Again Lord

 

I have looked away from You again Lord

Lord let me look upon You…  again

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I have walked away from You again Lord

Lord let me walk with You… again

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I have not read Your Word again Lord

Lord give me a hunger for Your Word… again

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I have lost my faith in You again Lord

Lord give me faith to trust You… again

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I have disappointed You again Lord

Lord strengthen me so I will not disappoint You… again

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Free me Lord from this circle; and grant me the victory found within You, in the power of Jesus Christ's blood.

for always..

Amen

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Romans 8:1-2

Life Through the Spirit

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,2because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.

By Andre' Mulder

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Anyway

People are unreasonable, illogical and self-centred.

Love them anyway.

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If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.

Do good anyway.

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If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies.

Succeed anyway.

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The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.

Do good anyway.

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Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.

Be honest and frank anyway.

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What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.

Build anyway.

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People really need help but may attack you if you help them.

Help people anyway.

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Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth.

Give the world the best you've got anyway.

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You see, in the final analysis, It is between you and God;

It was never between you and them anyway.

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From "The Paradoxical Commandments" by Dr. Kent M. Keith

Getting Free

 

To break free from addictive habits and the destructive pleasures of sin, we need to follow some basic steps: 

First of all we must recognise that we have a problem that is damaging to us, to our relationship with God, and, want to do something about it.

We need to want to be set free and delivered from habitual sin and addictions, more than we enjoy any pleasure we derive from the addiction that is besetting us.

We need to want to live a life that is pleasing to God, more than any pleasure we derive from the sin and addiction that is besetting us.

Once we have determined in our hearts and minds that we want to be set free from sin and addictions, we need to start at the right place, the foot of the cross of Christ’.  When we come to the cross we need to come in true heartfelt repentance, acknowledging that we are broken and in need of God’s grace and forgiveness.  We need to ask our Heavenly Father in Jesus name to forgive us, to break the chains that bind us to sins of addiction, to wash us free from all sin in the redeeming blood of our Lord and Saviour, and, determine to turn away from that sin and not return to it.

You may need to get help from a qualified person or people who can provide prayer, combined with good council and mentoring without being judgemental.   This might be your pastor, church elders, local or online Christian counselling service, and/or maybe even seek help from public or private sector health agencies if the addiction is drug or alcohol related.  For those with chemical / drug related addictions, depending on the level of addiction and drugs involved, a person may need to seek assistance from specialised medical services to detoxify in a controlled environment.

Don’t be afraid, ashamed or embarrassed to find help if you need it to break free from habitual addictive sins and behaviours. Know that no person has the right to judge us, because all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.  Without the incredible gift of God’s grace, mercy, love and patience toward mankind, we are all broken and lost.  Without the guiding power and influence of the Holy Spirit in our lives and the world, every living person has the potential inside to commit the most abominable sins.  We are all in the same boat and are all tarred with the same brush of sin as a result of the disobedience of Adam and Eve.  God understands our struggles, He knows our weaknesses, but He has provided a way for every person to conquer sin if we will just turn to Him, want to please Him more than we want to enjoy the short lived pleasures of sin, and allow Him to be our strength to overcome.

Check out the pages in this website on the subject of ‘Know Your Enemy’ to get another perspective of what we are all up against, so that we can better understand the war we are in and how to defeat the hooks and baits of the evil one.

 

Staying Free 

Ask the Father in Jesus name to help us to overcome addiction and sin so that we can live a life that is truly pleasing to Him. 

Ask Him to give us His strength and be our strength, by asking Him to fill us anew with His Holy Spirit so that we have His power residing within us.

Learn to better understand and use the incredible weapons and armour that God has provided for us in the Whole Armour of God. 

To become effective in using and wearing the Whole Armour of God, we need to study and understand what the Armour of God is and how to use it; (see Whole Armour of God in this website).   We need to develop a love for reading the Word of God, to read it every day in an organised and strategic way to ensure we become familiar with God’s Word from cover to cover.  This takes time and most people can easily read right through the bible one to two times per year.  Read the Sword of the Spirit article in the whole armour of God in this website).   Find a strategy for reading God’s Word that works for you.

Develop a strong prayer life.  Developing a strong prayer life and reading God’s word is key to overcoming sin and addiction.  It is also key to developing a strong faith in God and a living life that is pleasing to God. 

To fully understand the principles and power of prayer and reading God’s word, I strongly encourage every Christian to buy and read what I believe is the best book I have ever read on this subject.  This book has revolutionised both my prayer life and my understanding of the principles and importance of prayer and the word of God in our lives, and, how effective prayer and reading God’s Word unlocks the vaults of God’s power for and in our lives.  This book is called; ‘Understanding The Purpose & Power Of Prayer, by Dr Myles Munroe’.  I have read a number of Books by Dr Myles and they are packed with incredible insights and blessings that come right from the heart of God.    Dr Myles books and dvd’s are simply not to be missed.  He has a deep understanding of the importance and principles of prayer, the Word of God, of our potential in God and how to release it, the Kingdom of God, and many other critical subjects and principles for living victorious lives.  They will challenge and inspire all who read them to overcome sin, to reach their full potential, and to reach new and increasing levels of achievement in all areas of life.

Find God’s purpose for your life: If we are living only for ourselves and our primary goal is to do just enough to get through this life and enter into God’s kingdom, we will miss our calling, destiny, and purpose in life.  It is not enough to just sit back once we are born again and muddle our way through life while we wait for our reward when our time on earth is done.   In John 15:1-8, Jesus commands us to bear good fruit.  One meaning of bearing fruit is to live a life that is conducive to God’s word and laws, where our lives show evidence of Christ living within us, where we are concerned with and involved in reaching a lost world Christ by sharing the hope of Salvation and eternal life with those around us.  Living a Holy life is bearing fruit.  Caring for and helping others is bearing fruit. Preferring others to ourselves and our own selfish interests is bearing fruit.  Showing love to others is bearing fruit.  Exhibiting and demonstrating the principles in the beatitudes are bearing fruit.

Matthew 5:3-14. 3 “ Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  4 blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted. 5 Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth. 6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled. 7 Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy. 8 Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God. 9 Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God. 10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 

 11 “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

 Believers Are Salt and Light: 13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavour, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. 14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.    

We are commanded to use our talents and not squander them as Jesus parable of the talents demonstrates.  Matthew 25:14-30.   In another of Dr Myles Munroe’s books; Releasing Your Potential, Expanded Edition, he unlocks our thinking and demonstrates what awesome potential we all have, how to develop it, and, and our obligation to use the gifts and talents that God has placed within us all.  This is compelling and life changing reading and is a book that should not be missed. 

If you don’t know what God’s purpose for your life is, ask Him to reveal it to you.  God uses the natural talents and potential that he has planted within us at conception, and each person’s talents and giftings will be different according to what God has planned for us. If we are naturally good or gifted at certain things, those giftings are often the things that can be used to bless others and enable us to bear fruit for God.  Sometimes God will really stretch us and take us outside of our comfort zone into some new and unexplored areas of talent we don’t even know we possess, and other times He uses the obvious talents he has planted within us.  Read the books or watch the DVD’s on potential by Dr Myles to better understand the awesome potential within us all.  Also check Dr Myles Munroe on You Tube.

  

Cleaning House 

By cleaning house we mean, getting rid of junk, baggage and any negative influences in our lives that tie us to addictions and sin.  For those with addictions to pornography, this will mean cleaning your computer of all and any files and images that are of a pornographic nature, and, determining not to go back to the sources of these images on the internet.  Get rid of and burn or totally destroy any pornographic magazines and /or books, dvds, videos and any other forms of pornography in your possession.   

If you have been involved in the illegal downloading or copying movies, software, music of video games from the internet, get rid of the disks by destroying and binning them. 

Look for anything in our lives that is not conducive to God’s laws and principles and get rid of them.  That can include bad habits, bad attitudes, or items in our possession we may need to dispose of.

Once we have taken out the garbage, we can move on into the promises of God if we daily commit our ways to Him, use the powerful weapons He has provided for our defence, and wear the armour He has freely given to us. 

Let’s Pray Together

Loving Heavenly Father, we pray that You will give us a willing heart to clean house and to rid ourselves of anything that is not conducive to living a holy life that is pleasing to You.  We pray that You will help us to learn and find Your purpose for our lives, to bear fruit for you, and to overcome in all areas of our lives so that we may become all that You have planned and ordained for us to be.  We pray You will give us a clear vision of Your plan for our lives, that we may walk with a clear direction and purpose to reach our full potential for You, for Your glory and the expansion of Your Kingdom on earth and in heaven.  We ask this in Jesus name, Amen.

 

   

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