Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
This is a very simple verse and I love simple. We've all heard it and read it at one time or another. Too many times, the Lord's words become numb to us because we are numb to Him. Philippians 4:13 delivers a POWERFUL POWERFUL message. We must believe it with all of our hearts, soul, and might! God never rests and calls us unto Him because He loves us with more compassion than we will ever know.
I didn't have drug or alcohol addictions, because God foreknew what I can handle and what I cannot. I had other sins and in many ways, more destructive than drugs and/or alcohol. You see, God knows our limits and ALWAYS provides us with a way out. Check out 1 Corinthians 10:13, "No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it". What an awesome message from God to all of us!!! We MUST BELIEVE in Him as a child would.
I'm a born again Christian who've slipped and nearly lost the good fight, but the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ brought me back from the darkness into the light! Satan loves to tell us that what we are doing isn't hurting anyone and that we deserve the pleasures of this world; he is the master of deceit as we all know. I wanted the best of both worlds so I walked with one foot in the world. I can't speak for the rest of you all, but I didn't want to lay down EVERYTHING to the Lord. That is a product of arrogance and in too many cases, this leads to our downfall. God does not want a partial me; He wants ALL of me! When ever I tried to kick my sins and destructive habits, I wanted to do it for me so that I won't be in spiritual pain. I might have told myself that I'm doing it for God, but who was I fooling We need to check our hearts and ask the Holy Spirit to search our spirit; we need His convictions. I was the center of focus even though I thought that God was at the center. It was a futile attempt at healing myself through my works, all the while convincing myself that I was really doing it for God. I failed time and time again. I would go for weeks and sometime months without falling back but nevertheless, I failed miserably. Each time, I fell harder and harder. When I finally arrived at my crossroad, I lost hope. Why do we lose hope? Because the source that we are hopeful in is a hopeless one-in my case, it was me. When I was at the breaking point, the Holy Spirit hit me hard and made me realize where my focus was.... on ME. He was with me all along with powerful convictions but I ignored Him. It was all about ME wanting to get better. We've all heard this before: "put God above all, seek ye first the kingdom of God, Alpha & Omega, etc", and these messages have become numb to us because we are numb to the Holy Spirit. Is this making sense? As Paul have said time and time again, we must crucify ourselves to the cross with Jesus Christ every moment of our lives. We must suffer-to me, it means that we have to give it all that we have and we must put in the effort. Per the scripture, as the body is dead without the spirit, so is our faith without works.
God wants EVERYTHING. My pain was so great and I could not tolerate it anymore. I was at a dead end. I had no more strength to continue. I had hit rock bottom. With all my heart, soul, might, and strength, I prayed the most sincere prayer of my life. I was willing to give up my life. I wasn't suicidal but I literally wanted the Lord to take my life. I laid down EVERYTHING to the Lord. Just willing to lay it down isn't good enough. You just have to just do it. That's your part-to choose to obey. Then the Holy Spirit will do the rest. The moment I obeyed the Lord, I felt the Holy Spirit come down on me and I was healed at that very moment. My desires to sin was gone. Great joy and peace was upon me. The Lord took me back quicker than I can blink. Do I sometimes still have thoughts of going back to my sin? Sure I do, but the difference this time is that I am more sensitive to the calling of the Lord. How's that happen? By staying close to God through scripture and prayers; yes, we must work on our faith. We must eat the spiritual bread multiple times daily! Satan no longer has a hold on me! Praise our God all mighty!!!
Experiences vary but the result is the same when the Holy Spirit heals and baptizes you by fire. For some, it may feel like a long drawn out process and for some, it may be quick. We can be sure of one common result though - God works on His time and not ours, so we must patient with Him. One thing to remember is that we are ALL works in progress. By this I mean, we need to "work" as the bible clearly states, faith without works is dead. Thank God that our salvation is not through works but through the grace of our Lord! When we are cured, it is crucial that we continue our works and live our lives as Jesus Christ has commanded us according to 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, "16 Always be joyful. 17 Never stop praying. 18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is Godís will for you who belong to Christ Jesus". If we don't, we can once again slip away from the Lord.
I will continue to pray for all of you that the Lord will work miracles in your lives for His glory!
A poll conducted by "the world's most visited Christian website" indicates a surprising number of Christians are addicted to pornography.
"The poll results indicate that 50% of all Christian men and 20% of all Christian women are addicted to pornography.
The group defines "addicted" as applied to pornography as use on an ongoing basis.
"We are seeing an escalation to the problem in both men and women who regularly attend church," said Bill Cooper, President of ChristiaNet.com.
"No one is immunized against the vice-grip clutches of sexual addictive behaviors," reads a release issued by the site. "The people who struggle with the repeated pursuit of sexual gratification include church members, deacons, staff, and yes, even clergy."
How many Christians (especially) men can honestly say, "whenever I am tempted to lust, I NEVER give in." I have 100% conquered that sin. No problem?
If David, who was “a man after God’s own heart,” and many other strong men and women of faith yielded to sexual temptation, it could happen to any of us. Pornography may be the new addiction of this new century. Researchers are finding that when people indulge in porn, they release powerful chemicals in their brain and body. Mark Kastleman, author of The Drug of the New Millennium, said, "There are a growing number of therapists and psychologists who are saying that this is as addictive as cocaine," or alcohol, or even heroin. He explained that, when people view porn, "It causes the brain to release what we call endogenous drugs or endogenous chemicals. 'Endogenous' meaning 'produced from within.' So where cocaine or alcohol seek to mimic the brain's natural chemicals, pornography releases the real deal. And so we have things like adrenaline, epinephrine, ACTH."
Due to our fallen fleshly nature, we will have to deal with the temptation to lust until we die. The temptation to lust will come in many forms including ungodly sexual appetites; and there are lusts, such as the lust of power, fame or position. We must rely on the power of the Holy Spirit inside us to overcome lust every day. No matter the form of lust we face, we can be assured that we have a High Priest and Advocate with the Father who "understands every weakness of ours" and "was tempted in every way that we are. But He did not sin" (Hebrews 4:15; 1 John 2:1).
Galatians 6:14 - But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
You shall remember all the way which the Lord your God has led you in the wilderness these forty years, that He might humble you,
testing you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. Dt. 8
I still struggle a lot with some of my addictions and it really makes me question my salvation. I just keep praying and asking for forgiveness and strength.
When I am tempted to fall back into sin, to fall back into addiction, I read and meditate on a couple of key verses.
By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world. I John 4:17
First, I noticed the present tense of the verbs: "as He is" and "so also are we in this world". I ask myself, "How is Jesus now?" Jesus is victorious, He is life, He is faithful, He is righteous, etc.
So my conclusion, my confession, my faith rest in...what ever Jesus is, so am I. He is patient, so am I. He is kind, so am I. He is victorious, so am I. He is triumphant over the law of sin and death, so am I.
If I want to be like Him...I need to know what and who He is...hence, I behold Him...I look at Him...with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.
On the day of judgment, even the most consecrated Christian who ever walked the planet will only have grace to vouch for him.
This really affected me. Every Chrisitan should read is.
True Truth Exists & Can Be Found.
A gentle answer turns away wrath; but a harsh word stirs up anger.Proverbs 15:1
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