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Encouragement From Psalm 107

September 20, 2009

bible4 Some wandered in desert wastelands,
finding no way to a city where they could settle.

5 They were hungry and thirsty,
and their lives ebbed away.

6 Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress.

I found some great encouragement in Psalm 107 this morning.

I am reminded of my low times when my porn habit had just been found out. I was having to tell the truth to my wife. My ministry was in jeopardy. I was falling into a deep depression and haze. The “desert wastelands”.

This passage talks about the Children of Israel wandering in the desert with Moses and how the Lord helped them. But I’m right there with them.

I was exposed. People found out about my porn habit. But they didn’t know the half of it. I had other behaviors of fantasy, masturbationI also had deep hurts in my life. Wounds. These were starting to be exposed too.

 

cry_outCRY TO THE LORD
Somewhere in my depression and fallout, I cried out to the Lord like never before. I saw myself for who I was. I was broken, powerless and started to cry out.

My cries were not tears, as much as they were burdens and hurts. I was calling out to Him with my hurts. I expressed my anger to Him. I blamed Him. I asked Him for strength. I begged for His help. I took my deep hurts and catapulted them at Him.

 

DELIVERED FROM DISTRESS
Even in the midst of my deep hurts, I felt the Lord’s touch and strong arm. My life was messed up with consequence. My wife was angry. I had let down so many people. I had lost my job. We were preparing to move away. But God was there.

After we moved, I joined a sexual support group, and found new help. I connected with a friend who became my accountability partner. I started going to counseling.

I started spending real, deep time with the Lord. I began to find His healing and deliverance.

13 Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,
and he saved them from their distress.

14 He brought them out of darkness and the deepest gloom
and broke away their chains.

 

BrokenChains-1-1BROKEN CHAINS
This is my favorite part this morning. I had no idea I was in bondage to sexual sin. God knew and he needed to break me from it. It took a hard hit to begin to see myself. And over the past two years, I can see the shackles falling from my life. Things I thought I could never shake like Internet porn, masturbation, and fantasy are falling to God’s strong hand.

I won’t pretend I don’t have difficult times, struggles, and slip-ups. I do. But those days are not the norm anymore. I am not in bondage to the grip of these things. The power of God is freeing me from the inside – out.

I hope that you find encouragement and strength in these verses too.

 

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One Comment
  1. Wyatt Pettengill permalink
    September 20, 2009 2:35 pm

    Good stuff this morning Jeff. The scripture reference is perfect. Wyatt

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