I want you to be honest about what you’re about to read.
These Scriptures speak to your sexual sin, and any other areas of your life that God wants to touch. Read them slowly.
Galatians 5:1 “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”
Galatians 5:13 “You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.”
Romans 6:12-14 “Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness. For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.”
THREE HONEST RESPONSES
Response #1: I believe it. I’m experiencing Christ’s freedom and learning to walk in it.
Response #2: I believe it. I can’t figure out how to get there.
Response #3: I read these verses, but have a hard time believing them.
There’s no question what the Bible says here:
- Freedom exists.
- It is Christ who makes it happen.
- I can use my freedom to indulge in sin or serve God and others.
- There is a connection between freedom and the grace of God.
I have struggled with these Scriptures (even as a Christian) because my sexual sin was so dominant. I believed in Jesus, I knew He had saved me, but I didn’t think I could be free from lust, pornography and masturbation. How was that possible? If there was freedom in Christ, why was I having such a hard time staying pure?
Some Scriptures are easy to believe and obey. I like those. Some Scriptures I struggle with, but still believe they are possible. Other Scriptures kick me in the butt and seem so out of reach for my life that I have trouble accepting them. The exercise here is to be honest… with yourself, with others, and with God.
It’s OK to admit that you are having trouble believing a Scripture. God is our loving Father. He can take it. He will not strike you down or punish you for your honest. The people He had the strongest judgment for in the Bible were the fakers.
I’m learning not to be a faker.
I’m also learning that freedom is a journey of faith. I am learning to believe that God’s Word is true. I believe if He allowed it to be penned in the Scriptures there must be a way to get there.
If you’re having trouble believing that freedom from sexual sin is possible, that’s OK. Be honest with God and ask Him to help you believe.
Mark 9:24 “Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, ‘I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!’”
Wednesdays blog is titled “I Believe Freedom is Possible, But How Do I Get There?” I hope you’ll join me.
Jeff Fisher is a blogger and podcaster living in Raleigh, North Carolina. He and his wife run www.porntopurity.com. Jeff’s podcast Top Tips For Sexual Purity Podcast (I-Tunes) is one of the more popular podcasts on sexual addiction recovery.