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The War – A lose of Hope

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Life is a war, and every day is a battle, but I am thankful I know who the winner is.  Last night I was reminded again by some dear friends of mine that the enemy wants me to be destroyed, and he will not stop at no cost. I stand and look around this broken, sinful world, and I have no hope in man, little faith in the Church, and all that’s left is my hope in Jesus. Lately, my hope has been under attack and that has open the door wide for the enemy to come in and gain ground with my thinking. So what do you do when you start to lose hope, or maybe you have already lost hope. Well some people will tell you to pray more or study the Word more, but that is not the answer; doing that brings you back to law based living. It’s going back to the truths of God and the graces of God. God loves you, He cares for you, He knows what you need before you even ask Him, He is good, He is not punishing you, He is forgiving, He will not abandon you and the list can go on and on. This is what we need to focus on. We need to stop and be still before the Lord and think upon His truths. God is a good God, and He loves His children. John 14:1 says, “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me.” So many times I make things with the Lord more complicated then what they need to be.  He reminded me of this today.  We need to have faith like a child and just believe in the Lord that he is going to take care of us.  He cares for us, He knows when His children are hurting, He is using that hurt to grow you and to bring about His glory. He loves you, He died for you! Jesus tells us in John 16:33 we are going to have many tribulations, but to take heart; I (Jesus) have overcome the world. The battles are not going to stop coming, and things in the world are just going to get worse. However, God has a plan and He has a special plan for us. Do not lose hope, keep focus on Jesus who is our only hope!

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The secret sins of the Church

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Statistics show that 50% of men in the church today struggle with some type of sexual sin. I have even heard of the number getting up to 80% of men in the church struggle with sexual sins. 97 billion dollars a year is spent on pornography worldwide and 13.3 billion is spent here in the United States. In fact, 89% of pornography is created here in the US. The statistics are shocking and at the same time very sad. The average age children are getting exposed to pornography is age 9, and the type of pornography they are exposed to is the extreme hardcore pornography. If this goes uncheck and if parents are not teaching and training their children, their children could struggle with an addiction to pornography for the rest of their lives unless they get help. This causes so many problems when they are adults and are married if the addiction goes untouched. Pornography is a progressive sin, in that, in order to receive the same high, one will continue to look at hardcore pornography and will start acting out in the form of seeking sexual acts to continue to get the same type of high. Pornography is such a huge problem in the church, it is killing the church. What is the church doing about it? Nothing. Now there are churches that are attacking this problem; but for most of them, nothing is being done. Either the leaders of the churches don’t want to deal with it or they don’t know how to deal with it, or they themselves are struggling with it. Instead of doing anything they are turning a blind eye. The church has put sexual sins in a whole category by itself, making sexually sins far worse than other sins. In God’s eyes, there is not a difference, sin is sin. By church leaders not doing anything in their churches they are making a bigger problem. In an article I recently read, “Porn in the Church: The High Cost of Silence” Bill Perkins was interviewing a leading expert in the area of sexual addictions. The expert said, “I believe evangelical Christians have a greater tendency to fall into sexual addictions than any other sub-culture in the United States.” When Bill asked him why, the expert stated, “Because sexual sins are so taboo in the church, people find them more exciting.” Bill makes the comment about the person he is interviewing and states, “His thoughts underline the possibility that churches, by refusing to address the problem of porn in the church, are actually creating an environment that fosters porn addictions.” If church leaders are not openly talking about the problems of pornography in their churches they are allowing the sin to remain secret. The church needs to be equipping their men for this battle, instead of doing nothing. Let’s not forget about the women in the church as well. Statistics are showing that more and more women are now dealing with sexual addictions. I believe the number one way the enemy is destroying the church is by destroying men and their families. It is time the Church lets the light in and confront sexual sins head on. We are not doing anyone any good by turning a blind eye. By not addressing this problem, we are allowing the enemy to win, and allowing him to destroy families. Jesus came to die on the cross for sexual sins as well, and if it’s the number one struggle men are facing, why are we not talking about it?

“Porn is an enemy that will infiltrate and destroy churches from the top down, and it will do so without a blink of remorse.” Bill Perkins

Refuge – What is it?

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r4The Church today is under enormous attack from the enemy in the area of sexual purity, however, this is not something new. The early Church dealt with the same issues that we are dealing with today in the Church.  We at Refuge desire to see the bride of Christ purified. Christ didn’t die on the cross for us to manage our pain, He died so we can be healed. We believe this healing can happen on this side of Heaven.  If men are losing the battles with their purity we lose families, and if we lose families, we lose the church.  We want to point men to freedom so we can build the Church.  We also want to help families to be able to bridge the gap with their children; to help them understand God’s gift of sex and for them to be able to live pure lives. 

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