The Destruction of Strongholds
Everyone who struggles with falling to sexual temptation knows the feeling of being entangled in this sin. Whether you see yourself as an addict or not, you have tried many times to stop. You have made promises that you have not kept to God and loved ones with the best of intentions. As time passes the things that trigger you return, your brain craves the drugs that it loves and the pull to act out increases.
You feel God has abandoned you. You hate it that you want so badly not to sin again but as the temptation grows stronger your ability to reason and apply wisdom in the situation vanishes, and off you go to get off again. Then, as soon as the sin ends and the few seconds of pleasure pass, the waves of remorse, self-hatred and disgust rush in. Fear, and its date Shame, no longer knock but rush back in and your pity party begins, or you just feel broken and hopeless.
Then the enemy really turns up and accusations. “And you call yourself a Christian? You are not a Christian because if you were, you would stop.” I could go on and on but why rehash all those lies and garbage. Instead, let’s learn the truth of Scripture because that is what can help to set you free.
Free??? Yes free. Not free from everything that has to do with sin. That is going to happen in heaven when our sin nature is gone because our body has died. In heaven, where it is not a fallen and hypersexualized environment. It will be a hyper-holized place. No sin. No disease. No evil of any kind. No demonic forces and no satan.
Is it possible for a Christian to be free from sexual sin? Yes, it is. Is it possible for a Christian to be free from sexual temptation? No, not yet. Is it possible for a Christian to be able to resist sexual temptation and not fall? Absolutely!
I just finished spending three days with a teacher named Bill Perkins being reminded of and learning more about the deliverance from things that might be keeping you from recovering and moving on into sexual purity. Acting out sexually is the result of something deeper. Until we discover and deal with that, the root of the problem we will still have to deal with the fruit of sexual sin.
You may have experienced trauma or abuse that happened to you in your past. There may be a generational sin that has was your fathers and has been passed on to you. There may have been some injustice that you suffered from someone that you have never forgiven.
Paul writes this in Ephesians 6:12;
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
These demonic powers look for a way to gain a foothold in our lives. Over time that foothold becomes a stronghold from which they can have a powerful influence over our actions and lives. Paul mentions this in 2 Corinthians 10:3-4;
“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.”
Could there be a foothold, a stronghold or a fortress in your life out of which the enemy is attacking you which is causing you to not find freedom? To think; “Nope, not me!” is to ignore some very clear teaching in Scripture. Tomorrow I will begin to unfold this in greater detail.