Jesus came to set the captives free. Sadly, many who are trapped in the deadly world of sexual sin believe they are walking in freedom. It is not until God’s Spirit shines His Truth into the darkened walls of our hearts and minds that we can experience true freedom and healing. Today we bring you part 2 of Slavery and the message of God’s love and hope for those imprisoned in sexual idolatry.
Restoration Path Ex. Director
Isaiah 43:19- See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up: Do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.
I was staying in a hotel the first time I talked with David. I was so broken I could barely tell him my story. We began my restoration path immediately. I moved from a hotel to a friend’s house for two weeks as I began my recovery. God began to show me the holes in my life that lead and feed my addiction. Addiction is your longing for worship gone bad. I had been tricked into thinking my life, which was seen as one of service to other people, had compartmentalized this nasty ugly part of my life into secret. One of Satan’s biggest tricks, it seems to me, is allowing Christians to believe we know and serve Jesus except for this one little thing. That one little thing, whatever it is, grows and grows until we are no longer able to control it. Being a follower of Christ is a direct rejection of compartmentalization. There is no part of our life and brain that we can keep to ourselves. Restoration Path allowed me to finally see that Jesus Christ did not climb on a cross to make me feel bad for all the crap that I had done. He did it to set me free from all the crap that I had done.
Two weeks into my recovery my wife let me back into the house. My struggle was tested early and I experienced failures early. Secrets fueled my addiction. Telling the truth to my God, my wife, and my friends was a battle for me. During these recovery weeks I decided to stop fighting it myself and start holding and trusting in God alone. The teaching of Restoration Path allowed the Holy Spirit to guide me to a place of freedom. TRUE FREEDOM. Proverbs 10:9 says “A man of integrity walks securely, but he who takes a crooked path will be found out.” My wife found some of my sins out during this time. Finally, six weeks into my recovery I shared the entirety of my sins with my wife. With David in the room, she wrote down notes as I fully shared my history. She took the notes ripped them up and said we could now move on together. WOW. What an amazing woman. Now the freedom I was experiencing because of God’s grace is starting to win back and define our marriage as well. Because of Gods truth I walk every day securely. True Freedom.
This battle has brought new life. Some of the brothers I share with on a weekly basis speak of good seasons in their battle with sexual addiction. I can honestly say I never experienced that. One of my Restoration Path lessons dealt with Paul discussing the Thorn in the Flesh and I was asked if I was angry with God for never taking this sin away from me when I asked. I had never really asked. However, my newly found freedom has allowed me to see things in a whole new light. Just because we are in churches doesn’t mean we are seeking God. Just because we attend Christian schools doesn’t mean we are seeking God. A few weeks ago I was walking down the Greenline in Memphis. This is an old railroad track that has been converted into a 6-mile walking and bike trail. I could see down the path a very long way in the current place I was walking. My thoughts drifted back to Restoration Path, as they often do, and I begin to think about my road ahead. As I gazed down the Greenline I had a thought that the road in front of me was long but the path was clear. There were no major branches down; I didn’t have to cut grass or clear brush to continue my walk. I was walking on solid foundation, down a straight path where I can see clearly. All I had to do is stay on the path and continue to walk ahead. Our biggest problems come when we try and create our own path. God has made our paths straight and clear. Seeking him daily, or sometimes based on our needs, second by second allows us to keep walking. Good seasons become lifetimes when God is the center of our thoughts and hearts. True Freedom
I chose the verse at the top because my life was a desert, but God created a new way in me. Earlier in that chapter God talks through Isaiah about not letting the water overtake you or not letting the fire setting you ablaze. If you have been drowning or been on fire those are comforting thoughts. However having a stream in the wasteland of the life you created for yourself is far more comforting to me. 1 am 10 weeks into my battle. The blessing for me is my restoration is not built on some “spiritual high” that will fade. God’s grace is sufficient for everything that any of us are struggling with and whatever wasteland we have created he will give us a stream that provides life. What we do with that life is our choice. Gods grace is sufficient, but it’s his truth that will set us free. One of my favorite worship songs says it this way “My chains are gone, I’ve been set free. My savior, God, has ransomed me. And like a flood, his mercy rains. Unending love, Amazing Grace”. Today, I choose a true freedom.
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If you or a loved one finds yourself struggling with the dishonest world of sexual sin, then give us a call. We would be glad to work through the journey of healing with you. You can find out more about our services at www.restoratiopath.org