Guys are we being set up here to fail? We all know about the age old debate on masturbation. Is it right or wrong to indulge? The bible isn’t doing us any favours by not printing the rules in easy to follow steps i.e. Leviticus 18 Unlawful sexual relations, Deut 28 Blessing and Curses. So why doesn’t scripture come straight out and say “yes it’s fine, it’s your body do with it as you like”? God has given us these hormones and urges that almost send us crazy unless relieved, so masturbation must be the answer. Right? Well not so quick!
– What is Gods best for you? –
We know that God’s best for us is to enter into a marriage and satisfy each other through sexual relations, but each time the church refuses to address this subject, it strengthens society’s hold and opinion over millions of lives.
So what is masturbation? Is it a form of worship to show gratitude and pay homage to the deity behind the porno film that you watch? Or a form of self-comfort, you do it when you feel bad about yourself and want a lift, a boost or a quick fix to the problems that you are facing in life.
There’s a difference between teenagers whose hormones are on fire, experiencing and finding out what their bodies can do coming through puberty. However, for the men who are still single or the married person who is still involved in masturbation you will need to seek the Holy Spirit and ask the hard questions to find out why you are still behaving this way. You can’t cast out your hormones, but understanding the root behind pornography you can quit that which seeks to enslave you.
Masturbation has almost become a recreational past time for our youth, it’s just another habit like brushing their teeth. While the act of masturbation may seem harmless and pleasurable, it still has a negative effect on our spirit, soul and body. The act itself is not demonic but it allows the enemy to gain a stronghold by using past hurts, lust, fantasies, temptations, pornography, perversions that keep it fuelled.
– Tithes and Offerings –
Pornography is more than a simple film it’s a pre-recorded religious service, a sacred ritual of sex worship that is being offered up to Baal-Peor/Satan, and you the viewer are endorsing it. You are not innocent by any means. If Christ were to return today how would you justify yourself being found behind enemy lines? Never mind being found in the wrong denomination you’re worshipping with the wrong congregation. The tithe that you leave behind, your freewill offering, is your precious seed that you spill onto the floor or into a tissue as you show your appreciation and pay homage to your lord Baal-Peor for what he has supplied.
Emotionally and physically, masturbation provides the pay-off for pornography, but what if you have successfully given up pornography and still masturbate? What’s the cause? Well you were once a trophy that Satan proudly showed off to God and he still wants your worship. Satan doesn’t mind you going to church every night in the week and doing what you do, and serving where you serve. Just as long as you continue to pay your daily or weekly tithe to him and to help you along the way he will continually bombard your mind with ungodly images to make the act easier.
We know from Job 1 that God has put a hedge of protection around every spirit filled believer. The enemy is aware of that hedge and he can’t get at you because of it. He can’t penetrate that hedge – it’s impossible. So he tries to lure you out by placing a Trojan horse in front of the hedge, waiting and hoping that you will drag it in behind.
– So what is a Trojan horse?-
Well it could be anything from a girlie mag, a 2 min clip in a film, a TV show, lingering over a dirty thought and once it gains entry an elite troop of demons spill out and cause havoc with your thought life flooding your mind with feelings of ecstasy. Very soon this becomes a habit and your body starts to depend on it for a quick fix. You respond by sticking your arm out to grab it and as you do (Ecc 10 8) the serpent sticks his fangs into your arteries and the poison takes root. But that’s not all, every time you break through the hedge, grabbing after your lustful desires, you wear a hole and now Satan’s arrows have entrance points into the dark recesses of your mind, working you, coaxing you, seducing you, to masturbate over that image which is leading you ever deeper away from the truth of God.
When Satan can’t penetrate that hedge, he goes after your will, your mind and emotions. When you lie in bed feeling disappointed because you’ve been let down or betrayed, cheated on, back stabbed, depressed, frustrated, something goes badly wrong, your lies have been exposed, feeling defeated and deflated the flesh crying at you “I don’t deserve this! Life isn’t meant to be like this! I don’t want to be treated this way! I need a quick fix to feel good again” – your flesh doesn’t care how low you sink or how perverse you indulge. It cries, “I like that feeling, I enjoy that experience, get me that same high again at any cost”. So you access from memory to see where the last pleasure hit came from and you end up sticking out your arm through the hedge again to grab hold of something/anything that will give you a quick release.
Now, on top of all this happening emotionally, the enemy decides to join in spiritually and unleashes a volley of arrows through the holes in your hedge, directed towards your mind and thought life with sordid fantasies, lust, ungodly scenarios, explicit images, and soon the body becomes a total wreck, masturbating more frequently and your thoughts going even deeper into perversion and bondage just to maintain the same high. Remember behind every pornographic image are spirits who are specialists in polluting men’s minds and imaginations.
Amongst all this chaos is the soft voice of the Holy Spirit providing a way out for you, plucking your conscience and bringing scripture to mind, stand firm or flee from your torment. Unfortunately by this stage you can become so desensitized that you miss the prompting and another opportunity is blown to get Jesus involved. By this stage masturbating once a day is no-longer sufficient. Satan is laying it onto you hot and heavy images and thoughts that used to turn your stomach now appeal to you in a way like never before. Your drowning in your own fifth and don’t know how to save yourself.
God’s word is all about disciplining the flesh, not giving in to earthly temptations that seek to enslave us. While masturbation isn’t a salvation issue, it will keep you from experiencing freedom from mind controlling fantasies, freedom from demonic control, freedom from lust, freedom from sinful behaviours and freedom from pornography/sex-worship.
– Spiritual Adultery –
In Matt 6:27 Jesus said “that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has committed adultery with her in his heart” So what is Jesus saying? If we consider how good it would be to be in bed with that person and start allowing our minds to unpack that visually, Jesus is saying that this person has already committed spiritual adultery in their heart, i.e. their mind, will and emotions, their bodies aren’t involved in this case but they are allowing themselves to enter into the temptation mentally which is still very dangerous. So if a person continues to indulge in visualisation of sex to somebody that they’re not married too, the next step is that they’re very likely to act out and masturbate. So they can have masturbatory – mental, emotional relationships, usually with people they know through a picture or an image. This is very defiling to the mind and affects the spirit because all sex is spiritual, so with masturbatory relationships, Jesus is saying that you are still committing adultery.
1 Cor 6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators., nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
1 Thess 4:2-5 For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus.3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:4 That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;5 Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God:
Titus 2:12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
God would rather have you messy than not have you at all, but through the process you must learn to surrender and give over to the Lord what’s driving you to masturbate. Your struggle with masturbation will be the greatest lesson that you could learn in controlling your selfish desires. Click here for Masturbation prayer
Gen3x – Fighting Pornography Together
“Hear, O Israel, Ye Approach This Day Unto Battle Against Your Enemies: Let Not Your Hearts Faint, Fear Not, And Do Not Tremble, Neither Be Ye Terrified Because Of Them. “Deuteronomy 20v3