The enemy is trying to destroy your masculine strength, hoping to distract you from battle against him, thus making you ineffective. Your heart's deepest longings are God-given, but for them to be fulfilled, you must get out on the front lines in the battle for your heart.
He might offer counterfeit battles (a lifetime dedicated to the accumulation of things), counterfeit adventures ( activities) and/or a counterfeit beauty (the detached women of porn and advertising). Here's my advice: The next time you're tempted to satisfy your urges illicitly (and married men, by the way, have the same temptations and urges), let me give you a new image.
Let me ask you, if a real lion were about to literally eat your heart, would you be thumbing through a Victoria's Secret catalog? Your adversary, the devil, is not merely trying to get you to be sexually illicit, whether through sex or masturbation.As a result, you are partially satisfied, fairly bored and completely distracted from war. You've got to get your hands on some armor and some weapons, and fast. That passage assures you that you are not fighting porn, per se, or anything else you can see with your flesh and blood eyes. There is an extensive list, but I'm going to challenge you on just two weapons that leap out of the passage: prayer and God's Word. You must get serious about these two disciplines of the Christian life.You are fighting the unseen powers of darkness — Satan and his demons and their schemes against you — therefore your weapons are spiritual. Any Christian I know who has any depth has these two things in common: They pray, and they study the Bible with disciplined regularity.I could give you the standard "flee temptation/be pure" answer and leave it at that, but it wouldn't do you much good.Don't get me wrong, the Bible is chock full of "flee temptation/be pure" instruction, but that really doesn't get to heart of it. I want to acknowledge John Eldredge for helping me organize my thinking on this issue in his book merely the sexual impulse or desire for orgasm.
Single guys problems
David, the once great-warrior, has quit fighting, even while a battle raged around him.While the other men fought valiantly, he lounged back home on his couch watching Bathsheba, someone else's wife, take a bath (porn) and then used her. Satan's Big Lie to you, to every man, is that there is no battle, or at least not one worthy of your participation. But Scripture disagrees, "Be sober-minded; be watchful.What better way to keep you ineffective than by offering you counterfeits for the desires God has placed in your heart?Rather than embracing battle for your heart and the hearts of others, you settle for fighting for material gain or prestige. And when you open your eyes, the enemy starts swinging, because he knows that if you really engage, you are dangerous.I'm just a regular ol' guy in the modern world, earning a degree or working my job.
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