Tell God Your Fears and Temptations
have “confidence, then, and approach God’s throne, where there is grace. There we will receive mercy and find grace to help us just when we need it.” (Hebrews 4:16 TEV)
Ramblings from Evan’s dad – I, like everyone else my age, faced some temptations growing up. But I lived in a Christian home where the worst thing I had influence me was the Sears catalog. We had one bottle of whiskey in the top cabinet of the kitchen. It was only brought down for sever coughing and mom administered it mixed with sugar in a spoon. My dad wasn’t into porn, so there was none of that around the house. If my memory serves me right, I never heard my dad use profanity. My parents were a real life “Ozzie and Harriet”(NOT “Ozzie and Sharon”)! There were some negative influences at school, friends talking trash when the teacher wasn’t around. There were temptations at the convenience store…but you had to physically go look for it, and ASK for it, looking some other human in the eye as you did so.
Today, we have temptation at our fingertips. As our pastor, Jeff Jackson says, “it’s only one mouse click away on the computer”. Today with it being much more accessible, we have to be stronger and ever vigilant, because the Bible tells us that the enemy is roaming around like a hungry lion, looking for someone to devour. If we aren’t on guard, we will find ourselves being eaten alive.
We have to be proactive with our lives and our families if we are going to be able to survive the onslaught of sin the world is throwing at us today. Our family is not perfect, but we do have some parameters in place that help.
1.) Kris and I know each others passwords. I even leave my computer at home sometime, knowing she might want to use it (and have the opportunity to check what I have been browsing).
2.) Our computers are all in public places at the house.
3.) We don’t watch shows or movies, that our pastor would be uncomfortable watching with us. We even guard against the trash that builds up dysfunctional families or poor role models of parents and siblings.
4.) None of us listen to music that would make our pastor blush. I am thankful that the kids all have good taste in music, much of which I enjoy listening to. (it’s sad what is out there, waiting to be heard by young ears)
5.) We even eat dinner together most nights. It’s amazing what you learn when you spend time with the kids, or the spouse:)
Reading what I just wrote sounds strict even to me. Let me stress it with an example. Years ago Kris and I loved watching “beat em up-shoot em up” kind of movies with Steven Seagal, Arnold, Mel and Bruce in them. Most of them were R rated. About the time Connor was born we decided we should limit the movies to PG. A year later we went to watch an R rated movie, at some friend’s urging stressing the R was “for the fight scenes”. We were blown away at the previews, all for upcoming R rated movies. We realized in the past we had been desensitized to the trash slowly. Having gone cold turkey for a year, it hit us full force.
Reminds me of the riddle on how to boil a frog. You can’t dump them in hot water, they will hop back out. You put them in normal water, and heat it up slowly, where they don’t notice the gradual change. I hear the enemy is VERY GOOD at boiling frogs….
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tested in every way as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us at the proper time. (Hebrews 4: 15-16)