Starving & Feeding
Sometimes people come to me asking about how to handle certain hang-ups and problems in their life. One of the best scenario's I've come to realize is that we must be willing to starve these hang-ups as well as feed the spiritual man.
Sometimes people will attend church for weeks, months, and possibly years. Yet during this entire time these same people aren't doing anything spiritual outside of the 2 or so hours they sit in church during Sabbath worship. This person is starving themself spiritually and let not this man think that he will be able to battle in the spiritual warfare that this world offers. Just as a person who starves himself literally will eventually pass away, so will the person who starves himself spiritually. I see people who slowly (but surely) fade away into the oblivion when it comes to being a servant to the Most High. I encourage you, if you are one of these people, to begin an active plan of reading, studying, praying, fasting, witnessing, etc. Keeping yourself active in these areas is like feeding yourself nutritious spiritual meals. You will begin to grow; be patient though. You've been dead for some time, you will have to slowly bring yourself back to coherence.
While people starve themself spiritually they are usually feeding their flesh. They eat the things that drown themselves in sin. I heard a story once of a man who found a small box on the side of the road and it just so happened that the box was full of pornographic material. Prior to this finding the man not so much as had an unction to look at such filth, but upon looking the first time he began to feed a fleshly desire. Eventually the pornography wasn't enough; he began to attend strip bars and clubs, and then began committing fornication with numerous women. This is one example of how people fade away slowly, and guess what, it is because they are feeding something they ought not be feeding. As long as they feed themselves in this way, they will grow in this way. They more they age in this fashion the more difficult it will be to kill this person.
One thing a person can do who is in this situation is to find someone they can love and trust, and begin the hold themself accountable to this brother or sister. Don't try to make it on your own, you need the help of a fellow Christian. You need someone to talk to about your problems, and sometimes a shoulder to lean upon, and even cry upon. You need a person to tell you what you need to do. You don't need a person who is going to "buddy up" with you and justify your sin right along with you. You need someone who will help "choke out" the sin that has so easily beset you over a period of time.
Starve yourself of unholiness; feed yourself with righteousness. Plan to begin today.
A Sexually Immoral World
I've been teaching out of 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 for the past four sermons. Four of the five sins listed in just verse 9 deal with sexual immorality. I am convinced that sins that are sexual in nature bring extremely good people down very hard and very fast. I am amazed at the amount of sexually immoral material is in the world today. There is so much of it in the world (and now with the internet it is very easily accesible) that one cannot but help lay his or her eyes on it if you drive down the freeway during the day. I see billboards when women scantily clothed, or even vans driving by me with pictures portraying men and women in unappropriate ways. Television is laced with such obscenity - even commercials. This post may seem odd to some, but nevertheless I feel Spirit led to write.
The people of Yahweh need to take a stand against such wickedness. We must cry aloud and spare not when it comes to sins as these. I for one am going to begin much more preaching and teaching on this issue. I believe that sexual immorality is breaking up marriages, homes, families, churches, etc. and it will not stop until the ministers of the Almighty take a stand and preach against these activities in a way where people will wake up to reality. Those who practice unlawful sex will not inherit the kingdom of Yahweh - period. There are no if's or maybe's to talk about. Sex was designed to be enjoyed within the marriage bed. It is marriage that is honorable, but male and female prostitutes, adulterers, etc. will be judged by the Father of Justice.
I hope to soon write an article on extra-marital sex, centering in on the issues of prostitution, pornography, and sex outside of marriage. Specifically what needs to be dealt with in this day and time is pornography on the internet. Family men can find themselves in front of a computer screen looking at filth and to them it does not seem like it is hurting or interfearing with their relationship with their wife and children. Oh, how great a fire a little matter kindleth! Such men are utterly wrong in their thinking. Pornography is poisoning the minds of people by the thousands all around the world. I'm very upset with the ways of the world and the ways of carnal men.
If you are reading this and are currently involved in some type of illicit sexual activity whether in real life or in "internet land" you need to repent or perish. There is hope for you, but you must turn from your wicked ways. You can be saved from this perverted generation. Your life is worth more than what you are putting yourself through. Let go of the devil, and Yahweh will catch you and take you into His arms. He wants to make you whole and cause the demonic power of lust to be starved out in your very soul. Yahweh loves His children, but Yahweh hates all workers of iniquity.
Blog by Matthew Janzen. Lover of Yahweh, Yeshua, my wife and 5 children. All else is commentary.