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No matter what comes out of those gates, we have a better chance of surviving if we stay together.

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Practice Visual Purity with Other Women

To set up your first defense perimeter with your eyes, you want to employ the strategy of bouncing your eyes and starving your eyes. … Let’s first consider bouncing. You can win this battle by training your eyes to ‘bounce’ away from sights of pretty women and sensual images. If you ‘bounce your eyes’ for six weeks, you can win this war. … When your eyes bounce toward a woman, they must bounce away immediately.

– Arterburn & Stoeker, Every Man’s Battle

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But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”

– 1 Peter 1:15-16

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I spent much of last year looking into the jaws of the Lion, but still avoiding them. Surrendered to his teeth? But that meant … death. Not just a wound. Not even just a deep cut. Giving myself to the teeth of the Lion would mean the end of me.

The. End. Of. Me.

And that is when I began to see that that was precisely what he wanted. The end of me. The end of my goodness. The end of my righteousness. He wanted me dead. Not dying. Dead.

For only what is dead can be resurrected.

+ Jeff Dunn, “Surrendering to His Teeth” (1/20/2011)

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How can those who are young keep their way pure?
By living according to your word.

I seek you with all my heart;
do not let me stray from your commands.

I have hidden your word in my heart
that I might not sin against you.

+ Psalm 119:9-11

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For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from fornication; that each one of you knows how to control your own body in holiness and honour, not with lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one wrongs or exploits a brother or sister in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, just as we have already told you beforehand and solemnly warned you. For God did not call us to impurity but in holiness. Therefore whoever rejects this rejects not human authority but God, who also gives his Holy Spirit to you.

+ 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8

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We must always keep in mind that all Satan can do to attract us is plagiarize the joys God created for us in this world to foreshadow the joys of heaven. All the authentic pleasures of the world are in some ways sacramental, whereas all the counterfeit pleasures of this world are in some way sacrilegious. This is where the battle is fought: between sacraments and their counterfeits, between icons and idols, between signs and anti-signs. One foreshadows an eternity of fulfillment and communion, the other an eternity of emptiness and alienation.

+ Christopher West, Theology of the Body Explained, 355.

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