fighting for free hearts

Lust? Porn? It’s That Time Of Year

School’s out for summer, and that means hotter temps, fewer clothes on young women and an exponential increase in temptation.

Before i say anything more, the answer is “No.”

“No,” as in:  i am not blaming women for my temptation to lust. i am merely stating a reality: it is a time of year when walking around town, or going just about anywhere, we see more flesh and more clothing that looks like lingerie. It’s as though we have a constant stream of provocative images parading before us all summer long. At times it borders on soft porn.

And so, temptation increases.

Obviously there are women, and by the looks of it many of them, who are totally comfortable presenting themselves this way.  i would imagine the attention is exciting on one level.

What the really means is that as men who are fighting for purity and freedom in a sexually saturated culture, we have to be especially diligent to take our thoughts captive and make them obedient to Christ. (2 Cor. 10:5).

The responsibility is on us as men to do this.  This is what freedom looks like:  the ability to be in the presence of a provocatively dressed woman and not lust.

Some will say this is impossible. Others will say it’s actually unnecessary.

But those of us who know the words of our Lord will remember that Jesus raised the bar on adultery to a level at which lusting after a woman qualifies as infidelity.

This is why you need to be sober minded and alert (1 Peter 5:8); you need to put on the armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18); and you need to be committed to clothing yourself with the Lord Jesus Christ and not thinking about how to gratify the desires of your flesh (Romans 13:14).

If all this seems beyond reach, it’s not.  Add Intentional Warriors:  Fighting For Purity And Freedom In A Sexually Saturated Society to your summer reading list. It’s the small book that makes a big difference. If you don’t want to be seen reading the paperback, get it on Kindle. If you use iPad or iPhone, get the Kindle App — it’s free.

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