‘I will set before my eyes no vile thing…’ Psalm 101:3 NIV
Fearing the population growth of the Israelites, Pharaoh told the Hebrew midwives, ‘When you help the Hebrew women in childbirth and observe them on the delivery stool, if it is a boy, kill him…’ (Exodus 1:16 NIV) This word ‘stool’ is the same word that’s used to describe a potter’s wheel. If Satan can destroy you while you’re still on the wheel, in the process of being formed, he’s accomplished his goal. And today one of his strategies for destroying men and boys is pornography. David’s affair with Bathsheba began with the words, ‘From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful, and David sent someone [to get] her’ (2 Samuel 11:2-3 NIV). Looking back on this painful chapter in his life, David wrote, ‘I will walk in my house with a blameless heart. I will set before my eyes no vile thing.’ According to the Chicago Tribune, a man named Joe from Rockford, Illinois, ran a live internet sex site. Joe had a ten-year-old son. On his home computer Joe installed filtering software to limit what his son could do on the internet. Joe explained: ‘It’s not that I keep him sheltered, but my wife and I pay close attention to what he reads, what he watches on TV and what he does on the computer, because we have a responsibility to him to be the best parents we can.’ What hypocrisy! Pornography is as addictive as any drug. It puts images on file that mould your mind – images the devil can replay and use to enslave you. So, don’t go there!
SoulFood: Ezek 24:1-27:24, Mark 15:21-32, Ps 132:11-18, Pr 15:5-7
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