A new Christian wrote me regarding his struggle with temptation in his life. Here was my response:
Regarding the issue of temptation, keep in mind, temptation in itself is not sin. We are all tempted as Christians. Even Christ was tempted. Temptation only becomes sin when we give into it. James 1:15 tells us when temptation has conceived, or given into, it becomes sin. In Psalms 119:9 it tells us the way to keep our lives pure and clean is to live according to the Word of God, the Bible. Regular Bible reading each day washes and renews our mind. In this way, we become stronger Christians so that over a period of time we will give into temptations less. As Christians, we now have two natures. We have the old sinful nature, but we also have the new spiritual nature, sometimes called the “new man” or “new self” in scripture. As you feed this new man by reading and meditating on scripture, that new nature becomes stronger just as exercise strengthens our physical muscles. As Christians, we will continue to struggle with the desires of the old nature as long as we are alive. The good news is that we can strengthen that new nature inside of us to become stronger than the old nature. The Christian life is not a static one. You are either going forward or slipping backward. There is no standing still.
If you are struggling with a particular sin that seems to really be entrenched in your life, I suggest you talk to a pastor or Christian counselor. God gave such men to us to help us in these areas. Sometimes just reading the Bible doesn’t help us completely. We need the input of other Christians to help us see our blindside sometimes, in regard to various issues in our lives. Sometimes problems in our lives come from past experiences we have had. This is where a good counselor or pastor who is knowledgeable about such things can be of benefit to us.
We are living in the day of the Laodicean church. Apostates (false teachers) abound in the churches across the nation. Many are popular Christian authors with best selling books. You have heard their names. But remember…just because they sell a lot of books to Christians does not mean they teach the truth of the Bible. Beware!! The current movement called the Emergent Church is a part of the apostasy that the apostles Paul and Peter warned us about.
These teachers teach a “feel good” theology. They also mix a little truth with Satanic lies. They distort scripture. Among other things, they teach that Christianity will win over the world to Christ and bring in God’s kingdom on the earth. They must have learned their false teaching in “Scripture Twisting 101.”
Protect Your Spiritual Health
How do you recognize these so called Christian leaders and ministers? By saturating your mind with the pure teachings of the Bible itself on a daily basis. You have to know your Bible to be able to recognize when some so called Christian pastor or teacher is feeding you a load of baloney. And it doesn’t take that long to have a good grasp of basic Bible knowledge.
Spotting The Heresy
When the FBI trains an agent to spot a counterfeit dollar bill, they don’t use a counterfeit. They have the agent study a genuine dollar bill over and over again. By the time he has a perfect image of what a real dollar bill looks like, he can spot just about any phony almost instantly, unless it is a really good counterfeit.
In the same way, we as Christians will be able to spot heresy and error when we hear it only when we are grounded in the true teachings of the Word of God.
We need to literally saturate our minds with Bible reading on a daily basis. We need to know the Bible like the back of our hand. How does a person do this? It’s not a complicated process.
A Simple Process- Repetitious (or Repetitive) Reading
The best way to know your Bible is to read it repetitiously. This is known as the Synthetic Method of Bible study because it helps you “synthesize” or “put together” each individual book of the bible. Take a small book like Ephesians. Read it through once a day. Do this for thirty days. At the end of the month, you will have a good grasp of the teachings in that book. G. Campbell Morgan, a Bible teacher of years gone by used to say he would not even begin to teach from a book of the Bible until he had read it through at least fifty times.
In his book, How To Master The English Bible, James M. Gray tells how he discovered this method of Bible study:
For the first half of my ministry I did not know my English Bible as I should. The effect was seen both in my spiritual life and in the character of my preaching.
My heart was greatly burdened in prayer about this for more than a year, when God answered me through a layman I met at a Christian convention. I so much coveted his peace and joy in Christ, I asked him how he had obtained the blessing.
He told me it came to him by reading the Epistle to the Ephesians.
I asked him how he had read it.
“I was going to spend the Sabbath with my family in the country,” he said, “and I carried with me a pocket copy of the epistle. In the afternoon I lay down under a tree and read it through at a single reading. My interest being awakened, I read it through again in the same way, and again, and again, as many as 12 or 15 times. When I arose, I was not only in possession of Ephesians, but Ephesians was in possession of me.”
At once I began to apply this simple principle to the whole Bible, beginning at Genesis. I did not read merely the Bible in course, but kept at each book until it was mastered before I began work in the next.
I cannot tell the effect upon me: strengthening my faith in the infallibility of the Bible, enlarging my mental vision, deepening my spiritual life, and lightening the burdens of my ministry.
I suggest starting with the New Testament. The reason is that it contains much needed instruction for growing as a Christian. Begin by choosing a short book in the New Testament to read repetitiously such as I John or I Peter. Read through it completely each day for a month. Then choose another book of the Bible and do the same thing. After a few months, you will be amazed at how well your are mastering the Bible. Once you have read through a few of these shorter New Testament books, choose a longer book like the Gospel of John. John has 21 chapters. Break this down into segments of seven chapters. The first month you will read the first seven chapters (chapters 1-7) each day. The next month, you will read the next seven chapters (chapters 8-14) each day. The third month you will read the final chapters (chapters 15-21) each day for 30 days. At the end of three months, you will have read through the book of John thirty times and have a grasp of the book which will astonish you.
You Will Experience Fast Spiritual Growth
By using this method of Bible reading you will grow spiritually like you have never grown before. After a few months to a year, you will be able to look back on your life and see definite changes and improvements in your spiritual and everyday life.
Problems won’t seem as difficult. Your outlook will improve. You will feel stronger spiritually. It will be like exercising your physical body except your will be growing spiritually instead of physically.
You Will Be Able to Discern Truth From Error
At the end of two and a half years, you will have read through the New Testament thirty times. You will also know your Bible better than a lot of Bible college graduates. You will know the basic teachings and doctrines of the Bible. Knowing the true teachings of the Bible will help you spot heresy and error when you hear it taught by these modern day apostates mentioned earlier in this article.
Remember the example of the counterfeit dollar bill I mentioned earlier in this article? In the same way, you will be able to spot heretical teaching much quicker and easier because you will KNOW the truth!
Hebrews 12: 1,2 says,
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
Here the writer compares living the Christian life to a race. Personally, I am not much of a runner. I am more of a plodder. I plod along in life. Plod…plod…plod. Sometimes that is what it feels like we are doing in the race. Don’t worry though, plodders reach the finish line as well. The key word in verse one is the word “endurance”.
Sometimes when running the race we get knocked down in the dirt. We just have to get up, brush off the dirt, and start plodding (or running) along again. This last week was particularly hard and frustrating for me. I was lying down in the dirt, wondering if it was worth it all. A few days ago, I wrote a longtime friend and mentor, David Drullinger, who is also a Bible college professor and pastor. In his response, he attached his newsletter about the happenings in his ministry in South Africa. After reading it, I realized something:
I am still alive.
God is still on the throne.
He is still in control and working in the world.
So I got up, brushed off the dirt and started plodding along again.
It’s Not Just a Race, It’s a Battle
I am reminded of a scene in one of Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky movies where Rocky is getting pummeled by his opponent. He’s hollerin’, “Go on. Hit me. Hit me again. You ain’t so bad !” He then proceeds to knock the tar out of his opponent and win the fight. Remember when you are in a fight with one of your enemies, the world, the flesh, or the devil, you stand with all the power of an almighty God behind you. Put on the armor listed in Ephesians 6, take up the shield of faith, and start swinging the sword- the Word of God. Fight back, knowing you are fighting from a position of “already-attained” victory. Christ attained it at the cross.
Send Out Encouragement to Others
When I was in Bible college, we used to send each other what we called, “encouragement cards” through the campus mail. They were just small postcards on which we wrote notes of encouragement to our friends. If you know of someone going through a tough time, I suggest you send them an email or postcard of encouragement. I know those little cards meant a lot to me when I received them. These days I receive encouragement emails from people and am thoroughly thankful for them as well.
Sometimes Christians say they can’t forgive themselves for something they have done. If you ask them if God has forgiven them, they will say, “Yes, but I have a hard time forgiving myself.” What they don’t realize is that they are basically saying they have a higher standard of holiness than God Himself!
When a person accepts Christ as their Savior, all their sins, past, present, and future are forgiven and wiped away. When we sin, those sins are already forgiven. But sinning as a Christian breaks the fellowship we have with God. We don’t feel right in God’s presence because we have unconfessed (unacknowledged) sin. We can also loose the joy of our salvation, but not salvation itself. Confession of those sins restores the fellowship we have with God.
God’s holiness is infinite-beyond what we as humans, can conceive. Yet because of the payment Jesus made for our sins, God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) can forgive us our sins and we are clothed in the righteousness of Christ Himself. An in forgiving us, God remains just as righteous and just as ever.
When we say that God has forgiven us for our sins, yet say we cannot forgive ourselves, in essence, that is saying that we have a higher standard of holiness to which we hold ourselves than God does. Do you see how wrong this is?
So if you are a Christian, forgive yourself. God already has.
Some of you have written me over the past few months wondering if you should get into trucking. Many of you have been layed off and unemployed for a number of months and are feeling in a kind of limbo and even desperate. I know the feeling. Although I can’t tell you whether or not you should be a truck driver, I can offer some general principles about how God sometimes directs us into a direction He wants us to go. Please read the following prayerfully and may God lead you into an understanding of what He wants you to do.
Here are three verses to start with:
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, -Ecclesiastes 9:10
“To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. -Rev. 3:7,8
If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. -James 1:5
Start by asking God for wisdom to make the right decision. Then pray that He will open the door He wants you to go through and close the ones He doesn’t want you to go through. Then launch out in faith. It is true that sometimes God wants you to wait until He directs into a certain path. But there is also the problem of “paralysis by analysis”. That means some people never do anything because they are always over-analyzing the options. God directs those who are moving in a some direction and corrects you if you are off course.
God could have led the Israelites on a more direct route from Egypt to the Promised Land, but He had reasons to led them in a round about way. If He opens up trucking to you, it may be because He wants you to learn something before He shows you the main job for your life. Then again trucking may be the main job. I have learned a lot about faith by being in trucking. It can be a hard lifestyle, but you can learn some things in it regarding your Christian walk which you can learn in no other occupation. If He doesn’t want you in it, He will close the door at the proper time.
May God direct you into the course He has for you to travel.
I get a lot of visitors to this site who are searching for Christian trucking firms to haul for. There is nothing wrong with that of course. However, I sometimes wonder about the real reasons people have for wanting to run for a Christian based trucking outfit. I’m sure many would just like to have the Christian fellowship and comaraderie which comes from that. There are some things I would like to point out to Christian truckers though.
It is important to look at why you want to drive for a Christian trucking firm. Many think they will be treated more fairly by such a company as opposed to one which is not Christian owned. I hate to say it, but that is not necessarily the case. I know of several outfits which claim to be owned and operated by Christians and they probably are. However, the feedback from drivers with these firms are a sad commentary on the companies. It should not be so, but unfortunately it is. I have also heard the same thing from a Chaplain friend of mine who manages a lot of trucker chapels. He said he has also recommended trucking companies in the past which he has heard about, but did not know of personally. Some of these companies turned out to not be worthy of recommendation. As a result, he doesn’t suggest any companies to truckers anymore.
The point is, don’t think that any problems you may be having in trucking will be solved by running for a Christian company. They may or may not be.
Reasons and Priorities
I would like for you to think in a little different direction for a moment. Why are you in trucking to begin with? Sure, you’re trying to earn a living for yourself and your family. That may seem to be the main reason. You may also enjoy the freedom of the open road. Maybe you were laid off from your previous job and just wanted to try something different. Or maybe you’ve always wanted to try the trucking life and the opportunity finally presented itself. There is nothing wrong with any of these reasons.
If you are a Christian, I want to give you another reason you are probably in trucking. It may be one you have never really thought about. God has you in the trucking industry for another reason besides any of the previously mentioned ones. It is the same reason God places Christians in different occupations. That is to be a witness to those you come in contact with each day. God has His men and women in all sorts of places and occupations to be salt and light to a darkened world of lost men, women, and children. This is the real reason you are in the occupation in which you find yourself.
The Main Purpose of Your Life
There is an old saying, “Grow where you are planted.” It simply means that we are to grow spiritually and be a witness for Christ wherever we find ourselves. Ephesians 2:10 says,
For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
You see, our lives are really about doing good works after we are saved. This verse says that is why we were created in Christ. We have other responsibilities, such as caring for our families, but these other responsibilities are to be done while we are going about our task of growing spiritually and doing good works.
Apply It To Your Trucking Job
As truckers, we have an obligation to our employers, customers, and families. But our highest and most important responsiblity is to God to fulfill the work He has given us to do. That includes encouraging other Christian truckers on the road, fellowshipping with them in the truck stop chapels, and witnessing to the unsaved truckers we come across as God gives us the opportunity.
And this can be done whether you run for a Christian owned trucking company or not. In fact you will have more opportunity to be a Christian example and witness to more people if you don’t run for a Christian based outfit. Company employers and dispatchers ought to see that you are different from the other trucking employees by the way you interact with them and deal with problems.
I Peter 3:15 says,
But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.
This verse says that others should see a difference in your life and ask why you are different. Notice is presumes something- that people will see something different in your life and ask why. Has anyone ask you this lately? If not, maybe it is because they haven’t yet seen how you are different from everyone else.
By running with a “non-Christian” based firm, you will more involed with unsaved people when you are in the terminal that if you worked for a company where most of the people are Christians. You will see these people on a regular basis and be able to build a relationship with them from which you will sooner or later be given the opportunity to present the Gospel. This is in addition to the people you will meet on the road, many of which you will never see again.
Getting Our Priorities Straight
Once we realize why we are in the field we are in and what our main priority should be as Christian truckers, we will also realize that any company we run for will provide opportunities to be the kind of example Christ intended us to be.
The bottom line is, don’t worry about necessarily running for a Christian based trucking firm. If God directs you to one, that’s all well and good. However, just you might just want to open your eyes to all the possiblilities of running for any firm which God may open up for you.
Someone asked my a while back how to approach other drivers with the Gospel. Of course, you will want some type of presentation prepared for presenting the plan of salvation. However, the individual approach will be different depending on a lot of factors. Here are some pointers.
I usually work it into a conversation we are having. You can usually pick up on how receptive a driver might be to the Gospel after talking with them a while. Some are obviously hard, bitter, or have something else against “religion”. Some times the conversation will work its way around to the current world situation and that is where I inject something about what the Bible prophesies about the end times. I’ll drop a casual remark about how the Bible says things will get worse as time goes on. It’s sort of like dropping a fishline in the water to see if they will bite. If you are sitting in a restaurant reading a religious book, sometimes someone will ask what you are reading and that will open a door. I used to have an Uncle who used this technique. He would sit in a seat on a plane when traveling and pull out a gospel tract and start “reading” it. Sooner or later the guy next to him would lean over and ask what he was reading. That would give him the opportunity to offer the tract to the person. An approach like this is better than hitting them over the head with a question right off the bat like, “Are you a Christian?”. Although that approach is good too at times. It just depends on being sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit.
The Shock Approach
I remember I used the shock approach once. I was in a convenience store across from an terminal one time when another driver got something at the deli and came over to share my booth. He said, “Well, what do you know that’s good, beside beer and____? (vulgar remark about women).
I looked up at him and said, “The Gospel.” He froze for a moment and said, “What?” I said, “The Gospel of Jesus Christ. That’s good news.” He grinned and said, “You’re right. It is good news isn’t it?” As we talked, it turned out that he was a Christian too, just a little backsliden like we all get at times.
So there are a lot of ways to “throw out the bait” to see if they will bite. The main thing is to be prepared to give a simple presentation of how to be saved and to be able to give your testimony. Then God will give you opportunities to witness. There are some articles on Christian Truckers Network you can read to give you some help in getting started. You don’t have to be a theologian to present the plan of salvation, just memorize a few scriptures and explain to them that Christ died to pay for their sins and it is simply depending on Him to save them.
Another thing is to pick what I call the low lying fruit that is ready. This would be drivers and others who are ready for the Gospel. Maybe they are having certain problems in their lives and need hope. Maybe their future seems uncertain to them and they are afraid of it. These are people who are ready for the answer which comes through knowing Christ. Becoming a Christian won’t automatically solved their problems in this life, but it will give them the resources of wisdom to deal with them. Just remember that it is the Holy Spirit’s job to convict and convince. We are simply the mouthpiece He uses. Study, prayer, and practice will help you witness to others.
Develop the Habit of Witnessing
Carry some tracts in your pocket. When you’re in a truck stop and happen to see a driver by himself (like with his laptop at a table or something) just offer a tract. Another way I do it is by using a website. When talking to someone, I’ll mention Christian Truckers Network and give them a tract and point out the web address I stamped on the back page. It’s one way to get the tract into their hands.
It’s a lot like fishing. Just put out the bait and see it they will take it. If so, give them more. If not, just move on to the next person you come across.
Remember, when you start witnessing to people, you are invading Satan’s territory and he and his demons will try to discourage you through people’s rejections and other means. Just read that as a sign you’re making progress. We are in a spiritual war for the souls of men and women. I have a cousin who also used to be a police officer in Washington D.C. He was able to win hundreds to Christ in his job. After he would make an arrest of someone like a drug pusher, he would ask them, “Aren’t you tired of this kind of life?” When they said yes, he would then present the Gospel to them and many were saved over a period of time. He is a pastor and evangelist now.
Witnessing to truckers and other people can be scary at first. But remember, the more you do it, the more comfortable you will feel. It’s just a matter of practice. Start out the easy way, distributing tracts and Bible to other drivers. Doing this will not only get you used to doing something to spread the Word, but also open up opportunities to converse and present the plan of salvation.
How much faith does it take to be saved? Just one look. I can hear you saying, “What do you mean, Dave, just one look to be saved?” Well, let me tell you a story…
It is found in Numbers 21: 4-9. The Israelites had rebelled against God on their way to the promised land and God had sent venomous snakes to chastise them. The fiery serpents invaded their camp. People were dying by the thousands. A man would go into his tent and be bitten in the doorway. A woman would go to her food supplies to prepare a meal and be bitten by a snake hiding among the food supplies. A man would go out to relieve himself and be bitten. These devilish creatures were everywhere. The people called on Moses to ask the Lord to stop the plague. God told Moses to make a brass serpent and hang it on a pole in the middle of the camp. Anyone who was bitten had only to look at the serpent on the pole to be instantly healed. All it took was just one look to be saved from certain agonizing death as the fiery venom coursed through the bitten person’s veins.
Theologians use a term called “types”. A type is a person or event in the Old Testament which foreshadows its fulfillment in the New Testament. The brass serpent on the pole was a type. It symbolized Christ who would come and bear the sins of mankind by his death on the cross. Brass is a symbol in the Bible for divine judgment. The story in Numbers of the plague of snakes and the serpent on the pole was an actual event, but it was also a foreshadow of the future event of Christ’s death on the cross where He bore the divine judgment for our sins. You might call it an object lesson for us today.
How much faith did it take those Israelites to look at the brass serpent? Just enough to look. A man bitten in his tent would only have to look at the brass serpent on the pole in the middle of the camp to be healed instantly.
In the same way, all it takes to be saved eternally is for a person to look at Christ’s death on the cross and trust in that to wash away his or her sins.
Just one look in trust. That’s all it takes.
“Look unto Me, and be saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other” (Isaiah 45:22).
This is the verse was preached on the day C. H. Spurgeon placed his faith in Jesus Christ as his Savior.
“I stepped within the house of God, and sat there, afraid to look upward, lest I should be utterly cut off, and lest His fierce wrath should consume me.” The minister read the verse of Scripture and Spurgeon says, “I looked that moment; the grace of faith was vouchsafed to me in the self-same instant . . .” He looked upon the wounds of Christ and could say, “Redeeming love has been my theme, and shall be until I die.” From that moment on for the rest of his life Spurgeon preached God’s saving grace through faith alone in Jesus Christ.
My Uncle Ernest was an old gray haired retired electrician. He was one of the most practical Christians I ever knew too. None of this old “namby pamby”, “pie in the sky in the great by and by” type of Christianity either. He knew life was a hard road and didn’t pretend otherwise. Yet he also knew the joy of being a Christian and always had a positive outlook on life. And he laughed a lot. (He could tell some good fish stories too.) Many Christians today don’t have a realistic outlook or approach to life. They slug away day after day struggling and trying to make ends meet. Somewhere in the back of their minds, they really believe that one day, things will be easier. If they can just get a better job. If they can just get caught up on the bills… Someday life will be easier. They just have to find some kind of secret that will make it all fall in place. Perhaps you’ve been thinking the same thing. I know I have in the past. I hate to pop your bubble, but it just ain’t so. Christ told us that in this world we would have tribulation (read “trouble”). There won’t be any “some day” in this life. Life is full of bumps from beginning to end. Sound pessimistic? Yes, but it’s not. Warren Wiersbe wrote a book once called, “Bumps Are What You Climb On”. Life is full of bumps and potholes, and the sooner you learn what they are for, the sooner your life will become better.
The Here and Now Vs. The Great By and By
People have debated for centuries such questions as:
Why does God allow evil?
Why am I here?
What is my purpose in life?
Ordinary people, philosophers, and theologians alike have wrestled with these questions. And you know what? Still no one has come up with any satisfactory answers. You know what that tells me? We won’t know the answers to such questions until we get to Heaven. So…what do we do in the meantime? For starters, we have to live our lives in the present. Sure, we are to look forward to Heaven and the joy we will share there. But in our day to day activities, we have to find answers to the immediate problems we face. Here are a few:
Sometimes the answer to problems we face are giving in the Bible. Start there.
Problems Caused By Our Own Actions
Sometimes the answer is in our actions. In other words, we create certain problems ourselves. The old law of cause and effect is still in place. We perform a certain act (the cause) and we get a certain effect (a problem). The solution to this, of course, is to determine the effect we want and initiate the right cause that will bring about that effect.
A friend of mine once told me, “There is actually no such thing as failure.” I looked at him like he had lost his marbles until he explained. He said when you think you failed at something it really just means you just didn’t get the effect you were trying for. And the reason, is that you didn’t initiate the right cause to get the effect you wanted. I thought about that for a few moments and saw how right he really was. If I want a job, I have to go look for one. If I want to go drive a truck, I have to learn how to drive one first. If I try something and don’t succeed, I have to step back and try to figure out why my actions did not get the results I wanted. At the same time, there are some things I just cannot do. If I want to be a star NFL quaterback, I can’t initiate the right cause to get that effect, especially at my age and with my lack of talent. There are just some things you can’t do because you can’t create the right cause to get the desired effect.
The same holds true in a negative way. If you keep having the same problems, stop for a moment and think what you are doing or not doing that keeps leading up to that same problem. Then change your behavior. I know, sometimes that is easier said than done. But the principle is still valid.
Problems Caused By People
Sometimes our problems are caused by other people. This is a harder one to deal with. If you can avoid the person causing the problem, do so. There is nothing wrong with that. Even Christ did that with some of the people in His day. But what if you can’t avoid the person? What if you are married to them, or have to work with them? AHA! Remember what I said at the beginning of this article? The bumps are what you climb on. This is where personal growth really, and I mean really, takes place if you are up to the challenge. There are so many different types of situations this could involve and so many different factors which can come into play here, it is impossible to give any specific answers. However, here is something to keep in mind. Christ dealt with problem people a number of times. Study His reactions. Imitate them. But first, try to see why the other person is acting the way they are. There is a reason. They do have a motive. Try to understand it, before you try to solve the problem you are having with them.
Problems Caused By Circumstances
One of the most difficult areas of problem solving involves problems arising from our circumstances. Sometimes we get into hot water because of our own actions. In that case, we need to make sure we learn from our mistakes and don’t repeat them. Most circumstancial problems we face however, are problems over which we seem to have no control. Sometimes they can be solved. At other times, they simply cannot be. It oftens helps to discuss a problem with a friend or counselor. We all have our blindside. That is when another person can sometimes help us simply because they can see the problem from a different perspective. They can see things we can’t see in our lives and situation. Other times, there are some circumstances we just have to endure. I have a friend with MS. The only part of his body is his head and right foot. Do you think he sits around in his wheelchair all day feeling helpless? No way! He has earned a couple of degrees in Web Design and has his own web design company. He has a special computer mouse he operates with his right foot and a special attachment which makes his computer “speak” the words he types into his computer. He has a computer game in the works he wants to market. He emails me regularly about ideas he comes up with for the web design work we sometimes do together. When life handed him a lemon, he didn’t just make lemonade, he is looking to become a lemonade tycoon.
The point is this. When you find yourself in a circumstance where it looks like there is no solution at the present, don’t sit there and mope about it. Either God will bring about a solution in His own time or show it to you at a later date. If seems to be something to be endured for a while, get busy doing what you can with other areas of your life. God has given us all both talents and spiritual gifts. Get busy exercising these and see what happens. Keep plugging away at what you’re good at. Keep putting one foot ahead and going forward is some direction. Keep accomplishing something every day, no matter how small. And remember; there is a reason for everything even though you may not see it this side of Heaven.
Porn: it burns the soul, destroys lives and marriages, and leads down the steep slope to Hell. Reading pornography is not limited to just unbelievers. The addiction strikes Christians as well- just like drug addiction. I know of Christian marriages which have been torn apart by the husband reading pornographic magazines and watching videos. Pornography is rampant in our country, even on the television. Most people watching cable TV don’t even realize that many of the shows are pornographic in nature. It is “soft sold” to the public. Filthy comedy, lewd advertisements, and shows portraying adultery and homosexuality are just as detrimental to your life as full page spreads of nude photos. The only difference is that it is more subtle.
Pornographic material is also one of the major causes of human sex trafficking. I think it is safe to say that most truckers who engage in sex with prostitutes and human sex slaves started out by reading pornography. With the advent of wireless Internet, the problem is now even more pervasive. I wonder how many truckers sit out in their trucks late at night viewing online X rated videos and reading magazines. You can bet there are Christian truck drivers doing it as well.
A Word of Warning
If you are a Christian who views porn, you are not just on a slippery slope headed down, you are on the express elevator headed to corruption and misery. You can’t lose your salvation, but you can destroy your life. God does chastise us when we repeatedly engage in sinful activity.
Publishers and movie makers who produce pornography are just as guilty and evil as the pimps and slavers who sell women and young girls in the act of prostitution. Those who buy porn and illicit sex are also just as guilty as those who supply such services. One day, these people will stand before a righteous God to be judged without mercy for their evil acts. It is only now at the present when such people may escape the punishment and torment which awaits them. Most will not avail themselves of this mercy in this life, but will reap the consequences of their evil acts.
If you are a Christian, but are engaged in any of these activities, the time to stop it is now. You are testing the patience of God with your continued immorality. If you are a true believer, you will escape the Hell for unbelievers, but remember one thing. God does chastise his own children when they continue to stray from the path of righteousness and God’s chastisement is a painful thing indeed. God has even taken Christian out of this life before their time, due to their continued rebellion against Him.
There is Hope
There are Christians who are addicted to porn, who are convicted daily by the Holy Spirit. If you struggle with this sin, there is hope. Freedom does not come easily, but you can overcome any addiction, including pornography. Here are the first steps:
Confess your sin to God
Acknowledge to yourself you have a problem with this sin
Seek out a Christian pastor, counselor, or Trucker’s Chaplain to tell your problem to and seek guidance in getting the counseling, help, and prayer you need.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. True Christian pastors, chaplains, and counselors see this problem everyday. They understand and are ready to help you overcome this trouble in your life. If you don’t get help, there is danger ahead and you are headed for a major crash.