How do we keep ourselves pure in a fallen world?
You can hardly watch a movie or t.v. show without being assaulted with vulgarity. It is almost impossible to even look at Facebook without being bombarded with arrows to our spirit. Hollywood serves up a smorgasbord of nudity, profanity, and violence buffet style. Just because they believe this is what sells their movies does not mean we have to buy it.
A continuous diet of this cheapens us, our relationships, the way we view things, and eventually dulls our hearing to His Spirit to a point we no longer feel the twinge of conviction. The sting of conviction is a good thing, it serves as a warning to turn away.
Proverbs 4:23 instructs us to keep our heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.
Very much like the adage “you are what you eat,” what we put before our eyes, allow into our hearing, will go into our hearts. Out of the abundance of our hearts, our mouth will speak (Luke 6:45) Our bodies will follow the direction of our feet, so be sure your feet are firmly grounded on His truth, or you may find yourself on a slippery slope.
Images flash before our eyes on a daily basis.
While we may not have a say, or sometimes even a warning, what images flash before us, we do have a say if we continue to entertain or not. Images are to create thought, imagination, and to stir desire. James said this, “Then when the illicit desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin has run its course, it gives birth to death.”
Nothing is just for entertainment purposes. Everything has an angle, whether good or not, everything has an angle and comes with a price.
A good rule of thumb when you find yourself in a precarious situation is to ask yourself these questions:
- Is this edifying, does it offer anything other than a temptation to my flesh?
- Would I feel comfortable watching this if my husband/wife/mother/child were in the room?
- Could this weaken my relationships?
And the most important question to ask yourself is this:
4. If Jesus were sitting here in the flesh beside me would I still watch this?
I don’t think anyone in their right mind would just wake up one day and say “Today is a great day to jeopardize my relationship with Christ and those I love. Like all journeys, it starts with one step that leads to another and then another… until we find ourselves laying on the ground wondering what just happened. So why even take the first step to certain destruction?
In ALL things we are to honor God and guard our relationship with Him.
Everything begins with a seed. Pay attention to the seed you are planting.
Click here for an excellent article on this subject.
For every sin, entrapment, God has given us a way of escape, and sometimes the escape is as simple as just turning it off.
Be Free & Stay Free