Bible Reading for: January 11
Christians are not perfect, though we strive for godly perfection. Bottom line, we fall down, we get back up.
You know, I think I’ve probably worn you out with the length of my recent posts. I am going to try and keep it short today. The following verse really stood out to me today.
Job 24:15 ESV
“The eye of the adulterer also waits for the twilight, saying, ‘No eye will see me’; and he veils his face.”
When we think of adultery we think of a married man having sexual intercourse with a woman who is not his wife. This is physical adultery but adultery doesn’t stop there. Jesus made it clear that adultery included ones thought life.
Matthew 5:27-28 ESV
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”
We are not only judged by our actions but by our thoughts as well. Guys, let’s get real here. A pretty woman can turn our heads. Our thoughts can often turn to sex and when it does, targets of opportunity present themselves even if only targets for our thoughts. Many of us give ourselves a pass on these little passing thoughts; there was a time when I did. Men, it is not easy to keep tight control over our thoughts. In fact, I believe it takes a strong man, a spiritually mature man, to succeed in this task.
One of my favorite songs is by Bob Carlisle entitled “We Fall Down”. At the heart of the song is the refrain of a monk who, when asked what the monks do behind the monastery walls, says “we fall down, we get up”. Guys, just because we fail from time to time to reign in our wandering eyes and minds, it is no reason to throw in the towel and surrender to sin. The battle must continually be fought. This is because we will improve our self-discipline in the process. If we surrender, we are likely to find ourselves wandering ever further from God.
Pornography is an epidemic. It is claiming many a man who might otherwise be godly. Pornography sinks its hooks into us when we surrender the battle. This is why we must never give up, we must never surrender. When we fall down we must get back up. Understand that sneaking down to the computer in the middle of the night or sneaking a peak at filth on your cell phone or at a library or office computer is a high risk low reward gamble. Even if your wife, your kids, your friends, your boss, co-workers, and fellow Christians have no idea, God knows it all and He calls it adultery.
Brothers, I implore you, don’t stay down. When you fall, don’t give yourself a pass; don’t make excuses. Acknowledge the fall to the Father and ask for His forgiveness. Then, pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and go and sin no more. Real men get back up!
Vivere Victorem! (Live Victorious!)
Your brother and servant in Christ,
Dying to self, living to serve!