A sexual image lures my mind toward lust. The world, the flesh and the devil barrage me with messages: I will feel like a man or a woman; it will relieve my pain, disappointment, stress. I’ll be happier if I surrender.
I cannot emphasize enough the importance of drawing on the indwelling power of the risen Christ. Self-reformation is not enough. It may bring limited benefits, but it will lead to self-righteousness, not Spirit-empowerment—and nothing sets us up for moral failure like self-righteousness.
At the age of eleven I put my faith in Christ. I was drawn to the foot of the cross and decided to follow Jesus. Shortly after that milestone in my life, I entered puberty. All of a sudden things changed.
If only we would rehearse in advance the ugly and overwhelming consequences of immorality, we would be far more prone to avoid it.
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