Can you picture yourself free from this? Maybe you can’t in this moment, but you know you WANT it!
You can start by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to hear your story, and encourage you personally, as well as be an accountability partner for you.
Healing begins now. You can be free and I assure you the freedom and victory from this is like night and day. You no longer will be tempted, or lured or experience guilt or questioning. We are made new in Christ.
The first step of action I suggest is to really think hard about what is causing you to sin, whether you find yourself stumbling regularly or occasionally, take a look at your environment. Are you feeding your mind with worldly TV shows and movies? All of it adds up and fans a flame for lust that you don’t need. In order to be free you need to purge your life and mind of stumbling blocks and things that do not bring glory to God. Matthew 5:29: If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out, and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body (OR LIFE aka. the one that’s not pleasing to God) than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.
Hebrews 4:12 reminds us that the word of God is SHARPER than the double-edged sword. “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” This is important to know because in times when you may feel weak or vulnerable, using the Bible as your major tactic is key.
1 Peter 5:8 says, “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” When I read this verse for the first time a few years ago it really opened my mind and made me realize what I was up against. The image I had of my enemy really changed. I wasn’t up against myself, or my weaknesses, but the actual traps Satan was setting up for me. Every time I felt I had gained some sort of balance in this area of my life, I fell tumbling as soon as I stopped being on guard.
Philippians 1:6: “..being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you shall carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Never give up. For His strength is made perfect in our weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9), and ultimately the one who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion! How comforting is that?
Just a few more verses. One thing I did in the beginning of eradicating this from my life was make a verse box, that I filled with verses I felt I needed to memorize to think about in moments of weakness. It worked! James 4:7 says, “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” Submit means to surrender completely, without restraint. The actual dictionary translation I have is: accept or yield to a superior force or the authority or will of another person.
Finally, I want to mention music. Using songs or hymns to soften your heart towards His word and voice are important and enjoyable. If you feel like these points have helped and you are keen on continuing to freedom, take a look at this course. It will take you to victory through Christ’s help IF you are committed, and honestly take the time to read through and do the work. I always multi-tasked this course, and that’s why it took me longer than 60 days…in fact it took me something like 9-12 months as a member to finish it. Don’t let life distract you from being ultimately free!