“Dear God, I PROMISE I will never act out in sin again.”
I don’t know how many times I have prayed to God through the years, asking Him to forgive me and promising Him that I would never do THAT again.
Yet, repeatedly, I failed and returned to the addictive sin that had control of my life.
Why could I not break free from the addictive sin that caused shame and guilt in my life?
I believe the answer is PEOPLE.
Sure, I went to God and confessed in detail what I had done, asked for help to overcome, and promised to change my ways.
Two key verses in the biblical Book of James speak to my powerless issues.
James 4:10 (NLT) Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.
James 5:16 (NLT) Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.
God is opposed to the proud, yet, when I have hidden sin in my life and interact with others as though there is nothing wrong with me, that is being proud – and God is opposed to me.
However, when I humble myself and confess my sins to other Godly people, God says He has grace for me.
The connection is that God uses people to heal us from our hidden and addictive sins.
We want to isolate ourselves from others when we screw up, but God says we need to GO TO PEOPLE and tell them the truth about our life (that’s called confession).
God opposes the proud, but He gives even MORE grace to the humble.
I was a sex addict for years. I hated who I had become and hid the truth from everybody. I finally had victory over the sin once I was honest about my sin and accepted the love and godly structure of others.
I want to help you. Are you trying to deal with your porn addiction? Let’s talk; I have a proven system to help you live the life you want with the people you care about.