“Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: but I say unto you, that whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.”Matthew 5:27-28
This exhortation is specifically aimed at the men.
So Men, you are fighting in a war. Sometimes the battle will be fierce, and at times it may even feel impossible. But make no mistake, this is a war that you cannot afford to lose. The war against lust is at the very center of all of life. “Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.” I Corinthians 6:18 – So, either you will wage the fight against lust or the alternative is that you will be fighting to destroy your own body. There’s no middle ground. When you give into sexual sin, you are setting a grenade off in your life, and you cannot control the destructive consequences.
So, first, you must reject the lie from the world that this is just how men are, and it is normal to look at porn occasionally or enjoy the tight outfits at the gym. Second, reject the lie from some Christians that this a battle that you will always struggle with but never win. Is God’s arm too short to save you out from this sin? Remember, “God is faithful who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make a way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” 1 Cor 10:13.
So, take heart. Pull out the sword and slay the dragon. Your weapon is the Word of God. Be immersed in the word and prayer. First thing in the morning, late at night. Secondly, remember the wisdom from Solomon, “though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” If you are struggling, seek out a Godly older man, one of the elders, confess to him and ask him to hold your line with you in the battle so that you may not be pushed back.
This is no trivial matter. If you want your family to flourish, if you desire to see reformation and revival in this land, if you want to see abortion abolished, if you care about your freedoms. Right here is where to start the fight. Kill lust, kill it dead, then cut off its head.
Zach Browning – December 31, 2023