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INTRODUCTION

Sad but true, pornography is called — among many things — ‘the secret sin of the church.’  The statistics are 1 in 10 pastors admit to visiting a porn site once a week, 30 to 50% of women who call themselves Christians admit to being addicted to porn, and the statistics are much higher for men; at least 70% of men who profess to be Christians admit to having a serious addiction to viewing pornographic material on a rather consistent basis.  I heard those statistics on the radio concerning a survey that was taken by ‘Focus On The Family,’  and wrote them down.  As with any survey — especially one such as this, where many choose not to admit their addiction to pornography — the statictics are bound to be much higher than recorded. 

But for those of us who are professing Christians, why is it that some of us are controlled by something so twisted, distorted, and perverted such as pornography?  For those of us who are married, don’t we realize how emotionally damaging this is to our mates?  Could it be that some of us have professed Christ just with our lips, and we have yet to truly repent of our sins?  Why is there not a fear of God in our hearts that will bring us to our knees in deep remorse out of hatred for our sins enough to turn from them?  Well, the videos below and the thoughts that came together as I prayed about writing this poem will deal with some of these issues, and the truth in the Scriptures I posted below I pray will not only expose your sins, but also bring hope and victory to you over your addictions.  For it’s only through Christ that forgiveness and freedom is found to destroy the bondage to sin.  And God’s Word has the power to cleanse and to renew our minds and to free us from the sins of the flesh that only destroy the beauty of this expression of love that was meant to be only between a man and a woman in marriage — no matter what society says today!

This poem came together as I first thought about a comment that my first Bible study teacher shared with us… ‘Your commitment to Christ will be shown, by what you do when you’re all alone.’  That thought made an impact on my life; hearing that, plus some Bible verses she shared with us about how God sees all that we do, was enough to convict me as a new Christian.  Even though I immediately was convicted of watching movies with sexual content after I first became a Christian, God used what my Bible study teacher shared with us to end the excuses for watching anything that even began to stir those desires within me!  (Song of Solomon 2:7, 3:5, 8:4)

For those of us who are single, we especially need to guard our hearts and protect our minds from allowing Satan to use the genuine godly desire we have — to one day find someone to share life with and to marry, and then to be able to express our love in a deeply intimate way —  to overpower and control us and lead us into sin.  Instead of giving in to temptations, we must make the choice to surrender our desires to God, and walk by the Spirit so that we will not gratify the desires of our sinful nature.  (Romans 13:14, Galatians 5:16) 

Since July is ‘Pornography Awareness Month,’ I decided to post it now, and would have posted it sooner, but because I had been so concerned about what is happening at my former church, Harvest Bible Chapel, and it took over a month to express some of my concerns in the ‘Introduction’ of my poem, WARNING YOU WITH TEARS I am a little behind. I hope and pray that God will somehow use this poem, ‘WHO ARE YOU,’  for His glory, and His Word for your correction, conviction, encouragement, and ultimately for your freedom.

Most of this poem was written last year, but I hesitated to post it.  However, it seemed that almost every time I would get into my car and drive to work, I would hear something about the destructive nature of pornography!  I wrote my thoughts and some of those things down, and posted them below…

  • April 4, 2011 As I continue to hold off finishing this poem, ‘Who Are You,’ I keep hearing information on pornography.  I heard last week on WMBI that the top ten searches on the Internet for children between the ages of 7 and 10 includes porn!  Then today, I was listening to a video that had nothing to do with the problem of pornography, but the subject was brought up and the pastor said how we as Christians are to cut these things out of our lives and how it has such a negative and destructive affect on how men view women.  I am sure the same can be said about how women view men, as well!

  • June 2011 Again, I was listening to a video that had nothing to do with pornography, but heard the pastor say something about pornography; 50% of women are addicted to porn, and porn will cause a ‘tsunami of sex crimes.’  I think God wants me to address this destructive sinful addiction, and will finish this poem!

  • June 13th 2011 Berean Beacon posted a video on porn.  (Decided not to post that video because it was rather graphic; I didn’t even finish listening to it).

  • August 2, 2011 On my way to work heard another program on WMBI about pornography.

  • Came across another video that expresses to men their need to guard their hearts and minds, and to treat women with respect and not take advantage of them.  (See video #4).

Your comments are welcomed, but any vulgar or obscene comments will not be published.

Thank you for stopping by and taking time out of your busy day to read some of my poems and posts.

God Bless You

~Mary Dalke/Living4HisGlory

 

INFORMATION ON PORNOGRAPHY

CHARISMANEWS – PORN DANGERSSUBJECT OF MONTH LONG AWARENESS CAMPAIGN

WOMEN, CHILDREN, AND EVEN MEN ARE…  VICTIMS OF PORNOGRAPHY

THANK YOU CHRISTIAN RESEARCH NETWORK FOR LINKING TO THIS ARTICLE WHY ARE SO MANY MEN HOOKED ON INTERNET PORN, VIDEO GAMES? BY RUSSELL D. MOORE

 

SCRIPTURES FOR YOU TO FOCUS ON

“I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a girl.”  (Job 31:1)

“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in Your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.”  (Psalm 19:14)

“I did not send these prophets, yet they have run with their message; I did not speak to them, yet they have prophesied.  But if they had stood in My council, they would have proclaimed My Words to My people and would have turned them from their evil ways and from their evil deeds.  “Am I only a God nearby,”  declares the LORD,  “and not a God far away?  Can anyone hide in secret places so that I cannot see him?”  declares the LORD.  “Do I not fill heaven and earth?” (Jeremiah 23:21-24)

“Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight.  Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.” (Hebrews 4:13)

“Since then you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.  For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.  When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.  Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.  Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.  You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived.  But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.  Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self which is being renewed in the knowledge in the image of its Creator.” (Colossians 3:1-10)

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–His good, pleasing, and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2)

“The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now then when we first believed.  The night is nearly over; the day is almost here.  So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.  Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy.  Rather clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.” (Romans 13:11-14) 

“So I say live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.” (Galatians 5:16)

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

“Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God?  Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.  And that is what some of you were.  But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)

“So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do.”They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.  Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more.  You, however, did not come to know Christ that way.  Surely you heard of Him and were taught in Him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus.  You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”                   (Ephesians 4:17-24)

“Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; with holiness no one will see the Lord.” (Hebrews 12:14)

“…for it is written:  “Be holy, because I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:16)

“But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sins’s deceitfulness.”  (Hebrews 3:13)

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” (Hebrews 12:1) 

“Be self-controlled and alert.  Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)

“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.  Through these He has given us His very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.  For this very reason make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.” (2 Peter 1:3-7)

“Why do you call me,  ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?”  (Luke 6:46)

Jesus said…”But unless you repent, you too will all perish.” (Luke 13:3,5)

“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.” (Acts 3:19)

“In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now He commands all people everywhere to repent.” (Acts 17:30)

“…I preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds.” (Acts 26:20)

“Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation, and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.” (2 Corinthians 7:10)

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.  It teaches us to say,  “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age while we wait for the blessed hope–the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for Himself a people that are His very own, eager to do what is good.”  (Titus 2:11-14)

“The rest of mankind that were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood–idols that cannot see or hear or walk. Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts. (Revelation 9:21)

“They were seared by the intense heat and they cursed the name of God, who had control over these plagues, but they refused to repent and glorify Him.”  (Revelation 16:9)

“Men gnawed their tongues in agony and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, but they refused to repent of what they had done.”  (Revelation 16:10b,11)

computer-man-close-up-002WHO ARE YOU?

Who are you when no one is watching?

Who are you when you cannot be seen?

What images do you allow into your mind,

Or on your t.v. or computer screen?

If Jesus were to now visibly appear at your side,

Would there be something you’d want to quickly delete or hide,

From the eyes of Him who is holy and true,

Even though He already knows all that you do?

Would what you view bring Him glory,

Or would it fill Him with disgust,

Are you growing in the grace and knowledge of Christ,

Or are you feeding an ungodly lust,

Many women suffer in silence, some feel completely abused,

Rather than feeling loved, their husbands only make them feel used,

Some women are wrecklessly treated as objects for pleasure,

Instead of someone to be loved; a person to value and treasure,

The innocence of a child –robbed by someone they thought they could

trust,

Someone who wickedly acts out what they viewed; a mind that has been

perverted and controlled by lust,

If God is truly reigning in your heart,

Then now is the time for you to start,

To put to death those desires that war within,

And cause you in your mind and heart to lead you to sin,

Secret sins exposed by His light,

Are no longer in darkness, they’re now in plain sight,

If you are His child you must make the choice,

To turn from these destructive sins and respond to His voice,

Your deliverance is waiting, your forgiveness as well,

Refusing repentance will only lead you to hell,

Secret sins exposed by His light,

Will shatter your darkness, and if you’re willing to fight,

He’ll give you His strength so you’re no longer weak,

And give you the victory so for His glory you’ll speak…

Bringing correction and hope through Christ to all who are bound, 

By these sins of the flesh, so that freedom through repentance and

Christ then can be found.

Copyright© 2012 Mary K. Dalke/Living For His Glory/Living4HisGlory All rights reserved.  Unauthorized use and/or duplication of any material on Living4HisGlory’s Blog without expressed permission by this blog’s owner/author is strictly prohibited.  Exerpts and links to information may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Mary K. Dalke and Living4HisGlory’s Blog, as well as the author of any of the information at any of the links posted, with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Scriptures taken from The Holy Bible New International Version® 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society.  Used by permission of Zondervan.  All rights reserved.

“Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and He delivered them from their distress.  He brought them out of darkness and the deepest gloom and broke away their chains.  Let them give thanks to the LORD for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for men, for He breaks down gates of bronze and cuts through bars of iron.” (Psalm 107:13-16) 

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INTRODUCTION

At the end of May I started to reflect upon  my life, and the things I have done in my past before I became a Christian that fill me with regret and are a continual reminder to me that I am a sinner saved by grace,  even though I know God has forgiven and changed me.  I was so moved with gratitude at the thought of how God decided to choose me, when I see so many other people He has not yet chosen to reveal Himself to.  The title of this poem sums up the overwhelming feelings I had, as the thoughts for this poem came together.  More to come when time allows…

SCRIPTURES FOR YOU TO REFLECT UPON

“At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived, and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures.  We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another.  But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we have done, but because of His mercy.  He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by His grace we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.” (Titus 3:3-7)

“Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners–of whom I am the worst.  But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display His unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on Him and receive eternal life.” (1 Timothy 1:15,16)

“Or do you show contempt for the richness of His kindness , tolerance, and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness leads you towards repentance?  But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when His righteous judgement will be revealed.  God “will give to each person according to what he has done.”  To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor, and immortality, He will give eternal life.  But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.  There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew then to the Gentile; but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew then for the Gentile.  For God does not show favoritism.”  (Romans 2:4-11)

“We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin.  I do not understand what I do.  For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.  And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good.  As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me.  I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature.  For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.  For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do–this I keep on doing.  Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.  So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me.  For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members.  What a wretched man I am!  Who will rescue me from this body of death?  Thanks be to God-through Jesus Christ our Lord!  So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.  Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.  For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering.  And so He condemned sin in sinful man, in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit.  Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit, have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.  The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; the sinful mind is hostile to God.  It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.  Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.  You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you.  And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.  But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness.  And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit, who lives in you.  Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation–but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it.  For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.  For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship.  And by Him we cry,  “Abba, Father.”  The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.  Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in His sufferings in order that we may also share in His glory.”            (Romans 7:14-8:17)

“The LORD will call you back as if you were a wife deserted and distressed in spirit–a wife who married young, only to be rejected,” says your God.” (Isaiah 54:6)

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.  It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope–the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for Himself a people that are His very own, eager to do what is good.” (Titus 2:11-14)

“But He said to me,  “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.”  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties.  For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:9,10)

“But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.  He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things-and the things that are not-to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before Him.  It is because of Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God-that is our righteousness, holiness, and redemption.  Therefore, as it is written: “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:27-31)

“This is what the LORD says: “Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice, and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,”  declares the LORD.” (Jeremiah 9:23)

“Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life–in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing.” (Philippians 2:14-16)

“May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified in me, and I to the world.” (Galatians 6:14)

SO UNDESERVING… SO GRATEFUL

What was it that You saw in me

That made You choose to set me free

So undeserving of the love You showed

So unable to pay the debt to sin I owed

No strength to stand against temptation

Always feeling the weight of condemnation

Attempting to do good to earn Your approval

Always failing in my attempt to find guilt’s removal

Bound by fear that caused me to lie

Creating false reasons to escape rejection, I did try

Using sinful humor to find acceptance and a friend

Sinking deeper into guilt, seeking pleasures without end

It was not because of a righteousness I had of my own

It was not because of the kindness to others I had shown

If it was because of my weakness, then for that I give You praise

My heart cries out in thankfulness, my voice in thanks I raise

If it was because I was unloved and rejected, then it was worth the pain

To now know Your love and acceptance, Your forgiveness and joy was mine to gain

If it was just because of Your grace, that You chose to save a wretch like me

Then I will boast in Christ alone, who has the power to set us free

I will never forget that glorious day

When I was reading Your Word, and in my mind You did say

Those amazing words that set me free

From sin and fear, when Your truth I did see

You gave me courage to face my fears

Hope and trust to stop many of my tears

Strength in the areas where I find myself weak

Wisdom, when Your truth to the lost I do speak

Grace to make me desire to be pleasing in your sight

Peace when I focus on Your power and Your might

Men’s words and ‘religions’ are just traps and a snare

They keep us in bondage, when Your truth is not known to share

Your mercy extended, Christ’s blood now covers me

So grateful to You I will always be

Copyright©2010 Mary K. Dalke/LivingForHisGlory/Living4HisGlory All rights reserved. 

Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited.  Exerpts or links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Mary K. Dalke and Living4HisGlory with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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Scriptures taken from The Holy Bible , New International Version® Copyright©1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society.  Used by permission of  Zondervan.