The Hypocrite

One of the greatest leadership messages ever preached by Jesus was Matthew chapter 23. It was perhaps, His last greatest preaching message.

By anyone’s standard, if Jesus were to preach at some of these leadership meetings of today, the whole crowd would be ready to stone Him and crucify Him the same day without a trial.

Today, there are many preachers that walk up to their pulpits and do not think about repentance and receiving forgiveness for their own sins.

They perform their sacerdotal functions on impulse. As “professional pulpiteers, “ we know how to do what we do blindfolded. We know just what to pray to get the right kind of feel before we assume the podium. We preeeeeacccccch with ease.

After it’s all over, we go back to the cave of dead man’s bone, the pastor’s study. We unzip our robes and place them in our garment bags. When we get home we take our suits off to prepare to take it to the cleaners. Our Bibles, well….we put it back on the bookshelf until next week.

As we walk to the cars, under security escort, and drive off, it’s back to business as usual.

We watch women lustfully, fantasize about having sex with them other than our wives, or worse, we have sex with our wives, thinking that it’s the woman we lusted after in our wicked unrepentant minds. Or worse, we make excuses like, “I forgot something at the church, I’ll be back.”

That’s code for…. Rendezvous with sister Suzie Q or mister Sonny Q for adultery, fornication, homosexual, or bisexual sex.

Hot under the collar? Blushing?

This is the heart of the hypocrite.

The man or woman of God that you thought was right before God.

Or this is the man or woman of God and you already know that this is what’s up, and you are ok with it. They are just human.

Or, child molestation and sex with minors. Plenty of these kinds of perverts.

And don’t forget the porn watching, self gratification, commonly called masturbation pastors, preachers, praise and worship singers, dancers, and deacons.

Oh. And don’t forget about the deft defying music minister that floors the people every week but is found in the hotel room with a praise and worship leader or worse, a male praise and worship leader. Or, perhaps, hanging out miles out of town with another homosexual person.

Some of the greatest pulpiteers live like this every week and it’s a wonder that they are ever standing before people. Call it the fumes of His mercy. Many of us think that this is not happening but let’s not fool ourselves. The sexual immorality of our times has crept into the church and we have yet to see massive repentance.

For now, the church is addressing same sex issues with vigor unlike at anytime. However, behind all this is the vast majority of people that still live closet lives. Not just homosexuals.

We are talking about people and leaders in the Body that think that now that the spot light is off of them, they can carry on without detection. It’s strange that all of a sudden, the issues of our day could be used as cover to keep Secret Sexual Sins a secret.

But this is precisely what is happening.

Never judge a book by its cover but we can’t trust the cover any longer.

Week after week, I came to preach and the heart of the hypocrite was bigger than life in me. If I could preach other sermons, pretending to be right, knowing full well I was wrong, then I could continue in my sin of porn and masturbation.

You kind of figure that if you are married, there is no need for this sin, but it is very easy to fool yourself into thinking that you need to do this because you need it.

Without going into too much detail, from 1998 to 2008, porn was a regular thing in my life; no relapse. From 1976 to 2009, habitual masturbation was a regular thing in my life, with a few relapses since then.

There came a point in my life where if I am going to please the Father completely, I need to stop and not be hypocritical about it. The worst kind of preacher is a hypocritical preacher. We have no business handling the Word of God if we cannot live by the Word ourselves.

So, I made a statement that if I go down this path again, that’s it for ministry. I will not step down. I will stop and leave the ministry for good, never to be heard from again. While repentance opens the door for a return, I would never even entertain the thought of returning if sin comes back into my life.

I can’t teach others to stop if I can’t stop.

Therefore, I must do my “due diligence.” Proverbs 4:23 says, “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it springs or flows the issues of life.”

If I can’t keep my heart, then I am in the wrong business. You can’t help people when you refuse help for yourself. That’s why it is important that we measure our lives based on our willingness to keep His commandments, for His commandments are not burdensome.

Leaders are held to a higher standard and if we fail this standard, it is deemed by others as permission to sin. That’s why we must do everything in accordance with His Word. I do not have time to play Internet or FB games. It distracts me from concentrating on the Word of God for me. Sermons is not what I am building. Life building is what I am building.

And yes, I lead a boring life.

Me and God.

Why?

The enemy doesn’t want me to have any success at destroying what almost destroyed me. Therefore, if I come across serious, you better believe that I am deadly serious about what I am doing. The devil would love to have my name back in his trophy case. MY name was removed by the grace of God and it will stay off of that trophy.

You can go ahead and be a hypocrite. No one will stop you. But one thing that you have to look forward to. Accountability before the throne of God.

The power to live a victorious life begins with acknowledging that you need help. You need someone that can show you how to take the Word of God and apply it to your own life. It took me a long time to take the Word and work the Word for me. I have not yet apprehended as Paul said.

I am still learning some things about me and the Lord is showing me what I need to do to make sure that I am right before Him. The focus is on me. God knows how to help His people, and He knows how to help me. So it makes no sense trying to help others if the Word can’t help me.

But to help others, The Hypocrite must have its funeral preached, burial detail standing by, twenty-one guns salutes sounded, firing party firing its volleys, taps played, flag presented. Depart forever. Never to return.

LGBT: Who’s Behind Their “Power”?- Pay No Attention To That Person Behind The Curtain

Ezekiel 28:11-19, Isaiah 14:12-17, Revelation 12:7-9, Genesis chapter 3, 2 Corinthians 4:4 and Ephesians 2:1-3.

In these verses of Scripture reveals the origin of the power behind the darkness of this world.

For those that know their Bible, the reason is clear.

Many that claim to be in the church and those that are in the world still do not believe that there is a devil that is instigating issues of darkness.

Many believe that Jesus walked the earth. So, what’s the problem?

After the Lord was baptized in the river Jordan by His earthly cousin, John the Baptist, the Holy Spirit drove Jesus into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.

When it was time for Jesus to be betrayed by Judas, after Judas dipped his bread after Jesus dipped, satan entered into Judas.

When Jesus asked a question about what people were saying about Him, and when Jesus explained to them that He would be betrayed, be killed, and be placed in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights, Peter took Jesus aside and rebuked Jesus. Jesus in turn looked at Peter and said, “satan, get behind me. You pay more attention to the things of men and not the things of God.”

Obviously, for those that have understanding, the Lord is speaking to the devil that inspired Peter to rebuke the Lord.

If you are spiritually astute, you now got a glimpse of happens when people think, speak, and act. The spiritual source behind every person is always revealed in a person’s thought, speech, and actions.

In that order.

It is either evil or it is good.

Jesus said it like this….

“Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them.”

Please note that it’s not a grammatical error of the person of the devil, spelling satan with a lower case letter is only fitting for him. Because the devil is such a low life loser, having been defeated by the King of kings and the Lord of lords over two thousand years ago.

In all movies, there is always good and evil. In most cases, its movies show how good always triumphs over evil. So again, the question is asked.

What’s the problem?

Well, we look at our lives and we see that we are either driven by God or the devil. Our actions reveal “who’s our daddy.”

Having said this, years ago, as people started coming out of the closet, many became very vocal and outspoken. Almost to the point where it appeared that they had numbers. Many voices. Paul Neil shared something that is worth noting and he receives the credit for this that many in “hollywood, the rich, and famous,” (the rest are my words) are the puppet masters or the puppet master associates.

But even they are not the real power behind LGBTQ. 

You see, the person you think is pulling the strings on a puppet is on a set of strings him or herself.

Demonic strings.

When they are challenged by the light of the glorious gospel, the demons speak venomous things to try to push the light back out. Granted, there are people that claim to be believers in Christ that say things just as harsh and at times worse than LGBTQ people.

Those that claim to be believers, yet speak evil things, do not speak for those that operate according to 1 John 4:7-16. They are not in the will of God and we that are true to the Lord, condemn all behavior inconsistent with true Christ-like, Biblical values.

In listening to Dr. Michael Brown, the majority of people that practice the sin of homosexuality just want to be left alone.

I heard that but it doesn’t mean we surrender, dilute, or shrink back from speaking the truth, the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ, in love.

Then where is this other stuff coming from?

Those that are in high positions in almost every state.

God doesn’t have puppets and He doesn’t have strings. Those that are saved, willingly submit to the power of God. And at anytime, if we so choose, we could return to the demonic puppet master.

At any time, I can watch porn and masturbate (I still have Directv and access to the Internet). At any time, I can act out my former sinful sexual self. But I don’t want to because God loved me, and saved me, and delivered me from the horrible pit of sin. There is no desire to return because He fully satisfies me with good things so my youth is renewed like the eagles.

Besides, the Bible also says, “As many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God.”

We are not pulled to act, we are inspired by the Holy Spirit to act.

At any time, we can stop ourselves from being led by the Spirit. We are not manipulated or coerced. And while there is repercussions for disobedience to the Lord, the Lord gives His people space to repent.

With the devil, when he gives power, he takes it away. Why? With the world, it’s about worship. World Idol. Every person that received glory from the world was destroyed. Count them up. How did some of them die? And even if they went “peaceful” if they died outside of Christ, in hell they lifted up their eyes.

All that work for nothing but eternal separation from the presence of the Lord in the pit of hell, called Hades, and after that, the judgment, and the lake of fire forever.

One thing about shows and actors, we forget that an actor is a hypocrite. That’s what an actor is. A play actor. They come out of who they are and assume the personality of their character. Depending upon their spiritual source, it’s either good or bad.

More than likely, it is bad.

You see, their sin on screen influences sin off the screen. In other words, those that are in darkness, plunge further into darkness. Those that have yet to plunge initially will plunge and be caught by demonic forces portrayed though hearts of darkness, teaching people the ways of darkness.

And when they stand on stage, you do not see them as a real person, you see the spirit that drives them and they think they are bigger in life. You acclimate to their sinful ways and fall into sin because they taught you. They trained you. They copycatted what they do and they pursue it with fierce gusto.

And if you try to preach to them the righteousness of the gospel of Jesus Christ, they will fight you. With our African American hip hop artists, now you see why they act out what they rap about or they are already acting out. It’s that they have found a way to communicate it to the masses, and more African American copycats show up.

That’s why the Lord Jesus said, “…unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

That’s the only way you will be able to bear good fruit. Yet, many that aren’t born again are trying to bear good fruit and we know that this is impossible, based on what the Lord Jesus said.

“…a bad tree cannot bear good fruit…”

Therefore, LGBTQ people or anyone that is not born again, cannot bear good fruit.

So there is a tremendous effort to discredit, restrict, impose man made laws and policy, speak evil of the people of God on the level of Goliath towards Israel, use violence, use politics, use the media, circumvent Internet free speech rights, use and play stupid childish, immature computer savvy blocking methods, harass, belittle and degrade anyone that uses the Word of God to tell the truth in love.

Modern day Gestapo, North Korea, Chinese and every other evil national totalitarian tactics to stop the truth. It’s not just the people that do these things, it’s the devil and his angels driving unregenerate people to do these things because they are blinded by the god of this world called the devil.

When the Soviet Union collapsed and the Berlin Wall was busted through, the people shouted. In fact, on one tape, at the Berlin Wall, the people that were once held captive by communism sang, “This Is The Day The Lord Has Made” in German.

If what the Bible said weren’t perceived as a clear threat, the devil and his kids wouldn’t even bother to say a word. But because the gospel of Jesus Christ is the power of God unto salvation, the promise of being made free by Jesus is too great a promise not to ignore.

Because when people are free, corrupt systems disappear.

The more homosexuals, lesbians, adulterers, fornicators, bisexuals and all sinners come out of the dark places to His marvelous light, the LGBTQ community would suffer heavy political loss.

Their sin of homosexuality would see a considerable decrease.

That’s why they push so hard vocally and vehemently against real marriage and righteousness according to the Word of God.

Back in 2004 or so, it seemed as if LGBTQ numbers were like 15% or more of the American population. This would be a formidable number because that means their influence appears to be heavy in every state and major populated cities.

But after they did an analysis of their actual numbers, it turned out to be significantly much less.

How significant?

2% to 3% of the American population, which is far less than the African American minority numbers at between 12% and 14% of the US population. Yet, African Americans make of half the HIV/AIDS cases annually in America.

Go figure.

Why do they seem bigger?

Because heterosexual couples that live in sin or they are actually married support homosexual marriage. Coupled with the fact that politicians embraced their lobbyists. Coupled with the fact that the media embraced their sin of homosexuality. Not because it was popular but they saw another way to make money. Yes, they are being used like a dingy, rain soaked, never cleaned, floor mat and they do even know it.

Talk about being played.

Just like African Americans that do not know the truth are being played.

Each and every year, they vote blindly and stupidly. Hoping that they would one day “overcome.”

They do not mind if you keep singing, “We Shall Overcome” because if you knew the God of the Bible and the New Testament, ratified by the blood of Jesus said, “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world- our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” you would stop singing that song.

That song of hope remains an expectation that never will happen and that you will never overcome and win. That’s exactly what the devil behind the curtain wants you to think.

So they add to the voice behind the curtain. And they are just as boisterous.

Another hidden figure is the amount of bisexual activity that goes on with unregenerate men and women.

But the God of the Bible, the Word of God, and the redeemed of the Lord is not a threat.

We are a promise.

The promise of hope, and joy when a person is turned from the power of satan to God, from the power of darkness to light. From sin to righteousness. From a child of hell to a child of God. From the presence of demonic forces to the presence of the Lord.

With the Chick-fil-A situation, again, they tried to use the tactic of “loud and boisterous” in hopes that they would strike fear and terror.

A pip squeak called satan, defeated by Jesus, is behind the curtain, remember.

We are not impressed or intimidated.

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous hand. Behold, all those who were incensed against you shall be ashamed and disgraced; they shall be as nothing (hence the title of my blog), and those who strive with you shall perish, You shall seek them and not find them- Those who contend with you. Those who war against you shall be as nothing, as a nonexistent thing. For I, the Lord your GOd, will hold your right hand, saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.” 

The “Chick Fil A” Incident; The Gospel According To Chicken

Could it be that God is using a chicken to teach man, in particular, perverted, unregenerate man the gospel? The gospel of creation?

For those of you that know already, the leadership of Chick Fil A took and made a vocal stand against same sex marriage.

In the blink of an eye, LGBTQ sent messages out that they would “boycott” (a well documented Civil Rights tactic) the establishment in an failed attempt to send fear in the world.

In particular to Christians.

Quite the contrary is occurring.

McDonalds and KFC is joining Chick Fil A in supporting their stand against same sex marriage. Usually, the opposite occurs. Most establishments would have capitulated under the political incorrectness stress and pressure of LGBTQ.

But we are seeing the trend reverse.

First, I believe it’s because these establishments are reading the numbers that LGBTQ is a very small minority with a very big lying demonic spirit, mouthing off lies and deception to make it seem as if they are bigger than they are. And that they make it seem like they have teeth, every time they act like they want to bite.

It’s hard to bite when all you have is gums.

But as a roaring lion, the devil’s teeth was pulled at Calvary and Jesus triumphed over death and darkness under the earth for three days and three nights, was raised from the dead, and Jesus is seated at the right hand of the throne of His Majesty in heaven.

Second, the food establishment knows that even if there were to be a boycott by LGBTQ, their money wouldn’t be missed. For Chick Fil A and other supporting establishments, it’s not a calculated risk. And these supporting establishments could and should anticipate residual revenue should Chick Fil A be overwhelmed with people coming on August 1.

And a word for the Mayor of Chicago, you are going to see revenue and residual revenue.

And just know that it came from God.

Will you repent and turn your life over to Christ as a result? Only God knows.

It is a bold statement to let LGBTQ know that it is not running the show like they used to and they know it.

Like toddlers and adolescents, standby for their immature temper tantrums.

As Paul said in Romans 5:20b-21,

“But where sin abounded, grace does much more abound, so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Isn’t it a shame that LGBTQ hijacked Civil Rights from the African Americans? And sadly, it’s reprehensible that high ranking Civil Rights Leaders that marched in these non violent protests in the past have hopped in bed with LGBTQ.

But thank God that there are independent thinking African American pastors that see the lie for what it is and we refuse to toe their perverted line to swallow the poisonous lies of sin based on deception. Give us the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ over sexual perversion any day.

We must also understand that it’s not just about the sin of homosexuality.

It’s sexual perversion of any kind. Adultery, fornication, bisexuality, bestiality, porn, self gratification, commonly called masturbation.

And if you are a pastor that has yet to speak against sexual immorality, it is clear that you need to get off the sidelines and speak against the sexual sins of our times.

Provided that you are not a hypocrite in the pulpit.

Your silence is deafening.

In fact, if you remain silent, your silence may be deemed by others as permission to engage in Secret Sexual Sins.

You are to speak up against all sin, including the sin of homosexuality. If not, you are party with the LGBTQ agenda and James 4:4 is the authority Scripture that determines your traitor/enemy of God status.

Stop hiding, avoiding the issue, and come out, and speak boldly against the sinful spirit of homosexuality, and all sexual immorality of our times.

Paul said in 2 Corinthians 4:4

“In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of the that believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of the glory of Christ, Who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”

The devil has blinded them to accept these lies and deceptions.

Sin and race are two different issues.

To mingle the two is deception.

In addition to boycotting, they allegedly sent the word to same sex partners to show up and also perform modest lewd acts in front of some of these establishments in retaliation.

We are now seeing that as a result of Mike Huckabee’s FB page to support Chick Fil A on Wednesday, August 1, 2012, is one of many solutions to counter the LGBTQ agenda.

Believers in Christ, all across the United States are leading the effort to support our fellow brothers and sisters in the Lord.

First, we must understand that God desires all men to saved and come to the knowledge of the truth,” according to 1 Timothy 2:4.

We know that not everyone that serve behind the counters of Chick Fil A and those around that may see a surge of believers come to some of these places that they may not know the Lord. That’s where the church, with it’s bold witness must uphold the standards of the Word of God and share the gospel when the opportunity arises. We must give an answer of the reason of the hope that abides in us.

Actually, Peter, by the Holy Spirit said it like this.

“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed. For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.”

Gleaning from portions of Romans 12, Paul reminds us….

“Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good…Bless those that persecute you; bless and do not curse…Do not be wise in you own opinion….Repay no one evil for evil…Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay.” says the Lord. Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

Go and have a good time before the Lord.

The world might be seeing a great display of camaraderie. While the numbers are encouraging, what’s important is we provide the world the kind of representation that glorifies the Lord.

The devil is prepared to incite, bait, and resort to things to lure us to drop our guard. But we need not fear what they will do. Perhaps, there may not even be an incident, which would be good because a peaceful assembly to enjoy some good chicken would be a great thing.

Remember, the devil is a liar. And his children may not like the truth but this is what the church is supposed to be and do.

We are “the pillar and ground of the truth.”

We are to speak the truth in love.”

We are to “walk in truth.”

One more thing.

Isn’t it powerful that when God created the animals on the earth that they were made male and female, and He commanded them to be fruitful and multiply? Isn’t it powerful that when Adam searched for someone compatible that none was found? But Adam took note that the animals paired off, male and female, and they had each other. But Adam was all alone. That is he had no one of his kind to share life with.

Remember, God is Spirit according to John 4:24.

Man was created in the image of God, spirit and soul, both of which are eternal, and he was placed in a physical container. And the Lord God said, “It is not good for Adam to be alone.”

It is evident that Adam wanted a female and the Lord provided a woman. Suitable for his needs. Man wasn’t created for woman, woman was created for man. God was careful enough to make someone completely opposite, yet, compatible. There was no confusion about what Adam needed. Suddenly, Adam was put to sleep and when He woke up, God brought a beautiful woman to him.

Bone of my bone flesh of my flesh.

She shall be called Woman…named Eve….mother of all living.

The animals serve as a reminder that God knew exactly what He was doing.

The chicken, on creative instinct, knew to find opposites of each other to have more chicken. If God created male chicken and male chicken, there would be no chicken and Chick Fil A, and all other chicken establishments would not be in business. Perhaps breakfast, lunch, and dinner would be chicken-less had God decided to create male and male chicken.

No eggs for breakfast or brunch. No chicken fillet sandwiches. No grilled chicken. No gospel bird. No chicken parm. No potato salad. You gotta have eggs for potato salad.

Two male chickens after the fall of Adam, would have been the only chicken sandwich in history. And we could only imagine what chicken taste like.

Hence, the same principle applies if God created only two males or two females.

No humans.

Perhaps God is speaking through chicken that animals have more sense than perverted humans.

I intend to be at one of the Chick Fil A establishments. I’ve asked members of Prevailing Word to join me, my wife and daughter. We intend to stand and be a witness. For what the Lord Jesus did for us over 2000 years ago, it’s the least we could do.

I encourage you to be salt and light for the Lord Jesus.

Overcoming Sexual Temptation, Part 1

Temptation.

The Garden of Pleasure is where temptation and failure became the way of all man until we are born again by the Holy Spirit. And even after a person is born again, it doesn’t mean that temptation has ended. What it means is that the power to resist temptation is now in you. The fallen nature of man must die and we must be changed from within by the Holy Spirit.

The fallen nature’s desire to examine, pursuit, capture, and consume is what makes falling into sin from being tempted possible. Possible to fall into or possible to escape it.

The excitement of enticement. The tease. The desire to go deeper into someone or something. Every person is smitten with temptation.

However, we do not have to fall into temptation.

Temptation is not sin. To be tempted is just enticement or baiting. If you do not take the bait, you cannot sin.

It is when we cast off restraint and cross the line of discipline to not touch whatever, that we fall into sin.

James said count it all joy when you “fall into temptation.”

If your life wasn’t of value to discredit Jesus, you wouldn’t be tempted. There are some forms of temptation that are so blatant that if you are not careful, you will stop thinking about the cost and engage to sin.

Men are sight stimulated. What we see is what our mind locks on and we burn that image in our souls to consume it mentally until you have to touch it.

The full satisfaction is after you have touched what you’ve watched.

Proverbs 27:20 says,

“Hell and destruction are never full, so the eyes of man are never satisfied.”

Dangle something that a person likes and it won’t be long before the desire to consume it comes.

Low cleavage, body hugging above the knees dress. Hair up or down, preferably sexy down. You’ve seen it before and that is desirable to see all of the time. Now the desire to see it again and again is programed into your repetitive thinking process.

Unless she is your wife, you are already in pursuit in your mind to check it ALL out as she gets closer and closer. Your heart races and your mind goes into several transitions until mind and body ultimately transitions into “I must touch it. I must have it. I must consume it.”

We all know how this works but let’s examine it in relative detail.

All things have a point of origin or beginning point. When it comes to temptation of the sexual nature, we can only be tempted based on our desires. If there is no desire, there can be no reference point for preference. Whatever our desire is, that’s where our preference is, and that is the area where the enemy will tempt us (see Hebrews 12:1).

If something is repulsive to us, chances are, unless lines are crossed to escalate unexplored regions of sex acts to obtain the unobtainable carrot of sexual satisfaction, we will not engage.

Look at what the Bible says about temptation from the book of James chapter one and verses 14 and 15.

“But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full- grown, brings forth death.”

For clarity, the Amplified Bible gives this rendition.

But every person is tempted when he is drawn away, enticed and baited by his own evil desire (lust, passions). Then the evil desire, when it has conceived, gives birth to sin, and sin, when it is fully matured, brings forth death.”

When James says “…but every person,” no one escapes temptation.

In order for you to be tempted you have to be drawn away.”

How are we drawn away?

Notice…“enticed and baited by his own evil desire (lust, passions).

You see lust never seeks you. Lust is already in there unless it is dealt a death blow (see Colossians 3:5).

Romans chapter 7 is the tell all of how sin in the flesh operates.

In all of us, there is a preference for the kinds of sin that brings evil pleasure to our minds and bodies. However, these evil passions and desires must have conception in order to produce only one thing.

DEATH.

But let’s go back a bit.

What is it that is in your mind and flesh that you know that you would easily fall prey to? Just like fish or any predator. When you see something that is appealing to you, you will pursue it until you’ve captured it for consumption. Like all evil temptation, there is always a hook at the end of the bait.

It’s the same with humans. Same sex attractions, opposite sex attractions or attractions for both.

The definition for lust is longing for that which is forbidden.”

When you are told that you cannot have a certain thing, sometimes it can add to the pursuit. The inquisitive pursuit.

A sort of curiosity that seeks out what it would be like to have it that way. It’s the same with sex. When a woman or a man walks by, your mind is inquisitive about what is not seen. What is seen is the appealing process that triggers the desire to further examine. Then it reengages into another mode. The conception process is figuring out how to get it and consume it.

According to Matthew 5:27-28, you already crossed the line in imagining what you will do when you get her or him. The lines one declares that it will not cross is just a speed bump. You will slow down but you will eventually cross it.

It is just a matter of time.

How do we overcome temptation?

We must look at the life of the Lord Jesus to answer this question. By looking at how He was able to resist the devil is textbook child of God living.

Tolerance?: Do Not Keep Company With Sexual Immorality People

“I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people. Yet I certainly did not mean with the sexually immoral people of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner—not even to eat with such a person.”

This is what Paul shared in 1 Corinthians 5:9-11.

He was serious about it.

If you go back up into verses 1 through 8, there was a man that committed incest with his mother. Whether it was his actual mother or step mother, we really do not know. But Paul said that this kind of sin was not even a part of the Gentile culture.

Evidently, these Corinthian believers were Jewish.

What was Paul’s point in not keeping company with brothers that openly sin sexually?

Isolation to bring them all to shame.

Now Paul is not advocating that we do not witness to sexually immoral people in the world.

He is advocating that we do not “keep company” with people that call themselves brothers (children of God) that live openly in sexual immorality.

You cannot call yourself a child of God and live in open sin. Either you are a child of God or you are a child of the devil. And it makes no sense going to church or social events to “mix it up” to make it appear that you are in good with God by way of association with other bona fide saints.

You are intentionally using their righteousness for cover as well as for an endorsement for your sinful lifestyle.

The Greek word for “company” is “sunanamignumi” which is a compound word that means, “to mix up together, i.e. (figuratively), associate with.”

So here you are. BBQing. You have saints and sinners. Do you walk out and be rude to the hosts and guests, or do you “mix up together?”

Well, the Bible is clear about it.

Right?

1 Corinthians 15:33 KJV says,

“Be not deceived: evil communication corrupt good manners.”

You know you have people that call themselves children of God and practice sexual immorality coming to socialize with you, and you “mix it up together” with them as if they had not sinned. Or that you choose not to contest or protest their open sin.

Your presence is endorsing their sinful behavior.

We good? Right?

Such was the case with the Corinthian believers. Now, we are not talking about a church service where the preaching of the Word goes forth and everyone is invited to attend. We are talking about these “love feasts” also known as social gatherings where people are invited to sit and talk about things. An innocent time of fellowshipping.

Right?

It’s one thing to invite folks to help people spiritually. Sort of like a fellowship or impromptu Bible sharing and studying, but when you associate with folk that desire to sin in front of the entire group and they do not intend to change, sometimes, not all of the time, the devil will use them to sneer at the God you serve and challenge you to change your walk in the Lord.

We are not talking about avoiding open discussion and dialogue about issues regarding sin. Besides, such dialogue and discussion should end with a clear agreement about the Scriptures stand against sin. When the dialogue and discussion avoids the authority of the Scriptures, it’s time to part ways.

When people are entrenched in their sinful positions and they refuse to relinquish their hold on sin, it makes no sense continuing. As Jesus said, if they do not receive you, shake off the dust from your feet, and go to the next town. It’s the same with dialoguing with unbelievers and carnal believers. When they are entrenched in their sin, as your are led by the Spirit of God, walk away when they they do not agree with the Word of God.

There are those that inquire about the Word of God and want answers.

Sometimes your Biblically sound answers will never be good enough because of their intent to remain in sin. That’s because they do not want to change. They will be thorns and thistles in your side. At first, they appear to be inquisitive about the Word and then they unloose a barrage of demonic laced words that broadside you into bewilderment.

This is the tolerant spirit of the day where people are offended when you do not accept their sin because since they are so connected to the sin that they love to do, that they take it personally when you disrespect their sin.

They call you “intolerant, bigots, and discriminant.”

Many will even challenge you, toe to toe.

And they do not have to say a word. They may be in same sex relations and bring their “partner.” They may be fornicators, and may bring their unmarried girl or boyfriend. They may be bisexual and bring boy and girlfriend.

Well, heaven is an exclusive place and membership has its privilege.

Jesus said, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God,” and “…unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.”

Try to go to a major league baseball game without a ticket. You will not get far. Try going to a concert without a ticket. You will not get far.

Yet, people want to get past Jesus to get into heaven (see Matthew 7:21-23).

The authority of the Word of God gives the child of God the right to stand against sin and those that insist on sinning. God is the Author of the Word of God. When His Word is challenged, His authority is challenged. Hence, your authority in Christ is challenged.

So the only way the world wants to do away with the authority of the Scriptures is to either make up laws that silence true believers or infiltrate the true church with false doctrine, or worse, bring sin into the church of Jesus Christ like the Moabites brought sexual immorality to the Israelites in Numbers chapters 19 through 25.

Remember?

The children of Israel were told to destroy them all because the land was polluted with their sins. They failed and Israel suffers to this day.

So it is with the church when we do not get the leaven (sin) out. If we tolerate the slightest hint of sin, our hearts are not perfect towards God. We must be aggressive about sin and remain aggressive about sin, no matter the cost. People will hate and sneer at us. They will create trouble to harass the saints just like Sanballat and his evil company did when the Israelites came from their 70 year captivity to rebuild the wall and temple.

The ones that bring their sin unchallenged will only be successful if we fail to be strict about handling sin. The only way to handle sin is through the blood of Jesus. To be washed, cleansed, and forsake sin, never to commit sexual immorality again.

Perfection is not the goal. Perfect hatred for the thing that God hates is the goal. If you look back like Lot’s wife did when destruction fell on the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, you will turn into a pillar of salt.

Friends will be lost. Families will be lost. You might not be liked any more, but the friendship of the world is hostile towards God, those that walk in the flesh are hostile towards God.

I mean, they become mean and nasty anytime you talk about the Word of God. Even folk in the church. They become enemies of God and oppose everything that you say about the Word of God. Just mark them and stay away from them. Let the Holy Sprit work them over. Let the Word dwell in you richly, walk in love and be patient.

Sadly, they personally stand against you because they can’t get to God.

And even if they could, the angels in heaven preventing you from getting to the Lord would be an act of mercy because anything past the angels and there is no guarantee that you will live.

So, be mindful of the fact that when you are invited to certain places (and you know that there will be people that openly live in sin), will you “mix it up,” or will you keep yourself?

Battling Sexual Thoughts: The Real Spiritual Warfare, Part 4

The mistake that many of us make when it comes to sexual thoughts is that we open ourselves to think about it, and then we spend more time than necessary exploring these thoughts instead of casting them down.

Paul said in 2 Corinthians 10:4-5,

“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought to the obedience of Christ…”

In verse 4, Paul is letting us know that we are to exclusively rely and depend upon the Source of power to deal with what comes at us, or what we conjure up from the dark unregenerate part of our soul.

Listen to what the Lord Jesus said in Matthew 6:22,

“The lamp of the body is the eye…”

Your physical eyes is the doorway to the soul and spirit.

Whatever your eyes see and whatever your mind trains your eyes to see, that’s how darkness or light prepares to enter. Whether you are born again or not, and you train your eyes to look for things to lust after, notice the rest of what the Lord Jesus said,

“If therefore your eye is good (clear), your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is dark (bad), your whole body will be full of darkness.”

What constitutes a good eye? Being a child of God.

What constitutes a bad eye? Being a child of darkness.

What if you are a child of God and you look at bad things?

The principle is still the same.

Your whole body will be full of darkness. But you are a child of God. How can you be a child of the light and a have your body full of darkness?

Remember, Jesus said, “your body,” 

He didn’t say your spirit.

Look at what the Lord Jesus told Paul in Acts 26:18…

“…to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.”

When you refuse to look upon a woman lustfully, you are protecting your body from allowing darkness to enter. When you refuse to look, you are not afraid of falling into temptation. You are guarding your eyes from allowing your soul to meditate on the object sinfully according to Matthew 5:27-28.

While we must renew our minds, it is done by spending time in the Word of God and less time in the word of the underworld.

That’s why most software programs called “Windows” is just that. You are looking through the window to enjoy the view.

It takes the power of God to pull down a stronghold.

Paul said in Ephesians 6:10,

“Finally my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.”

We all know that sex is appealing. When sexy things confront us, we want to explore the possibilities of having sex.

Sex appeal is just as powerful with SSA or Same Sex Attractions.

Lust works both ways, depending upon sinful sexual preference.

The battle will always be about what your soul wants to meditate on after you see it.

Psalm 101:3 says, “I will set nothing wicked before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; it shall not cling to me.”

You have to make a conscious effort to shut down what your eyes used to watch.

It took me a while to understand how hypocritical I was when it came to keeping the Word of God. Like Paul said, “…having a form of godliness but denying it’s power.”

A few weeks ago, I needed to make a shift in my approach to being a child of God before the people before they recognize the office of pastor in me.

As a child of God, I am responsible to live the way the Word demands us to live. Preachers have to work the Word for themselves just like any believer. The office of pastor is what I am called to do, and it is also known as the “overflow” or the anointing of the Holy Spirit upon my life.

What the Spirit of God does when I am in the pulpit is not for me but what is deposited as the Word of God is for the people. As a born again believer, I live off of the “well of water, springing up into everlasting life.”

This means that I drink from the well of everlasting life for me. To walk in His ways for me. To be pleasing to the Lord for me.

This is what I shared.

“If I sin the sin of porn and masturbation ever again, I am a hypocrite and I can no longer preach to God’s people as a hypocrite. I will step down and resign the ministry should I ever sin like I did.”

Matthew 23 is the sermon of all sermons on hypocrites.

For me not to fulfill my ir-retractable promise, means that I have to work Proverbs 4:23 every moment. Now mind you, my commitment to holiness is deeper than that. When the Lord delivered me from porn and masturbation, I look to Him as the only one that I need to please. And when I can’t please the Lord, I know that when I stand before Him to be judged, I want to be able to know before then that I did everything I could to keep myself from sinning by employing His Word in strict obedience.

I cannot compromise because pleasing the Lord is all I want to do when it comes to sexual sins.

None of you were there when He saved me and called me into the ministry. I know what His voice sounds like. I know what His presence is like. I know when He smiles and I know when He is grieved. I know when He is pleased and I know when He is not pleased.

“…but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.”

I don’t know about you, but I want to be pure as He is pure.

That’s why the battle is an intense battle. This is the motivation of my life. Hearing Him say “well done, good and faithful servant” is what everyone says at funerals and home-goings, but do we really deserve to hear him say it if we know that we haven’t battled hard enough to keep sexually explicit thoughts from our minds? Do we deserve to hear it if we know we haven’t lived holy? Do we deserve to hear it if we know that we have not been pleasing in His sight on the level of Enoch and Jesus?

I urge you. Plead with you. This is the hour of testing and trials. Perhaps you haven’t lived up to His expectations. You can when you make the irreversible quality decision to live holy regardless of the winds of the world blowing on your house on the rock.

“Therefore whoever hears these saying of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock (the courage, fortitude, and unquenchable strength of the human will to hear what Jesus said and do them).”

Words in parenthesis are mine.

Battling Sexual Thoughts: The Real Spiritual Warfare Part 3

In the last two blogs, a lot of doctrine came out. Now the ball is in your court.

What are you willing to do to stop the battle of constant perverted sexual thoughts in your mind?

It is very easy to point to Romans 12:1-2 and Ephesians 4:23.

We often say that we have to renew our minds but do we make the quality effort to completely allow the Holy Spirit to purge our mind? And after the purging, do we really listen to the Holy Spirit when He directs us to change what we are currently thinking? The soul is very powerful but the soul is second in the tri-part makeup of man.

Therefore, it is the born again spirit of man, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, that must reign in the thoughts of the soul, and subjugate the soul to think about the Word of God.

Subjugate is a very strong word but it is a necessary word because that’s what we have to do if we are going to be serious about battling sexual thoughts (see 1 Corinthians 9:27).

At first, it’s not easy but the more you develop submission to God and resist the devil (see James 4:7 and 1 Peter 5:8-9), over time, you will be able to quickly identify 1.) demonic attempts to generate certain sexual perverted thoughts and 2.) self generated perverted sexual thoughts.

When you are generating perverted sexual thoughts on your own, it’s because you’ve given yourself over to thinking those thoughts.

Act 6:4 is a very powerful Scripture. The apostles were challenged to serve tables and said that they wouldn’t do that. They told them to pick seven men to serve. They also said, “But we will give ourselves continually to prayer and the ministry of the Word.”

In 1 Corinthians 6:12, Paul said,

“All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.”

You see, it is a matter of the will and what you want to have dominate your life. Anything that tells you what to do is exercising dominion over you. Just because “urges and impulses” for sex comes, it doesn’t mean that you have to yield to its control to be brought under its power.

You can give yourself to anything you want. You are in control. That’s why if you do not “Keep your heart with all diligence…” you will succumb or yield your soul (mind, emotions, intellect, personality, human will) to think perverted thoughts.

The Word of God serves to cleanse (Ephesians 4:26) and expose (Ephesians 5:11). The more you meditate on the Word of God, day and night (Joshua 1:8), the more you “prosper” and have “good success”…. over the forces of darkness.

Psalm 119:130 says,

“The entrance of Your words give light; it gives understanding to the simple (gullible).”

So when you read the Word of God. Purposefully read the Word of God, the light of His Word comes into the soul and heart of man. Then we make the quality effort to “do the Word.” (see James 1:22).

The proof that the entrance of the Word came into your heart is in the immediacy of obedience during moments that darkness is strongly using its influence to get you to make a decision to shut the light off.

Darkness cannot win until you shut the light off.

The only place where success is measured is in your willingness to quickly and promptly obey the Word at the point and moments when you are being influenced by the forces of darkness. You have to choose to walk in the light of the Word instead of intentionally choosing to ignore the Word.

Psalm 119:105 says,

“Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”

Lamp to my feet implies that you are closely watching every step that you take and make.

Light to your path implies that you can see what is ahead so you could plan where you intend to put your feet or to avoid pits, and other obstacles.

It also implies that you are walking in darkness and the only thing that can illuminate your path is the Word of God (see Romans 13:11-14).

Let the Word of God be the flashlight so you can see where you put your feet and also to look ahead so you can see where you are going.

Have you ever driven a car without your headlights on?

While it was safe, I wanted to see how dark it would be. Just for a split second at night, I shut off the lights and I couldn’t see a thing. It was pitch black.

Folks, it’s the same when we do not have the Word.

It is pitch black out there when we intentionally turn the light of His Word off.

“What are you doing with your moments, son?

You see, this question answered why I was so corrupt in my thinking.

Every moment, I thought about the sexual explicit forms of women. I meditated on it day and night. I woke up every morning, looking to get off. I went to bed almost every night, getting off. The saying is true. You are what you eat. You are what you meditate on. Whatever you sow, that is what you will reap. If you sow to the flesh, of the flesh you shall reap corruption.

When you sow corruption, you reap corruption. 

On the other hand, I choked the Word of God out of my life. I didn’t give the Word any entrance into my own soul. I was dark, cold, and without life.

I was born again, but living a carnal life. There was no real connection to the Lord. I was living a life of hypocrisy until God was about to expose me. I don’t know what He would have done but I knew that time was running out for me.

The promise of exposure, because God never threatens, was enough for me to come clean.

You must learn to identify innocent moments that serve as subliminal attempts of the forces of darkness to get you to accept the seeds of darkness that, when watered, bloom into sexual immorality.

The newsstand, the grocery store magazine rack. The Internet, commercialized with sexually laced articles and images. Youtube. Sex laced jokes among carnal and sinful friends. Movies with bombshell seductresses every where. Soft porn at PG rated movies. Commercials with sex themes to sell their products. Store catalogues, and the women’s section of underwear in the stores.

These are all substitute porn.

In Romans 7:24, Paul said this….

“O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?”

Verse 25 gives the answer….

“I thank God- through Jesus Christ our Lord!”

These area are all blatant and seemingly innocent attempts of the forces of darkness to get your soul to thinking these substitute porn thoughts to lure you back into sexual bondage.

All seeds need cultivation. Meditation is the mulling over of things. That’s how the Word of God is cultivated and that’s how the seeds of darkness are cultivated too.

When I came clean about my Secret Sexual Sins, I needed to confront the deep dark secrets of lust in my own heart. I took a course called Way To Purity by Mike Cleveland of Setting Captives Free.

By the way, please go to my Sexual Addiction Recovery page and that will take you to the links to help you recover from sexual addiction.

By a few courses, I figured I would give them answers in their questionnaires that showed my Scriptural knowledge to “impress” them.

All of a sudden, they shared that many of those caught in the sins of porn and masturbation have a lot of Bible knowledge and no humility to be taught.

It was a revelation of the fact that pride and arrogance resided very strongly in me.

It was a revelation of the fact that deflection was a part of my ability to keep the truth from shining inside my dark heart. It’s one thing to be responsible for the sins committed but it is another thing to relinquish the male phycological gamesmanship in the perverted soul.

Just like alcoholics that think that they could handle their liquor. Sex addicts believe that they can handle sex.

No.

I had to relinquish my ability to impress people because that was part of my cover for Secret Sexual Sins. If I could “wow” them, they would never know what was going on in my dark heart. I needed to humble myself and disarm this thing because it would be a matter of time before these same mechanisms that held me captive would be used again to enter into relapse.

Paul said this,

“Knowledge puffs up…”

The thing about battling warfare is that when we exalt ourselves above measure in the mind, a superiority complex enters and we believe that we got sexual addiction licked. And that’s exactly what the enemy waits for. He waits to see if you are going to be very prideful about God’s deliverance in your life. And it’s just a matter of time before the temptation comes to directly challenge your freedom and liberty in the Lord.

This is a work of grace and if you forget this, that God is the one that delivered you and that it is His Word, and not yours, that did the work, you will fall every time.

So what did you learn from all of this?

Can you take what was shared and be diligent to employ the Word?

Anyone can pray, cast out devils by shouting at them, and fall when you do not take heed.

But the real warfare is when you can employ the Word when there is no one in the flesh to impress. In other words, there is no one watching you so that they could applaud your “works.” 

It’s the battle of sexual thoughts and what you choose to do with them that determines the true measure of your victory or defeat in the realm of Secret Sexual Sins.

Battling Sexual Thoughts: The Real Spiritual Warfare, Part 2

“What are you doing with your moments, son?”

What you do with the time you spend determines what you are bound to or free from. The Lord asked me this question when I first came out of Secret Sexual Sins because my flesh demanded to know “what are we going to do now that you have stopped?

We are going to serve God in righteousness and true holiness.

November of 2008 was the last time that I watched porn and masturbated to porn but masturbation remained in me until December 3, 2009 with a few relapses afterwards.

Without going through a complete story (because I want to share with you what finally worked to kill and deprive porn and masturbation), masturbation, for me, was the most difficult habit to break because over the years, you develop a oneness or connectedness to a sinful habit.

Here’s the reasons.

1. Lusts of the flesh and mind.

James 1:14-15 says….

“But each man is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and sin, when it is full grown, brings forth death.”

1 John 2:15-17 says….

“Do not love the world or the things in the world, If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world- the lusts of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life- is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he that does the will of God abides forever.”

All things has a source. Sin always has a source. From within us abides the nature of the devil, if we are not born again.

If we are born again, we haven’t learned to deaden and deprive sin’s power by strict obedience to the Word of God. No other worldly psychological or physiological explanation is plausible, excusable, or is to take the ascendancy over the Word of God regarding God’s perfect explanation as to why man commits sin.

Sinning is a choice of the human will. At anytime you can stop.

If you are driving a car and you see a red light or a stop sign, you stop. Right?

When you are crossing the street and you see a car coming, you stop. Right? 

When you are full of food, you stop eating. Right?

You’ve just proved that you can stop.

It’s the same with sin.

You can stop.

God condemned sin in the flesh of Jesus according to Romans 8:3 to spiritually deprive its power to overcome man. Through the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ, when we obey the Word of God, we deprive sin’s ability to overcome us (see 1 Corinthians 10:13). So now, it’s a matter of obedience to the Word of God for those that are in Christ.

For the unsaved, it’s a matter of obedience to the gospel of Jesus Christ to repent and turn from sin, and be born again through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Therefore, according to 2 Corinthians 5:17, I am a “new creature in Christ.”

New creatures do not do old tricks.

2. Chemical Dependency

I was operating as my own personal pharmaceutical, looking to heal myself of soulish wounds inflicted by many people over the course of time. Self sex was a form of medicinal properties, that when I needed to love me or feel that I am loved, to excite me, to release sexual tension, I physically and soulishly “shot up.”

Pun intended.

Self sex became my way of being my own physician instead of relying totally upon God and His Word. It also became a way to express self love to me when I falsely believed that no one loved me. And in some ways or not, I thought that God didn’t even care, but deep down I knew that He did. I just didn’t trust Him to do what He said He would do for ME in His Word.

Sometimes you get so wounded that lies become truth and we know that all lies from the devil will never have an ounce of truth in them.

There are four chemicals that are connected to sex in men (of course there are others but we will stick to these basic chemicals).

Adrenaline, testosterone, vasopressin, dopamine.

Adrenaline and testosterone revs up the physical engines, vasopressin maintains blood flow to the penis to maintain an erection, and the final chemical, “dopamine,” is the pleasure or reward chemical. I was told by an EMT that vasopressin could make a rock get hard. It’s used to jumpstart the heart with heart attack patients. When climax by ejaculation takes places (coming), also known as the “point of no return,” dopamine is excreted into the blood stream and rapidly gives the brain what I call the “Ooooo’s and Ahhhhhh’s” of sex. The pleasure of pleasures.

3. Trigger Mechanisms

The episodes of life, when they happen, can trigger a man to retreat to places of isolation, separation, seclusion, independence, disconnections, and secrecy.

Proverbs 18:1 NKJ says…

“A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; he rages against all wise judgment.”

Anger, bitterness, rejections, frustrations, disappointments, disillusionments, soul pain, mental anguish, monetary troubles, employment troubles, bad relationships, strained relationships, and the list goes on and on.

I’ve identified some of these in my own life and found that when these things happen, I want to feel good…quickly. So self sex became the way to deal with these trigger mechanisms.”

When the Word of God is not permitted to manage our emotions, the enemy knows how to use these mechanisms to get us to mismanage our soul and bodies.

So with these things in mind, the Lord pinpointed somethings that I was doing that kept the door to self sex open. The question that you read at the beginning of this blog is critical to any man’s deliverance.

If you are not paying attention to your life on a moment by moment basis, you are not going to be successful.

Remember what Proverbs 4:23 says,

“Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it springs or flows the issues of life.”

Sex was constantly on my mind. And the objectification of the opposite sex was my infatuation and obsession. But in reality, all of this were temple ornaments or trinkets. 

I was really worshipping my ability to get off.

I was worshipping the temple.

In 1 Corinthians 6:18-20, Paul said this….

“Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have of God, and you are not your own?

When a man is not worshipping God, he will worship himself and self sex was my way of worshipping me. It’s crazy and it even doesn’t make sense, but look at what Paul said in 2 Timothy 3:2-3, partial quotes….

“For men will be lovers of themselves…without self control…lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God…”

Here’s another witness in terms of a different group of people Paul was ministering to.

Romans 1:22-23 from the New Living Translation, Paul says….

“Claiming to be wise, they became utter fools instead. And instead of worshipping the glorious, ever living God, they worshipped idols made to look like mere people, or birds, and animals, and snakes.”

The most detestable idol ever made was the Asherah.

According to 2 Chronicles 15:16, Asa made reforms and removed his own mother from being queen mother because “she had made an obscene image…”

Nothing is left to the imagination here.

According to Adam Clarke’s Commentary, we find these words based on the various translations and ancient commentaries. Please note the Rabbinical commentary of Solomon Jarchi.

READER DISCRETION IS ADVISED

“Besides, he removed Maacha, his mother from her kingdom, because she had made a high tree into an idol.” ARABIC

“Also he removed Maacha, his mother, from the kingdom, because she had made a horrible statue; and our rabbis say that it was called miphletseth (a fright or terror), because maphli leytsanutha, it produced wonderful ridicule; for she made it ad instal membri virilis, and she used it daily.” AUTHOR- RABBI SOLOMON JARCHI

Another definition from another source implies that it was licentious in nature. Licentious meaning, “lacking moral discipline; especially sexually unrestrained.”

The idol in question was part of sexual rituals because many commentaries insinuate or give to understand the fact that this idol was worshipped with “impure rites.”

In another commentary, many Asherah poles were “phallic” symbols.

Phallic, meaning erect penis.

Meaning that gross sexual immorality took place in the high places of the land of Canaan. The very people that Israel was supposed to completely annihilate so that their detestable sinful habits would not contaminate the children of Israel.

And you wonder where sex toys came from?

Remember, the Canaanites were descendants of Ham. Black folk. It doesn’t mean that sexual immorality started with Black folk because you have to go back to Genesis chapter six to understand that perverseness was found in every man until the floods of Noah.

If the stretch of the imagination is to be reached, she carved a tree into a terribly obscene sex toy. Should I be wrong, and I hope I am, then, this was a waste of brain power. But if this is true, just imagine the disgusted visage of God.

There is nothing more impure or obscene than sexual immorality. Nothing.

Men are stimulated by sight and is aroused to touch what he observes. Mind sex, also called lust and adultery, is just teasing the brain, and when there is no control, “provision” is made to release sexual tension.

And when a man is touched sexually, arousal takes place. With porn, it’s all fantasy. You are pretending to have sex with an image that is not there. But you begin to touch yourself sexually to make up the for the lack of another person touching you.

As a side note, married men masturbate more than singles. Most married men thought that since they are married, they could have all the sex they want and never have the need to masturbate.

Not true.

Married men want more sex. And when the wife is not at home,or she is not willing to give her hubby man some sex, or they had a fight or argument, or something bad happened to him on the job, or any where. Or when he feels he’s done a good job and wants to reward himself, he turns to the physical pleasures of all pleasures.

SEX!!!!

When he desires sex, he will do everything in his power to get it. And he may have a very pleasurable, rewarding sex life with his wife but does some extracurricular sex via masturbation to keep himself “happy.”

And he may even develop excuses like…

1. My wife is tired, mad, angry, away with mother in law, sick.

2. Masturbation keeps me from committing adultery (Matthew 5:27-30).

Sex was designed by the Lord to fulfill the “one flesh” principle in Genesis 2:24. Masturbation violates that principle because sex was designed to be shared with your wife of the genuine opposite sex (transgender is another subject).

This is sexual addiction level one.

Remember, you are only addicted when you cannot control, stop, or manage sex. Even if you can control and manage self sex, or when and how many times you masturbate, if you cannot stop, you are bound.

Jesus said, “He whom the Son sets free is free indeed.”

To be free from something means you have no desire or intent to return to the place of bondage. Paul said, “For he who has died has been freed from sin.”

Have you ever seen a prisoner, in the natural, complete his time of incarceration and return through the door he came out of? We know that after a while, he or she commits another crime and returns to serve time for the new crime, but we are talking about a person that committed a crime, did the time, walks out of the prison, and returns in a few seconds.

The same principle applies.

If you are free, you have no desire to return to the prison cell.

So the Lord asked me a question…

“What are you doing with your moments, son?”

The porn was very easy to stop but it is not easy to stop porn in the mind. After viewing thousands and thousands of sexual episodes, it makes it difficult to press the stop button.

Remember 1 Thessalonians 5:23?

Spirit, Soul, Body?

Two out of three is eternal.

The spirit and the soul of man.

Because of Adam’s transgression, the body is subject to die physically. But remember, Adam died spiritually first (see Romans 5:12). He was disconnected from God and his mind became a storage facility of perversion.

Battling Sexual Thoughts: The Real Spiritual Warfare, Part 1

Sex, under the scope, rule, and law of God is not bad, in and of itself. As you know, God created male and female to be joined together in holy matrimony according to Genesis 2:24. That they shall be one flesh.

These are dark days and we need to understand that when it comes to the depravity of men’s minds, there is no depth or limits where man will go to fulfill a mental fantasy just to get the right emotion to release sexual tension. What happens is that we cross over into the area of sin and we begin to entertain the dark side of sex.

A few Scriptures come to mind.

But before we tap into the Word, we must remember that God knows the make up of man.

God reveals in the Bible the reason why the hearts of men are dark and uncovers why they do what they do.

When Adam sinned (Genesis chapter 3), the devil knew and took full advantage of his sin and fill Adam’s heart and mind with all sorts of wicked imaginations. The devil knew that these wicked imaginations would run its course throughout all of creation (see Genesis 6:1-8).

Notice verse 5 of Genesis chapter 6.

“Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”

Wickedness is the nature or characteristic of the devil that was spiritually transferred into the very heart and mind of man (see Romans 5:12). The core of man’s being became corrupt and the flesh craves to obey and express the “perverted, depraved urges and impulses” of the heart and mind.

The dark heart and a dark mind, when acted upon, brings man to produce and perform dark things of perverseness and wickedness.

Recently, we’ve read in the news of a husband chaining his wife for 10 years or more. In the human trafficking business, the sex trade equals sex slaves. According to the US State Department, 600,000 women are trafficked throughout the world for various reasons, but predominantly for the sex trade.

Profoundly sorrowful for my participation in porn, there was one porn episode that comes to mind that featured two white men and an Asian woman. It appears that she might have been a person caught in the sex trade, but I wasn’t sure due to lack of evidence. Enough said. As I looked back, all I can remember is the pain she experienced of being gang raped. The porn industry tries to put a smile to its evil brand of lust, but there is no smile on the countless women that experience sexual slavery.

In some of my episodes on BlogTalkRadio, I shared about the drug and alcohol connections on the set of most porn productions. They were there to help the women cope with the dramatic and painful sex acts that men demanded. In between shoots that would last, I’m told, up to 16 hours, the women would drug up and booze up to cope with the abuse and prepare for the next scene.

For quite some time, I, like many other males thought that they were enjoying the sex. And I found out, after hearing testimony after testimony, that they were not enjoying it for one moment. It was all part of their brand of sex to sell it. If there is the appearance of pleasure, that’s what will count in the mind of a perverted man because it’s all about fantasizing and getting off.

In the minds of men and women, a battle is raging. For single women, it is the battle to feel loved and connected. For men, it is the battle to “act out” sexually, but deep within both sexes is the longing to worship and be intimate with God. When it comes to the sex trade, there are many persons looking to live a better life but for a price.

Sex is a very powerful act.

God created male and female to have sex in holy matrimony. Sex serves as the place where loving, caring, and bonding takes place, as well as procreation.

But being husband and wife also serves as spiritual connection that is deeper than physical intimacy. Besides, we know what the Lord said…

“What God had joined together, let no man put asunder.”

Whether we want to accept it or not, God is intimately involved in our marriage vows and we are spiritually connect, since He was the one that brought us (my current and only partner) together.

Look at what Paul said in 1 Corinthians 6:16-17….

“Do you not know that he who is joined to a harlot is one body with her? For ‘the two,” He says, “shall become one flesh.” But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.”

By design, man is to be one spirit with the Lord. When it comes to watching multiple porn movies, a man wants to be joined with every woman that he sees sexually (see Proverbs 27:20). But underneath, it is only a revelation of the heart crying out for spiritual intimacy with God. The only thing that man has done is look to himself for sensual pleasure as a poor substitute for spiritual intimacy with God.

There are many people that will write this off because of the perverseness of the hearts but for those that are willing to recover from the snare of the enemy and reverse the curse of the heart and mind of man, sex in marriage can be brought back to levels of godly passion that glorifies God.

Notice what the Lord Jesus said in Matthew 15:18-19.

“But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts- murder, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.”

Notice the Amplified Bibles rendition of verse 18…

“For out of the heart come evil thoughts (reasonings and disputings and designs)  SUCH AS murder, adultery, sexual vice, theft, false witnessing, slander, and irreverent speech.”

Jesus has taught us something very powerful. OUT OF THE HEART. 

Proverbs 4:23 says,

“Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it (the heart) spring the issues of life.”

The New Living Bible says….

“Above all else, guard your heart, for it affects everything that you do.”

So in the heart or core of man, six things defile a man.

1.) Murders, 2.) adulteries, 3.) fornications, 4.) thefts, 5.) false witness, 6.) blasphemies.

According to Revelation 13:18, the number of the beast is the number of a man…666.

Man was created on the…..6th day (Genesis 1:24-31).

So that means there is only one way to change what comes out of the core of man.

Jesus said in John 3:3…

“You must be born again…”

This means that you must be changed from within again.

Man was created in the image of God. God “spiritually birthed” Adam, and gave him mental and physical faculties. But when Adam sinned, he became a child, “spiritually birthed” of the devil. So in order for man to come back to God, he must be born or “spiritually birthed” again by the Holy Spirit of God.

You can never wage war successfully against the depraved thoughts of the mind until you are born or “spiritually birthed” again. Anyone can change behaviors but it’s not just about changing behaviors. It’s about changing who your spiritual Father is. It’s about changing the core of your nature so that depraved thoughts can be arrested thus living out the nature of God through the Holy Spirit in obedience to the Word of God.

This is only accomplished by repentance and the Holy Spirit coming on the inside of your spirit and making you a new creature or creation in Christ (see 2 Corinthians 5:17 and Titus 3:5).

When God created Adam, He blew within Adam the breath of life and Adam became a living being. All of his spiritual and mental faculties were placed in a physical container for earthly expression.

As long as Adam obeyed the command not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, he remained alive unto God and he remains made in the image or spiritual resemblance of God. The moment that he disobeyed God, darkness would control his heart, mind, and when prompted, his or her flesh.

Again, man wants sexual connection, women want sexual connection that leads to emotional connections.

With battling the thoughts of sex, these are the “animal impulses” that rage within to attempt to satisfy spiritual intimacy needs. That’s what worship and praise of God is about. Paul said in 1 Thessalonians 5:23 that “I pray God your whole spirit, and soul, and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of the Lord.” 

Notice the order of the tri-part man. Spirit, Soul, Body.

When battling the thoughts, everything operates out of the core of your being. Your spirit man is the center of all spiritual things. If you are not born again, you are under the control of the prince of the power of the air, the spirit of disobedience. All it takes is a small suggestion based on your preference of the kinds of sins your mind gets a false sense of pleasure from.

The devils have watched you enough to know that certain things sets you off on a course to pursue satisfaction. All of these things are designed to keep you in bondage to the sin or sins. The mind has a way of filing the places where you’ve been and the experiences you had so that you can go back to the place to enjoy more.

For instance, if there is a certain place where a good piece of chicken is sold, you will remember that place so you can return for some more. It’s the same with sex. You know exactly where to go and who would be there. It’s the same in the Internet. You know exactly the kind of sex you want to watch so you could fantasize. Then there are those that get tired of the fantasy and desire to act out sexually with someone based on the experiential preferences of the past.

The real warfare is understanding these traps and accepting the freedom already purchased by the blood of Jesus to never be in bondage again.

Born again believers need not be in bondage, but sadly, there are those, like myself, that was in this cyclical kind of self imposed bondage, that never took advantage of the power of God embedded in the new birth. I used to take for granted that I was saved and tried to be satisfied from both places.

Looking for satisfaction from the house of God and the house of darkness. A man cannot live in two houses at the same time (see John 8:34-36).

As James said, in chapter 1 and verse 8, A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways.”

The Amplified Bible says,

“[For being as he is] a man of two minds (hesitating, dubious, irresolute), [he is] unstable and unreliable and uncertain about everything [he thinks, feels, decides].

He cannot be resolute about being saved or being a sinner. Therefore, he must make a decision that if he is going to live like a child of God to not entertain thoughts of sexual sin and perverseness and make a stand to think about God, His Word, and walk in the power of His salvation, in thought and actions or deeds.

Sexting: Whoredom In The Land, 4G Style.

Let’s exchange numbers so we can hook up.

Two days later…..

TEXT: Salacious female and male pics exchanged. My place or yours?

The feel of flesh and the heated passion of hot sex; culminating in orgasmic climax.

One month later…..

I know I didn’t miss my period! God, don’t make me pregnant!!!

Oh! What am I gonna do?

I gotta text him. He is not responding. I got to call him.

Pick up the phone. Pick up the phone…..Finally!!!

“Honey, I think I’m pregnant.” Nah! You can’t be. But if you are, we can’t afford it. So go down to the clinic and “fix” it. We can’t have a kid now.”

Proverbs 23:27-28 says……

“For a whore is a deep ditch; and a strange woman is a narrow pit. She also lieth in wait as for a prey, and increaseth the transgressors among men.”

Proverbs 30:20 says…

This is the way of an adulterous woman: She eats and wipes her mouth,
And says, “I have done no wickedness.”

Paul said this in 1 Corinthians 6:12-13…….

“All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. Foods for the stomach and the stomach for foods, but God will destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.”

Paul also said in verses 9-11….

“Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.”

And if you think that sexting is just out there in the world, you got another thought coming. After service, sexting takes place among the so called “righteous.”

Pictures of strange flesh from people proclaiming to be children of God to commit the sin of adultery or fornication, or worse, bisexuality as well as homosexuality.

It’s not just the males that are at fault. The women that set sex traps for the blind and dumb males that can’t see that it’s a trap are also at fault. There are some women that take pleasure in their seductive powers to entrap a boneheaded, below the waist thinking male.

There is two sides to the story and innocence will never be found where two are caught in their tango. Women cannot be blamed alone and neither should the male. Both are guilty and both are culpable.

The abortion industry knows it can count on males and females not to control themselves, and they are also counting on contraceptive failure. The contraceptive industry is not guaranteeing that you will not conceive a child.

They only tell you that “You reduce the risk…”

They are counting on you to be daring enough that after one use of a condom, you would opt back to the naturally intended way to have sex.

Anyone that uses contraceptives knows that you have to stop to put one on. And to start, stop, and start is an eternity to get back what you started. Passion.

Something is always lost.

In the passion, you put it on quickly, you put it on wrong or worse, it breaks before or during penetration. And it happens to be the last one that breaks. So you quickly go natural to regain the passion of Secret Sexual Sins if you are not married, or you are married and you commit the sin of adultery.

The contraceptive industry doesn’t mind if they make a little money along the way at your perverted expense.

Additionally, they use some chemicals that potentially harm or bring discomfort to some females in the reproductive areas. Which is just another way for you to go see the doctor and financially fuel the medical industry, one way of another.

But you do not care.

All you are concerned about it getting off.

In the United States, 1.3 million abortions will take place. That means 2.6 million males and females will kill an unborn child to cover their night of fun and pleasure in bed.

The bloodshed has reached pandemic proportions. One life snuffed out is a pandemic because it is easier to go into the womb of a woman to snuff out a life than to abstain.

This is a lie of the devil and you know it.

In the abortion clinics of the United States, blood is shed every week but the tide seems to be turning. The statistics show that people are now realizing the preciousness of life. It is amazing when you watch a video of the unborn in the womb, fighting the doctor to live.

Early in their development, the child develop the instinct to fight.

It leaves me to believe that if the child was an adult and was attacked, it would fight back. And probably would kill the doctor to live.

But the child. So small, so precious, so helpless, is also so powerless to fight back to save his or her life. The mother, doctors, and nurses just watch, as bits and pieces is extracted out and the precious life is reduced to….destroyed bits of flesh that once resembled a breathing child.

Abortion is a multi-billion dollar medical industry that relies on the undisciplined male and female to make money. The abortion industry rely on the “mistake.” The failure of contraceptives, and the desire for full flesh contact for enjoyable sex, makes the decision to kill an unborn child easy. Your sin gives Planned Abortionhood the audacious permission to kill.

Some of you are saying that the guilt is enough and that the pain of knowing that you killed an innocent life is unbearable.

By giving that male the use of your body, you are counting on him being around for you. What was once valuable is severely cheapened. And he really doesn’t care, neither did he care about you because if you know anything about males, you are just a number. You didn’t make him work for it (marriage, a real ring, and unquestioned, forever commitment).

You were easy and you are now just another one of those heartbroken women that counted on his love.

Many of you have already read about one man that had 30 kids by 11 women.

His name….Desmond Hattchet, age 33.

In his last court case, he told a judge that he was unable to pay child support because he only makes minimum wage. So, these 11 women gave up the use of their bodies to him. And now, they can’t depend upon him.

All 11 women either played him for a sucker by seducing him or were innocent women that fell for his male personality and bedroom action, hoping that he would stay with them after you gave him your body and a child. Sometimes, women use the femininity to milk the resources of the government. And like lightening, the government is making it very difficult to access these resources because in many cities across the nation, they could no longer afford to give single parents the kinds of help they desperately need.

They are asking the government to be their husband, protector, and provider.

Relief from the courts is lengthy and collection of any child support is a stretch, at best. But whoredom continues in the land and now, with Planned Abortionhood being investigated for fraud, states governments reducing funding to abortion clinics, it’s getting really grim. All over the country, some abortion clinics are closing due to little, to no funding. The lost revenue to meet their budget and the abortion demand ratio is increasing considerably. In other words, as costs per abortion increases, lack of funding pushes the apparatus beyond its limits.

Reading the other day that Mississippi has only one abortion clinic in the state and that it is under siege by anti abortion laws? This is welcomed news.

There are many single parents (women) that have males that are incarcerated, doing maximum time behind bars. These heartbroken women are struggling to do what they can to make up for the absentee dad.

As I was watching Louisiana Lockdown of Louisiana’s Maximum Security Prison, Angola on NatGeo, an inmate was permitted by Warden Burl Cain, (whom I’ve met back in 2009 with Bishop Eugene Tanniehill, a former death row inmate, released), to marry a woman he met during a Rodeo Event held on the 18000 acres of land of the former slave plantation, known as Angola.

The inmate Oliver Howard, is serving a prison sentence of 50 years for armed robbery. So far, he has served 14 years of that sentence. They had the wedding in the chapel and afterwards, it was time for all visitors, including his new wife, to leave.

It was a sad moment. They were unable to consummate the marriage. They’ll have to wait 36 years, if he is eligible for parole, to consummate the marriage.

Additionally, with a bad economy where males cannot get a good paying job, a lack of good education to command salaries, and a willful disregard to seek God and His righteousness, makes finding an “alpha male” an almost non existing thing. So women settle for less and for the rest of their lives, depending upon how many children they have, will needlessly struggle.

Abortion is usually a decision out of inconvenience and desperation. It is after the abortion that the realization of murder sets in the mind of the single woman. The only false comfort is that abortion was deemed legal in 1973. This false sense of comfort is easily suppressed by the conscience because an intentional fatal separation of mother and child took place.

Many regret that decision and the pain is unbearable. Sitting in that room while soft elevator music is playing while the mother, no longer to be, is grieving the loss of life.

Adam named the woman that God gave to him, Eve.

She was called that name because in the Hebrew it means, “mother of all living.”

Women were created to carry and birth life. There are many women that have miscarriages. And without controversy, abortions to save the life of the mother due to medical complications are a fact of reason and necessity. But for the most part, women were designed by the Lord to produce and nurture life.

In the abortion room, she is fighting against every maternal instinct embedded in the woman. Her mind is racing because she made the choice to lay with a male that really didn’t care about her. He failed in his responsibility like Adam in the Garden to protect, cover, and guard the wife.

The point that needs to be made is that the place of prevention is not when you are using contraceptives. The place of prevention is in abstinence. It’s in recognizing that should you go past the stop light, and accident is sure to happen. That if you are speeding, the trooper didn’t pull you over the first time, but eventually, it’s bound to happen.

Several months ago, I watched a video of a woman that was “sterilized” because the judge ruled her to be an unfit mother. This African American woman was declared to be uneducated or incompetent by a judge. She was later interviewed in the factually stunning documentary called Maafa21 and several years afterwards, she has a college degree.

I could only imagine what it’s like for a male to tell a woman to go and “fix” the problem.

This is not just an African American problem, although a staggering number of African Americans quickly resolve to kill their offspring because they cannot afford to raise that child. It affects the poor in almost every ethic group.

Go to the CDC stats and you will see that abortion is a national and international outrage.

Aren’t you glad that you are reading an article like this?

Aren’t you glad that you weren’t aborted. Just imagine the doctor pulling on you to kill you. And in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, it is alleged that a doctor is known to pull live babies out of the womb and snap its neck. The horror of knowing that a child could have survived, was aborted after the child was born. This doctor allegedly induced labor and then extracted the child to be murdered. This didn’t happen once or twice. Several children were allegedly murdered.

This is the price of sexting. Whoredom in the land.