(ANON QUESTION RECEIVED FROM GodfirstGodalways)
I have issues with impure thoughts and lust. As a teen/young adult I didn’t take church or my relationship with God seriously so I indulged in masturbation and watching pornography. That’s how I got rid of stress for awhile (but eventually it made me feel guilty). I’ve dropped that habit now but I still get urges and it kinda haunts me. I guess I’m asking for prayer but also a bit of advice. Sorry if that’s a lot
It’s not a lot! 🙂 This is so late, so I am sorry too. God is proud of how far you’ve come. He knows every bit of effort you have put and continue to put into not giving in to the urges. I’ve had an addiction to reading astrology and it haunts me today (not because it tempts me to read but the nonsense I’ve learned from reading it, tempts me to believe). How did you drop the habit? Was it out of your own strength or can you honestly say you would not have been able to do it without God’s help? However you did it, I believe the Lord wants you practice His presence more often.
Develop a passionate hate for your sin for the fact that the LORD detests it more than the fact that it makes you feel guilty. Even if they were just thoughts and not actions yet. Whenever you overcome the feeling of guilt, thank God right away that He put that feeling of discomfort about that action. The fact that you hate your sin is always good in His eyes, so count it a blessing after you realize your shame because it brought you back to God. And with any other sin aside from that, do the same thing. The whole point of this will help you to count more blessings and prevent you (more often than not) from kicking yourself for not being perfect. It’s perfectly fine to feel guilty, but don’t remain guilty because that is also a sin. God wants you to practice His presence, so make it a point to thank Him often for anything, and everything. The more random, the better. And while you’re at it, praise Him. Love covers a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8). Whatever you do, do it with love (1 Corinthians 16:14). LET YOUR ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDLY OF LOVE. When you’re thanking/praising God in your mind or verbally, do it with much love. When you’re repenting of your sins, do it with much love. When you’re socializing with others, do it with much love. My advice is simple. SET YOUR MIND ON THINGS ABOVE BY STRIVING TO BE MORE LIKE JESUS. GIVE THANKS & PRAISE GOD. DO EVERYTHING WITH LOVE.
Father in Heaven, great is Your love and greater you shall be praised. Your ways are higher and we worship You not because we can, but because of who You are. We thank You for being LORD of our hearts and being the awesome God that You are, we are grateful for all our struggles, our giants, and pain, because they humble us to call on You. Glory be to You who orchestrates our lives and molds us more and more into the image of Your Son, Jesus. LORD, I lift up my friend to you who knows their wrongs, and want to be better, they belong to You. God, You see it in their hearts they want to please You, so I ask that You armor them with Your confidence to continue seeking wisdom and righteousness that they may overcome urges that Satan plots for them. Father, armor them with the power of Your love as they strive to live in truth. Help this person keep their thoughts pure by letting Jesus be the kindness in their heart, the patience for their shortcomings, and the wisdom they pass onto others as they love. I ask that You give this person a renewed heart each time they come to You whether full of praises, thanks, or sins. And give them strength to press on into You. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
1 Corinthians 9:26 Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.
Psalm 86:5 You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you.
Hebrews 4:16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
By His Grace, Sheela (Via godfirstgodalways)