Repeated burns

 

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Proverbs 6:27 (NKJV) Can a man take fire to his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?

 

Many years ago, during my misguided youth, I was outside melting plastic. Hey, it makes a cool sound and I was a kid so what did I know. As the hot molten plastic dripped, it somehow found its way to the back of my hand. My instinctive response was to press my hurting hand against my blue jeans. This maneuver managed to weld my hand to my pants. I wobbled inside to inform my father of my predicament and hopefully obtain medical assistance. My father responded “I guess that hurt like (location of eternal damnation and unceasing fires), I bet you won’t do that again.” With this new profound insight, I limped off to the bathroom with spatula in my one free hand to pry my affixed hand from my pants. The pain of my poor judgement remained for several days and I vowed to take my father’s sage advice and never do that again. I never burned myself in that fashion again but I have been burned by other means too many times to count since that occasion. I have found the same thing to be true when our secret sexual sin is exposed. The pain of this exposure is so great we vow to never relapse into this sin again. Just as I vowed to never get burned again and failed, so does the sexual addict when the memory of this pain fades. You see pain doesn’t produce change. It only gets our attention. The pain only informs us “Hey, what you are doing is not working. You are in rebellion to God and rebellion causes pain.” The goal is obedience and to submit our rebellious nature to the Lord. If you are in a repeated pattern of falling into sexual sin then seek The One who can heal your pain and empower you to walk in obedience.

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About David Jones

David Jones is the Executive Director for Restoration Path Ministries. David is a Memphis TN area native and lives with his wife of over 32 years and has two adult children. He is a long-standing deacon, ordained elder and Sunday school teacher. David has a Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of Memphis. Restoration Path is founded on David’s experiences and teachings. David has over 35 years of counseling, mental health, and ministry experience. In 1998, he began providing intensive workshops for Christian men struggling with sexual addiction. His work has also included workshops for the wives and families of sexual addicts. He has also facilitated numerous training institutes. The teachings that are presented through the ministry workshops and intensives are the result of proven and biblically based techniques. He is also the author of 4 other books Goldfish Devotionals, The Blessing of the Thorn, 10 Truths Wives Need to Know, and The Top 10 Lies Sex Addicts Tell Themselves. He is the author and creator of the 4 and 3-day Restoration Path intensive sexual addiction workshops and workbooks. He is the designer, author, and creator of the Restoration Path video workshops and workbooks for male sexual addicts as well as the video workshop for the wives of addicts. All of David’s books and material can be ordered from the ministry website.

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