Pornography 2 – “Stop It!”

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.

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4 thoughts on “Pornography 2 – “Stop It!”

  1. GREAT WORD PICTURE….GREAT POST!! The analogy hit a “home run” for me in making it crystal clear that without the “Bat”, the Indwelling Presence of the Holy Spirit, we are powerless to field those temptations out of the ballpark (our mind). When I walk toward the plate with Bat in hand, the pitcher/Satan’s knees begin to tremble, his hand shakes as he hurls that temptation. He sees not only the believer’s but the Holy Spirit’s hand gripping the bat and both swinging with power, then hurling the ball far, far away. The defeated foe walks away once again…..until the next go-round. But we know now that when we walk in the Spirit, we are not tempted, we CANNOT SIN, we will not SIN!! WE WIN!!!

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  2. Great post…great analogy. This word picture has become crystal clear in my mind that without the Indwelling Holy Spirit “Bat” we are indeed powerless to bring down any temptation/sin that the pitcher/Satan hurls our way. My confidence is swelling up within me. I now see that each time I step up to the plate and yield to the Indwelling Holy Spirt, I see the “pitcher’s” knees violently trembling, his hands visibly shaking as he watches with horror at the believer and Holy Spirit both gripping the bat, swinging with power, then watching that temptation fly away from us. He walks away defeated…until his next try. We stand as triumphant, winners…because the greater One lives in us. We can resist temptation, we DO NOT HAVE TO SIN….. WE CANNOT SIN….when yielded to the Holy Spirit in us.

    marten

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  3. This email below from Chuck Swindoll covered some of the points you brought up in your blog. I believe the Holy Spirit is moving in this area and moving on individuals to start teaching and preaching with

    *January 15, 2016 – **Claiming Our Freedom from Sin’s Control* by Chuck Swindoll *Romans 6:11 *

    In the wonderful sixth chapter of Romans, Paul presents three techniques for living by grace, above sin’s domination. I find each one linked to a particular term he uses:

    *Know*—”Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; . . . knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him” (vv. 3,6, 9).

    *Consider*—”Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus” (v. 11).

    *Present*—”And do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God” (v. 13).

    In order for us to live free from sin’s control, free from the old master, with the power to walk a new kind of life, we have to *know *something, we have to *consider *something, and we have to *present *something.

    Christ died for us on the cross. He was raised from the dead for us at the tomb. When we believed in the Savior’s death and resurrection, we were “dipped” into the same scene. Our identity was changed. We didn’t feel it, we didn’t see it, we didn’t hear it, but it occurred, nevertheless. When we came to Christ, we were placed into Him as His death became ours, His victorious resurrection became ours, His “awakening” to new life became our “awakening,” His powerful walk became our powerful walk. Before we can experience the benefits of all that, we have to *know *it. The Christian life is not stumbling along, hoping to keep up with the Savior. He lives in me and I live in Him. And in this identification with Him, His power becomes mine. His very life becomes my life, guaranteeing that His victory over sin is mine to claim. I no longer need to live as a slave to sin.

    “Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God” (vv. 8–10).

    You will meet well-meaning Christians who teach about crucifying oneself. But I have good news for you: That has already been done. You are in Christ. He was crucified once for all. He died for you so you never need to die again. Because we have our identification with Him, we have all the power needed to live the rest of our lives above the drag and dregs of slavery. Death to sin is an accomplished act, a finished fact. It has all been taken care of. A victorious walk begins with our *knowing *this fact. Christ’s “Emancipation Proclamation” has put to death the whole idea of slavery to sin. Having died to sin’s power, we are now free to serve our new Master.

    mari

    On Fri, Jan 15, 2016 at 9:22 AM, Maria Teniente wrote:

    > Great post…great analogy. This word picture has become crystal clear in > my mind that without the Indwelling Holy Spirit “Bat” we are indeed > powerless to bring down any temptation/sin that the pitcher/Satan hurls our > way. My confidence is swelling up within me. I now see that each time I > step up to the plate and yield to the Indwelling Holy Spirt, I see the > “pitcher’s” knees violently trembling, his hands visibly shaking as he > watches with horror at the believer and Holy Spirit both gripping the bat, > swinging with power, then watching that temptation fly away from us. He > walks away defeated…until his next try. We stand as triumphant, > winners…because the greater One lives in us. > We can resist temptation, we DO NOT HAVE TO SIN….. WE CANNOT SIN….when > yielded to the Holy Spirit in us. > > marten > > > > > > > > > > > > > On Fri, Jan 15, 2016 at 7:59 AM, Free in Christ <

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