therefore, one cannot “peek” and choose to dance with perversion. One cannot say “one little look won’t hurt.” Because the flesh lust against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh (Gal 5:17), a person must choose life and righteousness. Every Christ follower must choose self-denial and not instant gratification.
The flesh is at work against the Spirit, and it is made evident through the sins of idolatry, adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, and many others (Gal 5:19). Those who practice these sins, meaning those who habitually do the same thing over and over, are in danger of eternal damnation. Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? 1Cor 6:9
I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; - Deu 30:19
What will your fantasy cost you? What has it cost you?
Heavenly Father, I am crying out for help today. I confess that the lure of the world has caught me and I am trapped in sin. I cannot get out on my own but I am convicted to allow you in these areas of my life for the first time. I confess the sin of idolatry (name it). It feels like I am running out of time to get my life right and yet the sensual seductions of this world seem to be louder than Your voice at times. I ask for my ears to be open now and that the scales would fall off my eyes to that I can hear and see what Your Spirit is doing. Help me Jesus be free from the chains that strangle my testimony of Your goodness! In Jesus name, Amen.