I know that passage in Ecclesiastes 3 that tells of all the seasons that people go through. There is a time for everything. It's all there. Read it for yourself.
But back to what I am talking about.
Just the other day I was asked about a certain movie. If I had ever seen it. This particular movie was a horror movie. Now since living the life of a Christian and especially being more conscience of what I partake of, I told the person that I hadn't watched that movie, nor did I have the desire to watch that movie, and it wasn't allowed to be played in my home. Now it's hard for some to understand what I am talking about.
They may ask " What do you mean you can't watch this?", "What is wrong with watching a movie?"
Well this is something that the Lord has changed in me. This is one of the changes that I have went through. There are certain things I do not watch anymore. There is certain music I don't listen to anymore. My way of dressing has became more modest. My speech changed many, many years ago. I use to be into horror movies and novels, or listen to Rap, Rock, Country or R&B music. But not anymore.
You see when God started molding me and changing me, most of what I thought was okay to entertain
God changed my palate.
The things I use to watch, read or even listen to, I have no desire for. I have went through many seasons in my life with just the changes I have made in how the things I use to do are not there anymore. I have grown in the love for the Lord. I see the benefits of worshiping Him and trying to keep myself a clean vessel. Its hard, i'm human, but it can be done.
Romans 12:2 - And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
That verse tells me to not conform. God renewed my mind. I no longer want to see all the bad things that the world puts out there. I no longer want to hear the worldly music or read someones perverted or twisted stories. Once you put a image in or a song in there is no turning back. Its there for good. It can not be unseen or unheard. And we wonder why some people do the things they do.
For instance...You watch porn, and you continue to grow in that way, now all you can see are those images and you think a normal relationship is supposed to be like that. You now think that women or men are supposed to be just like what you seen.
Then when you have a relationship, and you find out that a true, honest and godly relationship is not that way. Now you cannot un-see the images of what you put into your mind and it destroys your relationship, because you allowed it to flurish.
Only God can bring you out of a situation like that.
You see I had conformed before I started living for God. I was saved, YES. But I didn't live fully for God and thought that I could put into my mind whatever I wanted, I could read whatever I wanted, I could listen to whatever I wanted and I would still be okay. Now that I live for Him, I see that there is no way I want to go back. I give Him all the glory for my life and the worldly things he has taken away from me.
If you have problems with giving up worldly things even though you may be saved, let God in fully. Until you give up that you can have the best of both worlds, nothing you do is going to work. Only God can help. He did me. People may not understand my change, but at least I know a God that does. I am not saying that I don't hear or see it, because its all around me. I just don't go out of my way anymore to seek it.
(It's kinda like when I smoked cigarettes, I bought them every day I fed that issue therefore allowing it to grow from a few a day to a whole pack a day. Now that I don't smoke, (almost 8 yrs clean) I see them in the store, but I won't allow myself to buy them.)
That is God giving me the strength to continue to say no to something that is not of Him. I don't allow certain things in my house anymore, I don't entertain it anymore, so therefore it has not way to grow. What you sow you will reap. No matter what. That is just life. And what you bring into your home will grow. Take the bad away and put in some good. I am sure you will feel much better.
May this be a blessing to someone that may be struggling with letting go of things they shouldn't be doing. I pray it encourages you to give in to God and let go of the worldly things.