Christian Devotionals

"Unwanted Fantasy Come True"

While returning home from a business trip several years ago, I listened to an R.C. Sproul broadcast as I drove to the airport. He was really digging into Matthew 5 and explaining what the Lord Jesus meant by those "hidden" sins of the heart. He then quoted Matthew 5:27-28: "You have heard that it was said, 'Do not commit adultery. 'But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart". Sure the physical act of adultery is worse than the mental act, but both are an affront to Almighty God. We can't be so quick to judge sexually immoral people when we may be thinking similar immoral thoughts ourselves. Furthermore, this adultery of the heart is a slap in the face to our spouse and an open invitation for Satan to sow impure seeds into our minds. These seeds will lead to more impurity in our thought life and eventually culminate in immoral acts themselves (e.g. an affair or lewd behavior). Few people set out to deliberately have an affair, but often the act of adultery is a process that begins with a lustful thought and degenerates steadily to an act that we'll forever regret. So, I'm listening to R.C., taking in the Word of God and nodding my head in agreement. Little did I know that the Lord was preparing me for some big time temptation that the enemy had in store for me. The airport was very crowded on that warm September day and there were beaucoup women running around with lots of exposed skin. It seemed that the shorts were extra short, the waists were extra lean and the tops were all low cut. I did my best to keep my eyes where they belonged, but it kept getting worse. After we all boarded the plane, a curvaceous twenty-something woman came strutting down the aisle - lots of exposed flesh with lycra in all the right places.

She takes a seat in front of me. I remember thinking, "Whew, good I can't see her from here". Suddenly she gets up from her middle seat and asks if she can join me since I had three seats to myself. This had all the makings of a Penthouse Forum fantasy (not that I know what those stories are about). Well, now she's on my right and manages to find another piece of clothing to shed. I begin to pray for strength as we take off for Bradley. Before long, this mini-skirted Bathsheba decides to stretch out across the two seats and lay down. Every part of my old nature wanted to do an "eyes right". I prayed for help and whipped out my scripture memorization booklet and ran through my verses (you know, "letting the word of Christ dwelling in you richly" - Col.3:16 ?).

As I opened my scripture booklet to the marker, this verse jumped off the page:

"How can a young man keep his 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

Okay, so the "young man" part is a stretch, but the words are true. I was able to resist this temptation by relying on the indwelling Holy Spirit, praying for strength and drawing from the Word of God. Whether this was Satan up to his old tricks, some cruel test or a combination of the two, one thing is certain: God helped me overcome the temptation. He prepared me just moments before I went into the battle zone (R.C.'s teaching on the radio prior to the airplane encounter). Moreover, God prepared me years in advance by giving me the desire to hide His Word in my heart. I can't stress enough how important it is to memorize scripture. After all, Satan comes after us when we least expect it. We may not always have our Bible ready, but just as the Lord Jesus repelled Satan with spoken scripture in the desert, so can we if His Word is hidden in our hearts.

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