Bought by the Blood

October 17, 2014

Sobered By The Road Ahead

Filed under: Uncategorized — cubsfan1980 @ 3:11 pm

Just read a quote in Doc Gooden’s memoir that strikes me about what fighting pornography addiction is like:

Even the greatest treatment facility just gives you the tools. There is no magic. There is no instant cure. You have to accept your powerlessness and work every day at recovery.

He is talking about recovery from cocaine addiction, but what he said makes me think about misconceptions about the gospel and healing from sexual sin.  In one sense I’ve been cleansed and made pure, but there is still a battle.  In the past I have let up in the battle and pretended like it isn’t there and shortly after I make that decision I have given in.  I have not stumbled since everything came to the light earlier this month, but I know I have not been cured.  The difference between the battle versus in the past is that I know it is an every day working at recovery.  In the past I would be aware of my powerlessness and give in when the desire comes for an extended period of time, but now when the thought of pornography comes to mind I remember where the power lies for victory

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. (Colossians 3:1-3 ESV)

The gospel provides tools at my disposal.  They are not magic tools, but I must actively be engaged in the fight.  Actively being engaged for my purity looks like:

Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed. (Hebrews 12:12-13 ESV)

It is a fight to the death

Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming. (Colossians 3:5-6 ESV)

That is only won by using the sword of the Spirit

How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. (Psalm 119:9 ESV)

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. (Colossians 3:16 ESV)

October 16, 2014

confessions of a recovering porn addict

Filed under: Uncategorized — cubsfan1980 @ 11:07 am

John Owen once said, “Be killing sin or sin will be killing you.” For many years the sin of pornography was killing me and my marriage. It was a foothold for Satan to feed me lies. This sin was kept in the dark and freedom was hard to find. I would ask Jesus for help and his spirit would prompt me to confess and I never would. Often I would wonder why Jesus would not cure me. Doc Gooden once said about recovering from cocaine addiction, “No one can cure an addict who won’t help himself.”

Jesus is not a magic bullet to cure sexual sin. He offers forgiveness and cleansing to a walk in a new path guided by the light of His word, but I must choose to take the narrow path.

October 4, 2014

What Is a True Christian

Filed under: Uncategorized — cubsfan1980 @ 4:47 pm

The true Christian is one whose religion is in his heart and life. It is felt by himself in his heart. It is seen by others in his conduct and life. He feels his sinfulness, guilt and badness, and repents. He sees Jesus Christ to be that divine Savior whom his soul needs, and commits himself to Him. He puts off the old man with his corrupt and carnal habits, and puts on the new man. He lives a new and holy life, fighting habitually against the world, the flesh and the devil. Christ Himself is the cornerstone of his Christianity.

J.C. Ryle in Holiness

Why We Shouldn’t Want Our Best Life Now

Filed under: Uncategorized — cubsfan1980 @ 12:07 pm

It is a melancholy fact, that constant temporal prosperity, as a general rule, is injurious to a believer’s soul. We cannot stand it. Sickness and losses and crosses and anxiety and disappointments seem absolutely mindful to keep us humble, watchful and spiritual-minded. They are needed as the pruning knife to the vine and the refiner’s furnace to gold.

J.C. Ryle in Holiness

J.C. Ryle on Christian Growth

Filed under: Uncategorized — cubsfan1980 @ 11:47 am

Here is the whole reason why  many professing Christians never seem to get on. They are careless and slovenly about their private prayers. They read their Bibles but little and with very little hardiness of spirit. They give themselves no time for self-inquiry and quiet thought about the state of their souls…

Let us patiently hold on our way, remembering that “we serve a precise God,” that our Lord’s example is to be copied in the least things as well as the greatest, and that we must “take up our cross daily” and hourly rather than sin.


Both quotes taken from Holiness

October 3, 2014

Jesus Is Better Than Sex

Filed under: Uncategorized — cubsfan1980 @ 9:12 am

Jesus never had sexual relations, and he was the most full and complete human that ever will exist. Sex is a shadow – an image – of a greater reality – of a relationship and pleasure that will make sex seem like a yawn.

John Piper on Hebrews 10 in a message entitled, “The Present Power of a Future Possession.”

September 29, 2014

Taking Faith Based Risks

Filed under: Uncategorized — cubsfan1980 @ 6:37 am

Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom you believed, even as the Lord gave to every man? – 2 Corinthians 3:5

God gives opportunities for evangelism, we do not make them by creating the perfect seeker sensitive scenario. I need to be vigilant to share the Gospel because opportunities are there. The harvest is plentiful and God is calling me to go out in faith. He is faithful and will provide the increase. If my heart is in tune with his then I will see myself an ambassador called to proclaim his name.
All I have to do is proclaim His name and by His hands and feet. He will do the rest; He must do the rest. On my own I can do nothing. That frees me go to forth boldly knowing that the work and results are in His hands. He provides the grace to do the work. Therefore my working is a resting in him.

Heavenly Father, I am so deficient in being your ambassador. Too often I am more concerned about others think instead of living for an audience of One. Help me to grieve for those I know are going to hell. Enlarge my heart to see the Gospel as so magnificent that I can not help but to tell others. Make my heart like yours so I can tell others about you

September 27, 2014

What the Cross Teaches us about Suffering

Filed under: Uncategorized — cubsfan1980 @ 2:51 pm

You simply cannot look at the cross and see the suffering of Jesus on behalf of rebellious sinners like you and me without accepting that God sometimes ordain pain

Tullian Tchividjian in Glorious Ruin

August 31, 2014

More Of You, O Lord

Filed under: 1st Corinthians — cubsfan1980 @ 3:58 pm

Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 1 Corinthians 2:12

I need to yearn for the Spirit of God that freely gives from God. He is speaking and I need to posture myself to listen. I must rid myself of distractions in my heart so I can accept the things of God. All else is fleeting and futile except for knowing more of Christ. He wants to reveal himself to me, but I must first appraise myself and remove all that leads me away from God.

Jesus’ death gave me His Spirit. Only by His Spirit am I regenerated. My bones were dead and dry until the Spirit gave me life. The Spirit is my lifeline to the Father where I receive all power for life and godliness. A life centered on the cross and focused on the gospel is only possibly by the Spirit’s strength.

Open my eyes to see what pulls me away from you. Help me to walk in the path that will stretch my faith and reveal more of Jesus to me. Guard me from discouragement when I see areas that need growth. Make the only thing that matters to me is bringing your kingdom comes in this life some am ready for the life to come. Soften the soil of my heart so the spirit can cultivate more of Christ in me.

August 13, 2014

Submission and Conformity to God’s Will In Suffering

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Conformity mean to “stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.” It means to delight to do God’s will, to run with eagerness and ardour to carry out His plans. Conformity to God’s will involves submission, patient, loving, sweet submission. But submission in itself falls short of and does not include conformity. We may be submissive but not conformed. We may accept results against which we have warred, and even be resigned to them.

Conformity means to be one with God, both in result and in processes.  Submission may be one with God in the end. Conformity is one with God in the beginning, and the end. Jesus had conformity, absolute and perfect, to God’s will, and by that He prayed. Gethsemane was the single point where there was a drawing back from God’s processes, extorted by insupportable pain, fear and weariness. His submission was abject, loyal and confiding, as His conformity had been constant and perfect. Conformity is the only true submission, the most loyal, the sweetest and the fullest…

We are to be put into the crucible to be refined. Christ was made perfect in Gethsemane, not by the prayer, but by the suffering…Through many an hour of darkness and of hell’s power, through many a sore conflict with the prince of this world, by drinking many a bitter cup, we are to be made perfect. To cry out against the terrific and searching flame of the crucible of a Father’s painful process is natural and is no sin, if there be perfect acquiescence in the answer to our prayer, perfect submission to God’s will, and perfect devotion to His glory…

We can cry out in the crucible, and can cry out against the flame which purifies and perfects us. God allows this, hears this, and answers this, not by taking us out of the crucible, nor by mitigating the fierceness of the flame, but by sending more than an angel to strengthen us…

The prayer of submission must not be so used as to vitiate or substitute the higher and mightier prayer of faith…

We are ever ready to excuse our lack of earnest and toilsome prayer, by a fancied and delusive view of submission. We often end praying just where we ought to begin. We quit praying when God waits and is waiting for us to really pray.

-E.M. Bounds on The Gethesemane Prayer in The Reality of Prayer

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