Wounded Stones

(Formerly under the Devotions tab, originally published 2/7/22)

With so many voices screaming at us and pictures thrown in our faces, we have to remind each other to protect our gates: the eye gate, the ear gate, and the touch gate. They play into our mind. One of two things happens in the mind; the Holy Spirit takes over or the enemy takes over.

Deuteronomy 23:1, “He that is wounded in the stones, or hath his privy member cut off, shall not enter into the congregation of the Lord.” Ouch! It’s in the Bible!

What does this have to do with screaming voices or pornographic pictures? We are facing a masculinity crisis in our new culture. Fatherless homes, abuse, emasculated education, sexless identities, etc. I have learned that many of us identify with one of five categories: homosexuality, domination, insecurity, indecisiveness, or promiscuity.

It becomes easy to see why we wrestle with fears and lusts, anger, abuse or violence. Thankfully, a genuine faith in Jesus can heal the wounds of youth and restore the health that had created a vacuum for so long. Jesus pours oil in the old wounds. He throws his arms around us like the father did for the prodigal son. His love is strong and unconditional! His grace has already paid the price for our misunderstandings, and we just have to accept the forgiveness and new life!

Unfortunately, most churches fall flat in this field. We skate around the tough conversations and uncomfortable situations. It’s a real shame because the issue is one of the biggest problems in our ministries. We need to recover from the sucker punches and groin kicks and find our manhood again, in Jesus. We need to be able to help others to recover and reject pornography. It is time for healing in the Body of Christ!

Joe Fabean

* All Scripture from the King James Version translation, 1611

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