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A lesson in humility.

  In the 58th chapter of Isaiah, the latter clause of verse 7 reads; and that thou hidest not thyself from thine own flesh. A result of the increasing acceptance of pornography is that men and women hide themselves from their own flesh, or in other words, they refrain from true intimacy with their own spouses and retreat to or hide in some corner to view more pornography. This 2,700 year old afore mentioned verse of scripture reveals God's careful reasoning with men to stop hiding or refraining themselves from their own flesh and blood, which is to say their spouses and children. In our times men, women, and children are detatched from family members while they point and click their way through the virtual media. Some check on or send E-mails, while others send racy text messages or illicit material by cell phones. We don't have time for our own flesh and blood. Gotta hurry up and log on, make that really important phone call. It's sad but some people will talk to anyone but their own flesh and blood. Quick, put those ear plugs back in, can't miss this next song. Pity. My mother used to tell me, " Brother, you better slow down and live". We're better than this. Let's examine ourselves and consider our ways. God wants us to glorify him in our bodies and in our lives. One way to glorify God is to praise him with a thankful heart. Don't understand? Consider the following. Imagine how many people in this world would love to trade places with you and have what you take for granted. Simple things like your ability to see, to hear, or to speak, or even read. Believe it or not there are many people who would love to have your problems instead of the ones they are presently facing. Imagine the soldier on the field of battle who would give great sums of money to be in a safe place with family. That soldier would probably care less if the house was in foreclosure, just being with loved ones would be all that really mattered. Imagine the prisoner locked away for a crime he didn't commit, a man who yearns to be able to embrace his wife and children but can only glare at them through the thick glass plate that separates them from each other. Imagine the husband whose wife recently died, a man who still reaches across the bed for her at night only to awaken to the realization that she's gone. You think you have problems? What about the parents whose child is gone missing, without much of a trace? Imagine the man whose greatest wish is to be able to go back in time and to have been there at the exact moment when the kidnapper grabbed his baby. A man whose wife makes it a point to blame him for their child's disappearance. Every day she finds a way to suggest that it's all his fault. She never blames the kidnapper, oh no, just the father of the victim. These precious people would love to have a family exactly like the one you no longer have time for or interest in. Awake from the fantasies. Live in the light of life that the Creator has blessed you with. Psalm 100:4, reads; be thankful unto him and bless his name. I am grateful to the Lord of heaven for the understanding that he is willing and able to fulfill (every promise) he has made to all that trust and obey him. Including this promise found in Isaiah 61:1, bind up the brokenhearted, and further on in verse 2 it reads; to comfort all that mourn; and in verse 3 it reads; give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness, These are the prophecies of what Christ Jesus would do for those who believe in him and his word. I know that he can help all the afore mentioned people, because he is God alone, and what he's promised, that will he do. Yes friend, the Lord is able to comfort the people just mentioned, and he is able to help you and give you the strength to take off the yoke of pornography from yourself and be free. Stop what you are doing and count your blessings. Stop obsessing over the things that you want but don't have. Think of the things that you don't want and are blessed not to have. Yes, even in your bad times someone else is worse off than you. Even a bad marriage is no justification for viewing pornography. One passage of scripture reads; A living dog is better than a dead lion. This is found in Ecclesiastes 9:4. More to the point, it's better to try rekindling the home fires in a stale relationship than looking at images on a breathless machine for gratification. Better to be struggling with a cold shoulder and the silent treatment rather than settling for dinner and a pornographic movie. If I sound too uppity let me relay to you what I saw on the back of a pick up truck; A bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work! In what was possibly Job's darkest hour when he was in the belly of the great fish, he decided the following; Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; Yet I will look again toward thy holy temple, Jonah 2:4. In what was most likely Jonah's darkest hour, he chose to remember the One true God, and though the temple was far away, the God of Heaven was only a prayer away from the disobedient prophet. In short, when Jonah turned back to God, and yielded his will to God"s will, things turned around for him, and out of the belly of the great fish that was unto Jonah as HELL itself, he was cast out on dry ground, as it is written in Jonah chapter 2. We know this Old Testament account to be prophetic of the Lord Jesus' Christ resurrection from the grave after 3 days and 3 nights, just as Jonah was 3 days and 3 nights in the belly of the great fish. Jonah saw his situation as HELL itself, and sometimes we flawed mortals mislabel our marriages as HELL itself. It may be bad, even really bad, but there is actually only one man who went through hell and lived to talk about it, His name is Jesus! Now from this we can take courage to not give up so quickly or easily. Let's look again to Holy Matrimony, I mean the God ordained kind. Let's take another look at our Vows.  Take another look at your spouse. Let's not compare them to the people in the porn-films, and hopefully they will grant us the same favor. We must make the decision in our dark hour to look again or take another look at our behavior and turn our back on pornography and turn to a holy life of fidelity to our own spouses. In what well could have been Esther's last day of life she determinedly said," and so will I go in unto the king...and if I perish, I perish." This is found in the book of Esther, chapter 4, and the latter clause of verse 16. She was resolute. The road to a porn-free life demands resolve. No matter what kind of expensive treatment you sign up for, you will still have to do the same thing this website is espousing, stop! Your soul is worth more than you know. Christ has given us his all, he sacrificed himself. Only he is worthy of our total reverence. Of all the gods people worship, only ONE loved us enough to die for every one of us. His name is Jesus. 

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