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It is in the powerful context of fellowship and of confession that these illusions can be resisted. There we can admit whats lurking in our hearts beneath the surface.
God doesnt want us to be impure but to live holy lives.|
Seven years ago, Alan asked a minister whos a friend of his for a few moments. For years, hed wanted to blurt out his own confession, but he had always backed out. On this day, Alan fidgeted in his seat, made small talk, and felt cotton mouth attack before he pressed on to tell about his long struggle with sexual sinsa struggle that had taken him to pornographic magazines, late night premium channels, 900-numbers, and many near-affairs. All the while, he had been a ministry leader in one of the most aggressive youth ministries around. He had loathedand then lovedand then loathed again his sin. The only way hed been able to cope with the guilt was to restart the cycle with another flush of excitement.
But that day he bared his soul. And Gods Spirit, through the help of a friend, began the process of healing and reformation. Today he still strugglessometimes unsuccessfullybut he no longer sees himself owned and defined by that struggle. With the admonitions and encouragement of a few caring men, he has yielded himself more and more to the purifying work of Gods Spirit.
Is it time for you to follow Alans example?
I urge you, brothers, in view of Gods mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to Godwhich is your spiritual worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:1, 2a).
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