|Where the eyes lead...the body follows.|
"It's the woman's fault!" Men have been saying this since...well, the beginning of time! When Adam blamed Eve for the fall of mankind, he started the ball rolling, and the buck passing. We've been blaming our sins and shortcomings on others ever since...especially our wives or women in general. Have a problem with lust? Blame the woman. Addicted to porn? Blame the women. Sexually unsatisfied? Blame your woman.
Okay, here's the deal. It's time we "man up" and take responsibility for our own sin. Here. Look at what Jesus said:
28But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
Wait, what? Whoever does the looking with the intent to lust is the one who committed the sin of adultery in HIS heart? You mean, it's NOT THE WOMAN'S FAULT? Does this mean that every man is responsible for his own lusts and that it's not about how modestly the woman dresses? Well, yeah. That's kinda what Jesus is saying there. If YOU look to LUST then YOU SIN! But, what about those short skirts? What about those "painted hussies"? What about porn that's all over the internet and the sexually suggestive ads and billboards? How can we NOT LOOK? How can we NOT lust? How can we NOT sin?
|In today's society, sin cries out for our attention like a neon sign!|
Good question. What can WE do to avoid committing sin through the lust of our eyes? We can't blame the women anymore. Those poor dears are running themselves frantic trying to figure out how to keep you from stumbling in sin. We can't go through life with our eyes closed at the risk of running head long into a lamp post or coffee table and scraping our shins! And we all know what THAT leads too. The temptation to take the Lord's name in vain might become greater than our temptation to lust!
|La la la la. I can't see you!|
Make the choice. Don't close your eyes and pretend you don't see. Don't blame your bad decision on the woman. Don't just give in because you're a "red-blooded, American male" and that's what you do. Don't act like it's okay. It's not. It's sin. And YOU will be held accountable for YOUR OWN SIN. No excuses. No scape-goats. No one else to blame.
I hear you saying, "It's not that easy! I've been struggling with this porn addiction or this over-active libido all my life!" I know. I've walked that road myself. And I'd be lying if I said I don't still struggle with it from time to time. BUT...I've made my choice. I choose NOT to lust. I've chosen not to fall into that temptation again. I've made a covenant with my eyes. Here. Read what Job said:
Job 31:1 (KJV)
1I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?
A covenant is a pact...an agreement...a contract, if you will. It means that you will do whatever it takes to fulfill your obligation to whom you made the covenant with. By covenanting with your eyes, you are making a promise that you will NOT let what they see lead you into sin. You are making a commitment to turn away from whatever temptation you eyes might behold. It means you will hold YOURSELF accountable to avoid falling into sin.
But you can't do that? Really? I thought you were a red-blooded, American male? You can do anything! Take charge of yourself! Bring your body into submission. Be A Man!
Okay, somewhere in there, I flashed back to the High School football coach. Weird. The pep talk it over and it's time to take the field. Who will win the conflict that wars within each of us? The enemy, that lustful temptation that so easily trips us up, is taunting us everywhere we turn. But we have a secret weapon...a play from the playbook our coach wrote Himself.
9And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.
See? How simple and utterly enemy-confusing is that? If the enemy wins over you because of your eyes by what you see...then cut out the offense! Now, I'm not suggesting you pluck out your physical eye (go back about five paragraphs to read why), but you can cut off the thing that leads you into temptation. If you struggle with internet porn...get a porn blocker and let your wife set the password. Trouble with the "gentlemen's club" advertisements? Find an alternative way home. Certain movies on HBO keeping you up at night with lust? Get rid of HBO. If you cut off the venue in which the temptation gets the victory over you then there can no longer be a victory! It really IS that simple!
|To lust or not to lust, that IS the question! Now choose wisely.|
And simple is something we men understand, right? It's not brain surgery or rocket science. You just choose. Will you lust or not? Own your choice...quit blaming others, especially women, and do the right thing. Be a man...a Man of God. Make the right choice.