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I Can’t Do This On My Own!

by Mike Stonehill on March 28th, 2011 in Men

The following are lyrics from “More Like Falling In Love” by Jason Gray. Every time I hear this song it brings tears to my eyes. It so well describes what we need in our world today and in our lives when we are struggling with life controlling issues like porn. I need this for me. I need to live this and hang on to this when the times are tough, when it seems like everyone is against me, when it seems like nothing is happening the way I want it to and the changes I want just don’t seem to be happening as quickly as I need. Whatever you are going through, and everyone of us is , we must understand our source of hope and strength in the middle of this is knowing Jesus.  Just as much and even more than my wife and son are my lifeline;  the hope within, the reality of my destiny through the gift of salvation in Christ is about falling in love, and knowing that Jesus loves me DEEPLY and unconditionally.

More Like Falling In Love
Give me rules
I will break them
Give me lines
I will cross them
I need more than a truth to believe
I need a truth that lives, moves, and breathes
To sweep me off my feet
It ought to be
More like falling in love
Than something to believe in
More like losing my heart
Than giving my allegiance
Caught up, called out
Come take a look at me now
It’s like I’m falling, oh
It’s like I’m falling in love
Give me words
I’ll misuse them
Obligations
I’ll misplace them
‘Cause all religion ever made of me
Was just a sinner with a stone tied to my feet
It never set me free
It’s gotta be
…It’s like I’m falling in love, love, love
Deeper and deeper
It was love that made
Me a believer
In more than a name, a faith, a creed
Falling in love with Jesus brought the change in me

Some of you may read this and feel like you wish people would stop this Jesus is the only way stuff. I’m sorry, but I know only one prescription that works for the sickness of the human nature of self focus and self gratification, and self judgement, and selfishness etc. That is being transformed by Jesus. I used to be a drug addict. I smoked, snorted and swallowed most anything I could get. I even almost killed a man with my car while on drugs and was looking at a long time in prison. It scared me so bad I stayed off drugs for a whole two weeks. I couldn’t stop my drugs no matter what I tried and how much damage it was causing me and my family. But I walked into a church one time, grudgingly, and walked out changed because I accepted Jesus as my Lord. I never even was tempted by drugs after that, not once. I have had a lot of people tell me, “Wow God must really love you to have done that.” My reply is always, “Yes, but he instantly delivered me because He knew I was too weak to go through the process of learning how to overcome. Not because He loved me more than those who have long struggles with addictions.”

Falling in love with Jesus brought the change in me, just like the song says. The really great thing is that Jesus loves all of us the same, no matter at what stage of success we are in. Because His love doesn’t depend on our level of maturity. I love Hebrews 12:14 “Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.” Notice it doesn’t say, “Be holy or you won’t see the Lord.” We are instructed to make every effort, or as another translation puts it, “Pursue holiness…” We need to be heading in the right direction, pursuing it, not going backwards. Let’s set our heart on trusting Jesus to take us through this struggle and know He loves us in the middle or the beginning of it. The point is we must set our minds to keep fighting for freedom, don’t give up. Get help, from God, from people from your church, from xxxchurch, anywhere you can.But don’t wait for the end of the race before you feel like you are making progress and being successful.

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