Summary: The Immorality Battle of the Mind can be categorized as either attitudes or actions. Your attitudes and actions in dealing with strong sexual demons will either cause you to become a victim of its desires or become victories by overcoming them by the acti
The Immorality Battle of the Mind
By Clarence E. Weaver Sr
Living as we are in a world in which nudity, partial nudity and sexual stimulating dress style is rampant; the battle for the mental purity in the child of God is more intense than ever. This is one topic that many churches do not talk about but it is a topic that is necessary to uncover the truth that is destroying too many children of God.
The greatest battle that a Christian faces everyday is the battle of the mind. The primary weapon that Satan uses to attack them is with the act of committing adultery in their mind of lust and pornography. It is not a sin to look at an attracted woman or man, but it is a sin to look lustfully by committing an immorality of the heart, of the mind, and of the imagination.
Here in our text is a message on the works of the flesh Paul mentioned in Galatians 5:19
“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness…”
Here Paul tells of the works of the flesh. As Jesus says, “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them” (Matthew 7:20); “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man” (Matthew 15:18-19). Under inspiration of the One wiser than himself, Solomon tells us: “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.”
After baptism, we were still 99.9 percent carnal. The rest of that carnality does not disappear in a week, month, or year. Throughout our physical lives, we must overcome—get rid of—our carnal nature and replace it with true, godly character.
It has been said that terrorism is a very difficult war to wage because it is hard to figure out who the enemy is. You cannot win a war without knowing who you are fighting. Similarly, in order to battle against carnality, we must understand who and what we are up against. God does not leave us hanging. He does not require us to fight and overcome our carnal nature without showing us exactly what we have to fight.
The Immorality Battle of the Mind will only serve as a brief overview of most of the works of the flesh. Each one could outline its own topic. You can use this outline as a basis on self-examination of your relationship with Jesus Christ and humanity. The Immorality Battle of the Mind can be categorized as either attitudes or actions. Your attitudes and actions in dealing with strong sexual demons will either cause you to become a victim of its desires or become victories by overcoming them by the actions you take when they enter into your mind.
Paul, like every Christian today, was battling immorality warring after the flesh. Our entire Christian lives deal with battling three enemies: Satan, society, and ourselves. Here is a brief look at some of the works of the flesh Paul listed:
Adultery: lust of others spouse; indulge illicit lust; giving yourself to illicit sex without payment; gratify illicit sex of the homosexual or the heterosexual; provoking incest; unfaithfulness to God.
Fornication: between the unmarried or married; indulge unlawful lust; illicit sexual practice with payment; illicit sexual practice of either sex; lust in the heart.
Uncleanness: opposite of pure thoughts; spoken words; dirty, physically or morally.
Lasciviousness: promiscuous; expressing lust; excess; not restrained; bold in sin.
One of Satan’s primary instruments of sexual attack against the mind of humanity (usually men) in general and believers in particular is pornography. It exits in epidemic form especially in the United States.
The word “pornography” comes from two Greek words “porne", which originally meant a prostitute and translate harlot and the second word graphe, meaning a picture, a painting, or writing. It covers all forms of external physical symbols which produce sexual arousal in those who are involved with them.
Satan comes to steal, kill, and destroy. The reason why pornography is dangerous to the believer because it is weapon that Satan use to get them addicted and paralyzes your spiritual life and perverts your view of the world and your social life. When we indulge our appetites and begin viewing explicit videos, movies, and magazines, we find that pornography is addicting. It will make you want more. Those of us who have never been addicted to anything will never understand the intensity of desire that addict feel. Anyone that is addicted to anything never thought that they would become hooked on the substance by taking it for the first time. We must be understanding and as compassionate as we can be. These people who matter to God, sit next to us in church have crossed that invisible line. They are enslaved to a pattern of life that leads to heartache and ruins, and they don’t know how to stop.