Fantasy, lust, pornography.
They’re spiritual diseases. Serious business. Ruined families and lives.
Therefore, they deserve a serious solution, other than saying, “Stop it!”
Compulsion is the problem people need help with. “Pastor, what drives me to think and do things that I know I shouldn’t?”
Statements like: “You should live this way.” don’t help. Not even when the statement is scripture:
“(9) How shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word. (10) With my whole heart I have sought You: O do not let me wander from Your commandments. (11) Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.” Psalm 119:9-11
We all know how we’re supposed to live. The problem is, that no person on their own is doing it God’s way, nor can they do it. Not even the pastors. It’s a fairy tale to give people the shoulda, woulda, coulda-s of life and expect them to stop acting on their compulsions.
A baseball team was getting no runs, no hits, and only had errors. Naturally they were continually beaten. Shut-out. A consultant was hired to discover the problem(s). After watching for a few minutes, the consultant stopped the practice and went to his car. He returned with a long wooden object that he presented to them as a bat. Of course, this is a ridiculous little story. No baseball player would be so stupid as to not use a bat!
Yet, that is what we do.
An Old Testament verse, like the Psalm verses above, didn’t have the bat available. Jesus Christ had not yet come. He Is The Bat!
Better than a bat, Jesus is your life. You have been made one spirit with Him. [In fact, the entire Godhead is in you.] You no longer exist apart from Him.
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; no, it is not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the Son of God’s faith, Who loved me, and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
Let God present you with His Bat, Jesus Christ.
He is The home run King. He is your Life.
Once you see Him for Who He Is, you will circle the bases with Him as He scores victory after victory over sin and death.
He cannot fail. He will not fail. And, with you in Him and Him in you, you won’t either.