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The Meaning of Repentance

As I sat there, I noticed the song leader look over to his left as the married couple came forward in response to the Lord’s invitation.  The couple seemed deeply humbled and somber as they were seated on the front pew.  The preacher and one of our elders began to minister with the husband, meanwhile one of the elders wives came down to provide comfort and support to the wife.   As the congregation completed the invitation song, the preacher asked everyone to please be seated and he began to read from a prewritten letter which was compiled by the husband.  As I sat there and listened to this letter being read; I was strongly impacted by the clarity and heart of the letter.  The husband was specific as he shared his faults, oversights, negligence, and consequences of some of his sinful actions and behaviors.  He continued to share the impact that his sin have caused to his wife and children.  But as the letter continued, this husband and father was crystal clear in stating his needs and desires his church family. 

I can recall numerous times in my personal life in which a fellow saint would go forward asking for the church family to aid them in a time of dark despair.  However; as I reflected back on this event over the following days, I must admit that I am hard-pressed to recall a situation which was as clearly defined as this one.   I am not saying that when a brother or sister in Christ go forward, that they must share every little detail of the situation.  All I am stating was that in this case, I knew what had happened, the results, the desire for the church’s forgiveness, and my role in aiding this hurting couple.  I personally found this to be beneficial as I continue to pray for them.

As I was doing some reading and studying this week, I came across some notes that I had scribbled down on a piece of paper several years ago from a class taught by brother Jeff A Jenkins at our annual Preachers Training Camp entitled, “Snowflakes from Psalms”. 

In the 51st Psalm we read a psalm of David, written during a time in which he appealed to God’s love and compassion as he petitioned the Lord to forgive him by grace and cleanse him from sin.  As we examine this psalm we find a formula which is beneficial for us today in order to better grasp true Biblical repentance.

Real Biblical Repentance involves…

An Appeal to a Loving God

Psalm 51:1-2 states, “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.  Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!”

God’s attributes of unfailing love (hesed) for His servant and His compassion for the helpless, were the basis for David’s appeal for mercy. Even the verb “have mercy” was a prayer for God to act in accord with His nature. It is also a recognition that David did not deserve forgiveness. God’s forgiveness is by His grace alone.  In these verses, the three verbs David employed here are figurative. Blot out implies a comparison with human records that can be erased; wash away (kābas) compares forgiveness with washing clothing (often viewed as an extension of a person), and cleanse is drawn from the liturgical ceremonial law in which one might be purified for temple participation. These requests (cf. vv. 7, 9) stressed David’s desire for God’s total forgiveness of his transgressions … iniquity, and sin.” (The Bible Knowledge Commentary)

An Admission of Wrong/Sin

Psalm 51:3-6 declares, “For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment. Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.”

David confessed that he had sinned against the Lord (vs. 3-4), and then lamented over his moral decline (vv. 5-6).  When he said that his sin was constantly before him, it must be remembered that his confession came about a year after he had sinned (the young child died a week after the confession; (2 Sam. 12:13-18). Perhaps David had so rationalized his actions that he did not sense his guilt until Nathan approached him. At any rate, he confessed that he had sinned against the Lord. And he submitted to the Lord’s will, acknowledging that anything God decided about him would be just.  From his early days he faced inner tension, knowing that God desires truth and wisdom, that is, reliable and productive living.

A Plan of Action

Psalm 51:7-12 continues, “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice. Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.”

In his prayer for forgiveness the psalmist made the same requests as before (vs. 1b-2) but in reverse order: cleanse … wash, and blot out. When David spoke of God’s cleansing him with hyssop, he was alluding to the use of hyssop at the religious ceremonies to sprinkle sacrificial blood on the altar. This represented the removal of sin through the shedding of blood (cf. Heb. 9:22). David then asked God to let him once again rejoice in the knowledge of being right with God. 

As a corrective for his sin; David petitioned God to cleanse his heart (v. 10), to allow him to abide in His presence (v. 11), and restoration of joy (v. 12). He was aware that he had become indifferent in his attitudes so he needed to experience restoration and inner spiritual renewal.

A Commitment of Obedience

Psalm 51:13-19 concludes, “Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you. Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, O God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness. O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise. For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; you will not be pleased with a burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. Do good to Zion in your good pleasure; build up the walls of Jerusalem; then will you delight in right sacrifices, in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings; then bulls will be offered on your altar.”

“David promised God that if He forgave him he would participate fully in His service. The requests in these verses are for things that result from forgiveness, and so they form indirect requests for forgiveness.  First, David said that if God forgave him, he would teach … sinners God’s ways (i.e., how He deals with penitent sinners). Naturally, to be able to teach this he himself must first experience forgiveness.  Second, David said if God forgave him, he would sing and praise God. Only when delivered from his bloodguiltiness could he join in praising God.  Third, David promised that if God forgave his sins he would sacrifice to God. He knew that God did not desire simply an animal sacrifice from him (vs. 40:6). He needed to find forgiveness before he could sacrifice a peace offering to God. The sacrifice he had to bring was a broken and contrite (crushed) heart—a humbled spirit fully penitent for sin. That is what God desires and will receive”. [1]

Through deeper examination of this psalm we can easily see the pattern David displayed for spiritual renewal and repentance within his personal life.  Although, this event occurred thousands of years ago, today we can examine ourselves and come before God as penitent, broken, and humble servants petitioning God for His forgiveness and healing by appealing to our loving God, admitting our sins, having an action plan for change, and committing to obedience.

As the church service drew to a close, the couple who came down humbled and somber felt the church body, embrace them and reaffirm their love for them.  It was a wonderful sight to see the hugging and warm embrance that they were able to receive from a warm, loving, and caring church.  May God bless us as we strive to live for Him!


[1] Walvoord, J. F., Zuck, R. B., & Dallas Theological Seminary. (1983-). The Bible knowledge commentary : An exposition of the scriptures (Ps 51:10–17). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Implanting those Ancient Words

Several years ago, I was given the opportunity to perform a research project and submit the results into my college professors in order to graduate.  The task was simple, use all of the business principles I had been taught over the previous three years to gather valuable data which would improve a company or organization’s mission and direction.  At that point in my life, I had been working as a youth minister for a small congregation in Oklahoma for only a few short years.  I began to reflect upon the number of young people and even families which at one point seemed to be deeply convicted about their faith but now had departed the faith.  About that time, I recall several prominent religious leaders in both the church and denominational realm that were challenging individuals to reevaluate the way we were ministering to young people. 

Over the years, the statistics have basically remained the same; between 65-85% of our young people are departing the faith once they graduate high school only for a very small percentage of them to return in their later twenties or early thirties.  These statistics have always deeply troubled me as men like me and others have dedicated our lives to trying to help others with their walk with the Lord.  Was there something that I was missing?  Did I need to do something different?   What would it take to reduce those staggering percentages of young people departing the faith?

As I began to interview and poll hundreds of young people there was one major thing that began to catch my attention.  Most of the teenagers polled were highly involved in their local churches.  Most of them were faithful attendees.  A very good group of them prayed daily and attended camps, retreats, and work camps.  The biggest shock to me was that only 10% of them reported that their parents sat down and taught them His Word on a weekly basis.  89% of them shared that they had NEVER had a family Bible study.  But the kicker in all of it…many of them said they wanted to have a family Bible study.

Since then, numerous reports have surfaced stating that we are “loosing” our young people/kids NOT when they graduate but many of them are lost when they enter junior high.  There are numerous contributors to this cause however; I want to focus on the benefits of family Bible study in an effort to allow God’s Word to speak and prayerfully cause us as parents to act accordingly.

Bond’s the family together in the Lord – 2 Timothy 1:5 states, “I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well.”

Makes the father the spiritual leader – Ephesians 6:4 states, Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”

What God commanded – Deut. 6:6-9 proclaims, “And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”

Helps us to learn God’s ways – Psalm 119:97-103 says, “Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day. Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies, for it is ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers, for your testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the aged, for I keep your precepts. I hold back my feet from every evil way, in order to keep your word. I do not turn aside from your rules, for you have taught me. How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!”

Save your family – 2 Timothy 3:14-15 reads, “But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.”

The Lord stated it best when he spoke through the prophet Hosea in Hosea 4:6 – “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge, I reject you from being a priest to me. And since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.”  It is chilling to realize that both we along with our children are destroyed because we/they do not know the law of our God.  I am deeply convicted that we are parents will stand accountable for the laws we broke (Galatians 5:19-20; 1 Cor. 6:9-10) and the laws we neglected (James 4:17).  We will each stand before God and give an account for our actions as parents (Romans 14:12).

There are several good resources available to choose from.  Much of it depends on the age of your child and your family dynamic.  These suggested resources have been proven valuable to other families. 

  1. For young children my wife and I use, “The Rhyme Bible Storybook” by Zonderkids.
  2. For families with older kids I suggest you consider using:
    1. “In Our Father’s Hands: A daily devotional guide for the family” by Hatfield/Hatfield.  You may purchase one from www.littleacornkids.net.
    2. “Home Bible Study Series” which were written by Tony Hall and Robin Wolf.  They are available for free download at http://kellercofc.org/resources.html.
    3. “My Daily Walk: Weekly Bible Reading Guides Through the Gospels  were written by Phillip Johnson may be acquired from his blog at http://phillipljohnson.wordpress.com.
  3.  One of the best ways to have a study if you have a family with children in varying ages is to sit down as a family and have each family member read two verses each.  At any time, any family member may ask a question or may a remark/application of that passage.  This is a great way for older family members to mentor the young members of their family.

There are some valuable keys to making your Family Bible Study time productive and efficient.  Below are some suggestions I received years ago from the late Tony Hall.

  1. Have a family meeting and discuss what night and time of the week would be best to have the study.
  2. Stick to the time that is agreed upon and start and finish on time.
  3. Make a decision that this will be of first importance to your family.
  4. Acquire good Biblical material for your study.  (More of this below)
  5. Start with a prayer.
  6. Give each family member time to discuss what has occurred during their day.
  7. Do not allow the discussion time to become a place for family complaints and arguments.
  8. Focus on the purpose of your study:
    1. To develop a closer relationship with God.
    2. To develop a closer relationship with each other.
    3. To unite as a Godly family.
  9. End with a prayer.

Regardless of our experience or upbringing we can each begin to take steps to aid our children and families to become closer with the Lord.  It is up to us as parents to do our part within the home and “bring our children up in the training of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4).  When we do our part and the church does it part; collectively we are fulfilling the Lord’s decree to “train a child in the way he should go, and (prayerfully) when he/she is old they will not turn from it” (Proverbs 22:6).

May God bless us richly as we guide our families in the ways of the Lord!

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Careless Christianity

A few weeks ago, I received a phone call from a person who was deeply troubled and upset.  When I inquired as to what was wrong I quickly discovered that this person’s vehicle had been broken in to and some personal belongings were stolen.  Upon hearing the news, I began to become irritated as I reflected back to a few years ago when my truck was vandalized.  When I inquired further, the victim shared that among some of the items taken was a briefcase containing all of the banking and financial information for this family.  For the next several days the victim spent calling banks and credit card companies and was forced to close accounts and open new accounts for future business.  I can only imagine the nightmare that process must have been.  When I asked the victim if the vehicle was damaged in any way, I received a reply that I wasn’t prepared to hear.  I discoursed that the victim NEVER locked the doors on their vehicles so the thief was able to open the doors without any hesitation.  When I inquired as to why the car doors were unlocked the reply I received was, “We have never locked our doors because our neighborhood never gets robbed!”  …”ARE YOU KIDDING ME!”  “You leave your cars unlocked, with a briefcase containing all of your banking and credit card information, because “our neighborhood never gets robbed.’”  I was astounded (in my opinion) at the lack of thinking/protecting which took place by this family.  I found their lack of action to be completely careless.

As the weeks have passed, I find myself thinking back to the carelessness of this family and the problems/issues which they were forced to overcome.  However; the more I thought about it, the more I began to think of other ways that we as parents/families are careless with our relationship with the Lord and His church.  Please consider that we are careless when we:

Forsake the assembly – God loves for His children to worship Him; not because He needs our worship but it pleases our Father (John 4:23-24).  God understands that when we assemble to worship that it brings blessings into our personal lives.  Blessings such as encouragement/edification (Hebrews 10:25), fellowship (Acts 2:42), communion by remembering the Lord’s sacrifice (1 Cor. 11:23-25), proclaiming the Lord’s death until His return (1 Cor. 11:26) and spending time examining ourselves to make sure we are remaining in the faith (1 Cor. 11:18).

Too many people tend to have the mindset that they don’t have to or need to assemble with the saints and that their walk with God will flourish.  Personally, I feel they are being careless with their faith in allowing opportunity to fall away from the faith (Gal. 5:4.)  Strength is found in Christ and with His people.  We are always stronger when we are unified for the cause and not when we are alone.

Failure to teach our children – As parents, God has given us a great responsibility to “bring our children up in the training and instruction of the Lord” (Eph. 6:4).  Sadly, too many parents place their children’s spiritual training completely upon the church; specifically the youth minister.  I strongly agree that the church should do any and everything in their power to assist in this manner, however; the bottom line is God gave this charge clearly to the children’s parents (Deut. 6:4; Pro. 22:6; Eph 6:4).  If I long for my son to be faithful then I must have a plan in place to train him to be godly by continually communicating with him about the Lord, Christ, and His church (Deut. 6:4-9).  I must be willing to personally open up God’s Word and instill faith deep within them so that he will mature to be a godly man (Romans 10:17).  I must surround him with Christian people who can influence him to be well-rounded and to make a positive difference in this world (Titus 2:2-9).  We as parents have a limited amount of time in which we will be around our children and cannot allow these opportunities to go to waste (James 4:14).

Founder to represent Christ – We live in a world which professes to be Christian.  A recent poll was taken in which 86% of Americans claimed to be followers of Christ.  I personally do not see the fruit in our current culture of this claim being true.  What I do see are individuals who are living for themselves and trying to adapt Jesus to their 21st century way of thinking and lifestyle.  Too often, I witness people in the media who profess Christ one minute and then their actions contradict their profession.  James; the half-brother of Jesus posed the question in James 3:11 – “Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water?”  In other words, we can’t live both ways.  Either we need to strive to be righteous in all we do or not.  Paul makes the bold statement in 1 Cor. 11:1 – “Imitate me as I imitate Christ.”   When we founder to represent Christ in all that we do and say we are being careless with our Christianity and it will impact our ability to minister to others.

Forget to read/study His word – The psalmist says it best, “Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day. Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies, for it is ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers, for your testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the aged, for I keep your precepts. I hold back my feet from every evil way, in order to keep your word. I do not turn aside from your rules, for you have taught me. How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Through your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. I have sworn an oath and confirmed it, to keep your righteous rules”. (Psalm 119:97-106

I recently have been working on becoming more disciplined in my life; particularly when it comes to working out, time management, and reading (both Bible and secular books).  I have been praying that God will assist me in keeping “first things first” and I know the prayers are working.  It is imperative that we become people who personally spend time in God’s Word.  There are far too many people are being careless with their personal understanding and application of His Word.  Sadly, many who profess Christ are content waiting to be spoon-fed by their minister or Bible class teacher as to what God wants them to know and understand. 

The Bible is the inspired Word of God and fully furnishes us with everything we need (2 Timothy 3:16-17).  The Bible is truth (John 17:17; 8:32).  We will all be judged by it (John 12:48).  It is the medium in which God speaks to us today (Hebrews 1:1-2) and it can be understood (Eph. 3:3-4).

There are many other ways in which we can be careless with our Christianity.  My prayer is that we will do everything within our power to remain faithful unto death and to “lock our doors” do that the devil doesn’t get a foothold on our hearts.

May God bless us richly as we all strive to live for Him!

 
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Posted by on January 12, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Conquering Internet Addiction

I was recently asked to teach a class to a group of junior and high school students over ways to help their friends overcome internet addiction.  While preparing for the lesson, I recalled a book I had purchased a few months previously which deeply impacted my view of this troubling subject and my ability to minister to those struggling with addictions to the internet.  The following article is based upon the information and principles shared in the book, “The Secret Seductress: Breaking the Destructive Cycle of Pornography” by Dr. Mark Laaser and Michael Christian for this article.  It can be purchase from Serendipity House. 

Too many people (young and old alike) are addicted to one thing or another.  Some are addicted to alcohol or drugs; others to smoking.  Those are obvious addictions.  But there is an even greater addiction which is more difficult to notice, the addition to the Internet.  “Several factors make the Internet a powerful and dangerous source of addiction.  Psychologist Al Cooper describes the Triple-A Engine: It’s Accessible, it’s Affordable, and its users remain Anonymous (or so they think until they are caught).  The church is waging war on internet addiction and immorality…and sadly, we are losing!  Internet pornography is not a respecter of persons.  The use of pornography is just as common within the Christian community as it is in the society at large.” (The Secret Seductress pg. 10)

  • Experts speculate that up to 10% of the Christian population in the U.S. is sexually addicted.
  • Perhaps as many as 50% of all men in our churches today are struggling with pornography.
  • Even key spiritual leaders are trapped by pornography and sexual addictions.
  • According to Bsafe Online, 9 out of 10 young people by the age of 16 have seen porn on the internet.

‘What is it that makes this internet addiction so attractive?  For the addict, fantasy is created by a need to satisfy deep emotional or spiritual longings.  At the same time, we view sex as the solution to the need for love, touch, nurture, and affirmation.  Pornography escalates the intensity of the fantasy to higher and higher levels of lust.

The drawing power and addictive nature are increased by several key factors:

  • A HIGH – Fantasizing alone is exciting enough to produce adrenaline and other chemical changes in the pleasure centers of the brain.
  • ESCAPE – Because of the positive mood altering effects of these behaviors, they provide escape from unpleasant emotions and reduce stress.
  • PANACEA – These sexual activities are used in an attempt to heal loneliness, boredom, and unmet needs in imaginary ways.
  • SATISFACTION – As with any addiction, these behaviors continue to seduce us by temporarily satisfying some needs in a superficial way, but they never satisfy the emotional and spiritual thirst deep within our souls.” (pg 52)

The odds are that you and I know of at least one person who struggles with internet addiction.  So the question you may be wandering, “How Do I Help Someone Who Struggles With Internet Addiction?”

One of the most important questions a person will want to consider on the road of recovery from Internet Addiction is the question, “Do they want to get well?”  This is the main key to overcoming an addiction.

“In John 5:2-9a, we learn of a paralyzed man who has been waiting at the pool of Bethesda for 38 years.  When Jesus saw him lying by there and knew he had already been there for a long time, He asked him if he wanted to get well.  Of all the compassionate questions Jesus could have asked, why do you suppose he asked the man, “Do you want to get well?”  It seems the man had adopted the identity of his paralyzed condition.  Jesus knew that for the man to be healed, he had to want to change.  Staying pure is as much a matter of willingness to change as it is willfulness to follow through.  Until our friends are ready to forsake their internet addiction and decide that they want to get well, we will be unable to help them.  To recover from internet addiction and achieve purity, means a person must be committed to do whatever it takes to stay pure and clean despite massive influences from our sick and perverted society.” (pg 24-25)

Next, a person must come to the realization that they cannot beat an addiction alone.  Everyone needs help.  You can be part of their team (with the Lord’s help) to aid them through the process of overcoming this sickness.  James states that we must be willing to confess our sins to each other and to pray for each other to that we might be healed.  The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. (James 5:16)

There are several different ways to approach this issue.  Ultimately, we must spend the time to find an effective method to aid us in ministering to our friends.  I am convicted that God has given us everything we need to minister to others through His Word (2 Peter 1:3) Therefore, the technique I use is found in the book of Nehemiah.

1.      Be Open with Yourself and God (Nehemiah 1:2-5) – When Nehemiah first heard about the destruction of Jerusalem, you might expect that he’d stand boldly and with rugged individualism, immediately engage in a great plan to conquer the problem.  Instead, he first revealed his broken heart and willingness to be open with God about the sins of the people.  A successful recovery from internet addiction begins with humility and sorrow.  In humility, we admit that we cannot control our own lives and must rely on God’s help.  Sorrow helps us identify the pain we have caused to ourselves and to others. (pg. 53)

2.      Take Responsibility (Nehemiah 1:6-10) – Once we confess we must do what Nehemiah did: He expressed a heartfelt willingness to repent – to change the course of his life – and return home.  The journey begins when one honestly admits the condition of their life rather than denying the truth or blaming others. (pg. 54)

3.      Don’t Cover Up (Nehemiah 2:2-6) – Expressing emotions and needs is one of the most difficult things for addicts.  Healing from internet addiction means one must resist the temptation to cover up.  It takes courage to be honest with oneself, God, and others who can be trusted to know what is really going on inside. (pg. 55)

4.      Enlist Support (Nehemiah 2:9-12) – It is very rare, if not impossible, for a person to heal from internet addiction alone.  When we’re under attacked by the Evil One, we need people who will hold us accountable.  We need a ready list of names and phone numbers for people in our 24/7 group. (pg. 56)

5.      Take One Day @ A Time (Nehemiah 2:18-20) – When the people surveyed the city, it must have looked like a war zone.  Many would have given up but Nehemiah and his crew went for it.  No one was overwhelmed or discouraged by the huge tasks that lie before them.  Nehemiah’s plan was to rebuild the wall around the city, one section at a time.  He wasn’t focused on the short-term failures, but on the long-term goal.  If one tries to fix everything at once, they can easily become discouraged and give up.  An addict must have the mentality to take on the challenge one day at a time. (pg. 66)

6.      Dump The Garbage (Nehemiah 2:13; 3:14; 12:31) – Dumping the garbage could mean getting rid of the ability to access the internet by installing a filter and accountability software.  It could even mean canceling the cable or satellite television. (pg. 67)

7.      Rebuild Close to Home First (Nehemiah 3:10,21,23,29) –  So many people who begin the road to recovery get ahead of themselves.  They want to jump immediately into helping others.  This will come eventually, but put first things first.  One must focus on helping themselves and their own family before aiding others. (pg. 68)

8.      Prepare For Weakness in Time of Strength (Nehemiah 4:8-9, 13) – One cannot wait for the attack to come.  The Enemy will tempt us when and where we are at our weakest.  It is critical to have a clearly defined plan in place so that when the attack comes, one is ready. (pg. 68)

9.      Balance Offense and Defense in the Battle (Nehemiah 4:15-18) – One must build into their lives new behaviors, transformed beliefs and attitudes, restored and deeper relationships, and new and deeper ways to connect to God and others.  One needs to be just as accountable to do rebuilding as they are to refrain from the sins God hates. (pg. 69)

10. Find Motivation to Keep Fighting (Nehemiah 4:14, 20) – If we remain mindful of those we really love; we’ll focus on how our healing is also for them.  As one realizes the depth of pain they’ve caused family, friends, and God, then one can be motivated by a loving desire never to hurt them again. (pg. 69) 

This article has mostly focused on the addiction to internet pornography.  However; the principles God has given us in scripture can be applied to all forms of internet addiction.

It is my prayer that you will continue to study the Scriptures carefully and allow God to reveal to you the benefits and blessings contained therein.  By allowing a non-believer to see a perfect Jesus living in you and the relevancy of His Word is a great place to begin your path of personal evangelism.  Mankind is struggling with all types of sinful addictions which are causing pain and grief to many of our friends and family.  God has given us the answer to man’s greatest illnesses.

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2011 in Uncategorized

 
 
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