Friday, June 29, 2012

i say this with a soft heart and voice...

1 John 2:15-16
"Do not love the world nor the things in the world.  If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  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."

lately, there have been many advertisements for a movie that is coming out (is out???) call "Magic Mike"  about a male stripper who wants to "better himself".  and today i've been seeing lots of status posts on facebook having to do with this movie; in favor or opposed, it seems to be a mixed bag.  i also started to write a status post, and then stopped.  i feel that facebook is not a place for heavy comments and people too often write things (especially heated responses) that they would never say in person.  

so instead i came here.  

not because i want to rant, but because i'm concerned for dear friends who have been caught up in this deception.  this does not surprise me coming from the world.  it does surprise me coming from believers in the Lord of the Bible. 

& i wanted to write that i'm praying!

i've been praying that believers will feel convicted about seeing those things, and letting those images into their minds, no matter who they are; man or woman, single or married.  i'm praying that they will desire to appear different than the world, to not be found in the crowd sitting next to the unbeliever who is full of lust in their eyes and heart, & from the outside the two look exactly alike.  & i'm praying for the husbands (including future) who now have to compete with these images, whether the woman wants to admit it or not.  

you may say that you love your husband.  and i'm not doubting you.

because He died for that.  He died for the sin that drives people to seek out these things, instead of seek Him.  He died for the actors who are stirring up lust in others hearts.  He died for sins of adultry and fornication that often follow lust.  He died for it all.

so, is it ok to find pleasure in something that drove your Love to death?

i think not.  

i'm not looking for a bunch of amen's or arguments.  i'm looking to those i love to join me in praying.  pray for the Lord to forgive those who ignore the Spirits warning and turn aside from scripture that might convict them.  

and now i pray for my own heart.  

i may not go see "Magic Mike" but are there other things that i am lusting after?  a kitchen remodel?  wardrobe additions?  time to myself?  these are all things that i have been desiring lately, and just wanting these things isn't bad, but am i putting to much value on them?  am i starting to lust?  

i want to be careful that i'm not like those Jesus called out about picking at the speck in their brothers eye when they had a log in their own.  not because i want to pick at you and feel good about me, but because i love you and i want us both to grow closer to our Lord, not distancing our relationship because of unchecked sin in our hearts.  

i want to show off my love for my Lord so that the whole world sees it.  & i pray you will too.

p.s. i turned off comments for this post because, as i said, i'm not looking for a bunch of amens or arguments.  i'm simply looking to encourage & exhort those that i love.  hugs!