Internet Filters: Make It Difficult to Sin
- Friday, April 14, 2006
This does not just happen. It takes a solid commitment to both Scripture memorization and meditation. Meditation is essential for anyone who desires to stay pure. The word translated “meditation” throughout Scripture is also translated imagine (Psalm 2:1, 38:12), studieth (Proverbs 15:28, 24:2), utter, mutter, talk, or speak (Job 27:4; Psalm 37:30, 71:24; Proverbs 8:7) and mourn (Isaiah 16:7, 38:14, 59:11). It is usually defined as murmuring or speaking to oneself. How often do we as believers devote a full morning to studying, imagining, talking through, speaking to ourselves (meditating) about one specific characteristic of God taught in His Word?
Meditation is a form of creative thinking. Using word studies, comparisons with other passages, and a good study Bible, we can grasp what God is saying and determine how to apply it in a life-changing way. For instance, if we set aside an entire hour to meditate on how much God loves righteousness and hates evil, our doing so will affect our thinking in such a way that we will personally begin loving good and hating evil more.
We must meditate on God’s Word in order to come to the fullest possible understanding of it. Most of us have developed lazy habits in reading, grammar, and word study. We often glance over a word we think we know rather than gaze into its true intent and purpose. For instance, when Paul uses the phrase “for this cause” it is so easy to keep reading rather than stop and think, “What cause?” “What is this driving force in Paul’s life?” “What was his essential reason for living?” “What is my ultimate reason, purpose, or cause for living?” “Have I attached myself to a cause bigger than myself, my wants, my time, and my life?” After I have pondered these questions, Paul’s simple phrase “for this cause” takes on a new relevance, and my heart is convicted because I have been living for my own causes and not God’s! Meditation is essential for all who seek victory over sexual temptations. Failure in sexual temptations comes from a lack of knowledge, a misunderstanding of Bible principles, or a misapplication of scriptural truth. We can live pure, holy lives, free from bondage or enslavement to sexual sins, as we begin thinking as God thinks. That takes time! That takes energy! That takes meditation!
Below is an excerpt from my new book entitled Lest You Fall: Meditations to Fight Moral Impurity (BJU Press, www.bjup.com). Because most of us know what God loves and what God hates and we all preach what needs to be put off and what needs to be put on, we must be committed to renewing our minds so that we will desire to put on what God loves and put off what God hates. Take your time reading the following section and meditate on each thought:
Do you really want to be a slave to sin?
This is what God says: Proverbs 7:22–23 He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks; Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life.
Now think about it.
Straightway, immediately, all at once, without fighting the temptation at all, he chased after that which he thought would satisfy his sexual desires, with as much sense as an ox that hurries towards the butcher who has some tasty grain in his one hand to lure him and a knife in the other ready to take his life from him, or as a non-thinking deer that steps into a bear trap, holding him captive until the hunter shoots his bow, sending an arrow of death straight through his liver, or as a bird that flies straight into a snare, not knowing that the hunter put the snare in that very place to catch and kill him.
How can this affect me?
Those caught up in sexual addiction are quite impulsive. They act first and think later. When they are faced with any sexual temptation, from filthy pornography to a promiscuous person, they “straightway” run to the sin without any thought of the consequences. All they desire is that instant satisfaction the flesh so deceitfully cries for. They are blinded to the fact that you cannot sin and win. The immoral butcher is ready to slit their throat, and the seducing hunter has his arrow ready to fly through the heart of the unsuspecting sexual addict. Satan will kill and destroy every man or woman he can get his wicked hands on. He uses immorality as the bait, and sadly to say, often bags his limit. Satan would love to add you to his list of trophies. He wants you dead.
We need to filter what comes through our computers and everything that comes to our minds. Make it difficult to sin and easy to do right.
Rand Hummel has worked for more than 25 years at The WILDS, a Christian camp and conference center in North Carolina. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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