Unveiled Faces … Being Transformed ~ blog
One of the reasons you are reading this email or listening to this podcast is you want to stop falling into sexual sin. 180 Ministries is first and foremost a biblical recovery program. Therefore, what we want everyone to experience is for the Spirit of God to be changing us into more godly people. This can and should be being done by the Spirit TRANSFORMING our minds, hearts, and desires.
This is what God truly wants to do for you and for me. Everybody wants God to just do it all. We want deliverance from this sin that so easily entangles us. We want the quick fix with God simply removing us from sexual temptation and enabling us to not be drawn by the strong pull of sexual sin.
So, how is that working for you? I imagine it has not or you would not be reading or listening to this message. You are still in a battle almost every day of your life and you are sick and tired of your failures, still living in shame, and still falling back into sexual sin. It might also seem like the very action you are taking against this sin has only increased the amount of temptation you are under. It seems like you are under attack … and it seems that way because you are!
Some people seem to be able to stop falling into sexual sin. Many can stop for a while but every few days, every few weeks or even every few months still go back to it. Temptations have not gone away and sometimes seem to be intensified. If that is your reality, I want you to know that is completely normal.
Recovery is a Process … not Perfection
We can grow stronger by allowing God to do what God wants to do. He wants to heal us. He wants us to walk in purity and avoid sexual sin because it damages so many things in our life.
Abstinence is good but what is GREAT and truly God’s plan is;
Abstinence through Transformation
So, that begs the question … “How does Transformation happen in my life?” Which brings us to this passage of Scripture in 2 Corinthians 3:18;
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”
I don’t know about you but what this verse is teaching us I really want to be happening in all of our lives. To be literally being transformed into the image of Christ with ever-increasing glory literally means I am progressively becoming a Christ-like man. And the more Christ-like I am being transformed into the less I will give in to my sexual desires and actions of sexual sin.
This is true and actual change. This is transformation or metamorphosis and that means I can be being changed from the inside out. And as my desires are changed from wanting sexual sin to wanting to walk in purity the power to make that decision is being strengthened in me by the Holy Spirit.
So, the $600,000 question is;
What do I need to do to be
being transformed by the Holy Spirit?
We have already talked about these things but let me quickly review;
- We need to be feeding our minds with daily Scripture reading and meditation.
- We need to daily offer our bodies to God as living sacrifices.
- We need to be being filled with the Holy Spirit.
- We need to be walking in the Spirit so that we are not walking in the flesh.
- We need to stay focused on Jesus and the Spirit’s direction as we live each day.
- We need to put on the full armor of God every day.
- We need to be doing these things consistently … like every day.
Or as we saw in 2 Corinthians 3:18 – we are to be contemplating the Lord’s glory as we go through our day. How does anyone do that? It can all be boiled down to this verse in 1 Corinthians 10:31;
“So, whether you eat or drink or whatever you do,
do it all for the glory of God.”
How do I do that? I try and maintain an ongoing conversation with the Lord as I am going through my day. I communicate with the Spirit when I have decisions to me and especially when I am tempted. I stay focused on the true reality that He is with me and He will guide me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
This is walking in the Spirit and this, if you begin to actually do this daily, is what will lead you out of your bondage to sexual sin and into the freedom we can experience in Christ.