The fact of the matter is that God has been deeply involved with your life since your birth. You have been the focus of an immense heavenly operation for many years. Who can guess how many people God has used in a myriad of ways to influence and mold your life, to bring you to the point of seeing your great need for Him?
As my wife Rose and I have traveled around this country and internationally, we are continually confronted with the sad reality that sexual sin is a spreading cancer in the Church that so often goes undetected. Even when it is recognized, the life threatening prognosis is disregarded. The fact is, at one time or another, nearly all of us encounter situations where the consequences of sexual sin is wreaking havoc on a person, a marriage, or an entire family. For this reason, we need to be equipped to minister hope and change in such situations.
My husband is impotent and while on a recent business trip, I had a sexual encounter with another man, who was also impotent! I am truly repentant, but can’t tell my husband. He would leave me and I can’t handle that. Do you know any scriptures that I can pray through that would help me?
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What about the believer who cannot seem to stop his sinful behavior? On numerous occasions, he has really tried to mend his ways. He has thrown out his magazines, installed a filter on his computer and made himself accountable to a buddy. And yet, he finds that there is an irresistible force pulling him back to this seedy part of town. Time and again he caves in to his lower passions. Now he is at the point of complete despair. If he is truly a child of God, why is real victory so elusive?
8 years ago, right around this time of year, I was sitting in one of my final counseling sessions, preparing to graduate from the Pure Life Ministries Residential Program. The next thing I knew, I was crying my eyes out, and confessing things about myself that I wasn’t even aware of. To this day, I don’t remember how it started. But God saved my life that night.
The word "addiction" suggests enslavement but hints that the problem is physical, even genetic. Scripture teaches that addiction is actually voluntary slavery—against God. In other words, addiction is not simply between ourselves and the object of our affection, but between us and God. Also, while we may hate certain features of the slavery, we simultaneously love it and want it.
Scripturally, is there a greater significance or consequence to sexual sin than there is to other sinful activities?
If someone were to ask me for advice on how to remain in sin and still consider themselves a Christian, this would be the advice I would give. All I have to do is look at my own journey to discover how each of these areas were strongholds that served to fortify my sinful lifestyle.
Many are familiar with the old expression: “But for the grace of God there go I.” It typically wells up within some grateful believer’s heart when he sees a drunk staggering down the street or some such scene. Although I appreciate the gratitude and humility being expressed, I’ve come to dislike this statement.