photo by: Shirley/Missouri/January 2017
Deadly Deception
originally written 6 Mar 17
posted 7 Mar 17
I find it interesting that so many perceive me as naive...uneducated...innocent even.
I am none of those things. 
Neither am I unaware.

Just because I choose not to participate in an activity, nor allow it in my life, does not mean I don't know anything about it.
On the contrary...I know too much about it already. I am distancing myself from what I know is certain danger. I tried to protect my offspring by teaching them to avoid the same. Many of their peers have even ridiculed them about it because the world has fed them a twisted perspective and those peers have embraced lies as if they were truth. Our younger generations are being led astray in droves, often under the very noses of unsuspecting parents and teachers.

I was exposed to pornography and sexual sin in my preschool years. It robbed me of my innocence. It robbed me of my childhood. I did not want that to happen to my children and I will never apologize nor feel overprotective for trying to shield them from such things.  
I have seen the fallout that results from the snare of sexual sin.  
I have seen families disintegrate. I have seen marriages implode.  
I have seen innocence destroyed.  
All in the name of self-serving pleasure.

My kids are all adults now and as they leave the nest I pray they will remember the things we have taught them. They know our expectations. They know what we would not allow in our home and why. They didn’t always agree nor like our “restrictive” rules but I pray that if they don’t already, someday they will understand. They too have seen the fallout that results when someone places self above their families and/or their God.
Some things simply have too high a price tag attached.

I pray that my children will make wise choices. I pray they understand our love for them will never falter, even when disappointments happen (no one is perfect...not a single one of us...we all fall in some way or another). I pray that they will have courage to stand against pressure to compromise their integrity. I pray that they will have the courage to stand...even when it’s their own flesh they battle against. 
The choice is theirs now.  

Some things simply can’t be unseen. Images will haunt at the most inopportune moments. Sexual images are available more easily now than ever before in the history of mankind. Men used to have to search for it in the filthiest of alleyways…or immoral cities…but now? Now these images are available for anyone to access in any room, anywhere, on almost any modern mobile device. The only way to protect yourself (and others) is to draw the line early that you will never cross. For any reason...not even your own sexual pleasure. Draw that line before the temptation creeps up and grabs you. Don't fall into the same pit that countless others have found themselves trapped in. If you have already fallen...get out now. Walk fast and far as you can and never look back. Take your life and shield it from the death that seeks to destroy it before you ever have a clue it's in danger. Anyone is susceptible to this. ANYONE. And if you don’t think you are…my friend…you are in the gravest danger of all. You will not be on guard. You will not have boundaries in place to protect yourself or others. 
Those who think they cannot fall are dancing on the thinnest of ice.

The enemy of man will never tempt us with things that don't feel good or seem good on the surface. Pornography and sexual sin work together to swallow innocence and love. Real love cannot thrive in such an environment, it will become twisted into something it was never meant to be.  
Love is sacrificial.  
Love is about putting others before ourselves.  
Love is light and cannot abide in darkness.  
We were meant for more.
We were meant for more than the temporary pleasures of self. 
We were meant for Love.
God is Love. 
Let Him lead.

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.  If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 
 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, 
we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, 
purifies us from all sin.
 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.
1 John 1:5-10 

Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price.
Therefore honor God with your bodies.
1 Corinthians 6:18-20 

My son, keep my words; store up my commands within you.
Keep my commands and live, and my instruction like the pupil of your eye.
Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.
Say to wisdom, “You are my sister”; call understanding “friend,”
so she might guard you against the mysterious woman, 
from the foreign woman who flatters you.
When from the window of my house, from behind the screen, I gazed down,
I looked among the naive young men and noticed among the youth, 
one who had no sense.
He was crossing the street at her corner and walked down the path to her house
in the early evening, at the onset of night and darkness.
All of a sudden a woman approaches him, 
dressed like a prostitute and with a cunning mind.
She is noisy and defiant; her feet don’t stay long in her own house.
She has one foot in the street, one foot in the public square.  
She lies in wait at every corner.
She grabs him and kisses him. Her face is brazen as she speaks to him:
“I’ve made a sacrifice of well-being; today I fulfilled my solemn promises.
So I’ve come out to meet you, seeking you, and I have found you.
I’ve spread my bed with luxurious covers, with colored linens from Egypt.
I’ve sprinkled my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
Come, let’s drink deep of love until morning; let’s savor our lovemaking.
For my husband isn’t home; he’s gone far away.
He took a pouch of money with him; he won’t come home till full moon.”
She seduces him with all her talk. She entices him with her flattery.
He goes headlong after her, like an ox to the slaughter, like a deer leaping into a trap, like a bird hurrying to the snare, not aware that it will cost him his life.
Now children, listen to me, and pay attention to my speech.
Don’t turn your heart to her ways; don’t wander down her paths.
She has caused many corpses to fall; she has killed many people.
Her house is a path to the grave, going down to the chambers of death.
Proverbs 7:1-27 

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