Topic: Don’t Take A Look At It
[DCLM Daily Manna 9 August 2020 Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]
Text: Job 31:1-12 (KJV)
1 I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?
2 For what portion of God is there from above? and what inheritance of the Almighty from on high?
3 Is not destruction to the wicked? and a strange punishment to the workers of iniquity?
4 Doth not he see my ways, and count all my steps?
5 If I have walked with vanity, or if my foot hath hasted to deceit;
6 Let me be weighed in an even balance, that God may know mine integrity.
7 If my step hath turned out of the way, and mine heart walked after mine eyes, and if any blot hath cleaved to mine hands;
8 Then let me sow, and let another eat; yea, let my offspring be rooted out.
9 If mine heart have been deceived by a woman, or if I have laid wait at my neighbour’s door;
10 Then let my wife grind unto another, and let others bow down upon her.
11 For this is an heinous crime; yea, it is an iniquity to be punished by the judges.
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12 For it is a fire that consumeth to destruction, and would root out all mine increase.
Key Verse: “I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?” (Job 31:1).
Pornography is said to be a $12 to $13 billion-a-year industry. This is more than the combined annual revenues of the Coca-Cola and McDonnell Douglas corporations. Pornography websites are busy every day and night. About 25 percent of all search engines requests are for porn of some level!
Playboy’s website alone now averages about five million hits a day. And these aren’t just at night time. Psychologists and counsellors see a direct link between this increased use of pornography and their increased caseloads of crashing marriages and rape.
Satan wants to keep people in slavery to pornography and sin. Job, while carrying out some self examination in our passage said he made a covenant with his eyes not to think upon a maid lustfully or look with unclean motives. He equally condemned the sin of adultery and rape in the same passage, highlighting the heavy penalty of sinning against your neighbour’s wife or daughter.
Pornography is progressive; it dominates the mind of its victims until they are completely enslaved. It is highly addictive and invites the mind which in turn leads to unacceptable practices that destroy one’s reputation and character.
Some of these things may be accepted in some societies but God, the righteous Judge, will not excuse them. Those who are trapped in the web of this hard-to-overcome practice know that it thrives in secrecy.
The first step to take is to repent and confess the sin to God; after which it will be necessary to break the secrecy by discussing with someone to whom one is responsible. This could be parents or guardians, husband or wife, or perhaps, your pastor, in order to get the needed help and support. After prayer and assurance of salvation, victims must also press forward to be sanctified.
Thought For The Day: Make a covenant with your eyes and mind today.
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