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2 Timothy 3:16-17 "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." (NIV)

"The Spirit of God uses the Word of God to make us like the Son of God. To become like Jesus, we must fill our lives with his Word.
- Warren


Monday, August 20, 2012

Quiet-Time Reflections

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Week of: August 20, 2012
Sharing by: Pam Crawford                             pmcrawford1@gmail.com

Politics, Values and Truth – Part 3
If you have been following along over the past two weeks I pray that today we can come to the conclusion that no matter what the sin, we do not have to remain bound to it. There is a way out, but it begins with a choice. If you have not read part 1 and 2 I encourage you to do so today as this subject is all around us these days.

Homosexuality and sexual immorality on a whole is a tough topic to tackle because there are opposite views.The following is the final piece from a writing I found in 5 Minute Apologetics for Today by Ron Rhodes. I believe it might be helpful as we work to hang on to hope.   

Day 36
Liberation from Homosexuality
By Ron Rhodes

"Paul speaks of complete liberation from homosexual sin in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11: “Neither the sexually immoral…nor men who practice homosexuality…will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”
   
Liberation requires an unwavering commitment, knowing that complete wholeness may require several years of hard work (see Luke 14:28). A key component to liberation is a commitment to complete obedience to God.
   
The heart of liberation is stated in 2 Corinthians 5:17: “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come!”
   
Personal counseling plays a key role. The goal is to discover gender identity disorders in early childhood, difficulties in relating to parents as a child, and other such issues.
   
Repentant homosexuals need the support of a good Bible-believing church. A small group that can provide encouragement and accountability is especially beneficial (James 5:16).
   
Temptation will still come. However, “God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).
   
To help minimize temptations, one should get rid of all homosexual literature, pornography, and vestiges of one’s former lifestyle."

Pear of Wisdom:  With God all things are possible!

It is my prayer that many will choose God’s way. Our world is beginning to look like a world contrary to the depiction God intended us to embrace. When we connect to God as our power source He can help us do things we never thought possible. God is Love, and He is also Hope. Hang onto God today and ask Him to help you better understand His Word.

We often hear it said that we are to hate the sin but love the sinner. God says love the sinner, hate the sin. As Christians we cannot condone sin, but we can work to help people understand the gift of hope. This has been my intention as I have shared on this topic. Should you find yourself desiring to explore freedom for sexual sin, I highly recommend the following organization. http://exodusinternational.org/

To better understand this love the sinner, hate the sin, please read the following article from Got Questions.org. http://www.gotquestions.org/love-sinner-hate-sin.html


Today’s prayer:  Heavenly Father, I thank you for the gift of encouragement. I pray that you will use this writing in a powerful way. May it penetrate the heart and mind of anyone who might be struggling today with homosexuality or sexual sin of any kind? Help us to understand that sin is sin and no matter what it is, it has the potential to separate us from You. Help us to break free from our sinful nature to experience Your best in our lives. Empower us to become new beings who desire to celebrate the impossible which is made possible through our relationship with You Father. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

"Remaining in sin is an abuse of the Lord's patience." - Stanley

Have a blessed week ahead.

In Christ by grace,
Pam

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