The Bible says a lot about FLESH…..
“All flesh is like grass ….. the grass withereth, and its flower falleth away” (1 Peter 1:24)
My friends this is not a very flattering commentary on your body….. but if you walk a nudist beach you can certainly see it for yourself….. why is it that the OLDER folks, the ones with all the bags and sags are the ones most attracted to this fad ?? ….. while the YOUNGER examples of FLESHLY perfection, for the most part, have no interest in parading around in this manner ??
For several years I photographed “perfect” young naked bodies in exotic tropical scenery and the internet hits were phenomenal….. tremendous interest was shown in these beautiful bodies by a (for the most part) much OLDER audience !
In some cases, SEXUAL LUST may have been the motivating interest….. but on a deeper level, for many of the audience, it is their own yearning for their own youth again… along with a distinct distaste for what they have become OLD, FAT and UNATTRACTIVE in their own eyes …. so they now live VICARIOUSLY through the lives of my cavorting youthful models in their idyllic setting.
What does this say about ME ? I was pre-occupied with the SAME “values”…. showing off my well-conditioned body along with my models…. pleased that I still LOOKED GOOD….. and THRIVING on the POPULARITY and ENVY that my photography created on the Flickr
But the bubble had to burst sooner or later…. the GRASS MUST WITHER EVENTUALLY…. and I ? …. WHAT will I do then ?….. my life will have been WASTED…. wasted in living a FANTASY…..
My pre-occupation with the FLESH was NOT GOOD for ME…… and more importantly, I was involving millions in the same IDOLATRY…. I was not only feeding myself, I was feeding millions others with the same addiction.
Initially, I stopped feeding others…. but eventually I had to stop feeding myself as well and make a clean break with the IDOL OF FLESH…. only then could I be liberated into what God had for me…. I went through a scary transition period that was not pleasant, in fact, had I sought the advice of men, I would have been diagnosed as “depressed” and given the devil’s drugs (SATAN is the ULTIMATE DRUG DEALER).
Instead, I sought after GOD…. and I clung to Psalm 103:4 – 5….. instead of PILLS, I SWALLOWED Psalm 100 (it is a very short psalm only 5 verses)
and NOW…. after I have emerged from my time of testing….. I look better, feel better than ever and enjoy terrific sex… some nights I stay hard all night (just like when I was a teenager)
I see the world differently now….. I feel so SORRY for all those people ….. the women buying l’oreal and Elizabeth Arden and going for various cosmetic surgeries….. and the men into Viagra and Cialis or else frequenting the Nature stores looking for all kinds of herbs to give them a lift (when they really need to be seeking after GOD).
So what have I lost ? …… POPULARITY (but what will that matter a thousand years from now ?) ….. the “good feeling” that comes from “showing off” ? …. that sense of “control” over others ?…. a sense of superiority ?
I am sorry that my Flickr photostream gets practically no hits anymore…. I am sorry that very few people will ever see this posted message…… I am relegated to obscurity and insignificance….. I am a nobody….. Stephen Mendes…. who’s that ?…. never heard of him !
But I would rather be a nobody on this earth and have JESUS on my side….. than enjoy the pleasures of this world for a season according to my own self will.
It is a question of PRIORITY….. what is IMPORTANT to YOU ? …. think about it….. think long and hard….
Jesus said that no man has made a sacrifice for the kingdom of God’s sake, who shall not receive manifold MORE IN THIS PRESENT TIME, and in the age to come life everlasting (Mark 10:29-30 Luke 18:29 -30 Matthew 19:29)…. it’s so important that it’s in 3 gospels !
Delight thyself in the LORD and HE shall give thee the desires of thy heart (Psalm 37:4)
….. it comes by FAITH…. because you first have to GIVE UP what you desire…… and TRUST that GOD will do what He says…. and it may not happen exactly when or how you expect (that is the testing of your faith) …… but when it happens it will be WONDERFUL
If ye then being evil know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father, who is in heaven, give good things to them that ask him ? (Matthew 7:11)
But do YOU really BELIEVE this ?