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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Entertainment: Freedom or Folly?

Whether it's movies, television, the internet, or places we go, there is so much garbage out there, and sometimes sin creeps right into the door of the church.

Watching movies today can be like David watching Bathsheba.  
Do we sit there staring at temptation or do we run like Joseph from Potiphar's wife?
Going to the beach or searching online can also place temptation in the path.

Do we really think that we can pour immorality, foul language, and filth in on purpose and not be affected?
Do Christians believe in guarding their minds and hearts anymore?
Are believers so desensitized to sin that they stop cringing and don't even recognize it anymore?
Have believers let their "freedom" turn into an opportunity for the flesh?

Why should we be surprised when the "church" starts accepting sin inside its doors when people wink at sin inside their homes?
Is the desire for holiness and wisdom now labeled legalism?
Something to think about.

I will set no worthless thing before my eyes; 
I hate the work of those who fall away; 
It shall not fasten its grip on me.
Psalm 101:3 NASB

Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. 
But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. 
Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death. 
James 1:13-15 NASB

Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.
2 Timothy 2:22 NASB

but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
Matthew 5:28 NASB

"For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness.
Mark 7:21-22 NASB

Watch over your heart with all diligence,
For from it flow the springs of life.
Put away from you a deceitful mouth
And put devious speech far from you.
Proverbs 4:23-24 NA

"I have made a covenant with my eyes; How then could I gaze at a virgin?
Job 31:1 NASB

For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.
1 John 2:16 NASB

Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul.
1 Peter 2:11 NASB

for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret.
Ephesians 5:12 NASB

There is a way which seems right to a man, 
But its end is the way of death.
Proverbs 14:12 NASB

The other side of fleeing sin and temptation is filling our minds with the things of the Spirit and remembering what we should strive to dwell on.  
Probably many of us have memorized this verse at some point.  

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.
Philippians 4:8 NASB

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