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Make Time To (Consistently) Relax

Make Time To (Consistently) Relax

The problem with consistent stress is that if we’re not careful, it consumes us. It raises our blood pressure, robs us of sleep, tempts us to eat poorly, keeps us from exercising, and diminishes the overall quality of our lives — and relationships. (Have...
Clean Out Your Clutter

Clean Out Your Clutter

I typically blog with my sons thoroughly in mind, knowing that after I’m long gone perhaps my words will provide direction, comfort and counsel for them in a world that’s gone mad. In a way, reading my blog is like looking over my shoulder, to take a peak...
An Open Letter To My Sons

An Open Letter To My Sons

JUST OVER EIGHT YEARS AGO, AN X-RAY TECHNICIAN POINTED TO THE LARGE SHADOW THAT I THOUGHT WAS MY HEART. The softball-size mass was wrapped around my superior vena cava, choking off the flow of blood and oxygen throughout my body. My entire left arm and hand was 20%...
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BULLET BLOG: How To Keep From Falling In A World Full of Chaos

BULLET BLOG: How To Keep From Falling In A World Full of Chaos

Yes, America and the world seem out of control in many ways — but history is filled with examples of other times when stress was high, morale was low, and it seemed like the end of the world was at handThe return of Christ may be soon. Then again, it may be very far away. Without realizing it, you may have been using the “Rapture” or the return of Christ as escape clauses they were never meant to be. My theory is that many Christians have checked out, looking for a divine bail-out when the hope and change we need are found in each of us being salt and light in an increasingly tasteless, dark, world.

How do you keep yourself from getting sucked into the cesspool of negativity, gossip, slander and hatred growing and spreading like fungus in today’s world? You do it by having a battle plan that keeps you focused on what’s eternally important. The Apostle Peter’s words, written nearly 2,000 years ago, are just as practical to us today as they were when he first penned them. Here’s what he says in 2 Peter 1:5-9 (NIV, bold is mine, for emphasis):

“. . . 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, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.”

Living for Christ doesn’t happen by accident. You need to be intentional. The beautiful thing is that when you have a battle plan of drawing near to God, and you “make every effort” to do so, sin takes a back seat.

The best way to keep yourself from being ineffective and unproductive for God is to make it your highest ambition to live for Him. When you do this, sin is put in its place and you move forward, in light of your created, eternal destiny — regardless of the chaos around you.

HAVE YOU BEEN LIVING AS IF WHAT’S UP TO YOU IS UP TO GOD? ARE YOU MAKING “EVERY EFFORT” TO GROW IN YOUR FAITH, AS PETER SAYS YOU SHOULD?

Michael Anthony Blog - Godfactor.comABOUT MY “BULLET BLOGS”: A “bullet blog” is blog that gets right to the point, can be read quickly, and gets you on your way making practical, positive changes so you can reach your greatest potential.

ABOUT ME: Most of the lessons I’ve learned in life I’ve learned through failure. I typically publish my blogs Tuesday through Friday, here and on Facebook. We welcome and read comments from readers just like you because they help us (and others) think and grow. Don’t be shy. Chime in.

My first book, published by Thomas Nelson, is slated for release in March 13, 2018. For more about me, click here. If you’d like to request an interview, or to explore the potential of my speaking to your group, click here.

Make Time To (Consistently) Relax

Make Time To (Consistently) Relax

The problem with consistent stress is that if we’re not careful, it consumes us. It raises our blood pressure, robs us of sleep, tempts us to eat poorly, keeps us from exercising, and diminishes the overall quality of our lives — and relationships. (Have you noticed how angry people seem to be these days?) The truth is, there’s a tremendous amount of stress in America. It’s coming from all angles, constantly. One of the most important things you need to do is learn how to consistently plan — and take — time to relax.

What I want to help you do is rediscover the importance of consistent relaxation — and to make some basic changes in your life starting this weekend. It’s important, for your own emotional, physical, and spiritual health, to take time to relax – often. Every week — and every day throughout the week — you need to take time to relax. Let’s jump in with 5 things anyone can do, immediately, to reverse the stress trend in your life. Give one (or all five) a shot and see how they positively help you.

5 THINGS YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW TO BEGIN REDUCING YOUR STRESS

CREATE A PRIVATE QUIET TIME FOR EACH DAY.

1. GO TO BED, AND GET UP, 15-30 MINUTES EARLIER. This is a small adjustment in your life that will pay off big time. Doing this creates “quiet time” for yourself. There is so much noise in our lives, that we need to be deliberate to shut it all off, and do nothing but relax, sit quietly and recharge your battery.

My best days are those when I go to bed early, get up early, and sit quietly, with my Bible, and read, think, and pray back to God what I’ve been reading and thinking about. As time passes, you may want to increase this time from 15-30 minutes.

Remember, however, that you eat an elephant one bite at a time. Start with this small increment. It will convince you of the importance of a daily quiet time in reducing stress, reconnecting with your Creator, and living a better life all around.

EXERCISE DAILY, BUT DON’T OVERDO IT.

2. EXERCISE — BUT DON’T TRY TO BECOME AN OLYMPIC ATHLETE IN A MONTH. It’s better to exercise consistently, even if a little, than to adopt a “feast or famine” approach. Take time to exercise daily, or at least three to four times a week.

Resistance training (like using weights or performing pushups and sit-ups), as well as aerobic exercise, is good for you. It not only affects your body, but also your mind. It releases endorphins, which are your body’s natural chemicals that create a positive mental outlook. In other words, what you do or don’t do with your body will affect your outlook on life, one day at a time. 

 

MAKE ONE DAY EACH WEEK YOUR DAY OF REST.

3. MAKE ONE DAY OF THE WEEK YOUR REGULAR “SABBATH.” Jesus said, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath” (Mark 2:27). Long-term, working every day of the week will work against you in every way. It will decrease, not increase, your productivity, mental alertness, sense of humor, ability to listen, and just about everything about you.

These are good reasons why God, our Architect, commanded us to take one day off from all work each week. Since I’m a pastor, my day off is Friday. Are there times when I don’t really take it off? To be honest, yes. But is that a good practice to get into? Not at all. I’ve found that taking one day off a week is the best thing I can do to make the other six days the most enjoyable and productive. I think you will, too.

Don’t get hung up on which day of the week you should take — but by all means take off one day of the week as a day of rest from all your regular work. If you are married and have a family, make it the same day, so you can enjoy it, together.

I learned this the hard way: you will get more done, and enjoy your life far better if you take God at His word and take one day off as your day of rest. God commanded you to rest because He knows you need it. These days, we need it more than ever.

DON’T LET OTHERS RAIN ON YOUR PARADE.

4. DON’T LET SOMEONE RAIN ON YOUR PARADE. People are angry and stressed-out these days, and this is manifest by their tearing other people down. When someone is rude to you, consider that it’s a reflection on them, not you. I used to take it personally when someone called me names, was rude, testy or inconsiderate.

Once I learned the value of #1 and #2, above, I found that negative, rude, angry people didn’t affect me as deeply as they used to. I think you’ll find the same to be true for you. When your own stress decreases, it’s more difficult for the stress of others to rub off on you.

PAY ATTENTION TO THE PEOPLE YOU LOVE, WHO ALSO LOVE YOU.

5. STAY ENGAGED, BUT PAY ATTENTION TO THE OTHER IMPORTANT STUFF, TOO. This is the most difficult thing to do, but it’s something you need to master in these turbulent days in America. Too many people have disengaged altogether, become apathetic, and are out of touch with what’s happening in our nation.

I’m reminded of this important statement, the origin of which is uncertain, but the truth of which is undeniable: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing.” You need to care deeply about the moral, political, racial, financial and other problems in our country, and be part of the solution. But you  also need to make sure that paying attention to the bad stuff doesn’t keep you from focusing on the good stuff.

If you have a family, love them. Pay close attention to your spouse, and your children. One day, you won’t have the time you now have, to revisit. Be present in mind, not just the body, when having conversations, sharing a meal, doing things “together.” Make sure you are paying attention, because the only life you’ll ever live this side of eternity is happening — right now.

WHAT CHANGES HAS THIS BLOG HELPED YOU CONSIDER MAKING THIS WEEKEND AND IN THE COMING WEEKS? DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO COULD BENEFIT FROM READING THIS?

Michael Anthony Blog - Godfactor.comABOUT ME: Most of the lessons I’ve learned in life I’ve learned through failure. I typically publish my blogs Tuesday through Friday, here and on Facebook. We welcome and read comments from readers just like you because they help us (and others) think and grow. Don’t be shy. Chime in.

My first book, published by Thomas Nelson, is slated for release in March 13, 2018. For more about me, click here. If you’d like to request an interview, or to explore the potential of my speaking to your group, click here.

Clean Out Your Clutter

Clean Out Your Clutter

I typically blog with my sons thoroughly in mind, knowing that after I’m long gone perhaps my words will provide direction, comfort and counsel for them in a world that’s gone mad. In a way, reading my blog is like looking over my shoulder, to take a peak at what I am trying to impart to them and glean a thing or two in the process. Today is no exception, and I want to write to you about how to clean out the clutter of your life, because if you don’t learn how to do this — and master the practice — the clutter will suffocate you. Jesus said so, and there isn’t a soul on earth smarter than Jesus:

“Still others, like seed down among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth, and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.” — Mark 4:18-19

The context of Jesus’ words is within the famous “Parable of the Sower.” Within, Jesus reveals that there are four kinds of people in life:

  • Those who have no interest in God;
  • Those who have little interest in God;
  • Those who are worried, distracted, and who eventually allow themselves to be devoted to something or someone other than God, and,
  • Those who hear God’s word, accept it, and whose lives, empowered by God Himself, accomplish great things in light of eternity.

My sons, you want to be among that fourth group, because that’s the only group that Jesus commends. At the end of the day only God’s opinion matters. Be careful, boys, because if you aren’t, you’ll be swept away by things that really do not matter in light of eternity. You must always remember eternity, because it’s where you’ll spend most of your time. Since you’ve already given your lives to Christ, your eternity with Him has already begun. Now, it’s up to you to stay the course, finish strong, and live daily in the power of the Spirit. To do that, you must deal with the clutter in your life.

LIVE INTENTIONALLY: SWEEP IT AWAY

You must constantly be in the process of sweeping away the things that don’t matter. William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, said, “The tendency of fire is to go out. Therefore, watch the fire on the altar of your heart.” I’ve found this quote to be life-changing. Doesn’t it drip with practicality for you?

MAKE TIME TO CONSTANTLY SWEEP AWAY those things that masquerade as important, when they really aren’t in the eternal scheme of life.

From time to time you will need a thorough “clean sweep” of your life, to address and turn from things that could consume you and detract you from being entirely sold out to God. I have also found that a bit of diligence goes a long, long way in preventing the build-up of spiritual “toxins,” those things that choke off love for God. The clutter often is seemingly harmless things, and sometimes even things that are “good.” But I have found that the enemy of God’s “good” is often man’s best.

When God has something good to offer, it really is best. Remember this, or you will allow secondary things in life to distract you from what is possible only through a life entirely surrendered to Christ. No one who truly surrenders to God will ever live to regret it, but there are millions of people who have found out the hard way that resistance to God is futile. No one ever gets ahead by resisting God.

Books, television shows, time spent on a smart device or a computer can all end up cluttering your life, pulling you from what’s best. Before you know it, a large chunk of your life will be over, never to return. Your life will eventually, and thoroughly, reflect your use of time. You will become like the people with whom you spend time, whether in real time or through the things they create (and you embrace) one way or another. The philosophies of other people will rub off on you — the question is whether or not those philosophies are helpful in the achievement of your life objective: to love and enjoy God with increasing momentum. Be careful and attentive, because love for God does not come naturally. It only comes with deliberate cultivation.

Take time each year to specifically clear away the clutter. And get into the habit of doing this every single day of your life. Get rid of things that have been taking your time and energy away from your life objective. Say “no” to the distractions so you can keep the main thing the main thing. The main thing in life is to love and enjoy God above all else. Take this endeavor off the back burner and make it front and center. An increasing majority of people are not interested in this at all these days. You must be on your guard, listen to Jesus, and be among the minority.

WHAT ABOUT YOU? IS THERE CLUTTER YOU NEED TO CLEAN OUT SO THAT YOU CAN LOVE AND ENJOY GOD WITH INCREASING MOMENTUM? HAVE YOU SETTLED SOMETHING LESS THAN GOD’S VERY BEST, AND GIVING HIM YOURS?

 

Michael Anthony Blog - Godfactor.comABOUT ME: Most of the lessons I’ve learned in life I’ve learned through failure. I typically publish my blogs Tuesday through Friday, here and on Facebook. We welcome and read comments from readers just like you because they help us (and others) think and grow. Don’t be shy. Chime in.

My first book, published by Thomas Nelson, is slated for release in March 13, 2018. For more about me, click here. If you’d like to request an interview, or to explore the potential of my speaking to your group, click here.

An Open Letter To My Sons

An Open Letter To My Sons

JUST OVER EIGHT YEARS AGO, AN X-RAY TECHNICIAN POINTED TO THE LARGE SHADOW THAT I THOUGHT WAS MY HEART. The softball-size mass was wrapped around my superior vena cava, choking off the flow of blood and oxygen throughout my body. My entire left arm and hand was 20% larger, spongy, and pale-blue, thanks to a blood clot caused by the cancer. The thought of saying good-bye to you as your lives were just beginning was brutal, with a force more ferocious than a tsunami. Boys, the past eight years have been the best I’ve had – because they are bonus time. They have allowed me the beautiful privilege of seeing you grow, not merely in age but also in character. There is no greater gift!

KEEP CALM AND WALK WITH JESUS

Boys, the world has gone crazy – but you must keep your heads. It’s filled with people more concerned about themselves and their agendas than they are with one another – and certainly more than they are of God – and it’s undoing our society. You must not be like everyone else, because the great majority of people are missing what life is really about. You must not follow the crowd. You must ensure you’re living in such a way that the crowd looks to, and follows, you. Make sure you don’t get this backwards.

“Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold . . .”

If you’re not careful, this world will undo you. It will confuse you about manhood, twist the truth about God, and deceive you into believing that happiness comes from things rather than loving God with every atom of your anatomy. You must be constantly be on the alert, because life left on auto pilot will have you looking, acting, and feeling just like the crowd. Sons, the crowd is wrong — and it is getting larger. But do not be afraid.

Jesus said, “‘I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world’” (John 16:33). If you walk with God, nothing can overtake you. 

Jesus, in speaking of the world condition prior to His return, said, “’Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold’” (Matthew 24:12). In other words, boys, God is calling you to be among His minority in a world where the majority is marching in the wrong direction. But they aren’t just marching; they are celebrating. This, my sons, is tragic – but you must keep your heads.

 

BIGGER THAN YOU

If God spared my life for a purpose, He did not do it so I could preach, teach and write for the world, but for you, my handsome sons. My one goal in life is to help you excel in your love and enjoyment of God. My prayer and passion is that you love Him more than I do, and to love people as the expression of that love — as you keep yourself from becoming like the majority.

The more you allow God to fill you up, the more you will realize how unsatisfying everything else is.”

It’s a delicate balance, loving God and people. To succeed, you must be intentional. It will not develop on its own. There are a million and one things in this world that will seek to deter you from this, the real purpose of your life — but you must resist them. You must be diligent in protecting and cultivating yourselves into men whose hearts are fixed on God and heaven-bent on helping others be the same.

Boys, I’m here for a purpose and that purpose is far bigger than my life and well-being. You must understand that the same is true for you. Do not let this world press you into its pattern. Run hard after God and you will find that the things that would otherwise distract you from life’s greatest pursuit will have little, if any, attraction. The more you allow God to fill you up, the more you will realize your fullest potential. That, my sons, has value — forever.

My precious sons, I’m here for you, at least for a little while longer. As long as I have the precious privilege of pouring into you, I will live the purpose of my life, which is to help you truly live yours.


Michael Anthony Blog - Godfactor.comABOUT ME:
Most of the lessons I’ve learned in life I’ve learned through failure. I typically publish my blogs Tuesday through Friday, here and on Facebook. We welcome and read comments from readers just like you because they help us (and others) think and grow. Don’t be shy. Chime in.

My first book, published by Thomas Nelson, is slated for release in March 13, 2018. For more about me, click here. If you’d like to request an interview, or to explore the potential of my speaking to your group, click here.

COURAGE NOW (Time to Conquer Fear)

COURAGE NOW (Time to Conquer Fear)

COURAGE IS HARD TO FIND THESE DAYS. AT LEAST IN THE REAL WORLD. It’s easy to find heroes and underdogs in movies and books, but try to find it in real life – in our own lives – and it becomes evident that fear is winning the day. What America needs is a resurrection of courage. If you’re like me, you need a massive infusion of courage in your life, now and every single day.

I recently delivered a message at the church I love called
Fear Pressure,” and I think if you give it a listen while
exercising, driving, or doing whatever, it will help cultivate
courage in your life. Click here to listen, and let us know
what you think.

WHY ARE WE SO AFRAID?

The problem with today’s problems is that we hear about them all the time. Everywhere we turn, we are bombarded with problems, problems, problems. No wonder we’re so fearful, so discouraged. It’s hard not to become apathetic in a world where it seems like there is so little the average person can do to turn things around.

“You need to start seeing your life as an unfolding drama where you have the leading role as the person who saves the day, rejects the status quo, and rises to a new level of exemplary courage.”

The constant barrage of negative news has conditioned most of us to sit down and shut up, comply with the status quo, and accept life as it is, rather than how it can be. Fear and apathy have become our default mechanisms. We tend to cave and cower because deep down we think we are powerless to change things. But is this true? I don’t think it is, and I want to encourage you to reject the lie that you don’t have the ability to change things, beginning with yourself.

 

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YOU, TODAY’S HERO AND UNDERDOG

WHY NOT YOU? Don’t dismiss yourself as the hero and underdog you can become . . .

Forget fiction, life is more thrilling. You need to start seeing your life as an unfolding drama where you have the leading role as the person who saves the day, rejects the status quo, and rises to a new level of exemplary courage. Why would I suggest such a thing? Because this is exactly what needs to happen if things are going to positively change. Every hero and underdog who ever arose did not accept the status quo as inescapable. Nobody is born a hero or an underdog. Heroes and underdogs are forged in the furnace of real life – and your life is unfolding right now.

“One thing you’ll learn about heroes and underdogs is that nearly every one of them was, at one time, a lot like you.”

The world is waiting for an army of heroes and underdogs, and you need to know that you’ve been invited to play your part. Reject the notion that you can’t live with courage. You absolutely can. You simply need to develop courage, in much the same way that a weight-lifter develops muscle or a marathon runner develops endurance. Courage can be cultivated – it can be cultivated in you.

 

KILL THE COWARD, CULTIVATE COURAGE

We live in an age where great podcasts are readily available. (Yes, you’re darn right we’re enthusiastic about our podcasts, because they are created for your benefit). Read great books about heroes and underdogs who really walked this planet. One thing you’ll learn about heroes and underdogs is that nearly every one of them was, at one time, a lot like you. Heroes and underdogs had to do the following:

  • Overcome their fears
  • Face seemingly insurmountable odds
  • Go against the flow
  • Embrace a vision for life that was bigger than their own interests
  • Decide that they were going to make fundamental changes in the way they live, to embrace a better life – not only for themselves, but also for others
  • Behave as if change were up to them, not someone or something else

If someone else could be a hero or an underdog, there is hope for you. You can be the hero or underdog we desperately need in America, today. The world is waiting for you.

Today is a great day to cultivate courage in your own life. The alternative is fear, and we’ve all seen what that can do. Isn’t it time to cultivate courage in your life? The world is waiting for you.

 

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN CULTIVATING COURAGE IN YOUR OWN LIFE? WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR OUR READERS WHEN IT COMES TO COURAGE?

 

Michael Anthony Blog - Godfactor.comABOUT ME: Most of the lessons I’ve learned in life I’ve learned through failure. I typically publish my blogs Tuesday through Friday, here and on Facebook. We welcome and read comments from readers just like you because they help us (and others) think and grow. Don’t be shy. Chime in.

My first book, published by Thomas Nelson, is slated for release in March 13, 2018. For more about me, click here. If you’d like to request an interview, or to explore the potential of my speaking to your group, click here.

Is Porn Good For Your Relationship?

Is Porn Good For Your Relationship?

I RECENTLY READ AN ARTICLE THAT TRIED TO MAKE THE CASE THAT A COUPLE CAN BENEFIT FROM WATCHING PORN TOGETHER. With the growing acceptance of porn in the mainstream, more and more couples are turning to it to try and heat up their frigid bedrooms. But is it true? Is porn good for your relationship?

I want to give you a few solid reasons why porn cannot possibly be good for you or your relationship – ever – and how it will actually destroy your walk with God, hinder the development of real love in your relationship, and cost you dearly in light of eternity.

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Here are just a few points that will bomb the myth of “good” porn to smithereens:

  1. When you watch porn, you are most likely watching unmarried people engage in sexual activity. In other words, you are watching people engage in what the Bible calls “sexual immorality,” or “fornication.” To watch is to celebrate, not flee, from sexual immorality. Consider 1 Thessalonians 4:3-7 (NIV):

    “It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God; and that in this matter no one should wrong or take advantage of a brother or sister. The Lord will punish all those who commit such sins, as we told you and warned you before. For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.

    And, if the people you are watching are married, having allowed themselves to be photographed or filmed, they are engaging in the sin of leading people astray by letting them watch what should only be shared between two married individuals.

  1. When you watch porn, you are lusting after the person/people you are watching – and lust is sin. Jesus said that to even look at a woman lustfully is to commit adultery with her (same is true to look at anyone lustfully):

    “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not murder,’ and ‘anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’

    MARRIAGE IS FOR LOVE, NOT LUST . . .

    But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment … You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” — Matthew 5:21-22, 27-28 (NIV)

    Watching porn is a willful decision to personally engage in sexual immorality through the sin of lust. It is to fan the flame of sin when it should, instead, be snuffed out. Consider 1 Corinthians 6:18-19 (NIV):

    “Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own . . .”We should not toy with sexual immorality. We should run from it full speed.

  1. When you watch porn, you are going to be tempted to covet your neighbor’s spouse, which is an overt sin (See Exodus 20:17). You are going to end up doing more than just being tempted – you are going to end up coveting, and that is a serious sin.
  1. When you watch porn, it is going to influence you in the wrong direction – to want your mate to be like the person/people you watch, and to lose their identity as the individual God created him/her to be. Unconditional (agape) love does not seek to change another person, but to accept, celebrate and nurture the person God created.When you watch porn, you will be tempted to compare what you see on your device, or television, to what you see in real life. The chances of you or someone else living up to how porn actors look, and what they do, are slim. You’re setting yourself up, and your partner, for failure.

    RELATIONSHIP KILLER: Porn will create distance between you and your mate. Run from it.

    Porn will devastate your understanding of what it means to be created, beautifully, in the image of God.

  1. When you watch porn, you may be unwittingly supporting even more diabolical forms of immorality such as child pornography. Jesus has harsh words for people who abuse children:

    “If anyone causes one of these little ones–those who believe in me–to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea . . .” – Mathew 18:6 (NIV)

    You may say, “Well, I’m not watching child porn.” True, but you may be helping it happen without realizing it, and that’s the problem. Don’t be so naïve as to think major pornography producers limit their genre to what you’re watching. When you watch, you support an industry that has a diverse audience whose appetite it seeks to feed. Watching enables them to feed the lusts of people with twisted views on sex and sexuality.

    If you’ve watched porn, you may have indirectly, unwittingly supported things like child porn. Now you know, and that makes you responsible to make sure it never happens again.

  1. When you watch porn, you are going to be tempted to do things with your body, sexually, that you should not do. I don’t think I need to go into any detail about this, but here is a verse that will help drive the point home:

    “Can a man scoop fire into his lap without his clothes being burned? Can a man walk on hot coals without his feet being scorched?” – Proverbs 6:28-29 (NIV)

  1. In the long run, watching porn will destroy your sex life and emotional intimacy with your partner. Pornographic scenes often depict unrealistic situations and behaviors that often cannot be

    PORN IS A GREAT WAY TO DEMOLISH YOUR RELATIONSHIP – AND YOUR LIFE.

    duplicated. Attempts to mimic what you watch end up dashing hopes, creating guilt and emotional distance. Emotional intimacy is one of the byproducts of a godly, loving relationship – and porn will obliterate that.Watch porn, and you’re going to end up sinning, one way or another.

  1. You are going to get addicted, and “addiction” is simply another word for “enslavement.” There are some things you cannot “unsee.” Porn provides a myriad of such opportunities that will lead you to thinking, fantasizing and fixating on things when you are not capable of turning them off. Want to put a ball and chain around your life? Watch porn.
CONCLUSION: Watching porn is sin – in multiple ways, with multiple consequences. Sin never moves us forward, but always sets us back, because sin is resistance to God, and no one who resists God ever comes out a winner. Sin always results in the loss, not gain, of God’s blessing, difficulty and devastation.
Remember these things next time someone who doesn’t have God’s interests – or yours – in mind, when they try to tell you that porn can be good for your relationship. It’s terrible for you, and you (and your partner) should run from it as if your life with Christ depends upon it. It does.

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