KEYWORDS: sex, love, god, things, spirit, lord

Shooting Straight, Part 7—Letter Links: B&D?

October 4, 2004

(ML #3506‚ GN 1095)

FD/MM/FM August 2004

Revolutionary Women

ML #250:9-20, DB 5

9. The mental ' spiritual companionship of a woman is so much more exciting than the mere flesh! Some girls excite you just to look at their FACE!—They have an exciting PERSONALITY, far more exciting than just plain FLESH. BUT SOME GIRLS HAVE NO DEPTH: THEY'RE JUST AS SHALLOW AS THEIR SKIN ' THEIR BEAUTY IS ONLY SKIN-DEEP! But others have SOUL ' FEELING ' EMOTION ' can have real COMPASSION, the kind that would LOVE you just because you NEED it, because she WANTS to make YOU happy!

10. So to have real lasting, genuine love, it must be based upon a more enduring foundation than mere fleshly gratification. It must be an unselfish innate desire to protect ' to help ' to make someone else happy.—AND THERE DEFINITELY MUST BE A MEASURE OF ADMIRATION FOR FINER QUALITIES THAN MERE PHYSICAL BEAUTY! A man can be in love with a woman's MIND or he can be in love with her SENTIMENTS. He can be in love with her SPIRITUAL REACTIONS, he can be in love with her emotional COMPANIONSHIP, all of which have little or nothing to do with her physical body ' their SEX life! THESE DEFINITELY HAVE AT LEAST 90% MORE TO DO WITH LOVE THAN PURE PHYSICAL SEX OR SEXUAL GRATIFICATION.

11. REAL love is a SPIRITUAL thing! It's not merely physical, but it is ALSO manifested in the physical, but not in a mere jump-on–jump-off relationship! It's mostly manifested in the spiritual ' mental COMPANIONSHIP ' COMPATIBILITY of likes ’ dislikes ' things ’ habits that you have in common. EVEN THE FEW THINGS YOU DON'T HAVE IN COMMON CAN SOMETIMES BE INTERESTING ’ AMUSING.

12. So the woman who desires to hold her man had better seek some better way of holding him than mere sexual desire ' sexual craving ' physical excitement. As a young man seeking a wife, my mother told me not to put the physical features first in my quest, since these are fairly standard equipment with most women ' well furnished on most models. But rather, in a woman LOOK FOR SOMETHING MORE THAN MERE FLESH ' fair face, voluptuous bosoms, sexy hips ’ pretty legs‚ because most women are made by the Lord to have all these pleasing assets, with a good deal of variety. But seek something more in a woman than THAT, she said!

13. Most of all seek that indefinable thing called personality‚ that sparkle, that thing we used to call "it" back in the 20's.—Seek not only the vivaciousness of the FLESH, but the liveliness of the SPIRIT, the fascination of the MIND, the irresistibility of her HEART ' its genuine unselfish LOVE ' the greatness ' magnanimity of her SOUL, that spiritual part of her—her whole composite personality make up—which can only be satisfied by the spiritual in YOU ’ the absorbing interest of YOUR mind ' the warmness of YOUR heart ' the thrill of YOUR soul! THE THINGS OF THIS EARTH CAN SATISFY YOUR BODY, BUT GOD HAS MADE YOU SO THAT YOUR HEART OR SPIRIT CAN ONLY BE SATISFIED BY THE THINGS WHICH ARE SPIRITUAL ' the things of the Spirit!

14. Therefore we're told to love (or worship) not the World, neither the things that are in the World, such as the love of the flesh, the lust of the eye ' the pride of life. FOR THE FASHIONS OF THIS WORLD ' THE LUST THEREOF SHALL PASS AWAY, HE SAYS, BUT HE THAT DOETH THE WILL OF GOD ABIDETH FOREVER! So, He said, set not your affections on things below, but on things above; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are unseen are eternal! He did not say you would not like or enjoy or need or desire, with even His GOD-GIVEN DESIRE, THE THINGS OF THIS WORLD ' THIS LIFE, INCLUDING THE LUST OF THE FLESH, WHICH IS VERY NECESSARY FOR CERTAIN PURPOSES, PARTICULARLY FOR THE SURVIVAL ' VERY EXISTENCE OF THE FLESH. BUT YOU'RE NOT TO LOVE THEM, WORSHIP OR LUST AFTER THEM EXCESSIVELY ' intemperately, inordinately, more than is necessary, more than is meet, to the point that you put these things before the greater ' higher values ' EVEN MORE ESSENTIAL NECESSITIES OF THE SPIRIT, WHICH ARE VERY NECESSARY TO THE SURVIVAL ' ETERNAL EXISTENCE OF THE SPIRITUAL MAN.

15. For if you love the material World more than the spiritual then it becomes a form of worship of the Creation more than the Creator, ' God ' His Spiritual World refuse to take second place in your affections ' your interests or even in the activities of your life. So, He says, THOU SHALT LOVE THE LORD THY GOD WITH ALL THY HEART, ALL THY MIND, ALL THY STRENGTH ’ ALL THY SOUL ' THY NEIGHBOUR AS THYSELF. HE SAYS THESE ARE THE FIRST ' GREATEST OF ALL COMMANDMENTS in importance ’ that YOU SHALL HAVE NO OTHER GODS BEFORE HIM‚ for He is a jealous God ' HE desires your love ’ for you to love HIM FIRST of all‚ ABOVE all ' seek FIRST His Kingdom! But then if you DO, He's happy to add ALL these other things unto you, including every desire of your desirous little heart—as you delight yourself in Him!

16. He's always given me everything that I wanted that was good for me or not harmful. HE USUALLY SUPPLIES ALL MY NEED ACCORDING TO HIS RICHES IN GLORY‚ including even a fairly convenient‚ safe ' comfortable place to live, sufficient for my needs ' secure enough to serve Him, BECAUSE MY GREATEST DESIRE ' LIFELONG DELIGHT HAS BEEN TO PLEASE HIM ’ TRY TO MAKE OTHERS HAPPY!

17. But if you put these desires of the flesh first above God ' others ' the needs of your spirit, then you'll find that nothing ever satisfies, not even the most total indulgence in the flesh! You will become as the World-famed poet, Lord Byron, when he despaired at the height of his fame with these words: "I've drunk of every fount of pleasure ' quaffed every cup of fame, yet, alas, I die of thirst!" FOR THE THINGS OF THIS EARTH CAN ONLY SATISFY YOUR BODY, BUT ONLY GOD ' HIS TRUE LOVE CAN EVER FILL THAT ACHING SPIRITUAL VOID OF YOUR HEART WHICH HE CREATED FOR HIMSELF alone! For true happiness comes NOT in your personal pursuit of selfish pleasure ' satisfaction, but in finding GOD ' giving His life to OTHERS ' bringing THEM happiness! THEN happiness pursues ' overtakes ' overwhelms YOU, personally, without even seeking it for yourself!

18. So the man or woman who seeks only fleshly gratification or to merely gratify the flesh of the mate alone, will never find complete satisfaction or happiness or be able to make themselves completely happy. You must GIVE ' it shall be given UNTO you. LOVE BEGETS LOVE. I knew a woman once who was always seeking a new lover, a new love, but never finding one that satisfied or lasted, because she was always seeking to GET love, to RECEIVE love, to BE loved. So when I suggested to her that perhaps she needed to learn how to GIVE love ' to love unselfishly for the benefit ' happiness of ANOTHER, after years of searching, this struck her as an entirely new thought that had never occurred to her before! She went out ' soon found what she was looking for all the time by trying to find someone whom SHE could make happy by GIVING her love to THEM.

19. So maybe that's what's wrong with you—you've been looking for someone to make YOU happy.—Maybe you need to look for someone to make THEM happy ' then happiness will find you! for whatsoever a man SOWETH, that shall he also REAP. It's just one of god's rules ' laws of the spirit—just as definite ' certain as some of the scientific laws of gravity. The laws of the SPIRIT, however, NEVER fail! They always work—either FOR you or AGAINST you‚ according to how you OBEY them ’ whether or NOT you obey them.—And the first law is the law of LOVE—unselfish love—love for HIM ' OTHERS. If you will obey THAT one ’ GIVE that love which is his ’ their due‚ so shall ye also RECEIVE, "for with what measure ye mete unto OTHER men's bosoms, so shall they also mete unto YOUR bosom."—Luke 6:38.

20. This is why so many love me, because they know that I love them—REALLY love them ' really would prefer THEIR happiness to my OWN, THEIR enjoyment to my own‚ THEIR fulfillment to my own, THEIR comfort to my own, THEIR satisfaction to my own‚ THEIR safety to my own, THEIR pleasure to my own. Because I really ENJOY seeing others happy ' I enjoy most of all MAKING them happy, for that is MY happiness—' it could be YOURS! LIFE, LIBERTY ' THE GIVING OF HAPPINESS TO OTHERS: THESE ARE THINGS THAT ONLY GOD CAN GIVE ' THE ONLY THINGS THAT WILL EVER SATISFY YOUR SPIRIT! So if you want to be happy ' make a mate happy, seek the satisfaction of the SPIRIT in both of you in GOD! "For the fashion of this World passeth away ' the lust thereof, but he (’ THE LOVE) that doeth the Will of God abideth forever!"—1Cor.7:31; 1Jn.2:17.

Porno Movies

ML #935, DB 1

1. I THINK EXACTLY THE SAME ABOUT PORNO MOVIES AS I MADE CLEAR WHAT I THOUGHT ABOUT PORNO PHOTOGRAPHY IN "REVOLUTIONARY WOMEN"! I think it's ugly ' unclean ' I think it's wicked! If it's something beautiful ' right ' clean ' decent, including artistic nudity ' romantic scenes, sex that is beautiful ' pretty, artistic ' romantic, I think that's fine. But I don't like ugly porno photography!

2. I hate UGLY sex, the pure mechanics of sex ’ crotch shots ’ close-ups of nothing but the sexual organs! And I certainly don't like sex movies in which the sexual organs are the principal characters! I don't think there's anything beautiful or inspiring or uplifting or good for the Family in anything like that! And I certainly don't like any form of cruelty, sadism ’ violence, particularly if it's got anything to do with sex!

3. Sadism, masochism ’ all that junk is devilish, fiendish, demonic perversion! HORRIBLE! If you can't tell the difference between garbage ' good food, I suggest you throw the whole thing away!

4. I think our Family knows that I am not a blue-nose regarding sex or nudity. I believe in sexual freedom ' nude beauty when it's clean ’ beautiful ' right ’ the way God intended for it to be ’ fully enjoyed. But when it's perverted ' animalistic ' mechanical ' ugly ' unclean ’ masochistic ' cruel, it's sickening!—There's no love in that!

5. IF IT'S UNLOVING, IT'S UNGODLY! I think that's a very good criterion to use: God is Love, ' if it's not pictures of loving, gentle, affectionate, good, kind, clean sex, then it's certainly not of the Lord, ' it's certainly bad fare ' bad news for the Family to think that we have some of our people on a steady diet of that kind of sewage!

6. They should use the rule we've always made, "When in DOUBT, DON'T!"—If you have any question about it, can it! Stop it! "Whatsoever is not of faith is sin!" (Ro.14:23) If they have any doubts about it, it's a sin!

9. God deliver us from that kind of vice ' those vicious sexual vices! You shouldn't tolerate them from your fish or your friends either, ' certainly not in the Family! King David himself said, "I will set no unclean thing before mine eyes"! (Ps.101:3)—' that's a very good rule for all of us!

10. LOVING, CLEAN, ROMANTIC SEX CAN BE VERY BEAUTIFUL ALONG WITH ARTISTIC NUDITY. But that kind of junk sex is sickening! It's only fit for the garbage can, ' I don't approve of any of the Family watching it, ’ I shall have a very low opinion of anybody in our Family who does! God's Word says as plain as day: "...Whatsoever things are lovely‚ whatsoever things are of good report" ' so on, "think on these things". (Ph.4:8) Not on the filth, dirt ' garbage ' sewage of this World!

11. "The Devil hates sex!", as I have written, ’ he's tried to pervert it ' besmirch it ’ debase it ’ debauch it ’ pollute it ' tear it down ' disgrace it ' vilify it ’ do everything he can think of against good clean decent sex! He is the Destroyer, ' what he's really trying to do is destroy sex!

12. This kind of perverted sex leads right on into all kinds of violence ' cruelty ' sadism ' masochism ' all the rest of that shit! It's Sick Sex, Junk Sex, ’ the people who participate in it or who enjoy it or like to watch it are sick in the head ' sick in the heart, sick in spirit—' they're going to be sick in body too!

13. ENOUGH SAID! DUMP THE GARBAGE! EMPTY THE SEWAGE! GET RID OF IT! Refuse to tolerate it or even have it around, much less watch it or let others watch it! You Are What You Watch!—Garbage? Sewage? Dirt? Dung? Perversion? Filth? Cruelty?—Or good clean food of the Spirit ' the Word?

14. Get rid of that filth ' get cleaned up in body, mind ' spirit! (2Co.6:17; Eph.5:11; Ja.4:8; Eph.5:3; Col.3:5; 2Co.7:1; 1Th.4:7.)

Movie Reviews

ML #1657:18-25, GN Book 16

18. "EMANUELLE" WAS DISGUSTING! … Some of it was pretty ' artistic, but some of it was pretty coarse, crude, crass ' just downright disgusting! I think one of the worst things in the whole movie, which seemed to be the theme of the movie ' the outstanding statement of the movie, was made by that nasty old man, the reprobate. Did you notice what that was? (Family: That you can get revenge through sex.) That's one‚ it portrayed sex as a form of revenge ’ hate ’ all that.

19. LOOK HOW PERVERTED THE WORLD IS IN THEIR ATTITUDE TOWARDS SEX, THAT IT'S EVIL ' THEY CAN'T ENJOY IT UNLESS IT'S EVIL! But he makes the worst statement of all! I don't even like to think about that movie, it's so sickening ' disgusting! ... I liked what the customs man said in Portugal. He said they were not trying to censor pornography, he was only socking it to the films in which the sexual organs were the principal characters! He said he didn't think that was art, ' that's a fact!

20. SO THAT "EMANUELLE" WAS SICKENING! I've forgotten exactly how he put it, but he said that sex really can't be enjoyed in full unless unnaturally! Ugh! It made me want to puke! Can you imagine that? (Maria: He said "against nature.") That's what he said, unless it's against nature.—Took a Scriptural expression! (Romans 1) He was like the Devil, like Satan in person trying to corrupt this poor girl. Well‚ she was already pretty bad off, but she was rather pure ’ innocent at first.

21. SHE STARTS OUT AS A PURE INNOCENT GIRL WHO WON'T EVEN CHEAT ON HER HUSBAND IN PARIS, even when he's cheating on her in Bangkok‚ ' she just wants to be faithful ' loyal ' natural ' normal ’ stay true to her husband even when he's gone, etc. It winds up with this old man getting her to do all kinds of unnatural sickening horrible things, taking her down to the opium dens ' the gutter ' letting these dirty men ... I wouldn't want to stoop to use the expression in front of the children with any nice words! But just literally, the whole thing was how to totally corrupt a sweet young pure innocent girl from beginning to end!

22. AND IN THE END SHE'S FINALLY TOTALLY CORRUPTED since he made her be raped ' violated ' everything else by these lowest kind of men in opium dens ' dirty hovels! When the guy got her back to his palatial mansion, Maria looked at her ' said, "Look, she hasn't even had a bath!" She still had the same clothes on! My goodness, if I had been he, I certainly at least would have wanted to have given her a bath before I brought her back in the house after being in such filthy places ' having sex with those sickening filthy beasts! That's about all you can say. I mean, it came probably as close to bestialism as you'd want to see.

23. ARTISTIC SEX, BEAUTIFUL SEX, NORMAL SEX, LOVING SEX IS BEAUTIFUL! I don't think there's anything physical that's any more beautiful than real love ' beautiful nudity ' normal sex ' lovemaking. But that kind of thing made me furious! … It was about as coarse ' crude ' bestial ' animalistic as almost anything I ever saw! And he summed up the whole thing when he said‚ "You can't really fully enjoy sex, you can't understand sex ' you won't understand yourself—it takes sex that's against nature to really enjoy it."—Ugh!

24. NOW IF THAT ISN'T OF THE DEVIL, I DON'T KNOW WHAT IS! That's absolutely promoting the Devil's kind of gospel. I hate to grace it with the name "gospel‚" but his message—the ultimate in corrupting sex, in other words‚ in making it something ugly ’ dirty ’ nasty ' vile ’ against nature‚ evil, horrible! That was one horrible picture ' I hope you never bring us another one! I wouldn't have known by the title either.

25. IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A VERY FAMOUS SEXY FRENCH ART MOVIE, shown in what is known as the art theatres of the United States where the minimum age is 18 to 21. They call them art movies, art theatres, art cinemas.—When some of them are nothing but gutter cinemas, sewer cinemas, garbage cans! God deliver us ' our Family from that kind of ... I can't give it a name better than just sewage!—Worse than sewage! At least sewage is normal ' natural. That kind of a statement to say that you can't really enjoy sex to the full unless it's against nature, unnatural, not normal—how horrible!

Sinless Sex

ML #1969:37-50, DB 8

37. GOD CREATED LIFE ' PLEASURE ' HAPPINESS FOR US TO ENJOY! I don't have a sad God!—I have a happy God, Who wants me to be happy too, ’ you as well! This is the whole point of Jesus' coming into the World! He said, "I am come that you might have life, ' that you might have it more abundantly!" (Jn.10:10) He came to relieve us of the suffering, pain, death ' tears brought into the World by the Enemy ' the sins of man.

38. DO YOU THINK FOR A MINUTE THAT IN GOD'S ORIGINAL CREATION, THAT ADAM ' EVE, THE TWO MOST PERFECTLY BEAUTIFUL, STRONGEST ' SEXIEST HUMAN BODIES EVER MADE, SAT AROUND MOPING ' complaining in that Heaven-on-Earth of the Garden of Eden, wishing they had never been created, sorry they were alive ' longing to be dead? This, of course, is ridiculous! They loved the life that God had given them to enjoy! They just made the mistake of wanting too much life, or wanting to go to the extreme, not being satisfied with what they already had, but wanting moremore than God knew was good for them.

39. GOD MADE US TO ENJOY LIFE ’ TO BE HAPPY! Pleasure is God-created for our good! He created the very nerves that give these pleasurable sensations that we enjoy‚ ' if He gave us all those nice pleasurable sensations, He must have intended for us to enjoy them! So praise the Lord ' enjoy yourself, amen?

40. WHY DENY YOURSELF THE JOYS ' NECESSITIES OF LIFE THAT GOD CREATED FOR YOU TO ENJOY, thereby bringing to yourself ' others unnecessary misery‚ unhappiness ' dissatisfaction? Even the Apostle Paul said‚ "It is better to marry than to burn!" (1Cor. 7:9) It is just as wrong for you to starve your body of its normal sexual needs ’ satisfactions as it is for you to starve yourself to death by not eating, or to waste away through lack of exercise, or to die from exhaustion or lack of sleep!

41. HOWEVER, ON THE OTHER HAND, DON'T GO TO THE OPPOSITE EXTREME of becoming so addicted to sex or masturbation that you sit around all day starry-eyed like a zombie, mooning ' dreaming ’ drifting while continually masturbating and/or lovemaking, but never getting anything else done!—Or lying awake all night enjoying too much pleasure ' not getting enough sleep! It's all a matter of moderation. Don't go to either extreme of over-use or under-use.

42. AS FAR AS ACTUAL SEXUAL ACTIVITY, THERE SEEMS TO BE ONLY ONE SEXUAL SIN WHICH IS ABSOLUTELY PROHIBITED WITHOUT EXCEPTION ' WHICH WAS JUDGED VERY SEVERELY BY GOD.—It even gets its name from that ancient licentious city which God totally wiped out ' horribly destroyed for its common indulgence in this sin, the city of Sodom! (Gen.19) Sodomy, or homosexuality between men, seems to be an abomination to God ’ utterly ' unequivocally forbidden, although the laws of man in some places like the U.S. are beginning to tolerate it ' even encourage it!

43. MALE HOMOSEXUALITY, "MEN WITH MEN DOING THAT WHICH IS UNSEEMLY" (ROM.1:27), IS APPARENTLY A COMPLETE ABHORRENCE TO THE LORD! To say the least it is unsanitary, infectious, insane, disgusting, degrading, dirty, perverted ' hazardous to the health of both body ' mind!—And it is so totally unnecessary, making it a complete perversion of the normal, God-created, heterosexual appetite of natural desire between men ' women.

45. ANOTHER FAIRLY COMMON SEXUAL PROBLEM TODAY IS THAT MANY PEOPLE SEEM TO GET BORED WITH NORMAL SEX, so they desire ' seek after something different, something new. Well, it's true that "variety is the spice of life" ' changes in love-making positions ' techniques are fine, as are alternate means of massaging ’ satisfying your partner with either hands, fingers, mouth, tongue, etc. But it becomes a problem when people get bored ' want something perverted‚ something violent or dangerous, etc.

46. SADISM ’ MASOCHISM ' ALL THAT SORT OF THING IS AN ABSOLUTE DEVILISH, FIENDISH, DEMONIC PERVERSION! Artistic nudity ' loving, clean, romantic sex is very beautiful, the way God meant for it to be. But any kind of violent or hurtful sex is sickening! A good criterion is: If it's unloving, it's ungodly!—For "God is Love"! (1Jn.4:8) If it's not loving, gentle‚ affectionate, good, kind‚ clean sex‚ then it's certainly not of the Lord!

47. REMEMBER, THE DEVIL HATES SEX!—And he just loves to besmirch God's wonderful creation by making people like pigs ’ hogs in the slime, when God meant for it to be beautiful! It's the Devil that makes it ugly ' dirty ' just plain coarse ' crude ' almost sickening, especially when there's too much of it ' it's just too raw for good taste.—Like in most of those porno movies where the sexual organs are the principal characters. They're just disgusting ' sickening!

48. THE MECHANICS OF SEX ARE TO BE ENJOYED ’ FELT in the final dramatic orgasm, but a close-up view of the sexual organs at such a time is not particularly inspiring! You're supposed to be feeling it ' in the spirit, not lustfully, greedily, gorily watching it! Again, the problem is the intemperance, the immoderation.

49. SOME PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN SO IMMODERATE ' HAD SO MUCH SEX LOSE INTEREST IN IT ENTIRELY ' BECOME ASEXUAL, not wanting any sex, ' this asexuality is a growing problem today. Well, I'm convinced that the reason they get fed up with sex is because they don't have any love in it. If it's nothing but a mechanical, physical thrill ' just for kicks, it can get very tiresome! I suppose for some, sex can be something totally separate ' have nothing to do with love!—Just like eating a meal—a physical necessity that doesn't even necessarily have to involve love, sad to say.

50. BUT ONE OF THE MOST WONDERFUL ' BEAUTIFUL THINGS TO ME ABOUT GOING TO BED WITH SOMEONE IS THE LOVE—not just the sex, but the love.—The talking, the companionship, the petting, the affection, just really really loving each other. That's the best part of it all, the love! The physical thrills of sex are great ' an orgasm is a wonderful release, but "the greatest of these is love"! (1Cor.13:13) Thank God for loving ' cuddling ' real genuine, natural affection!

Issues, Part 9

ML #3380:74-94, GN 987

74. (Mama:) Are you looking for greater sexual stimulation and satisfaction in your life? Do you sometimes see love scenes on movies or TV that make you feel like you wish you had the kind of passion and pleasure that you see portrayed there? Check out this intriguing message from the Lord.

75. (Jesus:) Why not tune in to Me and My Spirit for some real sexual excitement? Enjoy the real, true beauties of My creation in sex by enjoying it with those around you!

76. You watch the passion and ecstasy of the System and let it turn you on, when in reality it's nothing but a show, a fake display of what they think is good sex. Because they don't have Me and are bound by the negative cynicism that often accompanies their sinful rebellion, their sex is just one more vain attempt to try and fill that emptiness they feel inside.

77. Satan only has imitations—imitations of arousal, imitations of excitement, imitations of passion—because these things are aroused by love‚ and I am Love. The Enemy has no love‚ so he tries to portray the beauties of love through the channels of selfishness, but it can only be fake.

78. Do you think people out in the world really enjoy such great sex? Sure, some do sometimes, but the majority of the time it's the same old humdrum routine, going through the motions, each trying to selfishly get from the other what they want, because that—they think—is what sex is for.

79. What a contrast to the gift—the pure gift—I have given you in the Law of Love: the freedom to share yourselves with one another, to enjoy the passion of the Spirit in the true ways of love—My love. In the world, sex may start off as an interesting and intriguing experience for many, but it often deteriorates into perversities as people continue seeking a new thing to fill the void that is left in their heart.

80. They don't know that the way to be happy is to make others happy, and the way to be happiest is to make Me happy above all others. I am the Maker of happiness‚ even as I am the Maker of love, and while they may seek and find thrills of the flesh, it cannot give them happiness of spirit; for that is Mine to give, and I give it to those who seek to bring happiness to Me.

81. The Enemy has to keep finding ways of keeping his subjects happy without Me‚ which is as futile an endeavor as trying to keep a battery charged without electricity! He keeps on trying to woo their hearts with this allurement, this entertainment, this blockbuster, this book‚ this theme park, this mall, this product—all to keep them from looking outside themselves and wondering what the true meaning of life is, and realizing that, as I said so long ago, "a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things he possesses"—or to paraphrase a bit, the abundance of the new things of the flesh that he tries. Because they're temporary! The thrill doesn't last! There always has to be something bigger, something better—and soon it leads to perversion, selfishness, and eventually destruction.

82. The Enemy is trying to imitate the ways of My Spirit. My Spirit is always moving, always changing, always finding new things and new ways in the infiniteness of My realm—the realm of light and eternal power and life that I Am. When you tap into this realm‚ you become partakers of this newness, of this movement, of the thrills and joys of new discoveries, new messages, new words, new stories, new revelations of the Spirit.

83. The eternal joy that Satan forsook when he left My side is forever out of his grasp, though he tries hard to deny this to himself, and attempts to seek it anyway—and his followers with him. But it is all a hoax, a crude attempt to try to outdo the things of My Spirit with the seemingly more real and obvious pleasures of the flesh.

84. I give you both—pleasures of flesh and spirit—and even the pleasures of the flesh I give you are enhanced to much greater levels than the Enemy's ever could be, because you enjoy them in the spirit—the spirit of My love and power. You worship Me through My creation, and you worship Me personally in your heart, so you can enjoy the thrills of the flesh and the thrills of the spirit.

85. When you live for Me, I enhance the pleasures you experience with My Spirit. You're putting one of My spiritual laws into effect—that when you give unselfishly and you try to make others happy, then happiness finds you. And not only does true happiness find you, but I enhance your joys and thrills and make them even more spectacular‚ lasting, and fulfilling. It's all part of My rewards to you for putting Me first, putting My Spirit first, putting love and giving and unselfishness first.

86. I can make your sex exceptional, showing you new ways, new methods, new places, new pleasures‚ new heights you've never experienced before! That's because sex in the spirit is not just a physical thing; it's also spiritual, and there are no limits to the spirit! There are mountain peaks of pleasure which you can hardly imagine ahead for those who put Me first when they share love, for I am Love!

87. The pleasures of the flesh alone come and go; they wax and wane. But when the pleasures of the flesh are combined with the spirit, with true love unselfishly shared between two hearts who also love Me, then they grow and grow and grow. And the spirit grows as well, as those who have loved in such a way find themselves growing and changing and blossoming in many other areas of their life and walk with Me. It is a wonderful cycle, as spiritual love shared in a physical way leads to increased pleasure and then to spiritual growth, which in turn leads to greater pleasure! Oh, the wonders of sex and spirituality!

88. Watch out when you begin looking more to the thrills of the flesh for your satisfaction and neglecting the realm of the spirit. That is when and how the Enemy finds inroads into your life, diluting My power within you and seeking to sidetrack you from the eternal things of the spirit through the more tangible things of the flesh.

89. He fights our closeness and our connection through any means he can find—whether it's to distract you from your main task, weakening you in spirit through exposing you to his influences, the things of this world; or even weakening you by causing you to chase after the things of the world for a satisfaction he persuades you you're not getting through Me. Well, in a way it's true—I do not give the kind of satisfaction Satan seeks to give you; I give you a better satisfaction, a purer pleasure, one that he could never imitate and that you will never find by looking anywhere else.

90. There are pleasures that I have given to you, My children of David, that I have never given to any other group of My children. You enjoy the greatest of all spiritual gifts this world has ever known, the greatest of all freedoms, and there are yet many more to be given and revealed to you.

91. Imagine the thrill of flying into space. That is a thrill you cannot enjoy unless you have paid the price required in preparation and training. But the thrill, the excitement of blasting off, of going further than any ordinary man has gone before, makes it worth it all. That's but a poor illustration of the joys and thrills that My Spirit can give to those of you who practice the ways of these new weapons and feel the power they give you surging into your souls, even into your bodies, filling you with the knowledge of Me that will enable you to do mighty exploits in times to come.

92. The greatest thrill you can experience in this world will be to fight on My side during the dark days to come. This is the grand finale, the great climax of mankind's history on this planet‚ and you are set to be some of the key players in it—those who will stand out for their brilliance and power‚ spiritual power and even physical power. You will be the stars of that day—those the lost of the world will look to and admire.

93. In those days you will be the celebrities. You will not be able to help it. The Devil will not be able to control it. You will be beyond his slander and his control—his ability to put down one star and exalt a new one at his whim. I will be the One causing you to shine with the brilliance of My truth and power in a world that has been flooded with darkness and the fake truths—the lies—of Satan. No wonder the Enemy seeks to get you to set your eyes only on the things of man, the allurements of the world designed to keep people from hungering after the things of the spirit.

94. You have asked for bread, and I have not given you a stone. Your spirit hungers for fish‚ and I will not give you a serpent. But the Enemy will, so beware of his traps and allurements, and look to Me. As you keep your eyes turned toward Me, you will find that the things of this world grow inconsequential compared to the greater truths and eternal rewards that await My faithful servants and children of these Last Days. (End of message from Jesus)

Fascination for Evil

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Definition: To fascinate is to grip so as to take away the power to move, act‚ or think for oneself; to attract and hold by charming qualities.

1. Because the Lord abhors evil, those who are drawn to it alienate themselves from Him.

* Genesis 6:5,6 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And it repented the Lord that He had made man on the earth, and it grieved Him at His heart.

* Psalm 66:18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.

* Proverbs 1:28,29 Then shall they call upon Me, but I will not answer; they shall seek Me early, but they shall not find Me: 29 For that they hated knowledge‚ and did not choose the fear of the Lord.

* Proverbs 6:16,18 These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto Him: ... 18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief.

* Proverbs 15:26a The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination unto the Lord.

* 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.

* Micah 3:4 Then shall they cry unto the Lord, but He will not hear them: He will even hide His face from them at that time, as they have behaved themselves ill in their doings.

* 1 Corinthians 10:5,6 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. 6 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.

2. It is not a sin to be tempted with evil; it becomes a sin when we choose to entertain it.

* Romans 7:19-23 [The enemy is always trying to tempt us; but we don't have to give in.] For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. 22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind‚ and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

* 1 Thessalonians 3:5 For this cause … I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the Tempter have tempted you, and our labor be in vain.

* James 1:13,14 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth He any man: 14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

3. We can't be thinking the Lord's thoughts while enticed by Satan's thoughts.

* Matthew 6:24a No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other.

* Luke 11:34 The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.

* Romans 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

* 1 Corinthians 10:21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils.

* 2 Corinthians 6:14b What fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness?

4. The Lord will judge those who entertain a fascination for evil instead of choosing His ways.

* Deuteronomy 30:19 I call Heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.

* 1 Kings 18:21a And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? If the Lord be God, follow Him: but if Baal‚ then follow him. [See also Amos 5:15.]

* Proverbs 1:29-31 For that they hated [godly] knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord: 30 They would none of My counsel: they despised all My reproof. 31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.

* Isaiah 65:12 Therefore will I number you to the sword, and ye shall all bow down to the slaughter: because when I called, ye did not answer; when I spake, ye did not hear; but did evil before Mine eyes, and did choose that wherein I delighted not.

* Isaiah 66:4 I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called‚ none did answer; when I spake‚ they did not hear: but they did evil before Mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not.

5. Those who entertain the Devil's thoughts will eventually act upon them.

* Proverbs 23:7a For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.

* Matthew 12:34b,35 [As the saying goes: "The thought is the father of the deed."] For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. 35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.

* Romans 1:21,28 Because that, when they knew God‚ they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations‚ and their foolish heart was darkened. 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient.

* James 1:15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

6. Although it may seem innocent enough at the start, toying with the Devil is a deadly game!

* Genesis 3:1a [The only one smarter than the Devil is God, and without His help we're no match for the old serpent:] Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made.

* Proverbs 26:24,25 [We need discernment to see when others are trying to deceive us to get into mischief:] He that hateth, dissembleth [disguises it] with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him; 25 When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart. [See also 12:20; Jeremiah 9:4-8]

* Matthew 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat.

* Luke 22:31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat.

* 2 Corinthians 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means‚ as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

* 1 Peter 5:8,9 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the Devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

7. Don't entertain evil for an instant!

* Proverbs 3:31 Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.

* Proverbs 4:14-16 Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. 15 Avoid it, pass not by it‚ turn from it, and pass away. 16 For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.

* Proverbs 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

* Matthew 26:41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

* Luke 8:13 [If you stray from the Word for long, you're open prey for the Enemy to attack:] They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.

* 2 Corinthians 10:5 [Cast] down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.

* Ephesians 4:26,27 ... Sin not … 27 Neither give place to the Devil.

8. Don't allow the Devil a point of entry; avoid situations which lead to temptation.

* Deuteronomy 7:25,26 The graven images of their gods shall ye burn with fire: thou shalt not desire the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it unto thee, lest thou be snared therein: for it is an abomination to the Lord thy God. 26 Neither shalt thou bring an abomination into thine house, lest thou be a cursed thing like it: but thou shalt utterly detest it, and thou shalt utterly abhor it; for it is a cursed thing.

* Psalm 101:3 I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.

* Psalm 119:37 [David prayed desperately:] Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken Thou me in Thy way.

* Proverbs 4:25-27 Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. 26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. 27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.

* 1 Peter 3:11 Let him eschew [turn away from] evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue [pursue] it.

10. Pray for a godly hatred for all the Devil's dirt!

* Psalm 97:10a Ye that love the Lord, hate evil.

* Psalm 119:104 Through Thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.

* Proverbs 8:13 The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.

* Amos 5:15a Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate.

* Romans 12:9b Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.

11. The Lord can keep you from evil, when you cooperate with Him and do your part.

* Job 5:19 He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee.

* Matthew 6:13a [Keep in close to God in prayer, as Jesus did:] And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

* 1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, Who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

* Ephesians 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

* 2 Peter 2:9a The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations.

* Revelation 3:10 [Hang onto the Word:] Because thou hast kept the word of My patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

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