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I am going into ministry and i CAN'T have this secret addiction haunting me! Can anybody help me?
March 25, 2013
That’s what Freedom Begins Here is all about! Have you checked out any of our resources yet?
The Church ToolKit is designed to help pastors confront it with their churches, but if it’s something you’re struggling with on your own then you might look at the Personal ToolKit.
It starts with accountability. You have to get honest and vulnerable with someone you trust. You’ve been hiding the “secret” long enough. Pornography loses its power when the secret is out.
Hey I agree with Bryson and this weekend as I met with 30 men on this issue the power was broken as we shared our stories. I do agree that accountability is the answer and along with transparency.
Find some to talk with and share your story. The chains will fall off. Then call this person when you are most at risk and avoid things that trigger you. As time passes you will become more confident in your freedom.
Read the comments on the community page on the topic of Purity and see Scott’s thoughts on how God changed him in this area.
This is a bit off the subject, but if you are going to minister, be honest. Let people know that you are not perfect and that you have struggles as well and that you are a work in progress as are they and that you all can learn and grow together. I know this is not an answer to your question, but it is something you may be able to use later. You don’t have to be super human, you just have to be real. Now, that is not to say we don’t want to grow and to be set free. We do. But also, God uses people who are not perfect to do his work. Please grow. I pray you are set free. But, also use your weaknesses as strengths to identify with the struggles of others. I hope that made sense, as it is sort of a side issue to the original question.
I take great comfort in knowing that God uses the weakest of us to do his work. Think about it. David had an affair and then had the woman’s husband killed, Paul tortured Christians, Solomon was completely eaten up by pursuing the good life, Peter lied about even knowing Jesus, Zacchaeus cheated people into paying more taxes than they owed, and Moses talked really slow. He doesn’t wait until we are perfect. He uses us the way we are.
Rick and Bryson are so correct that we are all damaged and imperfect but God uses us anyway. We need to be broken and he makes us whole.
Living a life of transparency is the only way to true freedom.
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