Think Before You Look: The Consequences of Secret Temptation

Think Before You Look: The Consequences of Secret Temptation

by Daniel Henderson

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780899571645
Publisher: AMG Publishers
Publication date: 02/01/2005
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

DANIEL HENDERSON  is the senior pastor of Grace Church of Eden Prairie, a thriving congregation of almost 6,000 in the suburbs of Minneapolis. A dynamic preacher, Henderson speaks to thousands each year at conferences around the world. He is the President of Strategic Renewal International, a ministry organization specializing in personal renewal, congregational revival, and leadership restoration. Daniel and Rosemary, his wife of 23 years, have three children.

Table of Contents

 C O N T E N T S

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS  VII

FOREWORD  By Trent Dilfer  xiii

PREFACE  XVII

INTRODUCTION: CONSIDERING THE CONSEQUENCES   1

A LONELY LUST  7

AVOIDING THE CONSEQUENCES OF SECRET TEMPTATION

40 POWERFUL REASONS TO AVOID PORNOGRAPHY  9

1.    I enjoy the pleasure of a love relationship with God   11

2.    I fulfill my true identity as a child of God  16

3.    I experience God's provision of empowering grace  19

4.    I enjoy my spiritual freedom to its fullest  23

5.    I avoid a life pattern of deception  27

6.    I cultivate a soft and sensitive conscience  32

7.    I turn away from the solicitation of harlots in my heart  36

8.    I refuse the temptation of idolatry  39

9.    I prove to be a faithful steward of my money  43

10   I prove to be faithful steward on my time  47

11.  I abstain from any promotion and support of the pornography industry  51

12.  I preserve God's gift of loving sexual expression for its intended purpose  56

13.  I protect the purity and power of my God-given imagination  60

14.  I develop disciplined character  64

15.  I guard the integrity of my Christian testimony  69

16.  I promote health and harmony in the body of Christ  72

17.  I cultivate a stronger resistance to future interpersonal sexual sin  75

18.  I nurture the proper biblical view of the sanctity of womanhood  78

19.  I relate to women as equals and persons of ultimate worth  82

20.  I learn to live in reality rather than fantasy  88

21.  I steer clear of unnecessary personal guilt and shame  92

22.  I cultivate a lifestyle of contentment and satisfaction  96

23.  I experience the blessing of living as a servant  101

24.  I learn the relational skills of authentic intimacy  104

25.  I avoid future mental, emotional, and spiritual scars on my life.  109

26.  I experience the joy of the Christian life  113

27.  I lay up eternal rewards  116

28.  I learn to deal with the causes of my problems rather than treating symptoms 120

29.  I prevent potential temptations for others in my sphere of influence.  123

30.  I honor the trust and prayer support of those who have invested in my spiritual life.  126


               IF I AM MARRIED

31.  I avoid adultery in my heart.  129

32.  I encourage my wife's trust  133

33.  I honor my vow of marital purity and faithfulness  136

34.  I keep my marriage union pure from fantasies of other women  140

35.  I communicate acceptance and honor toward my wife  143

36.  I avoid the pathway that could easily result in infidelity  146

 

              IF I HAVE CHILDREN

37.  I minimize the risk of my children being exposed to pornography  149

38.  I model strong and genuine moral values for my children  153

39.  I avoid embarrassing and embittering my children  157

40.  I encourage all of the above positive qualities in their lives  160

CONCLUSION    163

APPENDIX: 40 PRACTICAL POINTERS FOR AVOIDING PORNOGRAPHY   165

NOTES  168

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