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Is Committing to God Enough to Stop Sinning?

June 8, 2009

bonfireAt my youth camp our leader encouraged us to write our deepest sin on a piece of paper.  He promised that no one would look at it, and we wouldn’t have to show it to anyone.  Then we were instructed to wad the paper up and throw it in the bonfire.  We threw ours into the fire, tears flowed, we sang “Kum-Ba-Yah”, and swore we would never do whatever was on that paper again.

I did make a real commitment.  I really did mean it in my heart.  But within two weeks I was doing what I had written on the paper.  Why didn’t it work?

I think that some sins can be stopped with a heartfelt commitment to God, but not sins we are in bondage to.  Not sexual addiction.  

Habitual sins need to be brought into the light.  You need to share them with someone you trust.  You need the help of your brothers to get through these sins.  You may also need a professional  for some.  You need God’s deep, day-to-day power for all of them.

The church leader should have said, “We’re going to make commitments to God today to make a change.  But you need to share your struggles and sins with other people.  You can come to me, or the pastor, or a female counselor sometime later, and we will pray with you and help you with these issues.”

Honesty and accountability are keys to recovery from sexual sin. 



Q:  What are other keys to recovery from sexual sin?

Q:  How can we make commitments to God and keep them?

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  1. Steve-o permalink
    June 9, 2009 2:58 pm

    I think another key to sexual recovery is having a plan, especially when you are separated from your spouse (or if your single, whenever you’re alone). Boredom is the biggest trigger of all, and if you have a plan to keep yourself occupied and direct your boredom in a healthy way, then you are setting up a natural protection.

    • Linda Daniels permalink
      June 11, 2009 8:35 pm

      Very good point Steve! Boredom is one of the biggest triggers but it isn’t the only one. I think identifying your own personal triggers are key as well. My husbands is rejection and dissapointment as well as boredom. If you know your triggers you can divert the addictive behavior and go to the Word of Truth when these thing occur and counter the lies with the truth to help you stay clean.

  2. Jason permalink
    June 14, 2009 10:44 am

    A very good information&inspiring… kath

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