I had coffee recently with Blaine Bartel. He’s an awesome guy who has overcome a lot. Blaine is the former pastor who got caught doing something that no one would be proud of. It started with porn and it ended with him being in hotel rooms with ladies that weren’t his wife. There’s a lot more to the story and you can google it to find out, but there’s one thing that really stuck out to me:

 

Blaine said:

 

    “I can come home, leave my phone laying out where anyone, including my wife, could get into it and I’m not worried at all. I have nothing to hide.”

 

Blaine said it feels awesome and it’s so much better than the double life that he was leading! There’s no comparison. Blaine is “Running Free!”

 

What about you? Could you let your wife or close friend go through your phone? Could they look at your internet history and you not be worried?   If not, don’t fret. This can and will be true for you if that’s what you want.  

 

If Blaine and thousands of others guy can turn it around so can you! You are not stuck in your current situation. You can get out of it! You can change! And you need to start believing that truth today!

 

For Day 5 spend time in this passage from Romans 7:18-23:

 

18 For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.

 

21 So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me.

 

God is not surprised one bit by our struggle and neither should we be surprised when ourselves or a friend does something that goes against their own conscience. If the Apostle Paul, was doing things he didn’t approve of don’t you think we will as well.

 

I don’t say that to make an excuse and call it good. It in no way means we can pack it up and go home and live in failure. There is a path to victory and we are called by God to take that path.

 

Click over to today’s forum to share your thoughts on these questions:

  1. In the passage, what challenge does the author – Paul – find himself in?

 

  1. How can you relate to this in terms of your sexual behavior?

 

  1. Paul said that this other law is “waging war” against his mind and making him a prisoner of sin.  Why do you think a holistic approach to breaking free from sexual addiction is essential in light of this reality?

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