Pornography And Proverbs 5

7 Jun

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In the previous post of this series, fighting porn addiction, we mentioned starving yourself of all sexual content. Basically, it is making the decision to cut away anything that might start to get your sexual juices flowing. This is a conscious decision and takes immense discipline. However, I wanted to make sure we understand a truth here:

Wisdom leads you away from personal pitfalls.

If you were an alcoholic, you have no business attempting to drink casually.

If you were a chronic over-eater, you have no business eating at the all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet.

If you were a frequent pornography consumer, you have no business browsing the Victoria Secret catalog. You don’t need to find something for your wife. She will be much happier receiving true love from you. She wants this rather than your affections being split between her and images of other women.

Starving your desire is not new age thought.

This idea isn’t something in the self-help movement. Well, it could be, but that’s because it was taken from Biblical wisdom:

Proverbs 5 (The Message Emphasis Added)

Dear friend, pay close attention to this, my wisdom; listen very closely to the way I see it. Then you’ll acquire a taste for good sense; what I tell you will keep you out of trouble.

The lips of a seductive woman are oh so sweet, her soft words are oh so smooth. But it won’t be long before she’s gravel in your mouth, a pain in your gut, a wound in your heart. She’s dancing down the primrose path to Death; she’s headed straight for Hell and taking you with her. She hasn’t a clue about Real Life, about who she is or where she’s going.

So, my friend, listen closely; don’t treat my words casually.

Keep your distance from such a woman; absolutely stay out of her neighborhood. You don’t want to squander your wonderful life, to waste your precious life among the hardhearted.

Why should you allow strangers to take advantage of you? Why be exploited by those who care nothing for you? You don’t want to end your life full of regrets, nothing but sin and bones, Saying, “Oh, why didn’t I do what they told me? Why did I reject a disciplined life? Why didn’t I listen to my mentors, or take my teachers seriously? My life is ruined! I haven’t one blessed thing to show for my life!”

Do you know the saying, “Drink from your own rain barrel, draw water from your own spring-fed well”? It’s true. Otherwise, you may one day come home and find your barrel empty and your well polluted. Your spring water is for you and you only, not to be passed around among strangers.

Bless your fresh-flowing fountain! Enjoy the wife you married as a young man! Lovely as an angel, beautiful as a rose— don’t ever quit taking delight in her body. Never take her love for granted!

Why would you trade enduring intimacies for cheap thrills with a whore? For dalliance with a promiscuous stranger?

Mark well that GOD doesn’t miss a move you make; he’s aware of every step you take. The shadow of your sin will overtake you; you’ll find yourself stumbling all over yourself in the dark. Death is the reward of an undisciplined life; your foolish decisions trap you in a dead end.

How to apply Proverbs 5 to the pornography problem:

View the adulteress as anything that ignites your insatiable sex drive outside of your wife. “Keeping your distance” is starving yourself – removing these temptations from your life. Remember, this isn’t just physical, it’s a mental and spiritual battle as well. You’ve got to keep your distance from these things in your mind, you want to “absolutely stay out of the neighborhood.”

This means anything close to hot, sexual, attractive women needs to be avoided at all costs.

No SI swim suit editions, no Victoria Secret catalogs, no Maxim magazines, no celebrity magazines, no bathing suit calendars.

Stop driving by seductive billboards, turn off the sexually enticing commercials. Quit watching the movies with sex scenes and boobs (even if your wife watches them with you).

All this counts for real people as well – No more checking out other chicks. It’s not helping your cause. Tell yourself to look the other way.

This pornography drive is like a room filled with natural gas. One spark from somewhere – BOOM! You’ve been set off. Then you’re not enjoying the feelings afterwards (as Proverbs 5 explains).

I believe in you. Start Praying. Keep fighting. Don’t give up. God is helping you. May the Lord supply you with strength and determination to defeat this dark disease.

-Brad Andres

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Brad Andres writes thoughts, questions, comments, and explanations on God, Bible, and Life. His passion is to help people understand the Bible and maximize their God-given potential for life. Follow him on Twitter. Find him on Facebook. Circle him on Google+.

3 Responses to “Pornography And Proverbs 5”

  1. oliver February 23, 2016 at 06:37 #

    amazing article

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