We love the innocence of little children. They see the world through fresh eyes, laugh easily, dance without feeling embarrassed. Being around them even helps us to see the world differently. Many summers ago, a little girl was visiting our family and playing outside when it started to rain. Hard. We all ran for shelter. […]
Imagine with me for a moment that later today your mom shows up, pulls you aside, and says, “I’ve been thinking about you and just wanted to come tell you face to face that I am so proud of you.” How would that feel? Considering what’s going on for you right now, what would it […]
Consider lust, greed, gossip, pornography, homosexual sex, divorce, gluttony, sloth, cowardice, and worst of all pride. Scripture (not to mention the clear teaching of the church for the majority of the last 2000 years) clearly teaches each of these is contrary to God’s will, but many who claim to follow Jesus today endorse these as acceptable.
By all means, hope, pray, and seek freedom from temptations. And be smart to avoid temptations that you can. But do not be discouraged at internal temptations that persist. Remember, the pinnacle of Christ’s ministry, the summit of His love for you was demonstrated not on a cruise but on a cross.
No one looks at porn just because it feels good. People look at porn because it speaks to their souls. What’s even more surprising is that porn says what your soul longs to hear. Let me explain. Because knowing how porn speaks and what it says will help you and others break free from its […]
Once you’ve begun identifying the cues, the next step is to begin practicing responding in healthy ways. Temptation says your pain is the enemy. But it’s actually a friend telling you there’s a problem that needs resolving. Instead of running from the pain or medicating it, how can you bring a healthy resolution to it?