Then Jesus gave the following illustration: “Can one blind person lead another? Won’t they both fall into a ditch?
I know the feeling, we want to help others but we have something deep within that is lurking in the shadows. A certain habit it seems. I will call it what it is though. It’s a deep down sin that has a hold. The scary thing is that if you don’t seek to change this sin it will destroy you. The very same scenario rings true in my life. I held a monster inside for so long that it became part of me. There is hope though. There is freedom in Christ
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
So before you give up know this. If Christ can change my heart he can change yours. But you will need to choose Christ. Let me say that again, you will need to choose Christ. I don’t mean be saved. I mean give that sin to God. There are certain steps you can take to change your heart. I know from personal experience that they work.
Confess: Not just to God. Confess to your spouse, your brother’s or sister’s in Christ, Your pastor….. Everyone you can think of. You will have to experience humility before Christ can set you free.
Replace: You will need to replace this desire with the word of God. This is the only way to freedom. If you don’t get into God’s word you will replace this sin with something else.
Be accountable: Find someone who is willing to hold you accountable but this requires great honesty. Ultimately you will need to remind yourself that even if you lie to your accountability partner, God knows!
Press on toward the goal: Philippians 3:14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.
Pray! and not just for yourself. Pray for others. God will begin to develop a selfless life within you.
It all starts with confession though. I am very blessed to have a strong accountability partner who takes it very seriously. I look up to this person and I feel as if he looks up to me in some ways also. We both know that we will have to answer to each other at the end of the day.
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
There is power in confession, there is freedom in confession and there is healing in confession. But let’s not forget the important point to pray for one another. Prayer and confession must go hand in hand for the healing to take place. Confession and transparency makes us righteous in God’s eyes and this makes our prayers more powerful and effective!
Have you ever came across a life changing situation like this? Where you had to confess and change your heart? If so, will you be willing to leave a general comment explaining what the Lord has brought you through and where he is taking you?
I have been a Christian, or shall I say believer for quite some time. However, most of the time I saw God’s plan for my life as something that I have a say in.
1 Corinthians 10:14
So, my very dear friends, when you see people reducing God to something they can use or control, get out of their company as fast as you can.
I have dabbled in music for over 15 years and at one point in my life I felt as if it would be my full-time job and desired nothing else. That was my problem, I desired to be successful so badly that I put everything aside.. my family, my friends and God. If you knew me back then you wouldn’t have liked me. I thought the world revolved around me and wouldn’t give you a chance…. that is unless you owned a record company, a venue or if I could benefit from knowing you in some way shape or form. I was deeply hurt and deeply lost.
Why am I telling you this? Because God has brought me a long way and can bring you out of what you are dealing with. No matter what it is. But it all starts with humble heart. The word says “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Or “Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord and he will lift you up.” Do you find it hard to walk in humility with your family and friends? The hard truth is this, God loves you and if you don’t end up humbling yourself he will humble you. And usually there is some sort of tragedy involved.
I sat down with my wife and daughter faced with a choice. Will I continue to neglect my family through the Pride I took in music? Or will I give it up and be a father and husband and even more so a Christian? Needless to say I made the hardest choice I’ve ever had to make. It tore me apart but I needed that change. I needed that freedom. I then began to find my identity in Christ. If I can be frank, I almost lost my family because of my Lust after music.
I now have a servant’s heart and have dedicated my life to God. It took me giving up what I wanted the most to finally see God. That’s what I call the great choice. Please, search your heart and ask God to help you remove that selfish desire and allow God’s Holy Spirit to replace that desire. I have seen this scenario time and time again in my own walk with God. You won’t regret it though. Before you know it the light bulb will come on and you will feel terrible for being the way you were for so long.
My Challenge to you: What is keeping you from your family and God? It could be anything from television to Drinking. What is it? The truth is that God want’s to replace that heart’s desire with a desire for him. He has done that time and time again in my life and he WILL do it for you if you will allow him to. Keep in mind that others share in this great choice. Which will you choose Christ or _______? (You fill in the blank)