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Saturday, August 6, 2016

Saturday Sermonette - How to be a Grownup, Lesson 10

When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 1 Corinthians 13:1, NKJV

Not entertaining your fantasies.

Ah, yes. Our fantasies. Those wayward thoughts that go scampering in delightfully wicked ways. Trouble is, those thoughts can lead us astray wayyyy too easily. Or at least they did in my life. Can you relate?

Fantasies are fine for children. Pretending to be a famous person, an animal, or grownups--even being the bad guys--doesn't usually do any harm. The problem comes when we reach our teens and the hormones kick in, right? Is that why there are so few chaste teens anymore? Plus patterns established in teen years can follow us all our lives. Theft? Drugs? Alcoholism? Divorces? Unwanted--and aborted--children?

We don't have to entertain evil thoughts. Throw them away, then find something else to direct your thinking. Read the Bible, Pray, Look up some inspirational blog posts and read them. Talk with godly friends. Read an inspirational book. Go to a Bible study or to church.

Your case is not impossible. It can be done.

Father, help us, please. We are weak, but You are strong. You can cleanse our minds as well as our lives. Work in us now, Lord, please, as we yield to You. For Jesus's sake and in His name, Amen.

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