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.”

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