“And now, little children, abide in him (Jesus Christ), so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming.” (1 John 2:28, ESV)
“Christianity is the least concerned about religion of any of the world’s faiths. It is primarily concerned about life.”
(T. D. Price)
This guest post was written by Caleb Otto. It is his response to the post “Who’s in the library?”
Throughout history there has been monumental effort expended to enlarge different kingdoms, whether it be a political, territorial, or religious reign.
This world is literally dying for lack of men and women who are investing their all to advance the Kingdom of God. If we as Christians endeavor to counter the darkness of the world solely with worldly weapons, we will lose. They have someone bigger fighting for them: Satan. We have God fighting for us, and His power far exceeds the devil’s power.
What we must do is apply ourselves to laying hold of God’s power. Yes, we must utilize our minds in the battle, but real victories are won only when we pray.
Paul, one of the most influential men in Christian history, said: “Where is the wise…where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?” (1 Corinthians 1:20, ESV)
This is not an argument for ignorance. Rather, it is a plea for us to remember the futility of trying to advance the Kingdom of God by mere intellect and human reasoning. Samuel Chadwick said that Satan “Laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but trembles when we pray.”
Our beliefs about God are the most important component of our worldview. Our actions, not our words, provide indisputable proof about what we actually believe about God.
““I have made a covenant with my eyes; how then could I gaze at a virgin?”
(Job 31:1, ESV)
“I have made a solemn promise never to look with lust at a woman.”
(Job 31:1, GNB)
In the 18th-century John Gill, in his Exposition on the Scriptures, wrote about this verse: “(Job made a covenant)…. Not to look upon a woman, and wantonly gaze at her beauty, lest his heart should be drawn thereby to lust after her; for the eyes are inlets to many sins …. both in bad men and good men …. Job …. entered into a solemn engagement …. made a resolution in the strength of divine grace, not to employ his eyes in looking on objects that might ensnare his heart, and lead him to …. sin; he made use of all ways and means, and took every precaution to guard against it …. to …. turn his eyes from beholding what might be alluring and enticing to him …. he made a covenant with his eyes, to prevent any impure thoughts, desires, and inclinations in him; for the eye affects the heart, and stirs up lust in it …. the thought of sin is sin (as Jesus taught in Matthew 5:27-30 and 15:19) and (Job) had the same notion of lust in the heart being fornication and adultery as he (Jesus) had …. good men are not without temptation to sin …. and therefore should carefully shun all appearances of evil …. and take every necessary precaution to guard against it.”
Job’s commitment to moral purity is an example worthy of being followed (by both men and women). However, in the twenty-first century, the Internet offers us unprecedented access to material that can arouse lust. I firmly believe in the roles of the Holy Spirit, the Word of God, and prayer in resisting temptation, but I also agree with Gill that we should take every precaution to guard against sin. An important precaution that I use in my own life to guard against Internet temptations is Covenant Eyes, an Internet accountability and filtering service. I encourage you to check out this program. If you are interested in signing up you can receive a free 30-day trial at https://covenanteyes.com/signup/?promocode=DY7. You can learn more at the Covenant Eyes homepage or my Internet Safety page.
“It is God’s will that you should be sanctified:
that you should avoid sexual immorality;
that each of you should learn to control his own body
in a way that is holy and honorable,
not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God;
and that in this matter no one should wrong his brother
or take advantage of him.
The Lord will punish men for all such sins,
as we have already told you and warned you.
For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.”
(1 Thessalonians 4:3–7, NIV84)