Oh, this lost world.
Jesus come quickly.
I've had a heavy heart for the past couple of weeks concerning some tough life situations some friends are going through and the depravity of the world. It seems that every time I turn around I see families torn apart, vulgarity glorified, and Satan sitting there ... laughing.
Satan is out to attack the family. To rip it to shreds and demolish it completely. Sadly enough, he's doing a pretty good job, and I believe the destruction of our relationships all begins with a single thought. As soon as we get our thoughts off of the Lord and let our minds wander, the battle begins. As Christians, we have to be aware. We have to be on our toes. We have to be on guard, shielded and ready to stand firm in our faith, even if it's deemed "old-fashioned" or "close-minded".
I am shocked at the blatant attack on women, specifically, in the media right now. Satan knows he has a stronghold on millions of men and young boys through pornography - that's old-hat, nothing new. Now he is pouncing viciously on women and all too many are blinded by it. He is crafty and is using any tool he can to draw women and girls into the pit of pornography. And lately, his success is overwhelming. The books and the movies being talked about all over the interwebs are repulsive. Women do not see their books and or "girls night" movies as pornography because it's not "typical". It IS pornography and it is every bit as explicit and every bit as wrong.
Men are visual creatures and that is why internet/magazine/etc. pornography is wildly rampant in so many lives today. Women are emotional. Satan knows he has to use a woman's imagination/mind to capture her. He uses steamy story lines to suck her in to becoming emotionally attached to fictional characters - people who do not even exist! In the mean time, her mind is being corrupted and she is left with feelings of inadequacy in her own life, finding herself desiring the things and the people she reads about. Not who and what she really has here in the flesh!
It. Is. Dangerous.
I saw a preview for a movie last week that said, "after this weekend, your boyfriend won't be good enough and you'll leave wishing you were single". Seriously? And that is supposed to draw us in? And somehow, it does! We are throwing away real and meaningful relationships for idealized personas. Lusting over men who are not our husbands. Satan gets but a foot in the door of our minds and he can overtake it completely - leaving us empty ... alone.
I have heard story after story of broken marriages and when the problems began. It all began with a single thought. One thought not taken captive and put to death led to a string of thoughts. The thoughts became an action. The actions destroyed lives. A single thought that took them farther than they ever wanted to go, cost them more than they ever wanted to pay, and left them longer than they ever wanted to stay.
We have to be aware.
If our husbands were reading these explicit books and having a "guys night" to watch naked women thrusting and prancing about on the big screen - how would we feel?
How is it wrong for them but okay for us? It's a double standard and I can not understand it.
We have to guard our minds, ladies. And we must pray for the minds of our husbands and children. It is vital for the structure, duration, and integrity of our relationships. And most importantly, to glorify the Lord.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Phillipians 4:8-9
Thanks for letting me share my heart.