“I can’t help it. It’s human nature to pursue pleasure. I am just following what my counselor has instructed me to do—to break free from the inhibitions that were produced in me by religion. And honestly, Mom, I am so happy.” Freud’s theories resound in my child’s head. Ids, egos, and superegos dictate that anything goes as long as it feels good and satisfies a personal desire. The pursuit of sensual pleasure influences every activity in my child’s world. Id plus ego plus superego equal complete self-absorption.
To my child, biblical precepts are restrictive and antiquated. He refuses to acknowledge the truth of God’s Word. But the Scriptures speak true wisdom. The author of Hebrews acknowledges that sensual self-indulgence is fun for a short time, giving the example of Moses and what his superego chose to do: “Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season” (Hebrews 11:25 KJV). Look at what Moses got for refusing his id’s desires; he became a friend of God.
A friend of God—yes, that is what my child needs to become. He needs to learn to listen to the Spirit instead of the wisdom of this world. His id needs to be squashed by the power of God’s Spirit.
My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power.—1 Corinthians 2:4–5
Oh Lord Jesus, allow Your message to _ to sound like wise and persuasive words. Let the demonstration of the Spirit’s power influence _ so that his faith might rest not on men’s wisdom, but on Your power. In Jesus’s name. Amen.