Well here we are at the end.
We started this conversation 89 days ago by talking about an Abundant Life.
Chances are, if you’re reading this devotional, you’ve completed 12 weeks of small group on this topic, which started with a few Assumptions and Assertions on my part.
My primary assertion was that you are designed to live an Abundant Life . . . that God wants you to live an Abundant Life. A life (remember how we described it in Ezekiel?) where you have peace and serenity despite your circumstances.
It sounds really simplistic to say that Abundant Life thinking is the most important part of all this but the more I have these conversations with guys struggling with pornography, the more I think it may be.
Getting your head wrapped around this concept, which God alone can make happen for you, will drive the rest of your life to follow along.
Sure, you’re going to need to STOP doing some things, START doing others, and develop RELATIONSHIPS with key types of guys, but realizing WOE are you to living this Abundant Life, free from the shackles of lust-based sin, is the most essential part to making this sustain in your life.
Do the work.
Put in the effort.
Walk the steps, each day.
When you stumble, run toward God, not away from Him.
Build relationships with other guys. Find your Pauls, love
your Barnbases, and counsel your Timothys – simply speaking of what you have
seen and heard (Acts 4:20).
And know this . . . God is SO in love with you that He will set up circumstances in your life in pursuit of a closer relationship with you.
Let me say that again . . .
God is SO in love with you
That He will set up
Circumstances in your life
In pursuit of
A closer relationship
This pursuit is sometimes easy and sometimes challenging.
Sometimes it looks like unlikely coincidence, and sometimes it looks like rebuke and discipline.
But know that when you give your all toward something . . .
And God gives His all toward something . . .
And FREEDOM are found.
An Abundant Life.
Peace be with you.
Thoughts to Pray/Journal:
- What are your reflections on the past 6 months?
- What have you learned about yourself during this process?
- What have you learned about God?
- What’s next for you?