In a few days it will be Halloween. I post a reminder at this time every year. I know firsthand that it is a time of vigorous temptation. Even just seeing other people or children getting into costumes can conjure up memories of crossdressing, or fresh desires to crossdress. And the ads all over the internet certainly do not help.

I certainly imagine that some of you are crafty enough to get your wife or parents or girlfriend to dress you up as a girl or a woman for Halloween. But remember, just because it seems harmless to them, you know yourself. You know that for you, it’s not just clothing. You know that for you, you are obsessed with the clothes, and feel you cannot do without. For some of you, there is even a sexual component involved. What seems harmless to them is something that keeps you in bondage and addiction.

Don’t give in my brothers. Be the men God created you to be. Some of you have been going strong, resisting temptation, and God has been healing your hearts and helping you to appreciate being real men. Don’t throw all of that way. Don’t set back your progress. Don’t rationalize and give in.

Be strong in the Lord. Resist the temptations. Recognize the absurdity of crossdressing and take joy in knowing that you did not give in to it. Take delight in the self-control God has given to you. He has empowered you by His Holy Spirit.

Enjoy the innocent laughter and fun of your children as they dress up, knowing that for them, they do so for fun or to model after the good examples of adults in their lives (or from television or books). Take joy knowing that for them, they realize it’s all pretend and they aren’t getting a sexual high or special comfort from the costumes.

From Joshua 1, as the Israelites prepared to enter the Promised Land. Fitting words for us this week as we prepare to enter battle for our lives and souls.

6 “Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them. 7 Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 8 Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.