LIFE LESSONS FROM THE BOOK OF 1 THESS 4: 3 (Amp version)
"For this is the will of God, that you should be consecrated (seperated and set apart for pure and holy living ): that you should abstain and shrink from all sexual vice."
15 HARMFUL EFFECTS ABOUT MASTURBATION MANY BELIEVERS DON'T KNOW ABOUT!
1. It weakens your spirit man. Man is a spirit being , created by God , masturbation is like a futile spiritual exercise , that has to do with your thoughts which is part of your spirit being , when you engage in such
futile spiritual exercise , spiritual virtue is release , when that happens , rather than being strengthen by the word which gives you life , you are weakened by your canal nature which brings death. Scripture says in the book of Roms 6:23 (Amp version) "For the wages which sin pays is death , but the [bountiful] free gift of God is eternal life through (in union with) Jesus Christ our Lord." Feeding on the word brings life to your spirit. "
2. It affects your thought pattern; naturally God created man to think and act like him; masturbation causes a shift in your thoughts; which hinders the flow of your heavenly thought pattern (divine ideas , heavenly revelation etc).1 Cor 2:16(Amp)"For who has known the mind and purposes of the Lord, so as to instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ [to be guided by His thoughts and purposes]."
3. it drives your spirit deeper into lust. Which when not checked can lead to perversion at a very "high" level . You hear of cases , where the man complains or the wife complains that her hubby can't satisfy her. check there is a missing link "somewhere". James 1:14(Amp)" But each one is tempted when he is dragged away, enticed and baited [to commit sin] by his own [worldly] desire (lust, passion)."
4 Again , if not dealt with on time , it really can bring a lot of unwanted "issues" into a man's life . both spiritual and physical harmful effects. Masturbation is a playground for demons to invite other wicked spirits into your life .you hear of people going from one problem to another ,masturbation attracts them. Why ? It is an unclean spirit . Eph 5:3(Amp)"But sexual immorality and all [moral] impurity [indecent, offensive behavior] or greed must not even be hinted at among you, as is proper among saints [for as believers our way of life, whether in public or in private, reflects the validity of our faith]."
5. It hinders or stops the presence of God from manifesting in your life, every bona-fide child of God is suppose to be a carrier of God's presence. When you engage in it . you stop the flow of God's presence in your life. Roms 3:23 (Amp)"since all have sinned and continually fall short of the glory of God."
6. it opens you easily for attack from the enemy. How ? whenever your spirit is weaken through that act ; you easily become a prey to Satan and his demons. Eccl 10:8"and whoso breaketh an hedge, a serpent shall bite him."
7. Satan loves it because you make his job easier , when he comes to deal with you , when that edge is broken .Psalm 107:17"Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted."
8. Satan can easily rob you of your blessings because you are already spiritually weak to resist him. John 10:10a "The thief cometh not , but for to steal , and to kill ,and to destroy:"
9. It saps your spiritual energy. When you are spiritually weak, praying becomes a task. And a Christian who can't pray , is already defeated. Luke 18:1 (Amp)"Now Jesus was telling the disciples a parable to make the point that at all times they ought to pray and not give up and lose heart,."
10. It can lead to more depression, discouragement, weakness , when you discover it was just a waste of time. Gal 6:8(Amp)"For the one who sows to his flesh [his sinful capacity, his worldliness, his disgraceful impulses] will reap from the flesh ruin and destruction, but the one who sows to the
Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life."
11 , It breaks your communication with God because of guilt and condemnation. Remember the Accuser of the brethren . He will never fail to remind you , what you just did ! Rev 12:10b (Amp)"for the [a]accuser of our [believing] brothers and sisters has been thrown down [at last], he who accuses them and keeps bringing charges [of sinful behaviour] against them before our God day and night."
12. It causes the presence of God to depart from you. why? God cannot behold sin , so at that moment he leaves "unwillingly" because you are his child . Don't let him go next time !Remember what happened to Samson in the book of Judges 16:20b (Amp)"She said, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” And he awoke from his sleep and said, “I will go out as I have time after time and shake myself free.” For Samson did not know that the Lord had departed from him."
13. it can delay the blessing from coming .How ? Well , that is simple . You and I know that sin will always stop the blessing from coming. Period! Isaiah 59:2 "But your iniquities have separated between you and your God , and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear."
14. God sends his angels regularly to deliver our blessings to us , when they come , they are prevented by the demons from gaining access , because at such moments the demons are in charge of your gates. Isaiah 60: 11 (Amp version) "And your gates shall be open continually , they shall not be shut day or night , that men may bring to you the wealth of the nations -and their kings led in procession [ your voluntary captives]" masturbation shuts the gates.
15. It can make you to lose hope . Why ? A man that feels guilty of his sins , will always want to keep away from God like Adam in the garden of Eden . Gens 3:10 (NIV)"He answered, "I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid."
Prayer : Father restore back all I have lost as a result of this sinful act in my life in Jesus name , Amen.
Listen you will surely overcome it in the name of Jesus , Amen. Be strong !!Zech 8:13 (NLT) . lOVE YOU