A few weeks ago, a coworker of mine was inquiring about a student’s substantial weight loss over the summer. This particular coworker has been trying to lose weight since I started working with her. She found the student’s mother and began to question her. “What did your daughter do to lose so much weight?”
“Well,” replied the mother, “she stopped eating junk food-”
“Ha! Like that’s going to happen! What else?”
“She ate a lot of fruits and vegetables-”
“She got a lot of exercise.”
“Well, that isn’t going to happen either.”
As my coworker walked away fairly disgusted by her discovery, the thought occurred to me, “This is what you have to do to lose weight. Period. If you don’t want to do it, then don’t expect to lose weight.”
It’s fairly simple but yet apparently very difficult to apply.
The same is true in our spiritual lives. For those struggling with addictions: whether it be pornography, masturbation or other non lust sins (as I call them) you still have steps to break free. You have God’s steps. He has a sure fire plan for freedom. A 100% guarantee that you will be free if you do this. If you repent.
“But! That means I have to confess!”
Seek His forgiveness.
“That means I have to say I was wrong!”
And seek Him.
“That means my style is going to be cramped!”
The choice really is simple, but we make it so complicated. We want to negotiate our salvation. We want to negotiate our freedom. We want a customized 12-step plan for freedom, and guess what, we can’t have that. The plan is the same for all of us: it includes the sin of man, the love of God, the blood of Calvary and the tears of repentance. That’s it. If you aren’t willing to do the hard things- then don’t complain to God when you can’t be free. He has laid it out clear as day, the ball is in your court. Just do it.