As pastor of Sovereign King Church, I send a message each week to the men of the church encouraging them in the faith. ( I also do this for the women and students in the church.)
I thought it might be of encouragement to others to share this week's devotional for the men.
Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
E. Michael Jones wrote this about an Israeli military tactic: At 4:30 pm on March 30, 2002, Israeli military forces took over Palestinian TV stations when they occupied Ramallah in the West Bank, immediately shutting them down. What followed was a little more unusual. Shortly after occupying the Al-Watan TV station, the Israeli forces began broadcasting pornography over its transmitter. Eventually, according to a report from The Advertiser, an Australian newspaper, the Israelis expanded their cultural offensive against the Palestinian people by broadcasting pornography over two other Palestinian stations, the Ammwaj and Al-Sharaq channels. One 52-year-old Palestinian mother of three children, according to the report in the The Advertiser, complained about "the deliberate psychological damage caused by these broadcasts." "Why in the world," one woman wondered, "should one do such a thing?"
According to the official explanation, Israeli troops began broadcasting pornography over captured Palestinian TV stations because they wanted to spread freedom among the Palestinian people.
That explanation of for their tactic is a lie.
Remember the account of Samson. Israel was invincible militarily so the Philistines decided that they had to get at the Israelite leader by other than military means. Unable to defeat him in battle, they decided to seduce him sexually. Once Samson succumbed to Delilah's wiles, he lost his power, and Israel lost its leader. They could find him then not on the field of battle, but rather to use the English poet John Milton's phrase "eyeless in Gaza, grinding at the mill with slaves."
The Israeli army knew from that story that lust makes a man blind. Lust darkens the mind and takes a man from the battlefield.
E. Michael Jones says “A man without a mind is not a formidable opponent; therefore, lust can be used as a weapon by rendering an opponent "blind" or irrational and, therefore, incapable of mounting a coherent attack or counter-attack. At this point we are beginning to see the dim outline of why the Israelis were interested in broadcasting pornography. It wasn't because they were interested in promoting freedom; it was because they were interested in promoting freedom's opposite, namely, bondage or slavery because slaves, especially people who are the slaves of their own passions, do not make good fighters.”
Our enemy Satan knows this better than any. He knows that a man burdened down with sin, in particular sexual sin, is a man too laden to run the race marked out for him. In order to give in to lust, a man must put down his sword and shield. A man without a sword and shield is no warrior. Many men sit out the battle God calls them to expand the kingdom and take godly dominion because they are blinded by their sin. Many men who were in the battle get taken out of it and made ineffective because of lust, pornography, and other sins.
The scripture today commands us to set aside the sin that so easily ensnares us. How do you do that? You keep your eyes fixed on Jesus Christ, the author and perfecter of your faith. Where you have been tempted and have given into lust, confess it and trust Christ for forgiveness. Look to the true joy found in him that the fleeting pleasure of pornography and lust cannot hold a candle to. If you have fallen prey to lust, repent and flee it. Don’t let it keep you defeated. Put your shield on and take up your sword against your own sin.
I want to encourage you men that you are not alone in this battle. You have fellow soldiers who have all taken their hits. We are often beaten, battered, and bruised in the culture we live in. We need each other to help bandage each other up and fight for each other.
I love you men. May your week be blessed and may you fight strong but not alone.