Stumbled back into Lust? #NoLustNovember

Hey guys! Day 6, and I know some of you are absolutely amazing and you are just kicking your old lifestyle out and seeking Jesus like never before. However, I am realistic and I know this isn’t the case for all of us. Have you made a mistake since the month started? Have you looked at lustful images and didn’t turn away like you should have? Is that girl’s body still in your mind, bro? Is that handsome guy still playing with your mind and emotions, sis? Did that song, movie, or conversation stir lust back up into your heart? Did you go to their house again knowing it would lead to fornication?

 

Like a dog that returns to his vomit is a fool who repeats his folly. (Proverbs 26:11 ESV)

 

It’s crazy that we look at the men and women in the bible as being such perfect believers and that must have been the reason God used them, right? Wrong, God used them because they depended on His Spirit. God didn’t use them because they had it all figured out. Paul is someone I reference a lot, because he was a great example on how to live (other than Jesus). However Paul mentioned that he had a weakness he wanted God to remove. God told him “no”. He was telling Paul that His grace was sufficient for him and He would help him overcome his issues (see 2 Corinthians 12:7-10). However, I want to draw your attention to Romans 7 (read all of it when you can). Paul mentions that the things he wants to do, he doesn’t do, but yet he finds himself doing things he doesn’t plan to do (Romans 7:15). Sounds familiar? Yes, because that is all of us serving Christ. We want to live pure and righteous lives, but we don’t at times. We want to hate sin at times, but yet we find ourselves falling into sin. Not only do we fall into sin, but we fall into the same one we repented of 831 times at the altar. However, I love how chapter 8 begins, because it stops focusing on our failures and points us to the solution – Jesus and His grace. You are not condemned. You are His. Don’t stay in your mess when Jesus died to free you.

 

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (Romans 8:1)

 

I’m here to tell you that it is okay that you messed up. The only people who mess up are the ones who tried. You can only break a fast when you are fasting. You can only become weary when you have been fighting. Falling is inevitable, because you are human. But that is why we have the Holy Spirit, to guide us away from temptation and to restore us when we fall. Are your actions okay when you sin? Not at all. Is God pleased with your decision to turn back to your sin? No, He wasn’t pleased. But I am here to tell you that it is okay for you to get back up again. No way am I telling you to keep committing your sin, but you have to understand that God expects growth, but He is fully aware that we are human. There is grace for His children because we cannot do things on our own (Psalms 130:3). You don’t have to stay down just because you fell into the same mess. You can and you will overcome, in Jesus’ name. You won’t overcome on your own, but you will when you decide to turn away from those things and people that are toxic to your spiritual walk.

 

If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared. (Psalms 130:3-4)

 

So for those who have fallen, and for those will fall tomorrow, please get back up again. Be sorrowful, be remorseful, be sincere in your repentance and get back up again. Take a break from social media if you must. Unfollow some accounts if you’re failing. End some relationships if you see the cycle is repeating and no boundaries are being followed. Because it is one thing for your relationship to make a mistake, but it is another when it is just not God’s will for your life (read more about that here). Please don’t quit, let’s keep growing!
Remember to stay engaged with us! How?

– By using the hashtag #NoLustNovember on your pictures, statuses or videos that you’ll use to encourage others.

– Sharing what God shared with you during your devotion.

– Sharing a quick video about overcoming lust or a testimony.

 

Pray Psalms 51 when you get the chance.

 

Grace and peace.

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19 thoughts on “Stumbled back into Lust? #NoLustNovember

  1. thank you my brother for the word of life that you share…it truly touched and moved me today to seek the Holy Spirit more in the fight of my flesh. God bless you brother and continue to share the word of God….

  2. Thank you so much! While it is definitely a struggle, it makes so much sense reading and hearing it being put into perspective this way. I get weary, but I won’t stop fighting!

  3. When God wants to help his peoples he always sends his word,we appreciate your efforts and may the good Lord bless your work

  4. Thank you. I thank God for giving you the grace, wisdom and strength to do what you do that help us. God bless you in Jesus name!

  5. Thank you for this 🙂 it helps me and encourages me knowing that i am not the only one fighting this flesh ☺️ we’ll overcome this with the help of the Holy Spirit

  6. This really spoke volumes. This is a definite strong hold in my life and I have tried multiple times to do things right, but with wrong reasonings and wrong motives. I’m learning keeping myself pure is beneficial for me, not a punishment casted on me. God has been speaking to me the past couple of months to let certain situations and people go and really commit to Him. When we allow God to take control, He really begins to move in ways that are unimaginable. This word is very encouraging and I appreciate the acknowledgment of “the only people who mess up are the ones who try”. Thank you for allowing God to speak through you to reach others.

  7. Thank you…
    Am speechless… am lost for words.
    Maybe because I still feel helpless and a little hopeless. But after reading your blog, I am going to get up an continue with the journey. It just gets reallyyyyy difficult sometimes when you in a relationship.
    But thank you. God bless you.

  8. I needed this! It was becoming a challenge for me. Somewhere I was just trying to run away nd hide but I know his presence is everywhere.

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