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September 25th, 2010

Runaway Method From Sins

Runaway Method From Sins

The runaway method from sins, used often by saints is really awesome. My friend told me about this method today and I really liked it. Its one of the best ways to keep sins at bay.

Runaway Method By Saints

The runaway method from sins used by saints is just simple.

When we are tempted to do any sin, let it be big or small, we should just say any prayer like Our father who alt in heaven or Hail Mary full of grace, repeatedly for any number of times, until the temptation goes away by itself. The Holy Spirit will come upon us when we repeat these prayers and make our hearts stronger in GOD, giving us the courage to run away from the sin we were gonna commit.

Just a simple step but you will wonder that it has the power to save our souls from the deadliest of sins too. The point to remember is not to give in to our instincts and start our favorite prayer at the instant when we realize that we are gonna commit a sin. Say the prayer meaning it, repeatedly and you will see the work of Holy Spirit on you.

Run From Sin As From Snake

My friend came to know about this method from his church pastor. He was under the heavy influence of the sexual sin of masturbation (Is masturbation a sin?). The pastor gave him so many advices as to avoid the situations causing him to do this, to get busy in other things like an outdoor game, office matters etc and then, this runaway method too. He is now trying this runaway method from sins to escape from the sexual sin and I think he is finding this method as the best one to escape from any type of sins. So he shared it with all of us today.

Friends, come on, let us also try this runaway method by saints in our everyday life.

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April 13th, 2009

Abuse of Alcohol and Drugs

Abuse of Alcohol and Drugs

Why We Should Not Use Alcohol and Drugs

Alcohol is the most frequently abused drug in the world. It is a fact that the effect of use of alcohol except under medical advice is primarily negative. It leads to highly undesirable physical mental and social consequences.

Drugs are chemicals that have a profound impact on the neuro-chemical balance in the brain which directly affects how you feel and act. Addiction is a chronic, often relapsing brain disease that causes compulsive drug seeking and use despite harmful consequences to the individual that is addicted and to those around them. Drug addiction is a brain disease because the abuse of drugs leads to changes in the structure and function of the brain. Although it is true that for most people the initial decision to take drugs is voluntary, over time the changes in the brain caused by repeated drug abuse can affect a person’s self control and ability to make sound decisions, and at the same time send intense impulses to take drugs.

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1 Thessalonians 5:6-7 – “Christians are to be alert and self-controlled, belonging to the day. Drunkards belong to the night and darkness.”

1 Peter 4:3-4 – “The past life of drunkenness and carousing has no place in the Christian’s life.”

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How They Destroy Our Bodies

Along with alcohol’s effect on the brain causing sedation or drunkenness, it causes a general loss of brain tissue. Cirrhosis of the liver is a condition that alcohol is known to cause and is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. When the liver is diseased with cirrhosis, it is unable to function normally. Heart disease is another concern for individuals who drink. Those who drink have an increased risk of developing high blood pressure, which can then go on to cause strokes or further heart problems. Alcohol is associated with cancers of the mouth, tongue, throat, esophagus, stomach, liver, lung, pancreas, colon (large intestine), and rectum. Fetal alcohol syndrome is a condition in which infants born to mothers who drink during pregnancy suffer such consequences as retarded growth; malformed features such as a large face, small eyes, short nose; and brain damage.

Almost all drugs, in one way or another, overstimulate the pleasure center of the brain, flooding it with the neurotransmitter dopamine. That produces euphoria, and that heightened pleasure can be so compelling that the brain wants that feeling back again and again. Unfortunately, with repeated use of a drug, the brain becomes accustomed to the dopamine surges by producing less of it, so the user has to take more of the drug to feel the same pleasure — the phenomenon known as tolerance. Continued use causes rapid breathing, irritability, impulsiveness, aggression, nervousness, insomnia, weight loss, tolerance, addiction, and possible heart failure.

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Deuteronomy 32:33 – “Intoxicating wine is like the poison of serpents, the cruel venom of asps.”

Proverbs 23:32 – “Alcoholic drinks bite like a serpent, sting like an adder.”

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How They Block Our Minds

Alcohol abuse can lead to personality change, sudden mood changes, irritability, irresponsible behavior, low self-esteem, poor judgment, depression, and a general lack of interest. Abuse during adolescence can have long-lasting consequences on brain function and cognitive abilities. Alcohol will initially make people feel happy and more relaxed, but it can ultimately increase anxiety and cause mood swings.In the end, consuming alcohol for mood benefits can actually increase the severity of the symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression and lead to the consumption of even higher and higher amounts of alcohol in order to sustain its effects.

Drugs cause an impairment in cognitive functioning which negatively affects memory and impacts the ability to learn. Withdrawal symptoms resultant to the use of drugs affects us physically and emotionally resulting in sadness, depression and exhaustion.

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Proverbs 23:33 – “Alcohol causes the drinker to have strange and adulterous thoughts, produces willfulness, and prevents reformation.”

Proverbs 23:35 – “Alcohol makes the drinker insensitive to pain so he does not perceive it as a warning. Alcohol is habit forming.”

Hosea 4:11 – “Intoxicating wine takes away intelligence.”

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Social Impacts

When a person uses alcohol he is giving a very negative state of being when it comes to how he is seen by others, and people might be more likely to shy away from someone who uses alcohol. People might not want to get involved, so the person might have trouble making friends. Also, alcohol can make a person say things that he does not mean. When a person has been drinking, he is not a good judge of character, and he will be more willing to go along with someone’s ideas that he would usually reject if he had not been drinking. He is going to be more likely to make lots of bad decisions and lots of bad choices. A person who might always be perfectly pleasant might become mean. It might make a person lose his good friends, or become friends with people that he wouldn’t normally become friends with. It can lead to disastrous relationships, and can impair judgment.

Also, a person who is drinking a lot is going to be labeled by their peers, and this is going to limit the things they are able to do within certain groups of people. They might get bad reputations, or become known as untrustworthy or negative.

Alcohol lowers social inhibitions, trivializing basic social expectations like speaking politely, behaving modestly, driving carefully and even showing up for work. Ultimately, the abuse of alcohol can lead to the destruction of families and lives or regrettable physical encounters.

Drug abuse and addiction have a devastating impact on society. Heroin use alone is responsible for the epidemic number of new cases of HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, and drug addicted infants born each year. Drug abuse is responsible for decreased job productivity and attendance, increased health-care costs, and an escalation of domestic violence and violent crimes.

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Proverbs 4:17 – “Alcoholic drink is called the wine of violence.”

Proverbs 23:21 – “Drunkenness causes poverty.”

Proverbs 23:29-30 – “Drinking causes woe, sorrow, fighting, babbling, wounds without cause and red eyes.”

Isaiah 5:11-12 – “Woe to those who get up early to drink and stay up late at night to get drunk.”

Isaiah 5:22 – “Woe to “champion” drinkers and “experts” at mixing drinks.”

Isaiah 56:9-12 – “Drinkers seek their own gain and expect tomorrow to be just like today.”

Habakkuk 2:16 – “Drinking leads to shame.”

1 Corinthians 5:11 – “If a Christian brother is a drinker, do not associate with him.”

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Teenagers Beware!

Teenagers may be involved with alcohol and legal or illegal drugs in various ways. Unfortunately, teenagers often don’t see the link between their actions today and the consequences tomorrow. Using alcohol and tobacco at a young age increases the risk of using other drugs later causing significant harm to themselves and possibly to others.

Teens use alcohol and other drugs for many reasons. They may do it because they want to fit in with friends or certain groups. They may also take a drug or drink alcohol because they like the way it makes them feel. Or they may believe that it makes them more grown up. Teens tend to try new things and take risks, and they may take drugs or drink alcohol because it seems exciting.

Drug use doesn’t solve any of their problems, and it can easily make them worse or create new ones. But even if the user knows that, the short-term escape drugs provide can be so attractive that the dangerous consequences of abuse can seem unimportant.

But a person’s use of a drug such as tobacco, alcohol, cannabis or heroin can become uncontrolled, or start to control them. Even when the use of drugs leads to serious physical and mental problems, the person using may still not want to stop. If they do decide to give up, they may then find it’s much harder than they thought.

Parental Influence

There was even a strong effect of the parents’ alcohol use on the teenager’s history of the use of many other drugs. If a parent was an alcohol user, the teenager’s rate of tobacco use increased from 24.4 percent to 47.3 percent, marijuana use increased from 11.5 percent to 27.1 percent, cocaine use jumped from 2.2 percent to 6.7 percent, and use of other hard drugs increased from 4.9 percent to 14.6 percent. In other words, use of alcohol by a parent was significantly associated with very large increases of their children’s use of other dangerous and illegal drugs.

Weaning away habitual users is not always easy in the case of teenagers, as they might view the methods parents use to find out if they are using drugs as intrusive and controlling. And angry confrontations with teenagers might push them further into a cycle of resentment and refusal to communicate. So parents should be very tolerant and supportive. The teenager should be guided properly, if necessary, with professional help. Always remember that your unconditional love for the teenager should be the guiding factor, not your prestige or ego.

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Other Bible Quotes:-

Proverbs 23:19-21, “Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way. Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh: for the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty.”

Proverbs 20:1 “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.”

Proverbs 23:19-20 – “A wise person will not be among the drinkers of alcoholic beverages.”

Isaiah 24:9 – “Drinkers cannot escape the consequences when God judges.”

Isaiah 28:3 – “Proud drunkards shall be trodden down.”

Joel 1:5 – “Drunkards awake to see God’s judgment.”

Habakkuk 2:5 – “A man is betrayed by wine.”

Matthew 24:48-51 – “A drinking servant is unprepared for his Lord’s return.”

Luke 12:45 – “Christ warned against drunkenness.”

Romans 14:21 – “Do not do anything that will hurt your testimony as a believer.”

1 Corinthians 6:10 – “Drunkards will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

Galatians 5:21 – Acts of the sinful nature, such as drunkenness, will prohibit a person from inheriting the kingdom of God.”

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What You Can Do:-

Self awareness is the key to preventing alcohol and drug abuse. This body and mind, the God-given gift, is to be used for the betterment of others and ourselves, and not for abuse. A healthy mind in a healthy body is the greatest wealth in the world. Even spending the whole wealth a man has accumulated may not bring back good health once his body is diseased due to abuse. When we are healthy, we fail to see the crown with which we are adorned. We notice its loss only when sickness overtakes us. Then it may be too late to regain it.

Every human being has some of the following roles :- citizen, father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister, friend, neighbour, student, teacher, employer, employee etc. We make a difference when we are responsible and committed to our roles. The use of alcohol and drugs will surely be impediments in our pursuit in this direction.

Evidently you are one of those who can make the difference. Otherwise you would not have taken pains to find this site and spend your time to read up to this. May Jesus Christ and Mother Mary give you ample strength to face the challenges in your life ahead and help you to continue to be responsible and committed to the roles you are destined to play.

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September 20th, 2008

MASTURBATION : Is It Ok?

Is masturbation ok?

“What does the Bible say about masturbation?” is one of our most frequently asked questions. Many Christians have found it difficult to answer this question according to the Bible, because the Bible never mentions masturbation specifically. To understand how God feels about this subject, we must examine other verses that deal with issues such as lust, self-control and purity. Also, we must examine its fruit to see if it is from God. We have tried to address this issue by answering some of the most frequently asked questions. Our prayer is that God will use this page to bring freedom and deliverance.

“Does God care about what we do in the privacy of our bedrooms?”

Sex is God’s invention. He is the mastermind behind it-and His creation is worth far more to Him than it is to us. This beautiful expression of love was created out of His own heart, as a gift to be experienced between a husband and wife. It is only in marriage that this manifestation of intimacy can be fully enjoyed in the depth for which it was created.

“Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and the sexually immoral” (Hebrews 13:4, NIV).

“Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge” (Hebrews 13:4, KJV).

The more beautiful and unique something is (like sexual intercourse), the more power it holds over our lives, either for good or bad influence. That is why it is so easy for the devil to corrupt the most precious of God’s gifts. When we become more in love with the gifts than the One who endowed them, the things that were designed to bless us begin to destroy us instead. Yes, God cares about what we do with our bodies, in public or in private. He doesn’t want us to abuse ourselves in any way.

In fact, an older definition of masturbation is “self-abuse.” Although more modern dictionaries may no longer carry this definition, they are still linked together under self-abuse:

Self-abuse noun:-

1. Abuse of oneself or one’s abilities.
2. Masturbation.

1 Corinthians 6:18 (NIV) further confirms this, saying that unlawful sexual relations defile our own bodies. “Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body.”

“Isn’t it still better to masturbate than to commit fornication?”

The easy answer to this question would be, “Yes, it is better to masturbate, because at best it corrupts only one person. It certainly is the lesser of two evils.” However, why would a loving, holy, all-powerful God abandon you to a situation in which you have to choose any evil, whether it be “lesser” or “greater?” To really answer this question, we must again go back to God’s original plan for sex.

First of all, masturbation will not truly relieve the sexual pressure that one may feel. It may for a short moment, but in the long run it only creates a deeper desire and capacity for sex, which will lead to more masturbation. If you let yourself become enslaved to a sexual high, you will find that you need to go to increasingly extreme acts to maintain the same degree of excitement. There are even ungodly sex therapists who recommend masturbation as a way of increasing sexual desire, not lessening it. This creates a vicious circle, like the junkie who craves a “fix,” but is only temporarily satisfied. The more he indulges in his dependency, the more ensnared by addiction he becomes. This is the nature of all sin. That is why Jesus declared that all who sin become a slave to sin (John 8:34).

Furthermore, masturbation usually involves fantasy, visualization, and often pornography. The Bible is very clear as to what God expects of us in these areas of fantasy and lust. It teaches that we must not look lustfully at each other nor should we behave in such a manner as to entice others to lust after us.

“I made a covenant with my eyes not to look with lust upon a girl. I know full well that the Almighty God sends calamity on those who do” (Job 31:1-3, The Living Bible).

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matthew 5:28).

While the above verses refer to men lusting after women, all women know that it can very easily be reversed to apply to themselves as well. Men may be more easily visually stimulated than women, but women can be just as vulnerable to sexual fantasy in the emotional realm. Both are sin in God’s eyes, and both can be brought into subjection by controlling our thoughts through Christ’s power.

All sexual immorality begins with a thought. A lustful thought not taken captive, will eventually lead to other perversions, because sin reproduces itself in increasingly greater measures. If we do not deal with our evil thoughts, they will take root in our hearts.

It is for this reason that God is so concerned with our thought life. Jesus came not only to deliver us from our “outward” sins, but also from wickedness that begins in the heart.

“Isn’t God unreasonable to demand sexual purity after giving us sexual drives that seem to overwhelm us at times?”

Our loving God never demands from us what is impossible for us to do. We are so weak within ourselves that it may seem impossible, but He will equip us with His holy power to overcome any sin, if we ask in faith.

Of course, sexual urges in and of themselves are not wicked. They are natural. God created us that way. He desires that we get optimum pleasure out of them by using them the way they were created to be used. However, many desires for physical gratification (whether it be food, sex, etc.) stem from a deeper need that is unfilled deep inside us. Gorging our flesh can never fill a hunger that grows out of our spirit. Only intimacy with God can fill the deepest needs inside of us. No other created thing has that power.

God is no more unreasonable than any caring parent who lovingly disciplines their child. It is only because He knows what is best for us. He sees a mighty potential in each one of us that far supersedes our wildest dreams, and He loves us enough to do all He can to bring it to pass.

“I agree with all the theory, but living it out on a day to day level is another story.”

This is the place where we need the empowerment of the Holy Spirit in our everyday lives. The Holy Spirit is not a vague “force,” but the very power of God to comfort you and strengthen you against the sins that used to rule you before you were born again. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we have the very ability that Jesus had to resist temptation. He depended completely upon the Father and so must we.

Something you must know is that God is not the one who is tempting you in this area to “test” you. God is on your side and wants to set you free from these things, not lead you into them! “When tempted, no one should say “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed” (James 1:13-14).

God wants us to overcome every sin and temptation in our lives. Please slowly read the following verses and let their message seep deep inside your spirit.

“No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).

“For though we live in the world we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).

“In the same way count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness. For sin shall not be your master for you are not under law but under grace” (Romans 6:11-14).

“For we have not a high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:15-16, King James Version).

“Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God” (2 Corinthians 7:1).

“Can I really be set free?”

“In (this) freedom, Christ has made us free-completely liberated us; stand fast then, and do not be hampered and held ensnared and submit again to a yoke of slavery-which you have once put off ” (Galatians 5:1 Amp).

If you are in a real struggle with any form of sexual sin, we do not believe it was by accident that God led you to this teaching. He wants to set you free, starting right now! We would like to share several things that you can do to break loose from this stronghold:

1. Confess this sin first to God, then go to a committed Christian you trust, such as your pastor. Ask God to lead you to someone that you can be accountable with, who will be faithful to pray with you and for you. This will take humility on your part, but it will lead to life. James 5:16 says: “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” (You may not feel “righteous” but if you have admitted your sin to God and received His forgiveness, you are! That means your prayers are powerful and effective!)

2. Flee from and reject anything that aggravates this sin. For example, you may need to get off the Internet for a season or purchase software that blocks out pornography. This may sound too drastic, but it certainly is mild compared to Jesus who said, “If your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body, than for your whole body to go into Hell” (Matthew 5:30). His point was that we must be willing to part with anything that causes us to sin-even if it hurts temporarily.

3. You may need to seek healing and deliverance from qualified Christians who are anointed in this area of ministry. If you have been deeply involved in sexual sins, the devil probably has a stronghold in that area of your life. If you can, find some people who can help you stand against the devil, for he is the one who seeks to lead you into temptation, and whispers lies of hopelessness and shame into your ears. If he drops a filthy thought into your mind just when you are trying to pray (he has used this tactic on even the holiest saints of God), tell him to leave in the name of Jesus! Recognize his voice for what it is, and submit yourself to God. As you do this and resist the devil, he will flee from you! He is deathly afraid of those who are submitted to God in brokenness and humility.

4. Don’t give up! Deliverance might take time. Self-control takes effort. You may slip occasionally-or even a lot. But remember that God loves you and He will be faithful to perfect His character in you as long you keep submitting to Him. Eventually you will win-and not because of your best efforts, but because of God’s mercy (Titus 3:5). Just as salvation is received in faith, so deliverance must be received in faith. This has nothing to do with our character, strength, or failings. The only thing it is dependant upon is you receiving it in humility. If you should fail, recognize it quickly, ask God to forgive you-and then receive His forgiveness! He is faithful to do that which He promised, not just in a select few mighty men and women of God, but in all who are willing to come humbly before Him. That includes you! We want to encourage you to hold on to this scripture as your anchor:

“May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and He will do it” (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24).

Prayer:-

“Father, I thank you for bringing this person into my website. I know that it was your Holy Spirit that led them here and I thank you for your faithfulness to them! I lift them up to you now and ask that You fill them with a desire for You that transcends every other desire they have ever known. Let them know your cleansing love and power. I thank you that he whom the Son has set free, is free indeed. I speak this freedom into the life of this one whom the devil has bound in shame. We speak healing and deliverance and we break every tie that has kept them under a spirit of addiction and perversion. We stand against the Evil One and his every plan to bring destruction in this one’s life.  We commit them to Your care and we loose Your Holy Spirit to minister to them at this very instant. We ask these things in the precious name of Your son, Jesus Christ.”

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