Love Porn? Then Don’t Watch This…Ran Gavrieli


“We are all vulnerable to pornography, not just young people..we should be very careful…in the nutrition of our mind”

This is a good link that provides a non-religious perspective on monitoring what you feed your mind. It was spurred from Gavrieli’s observations in trafficking victims, both men and women.

What quiets your soul?

You know yourself…you have an addictive personality, certain things in addition to lust and pornography are difficult for you to stop doing. Maybe you are emotional, having ups as intense as your downs, leading you to revel in your misery for days.

Whenever I sense a mood swing heading my way, if I am lucky or discerning enough to catch it, I turn to the book of Psalms. Lately I have begun memorizing chapters in this book, and writing them down several times. This week, I’m focusing on Psalm 20. It’s short and easy to understand! Christ wants victory for you and me, he wants to give us plans for our success, and purity. He wants to answer our distress and send us help from the sanctuary!

Keep persevering, and make it difficult for Satan to have a stronghold on you. Ask for strength, and in HIS name break the chains that have enslaved you. Victory is yours!

You are His anointed!

2013: A new year, a new you.

Just wanted to share some recent revelations about life and the topic of new year’s resolutions. I am quite the goal maker myself, and always have a list of things I want to accomplish by a certain date. I find that it keeps me running, busy, and excited. Some things to note that I realized in selfishness lately which I hadn’t been doing was to focus on bringing glory to God with my dreams and desires. God’s plans for me are MUCH bigger than any petty thing I could come up with. My priority needs to be to remove all distractions and focus on Him and His redeeming power in all areas of my life. We can do all things through Christ, and Proverbs 21:31 reminds us that victory ‘rests with the Lord’. All I want is to live a life reflective of the new self, Ephesians 4:24 “..and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”

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 put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.” Colossians 3:5-10

Here are three things that I found success with:

1a) Read Read Read the Word. Saturate yourself in it. If you don’t understand something, pause, and reread in smaller segments.

1b) Look for cross references in your Bible, if you don’t have a Bible with cross references get one. It will make a world of a difference. You will see multiple passages across the Old and New Testament of the one you just read.

2) MEMORIZE MEMORIZE MEMORIZE. I can’t stress this enough, the more verses you keep in your heart and mind, the more you’ll be able to recite to ward of any temptations.

3) Tell someone. Confess this sin, and the addiction. Don’t go into detail. Pray for the right person to tell and use them to follow up and remain accountable to your actions.

Put this on your ipod.

I listened to this sermon last week, and I have to listen to it for the second time to write things down. There were so many shocking truths, we should have them in our hearts at all times.

“..remember last time I told you that people who habitually live in sexual immorality will not enter heaven. They’ll go to hell forever. First Corinthians 6 says they don’t enter the Kingdom. Galatians 5 says they don’t enter the Kingdom. Revelation 21:8 and 22:15 says they’re outside heaven. People who have this kind of habitual behavior go to hell. They’re consigned to an eternal hell of damnation.”

#1: Don’t let your body control you: “That each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor.” That each one of you means all of us as Christians. Every one of you individually.

First Corinthians 9:27, Paul says this, “I buffet my body,” the verb means to give a black eye, a knock‑out punch, a wallop. I hit my body hard and seriously and I make it my slave. What do you mean? The slave to my mind. “Lest possibly after I have preached to others I myself should be adokimos, disqualified.” In other words, I will be rendered disqualified for ministry if I don’t control my body.

The key then to controlling your body is walking in the Spirit. The key to walking in the Spirit is being filled by the Spirit. The key to being filled by the Spirit, Colossians 3:16, is letting the Word of Christ dwell in you richly. As the Word saturates your life the Spirit then controls you and you walk in that control. The key to letting the Word of Christ dwell in you richly is hiding the Word in your heart that you might not…what?…sin. Not a superficial reading of your daily devotion, but a serious apprehension of, comprehension of, application of, the Word of God in my life allows the Word to dwell in me richly which yields control to the Spirit of God so that He fills me and I walk in Him. That’s the only way you will not fulfill the lust of your body.

Verse of The Day

Today’s verse of the day was so simple yet profound. I’ve pasted it below.

[A desperate and lonely woman who had been ill for years came to Jesus for healing.] She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.”
—Matthew 9:21

Thoughts on Today’s Verse…
The woman who said this to herself knew ostracism and loneliness because of her 12 year bout with an illness that made her unclean under Jewish law. She was imprisoned in isolation because of this condition. Just as Jesus freed her from her prison (vs. 22), he longs to free you from yours as well. What holds you captive? Jesus longs to give you freedom through five gifts: 1) the Scripture to help you know God’s will, 2) your surrender to his lordship, 3) cleansing from your sin and guilt, 4) the gift of the Holy Spirit to empower you, and 5) a family of brothers and sisters in Christ to support you and hold you accountable. These are God’s five precious keys to freedom.

My Prayer…
Father, I pray today for all those who need deliverance from Satan’s grip in whatever form he has in their lives. In Jesus’ mighty and holy name I confidently pray. Amen