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Battling Pornography
By Brian Price 9/24/2012

"1 And it came to pass, after the year was expired, at the time when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried still at Jerusalem.

2 And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king's house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon.

3 And David sent and enquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?

4 And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her; for she was purified from her uncleanness: and she returned unto her house.

5 And the woman conceived, and sent and told David, and said, I am with child." - 2 Samuel 11:1-5

Here we read in 2 Samuel chapter 11 about King David, the man after God's own heart, and how he committed adultery with Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah the Hittite. David was the one to whom God promised that he would give the Messiah through his lineage. He was the one who slew Goliath. He is also known for writing the beautiful book of the Psalms. King David was a righteous man. Yet we see here in 2 Samuel chapter 11 a different side of David. We see his sinful side.

The truth is, we all have a sinful side that we don't like talk about much, just like King David. We don't like to admit that we struggle with sin. Can you imagine what all of your family members, or co-workers would think of you, if they found out that you looked at pornography? Or that you had paid for a prostitute, or had gone to a strip club?

The thought of being labeled as a whoremonger is frightening to all of us. No one wants to be looked at in that sort of way. But here we read of King David, a man after God's own heart, slipping up and committing adultery with Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah the Hittite. We know that Uriah the Hittite was mentioned in David's list of mighty men in the book of Chronicles. We also know that Uriah was a man of God, and a faithful servant to David. Some suspect that he was even a friend of King David's.

But yet we read here about King David sending messengers to take Uriah's wife to sin with her, even after he found out that she was married. But before anyone starts throwing stones, let me just say that we've all been there. We've all been in that situation where we see a beautiful woman, and we lust after her. But our story does not have to end so tragically as David's.

Verse 4 says, "And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her; for she was purified from her uncleanness: and she returned unto her house. And the woman conceived, and sent and told David, and said, I am with child."

You see, David knew the LORD. He walked with God. It was God that delivered him from the hand of King Saul. It was God that saved David out of all of his distresses, and had given him the kingdom of Israel. Yet, we see David acting out as if he had never known the LORD at all. But we've all been there before. Would you agree?

David was an honorable man. He had a position of great authority. He was a husband, a father, and a religious figure. He was a very honorable man. Yet he had a sin problem. He loved women. His sin, as we know it, passed on to his son, Solomon. Solomon also loved women, and ended having somewhere around 1,000 wives. You see, what we fail to realize is that our sin affects not only ourselves, but our children as well.

"1 In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.

2 For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known.

3 Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops." - Luke 12:1-3

Jesus said in Luke chapter 12 that there is nothing covered that shall not be revealed, neither hid, that shall not be known. Our life is not a hidden thing. Our life is an open book for all to read. I am certain that David had no idea that his adulterous act with Bathsheba would be preached in more churches than his heroic deed against Goliath. No other story has been preached about in churches in order to paint a picture warning the flock about the consequences of sin. David's act of sin, though it was done in secret, has been openly discussed and preached about repeatedly for centuries.

The subject of pornography is a difficult subject to talk about for anyone. The reason is because the battle against pornography is a daily battle. There is not a day that goes by where a man is not tempted to glance at a beautiful woman.

"27 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:

28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

29 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell." - Matthew 5:27-30

I've heard people say before that Jesus was only speaking metaphorically here when he said to cut off your hand. But I don't think so. I think he was being dead serious. If your hand causes you to sin to the point of where it has gotten out of control, then yes, cut it off. I don't see any reason why Jesus would not be serious about cutting off a hand, or foot, or plucking out an eye, especially if it means saving your soul from going to hell.

Lust is no joke. It's a powerful, deadly enemy. If you have ever battled with pornography, you know that it's a giant that stands at 10 feet tall, weighing at 500 lbs, and it can pick you up and throw you like you are some rag doll. Let me suggest to you to not even go into battle with it. Just run from it. The Bible says, "Flee fornication." Flee means to run for your life!

When God created marriage, he created a man and a woman. God's intention for marriage was sexual unity, which brings pleasure. So sex is a good thing. However, since sin was brought into the world, sex has been corrupted, and what we now know as sex is actually a corrupt, sinful act between two complete strangers.

"And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger?" - Proverbs 5:20

You see, when it comes to pornography, its a losing battle. There are no winners. Pornography promises eternal pleasure with no consequences. But in reality, it only gives temporary pleasure with eternal consequences. I know. I used to be addicted to it.

When I was 19, Jesus saved me from my sins, and I became a new creature. It was then that my addiction to pornography was broken, and that I finally was able to get victory over it. Yes, there have bouts with it from time to time. But the bondage is completely gone. The lifestyle of engaging in that sinful act, and then regretting it, the constant struggle to try to keep my sin hidden from everyone, the constant unsatiable desire that lingered there, was finally gone. It was not fulfilling at all. It brought me no peace. No joy.

Let me also say this: you will never stop being tempted. Only when you are dead. That is the only time when temptation will cease. But you can get the victory over pornography now. It is not a battle that you have to lose.

You see, David didn't have to lose his battle with lust. When he saw Bathsheba washing herself, he should have said to himself, "Uriah's a lucky man." And then went back to bed. Or he should have grabbed his Bible and started reading God's 10 commandments to remind himself that this act would be wrong for him to do. I think David should have also tried to think about Uriah, and how hurt he would be if he found out that he was sleeping with his wife. I think David could have done a number of things.

But must David be the only one to have stones thrown at him? How often do we find ourselves in the same situation? Perhaps we find ourselves at the computer trying to get some work done late at night, and then all of sudden, we have our eyes fixated on some naked woman. How often do we find ourselves falling into the same trap that David fell into? We're no better than him. Who are we to judge him? We also are thoughtless when it comes to those we love. We also think only about getting our lusts satisfied.

But friend, this does not have to be so. We don't have to live in constant regret. We can get the victory.

"But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." - 1 Corinthians 15:57

The victory we seek is in Jesus Christ. I cannot tell you how many times the word of God has kept me from sin. I cannot tell you how often I have been in David's situation, and then when I yield to the Spirit of God, and to the word of God, that I am able to escape that temptation. Friend, the victory is ours for the taking. We must simply do that which is necessary to get the victory --- Pray and read the Bible!

"This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh." - Galatians 5:16

Ever since my wife bought me a smart phone, the temptation to sin has only gotten worse. I quickly found out that I could not keep my phone close by when I was heading to bed. The temptation was too great for me to bear. It was like trying to sleep with having a Playboy magazine right there next to my pillow. So, I simply stopped sleeping with my phone in my room. I would put it outside of my room, that way, even if I wanted to look at something, I had to actually get up and walk outside to go get my phone. My flesh was not wanting to go through that much trouble, so basically, the temptation was not given a foothold.

Maybe you too are going through the same struggles as I was. Friend, there's a lot of things you can do to avoid temptation.

The internet is a great tool. I love the internet. The internet makes searching for things so much easier. It's also great for soul winning. The internet makes reaching out to thousands of people much easier than going out on the streets. But it's a real dangerous tool at the same time. It's like fire. If you use it properly, it will cook your food. If you let it get out of control, it will burn down your house.

So you have to have some controls. Don't stay up late working on your paper. Spread out your time over a couple days. Don't get on the computer if your spouse isn't home. Don't put the computer in your room. Or get an accountability tracker. There are some sites out there that will notify your person of choice by email that you looked at an adult site if you go there. A pastor friend of mine uses that, and it helps him greatly. If he goes to a bad site, the accountability tracker sends an email to his wife letting her know that he viewed pornography. It keeps him in check.

"But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof." - Romans 13:14

Pornography is a battle. And like any battle, you have to have some sort of plan for engagement. The ultimate goal should be complete victory. Hence why the Bible says to not make provision for the flesh. If you make it harder for the flesh to view pornography, then you are cutting off provision.

I could go on. But I must end it here. Don't be discouraged if you have fallen into the same sin as David. It happens to even the best of us. If David could fall into sin, don't think that it can't happen to you.

"For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not." - Ecclessiastes 7:20

But if it does happen, just be sure to sincerely repent like David did.

"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." - 1 John 1:9

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