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A Thought on Sin, Bad Habits, and Addictions

Here’s a quote from the book “Authentic Faith” by Gary Thomas. “I must learn to accept some suffering as an inevitable part of living in a fallen world. These changes hurt. They are not easy. Suffering and change go hand in hand. If I refuse to suffer and refuse to suffer the discomfort of change, I will experience even more severe consequences as the idol increases it’s hold on my heart. I will be forever a stranger to experiential holiness.”

Idols are anything we give more of ourselves to than God. All sin is akin to addiction, and addictions enslave us. Some people have developed habits of sin over years. Breaking addictions is often a long and painful process, and I can tell you that even after you break the habit you still have to deal with what made you become an addict in the first place.

In this world we’re so used to immediate results, that when something doesn’t happen instantly we assume we’ve failed. There’s nothing worse than feeling like you’re doing all you can and you’re getting nowhere. We must remember habits are built over time, sometimes years, breaking them may take as long.

There is an initial period of suffering that has to take place as one breaks an addiction, but then the further you get beyond it the more freedom you experience. Having patience with yourself and others as you struggle to break free of those sins or addictions can make this process easier.

God sees us in the midst of our struggles, and He measures our successes as we should…minute by minute, day by day. We break sin and addiction by breaking it over and over again, until eventually it’s broken for good.

We can be holy, but “holiness may make your life more miserable in the short run, though far more joyful in the long run. If you insist on avoiding suffering at all costs, you will never be free of your addictions. If someone is truly serious about spiritual growth or overcoming a long-term bad habit, he or she had better be prepared to go to war.”

I’ve been through this, and for anyone who is facing these challenges I want to tell you that you can be free of them. God doesn’t stop loving you and He doesn’t give up on you, and with our amazing God all things are possible. There’s nothing no sin, no habit, no addiction that is bigger than God’s ability to take care of it.

This letter Broke My Heart.

 

An apology note.

This note was left by a stranger who made a mistake.  I would like you to join me in prayer for him, and all those who are in similar situations: Our Heavenly Father, I come to, You, Father, so sad and broken-hearted over this person who did such an awful thing, and yet tried to make up for it, and redeem himself.  Heavenly Father, I pray that You will use this experience to not only help him, but to help those of us who read this to pray for him, and to not turn a deaf ear, or blind eye to others who may be in a similar situation.  Help us, Father, to look upon the poor and the unfortunate, those who are struggling to find food and work, and who are in such desperate need of love and friendship. and to make us have a generous heart so that we may freely give so others will not have to take.  I pray, Heavenly Father, that You will not hold this man’s sin against him, but that You will use what he did to show us guidance and directionin what You would have us do.  I pray that You will shower this person with Your love, and grace, and that You will send to him someone who can lead him to your precious son, Jesus Christ.  Someone willing to not only give him a can of beans and a shirt, but the heart, mind, and Spirit of the One, our Jesus,  to share with him as he walks through this dark world.  Let him be a reminder to us all, that love is an action in motion; a motivation, a drive, a determination to change that which needs changing, and not a wish, desire, or yearning for something better.  Forgive him, Heavenly Father, and forgive us for allowing him to live in a world where he thought he needed to do this.  In Jesus name, I pray.  Amen.

From “The Word For You Today” by Bruce Christian – Be Willing To Change

BE WILLING TO CHANGE

     If you’re not moving closer to your dream, you may not be tenacious enough in your pursuit of it.  And the key to greater tenacity is not necessarily working harder at the same things, but being willing to change.  Change what?  (1) Your thinking.  Are you convinced you can’t succeed?  Do you describe yourself and what you’re doing in negative terms?  Are you afraid to get started because conditions aren’t favorable?  Do you stop trying to move forward when you don’t have the resources you need?  If so, you need to change your mindset, to break the cycle of negative thinking.  (2)  Your perspective.  Do you have a short-term mindset?  Are you expecting success in days, weeks, or months?  The greater your assignment, the longer it’s likely to take.  So recalibrate your expectations and create a more reasonable timetable for yourself; otherwise, you’ll live in frustration and defeat.  That’s not God’s will for you.  Paul’s desire was “that I may finish my race with joy” (Ac 20:24 NKJV).  God wants you to experience joy in the pursuit of your goal.  (3) Your ways.  How are things going in your personal life and in your home life?  Are you ready to deal with the habits and hang-ups that stand between you and success?  What can you do today that will bring you closer to your dream-no matter how small the progress?  Author and publisher Robert Collier says, “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.”