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Your mission… should you choose to accept it

To learn to be an overcomer… God has to permit something to challenge you in your life. How can you learn to be an overcomer if you have nothing to overcome? How can you learn to be a warrior if you have no war to fight?

Like most men, I have struggled with lust. I think it’s every man’s battle.

I once met a man who said he had NEVER EVER struggled in this way. I was in awe for just a moment… but then realized that he was pretty much useless in the Kingdom of God because he could not relate to anyone else. He has no idea what we go through, so he can’t help us walk through it.

As we overcome our particular issue(s) it will later on help many many men around us. That doesn’t make the problem good, no, the problem itself is bad. But God promises that He causes ALL things to work to the GOOD of those who are called by Him. (That’s you and me!)

So the problem we face as men is bad, yes, but it will work to the good. Why? Because we CAN overcome this AND WE WILL… and then we can go on to set other men free.

And if you’re battling lust, believe me you’ll have a full time job if you decide to help others. Porn is ripping up men and women in this world – and it’s just got started.

Christian homes around the world are like Nehemiah’s city… they have no walls and so the enemy is invading again and again. We as men have to learn to put up walls around our homes and defend those homes and the precious people in those homes. If we don’t, who will?

The experience of learning to overcome… it’s undeniably a tough growth experience. It includes

  • healing our inner selves and thinking of ourselves in the right way – a Godly identity,
  • removing the hooks that sin connects into (usually low self esteem and rejection etc.),
  • it also includes growing up into being a stronger person and saying NO,
  • it includes fighting back against the enemy (learning to use the sword),
  • it includes getting into a band of brothers for support and reinforcement,

and lastly…. when you have done those things for yourself, it then includes learning to fight for others.

God has permitted trouble in our lives ONLY so that He can grow us and train us and we can then go on to fight for and set the people around us free. It’s not easy. It’s not quick. But it’s worth it. If we don’t rebuild the walls and then help others rebuild their walls… who will?

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5 thoughts on “Your mission… should you choose to accept it

  1. Wow, I am going to sit down this evening and read that through a few more times.

    What you said about the band of brothers is kind of what I am trying to set up here in Ohio. It’ll be more than just lust, but that is my particular problem, and will work much like AA. I am excited about it, but I am also nervous. It is so hard to drop that walls that separate us from one another. But all things are possible through Christ who strengthens me.

    Um, I hate to sound just dumb, but where is 2C?

    What is 2C Calvin?

    Posted by Calvin Thompson | March 21, 2007, 10:19 am
  2. Hi Calvin

    There is no doubt that God is training you to help other men. No doubt at all. So don’t let the enemy use shame or anything else to try and mess up what God is permitting in your life for training.

    And yes, push forward on that band of brothers thing. It’s good for you and good for them.

    Lust is a tricky thing, but then all addiction is eh? It’s usually in my experience a combination of spiritual stuff and emotional need for comfort and love and identity.

    When I kicked the spiritual stuff off, by accepting the full and complete sacrifice of Jesus for ALL of my sins, I immediately was able to recover and grow FAR faster than ever before.

    But I imagine the issues and the causes and the solution is different for each person.

    May God bless you in your walk with Him as you become the man He intends you to be.

    God bless you,
    Mark.

    Posted by Mark Wilson | March 21, 2007, 11:02 am
  3. Great thoughts, Mark. I love hearing all of your Aussie phrases come out in your writing. I find myself smiling just because of the accent I can hear as I’m reading…

    This is something Lisa and I have worked hard to to with our marriage. If you don’t build up hedges to protect your marriage, who will protect it? I try to share those same hedges with other men to help them avoid giving in to lust and awkward moments alone with a woman who is not your wife. If you don’t allow yourself to be in that position, you’re not likely to do something impure with someone else who isn’t your wife.

    I believe the same thing applies for single men as it does for married. You must build up walls to protect you and others around you.

    What if men like us helped other man protect their own purity? What if we helped them protect their own marriages? What if we were warriors for the soul?

    Posted by Derek Guyer | March 21, 2007, 1:31 pm
  4. Brothers,
    It has been a long week. I fell a few times but recovery came speedily. Praise His precious name! My heart lies heavy in my chest, burning bright. I have faith that God is affecting change within me mightly. It is soooooo hard for me not to think about what a bag of #2 I am. It is so hard for me to picture God saying to me that I should go in the strength He made me in. I am so unworthy. I am going to touch base with the men folk Sunday about getting this AA thing off the ground and running. Satan is trying to sabotage it:) but I’m on to him. Rambling here, had a few small victories too by the by, I love this website!!! God bless you guys!!!

    Posted by Calvin Thompson | March 24, 2007, 3:14 am
  5. Hi Calvin

    I know just what you mean – you’re in good company here my friend. You add so much value to this blog, I value you and I want you to know that.

    One suggestion – brother to brother – get rid of the “I feel so unworthy” stuff. He died for you, He loved you back when you didn’t even know Him. How on earth can you be unworthy?

    And besides that, in order to help other men feel worthy, you have to be clear on their worth… which means knowing your own worth.

    Keep on keeping on my bro. You’re making awesome strides.

    God bless you!
    Mark.

    Posted by Mark Wilson | March 24, 2007, 6:09 am

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