Notes from the retreat.

As mentioned before, I helped lead a small group at a sexual brokenness retreat a few weeks ago in PA.  There were some great insights and points made during the retreat, so I’m going to post them – one a day – for your own personal growth.  Take the advice that will be given, these men – who spoke – have been ministering to those who are sexually broken for years, upon years … GOD has given them stories and wisdom that has proven to be highly beneficial for all who have taken heed.

NOTE:  Though I will state who gave what information, for some speakers I will only note their first names out of respect.  While some are comfortable being published online, some are not.  For that I respect their privacy.  Besides, the point is not discovering who they are, but rather what they are saying to our hearts.

The first sound advice comes from Pastor Norm.  On the last day, he gave 5 daily rules to live by.  Coming from a past that has been darken by porn, he encourages us – being fellow travelers in his shoes – to remember these 5 things throughout the day, especially when times get tough:

Believe you are loved – 1 John 3:1

Believe you are forgiven – Romans 6:23

Believe you are accepted – Romans 8:15

Believe you can live above your addiction – 1 Corinthians 6:11

Believe you have a future – Jeremiah 29:11-14

Which of these seem to be the hardest for you to live out each day?  Why?  How can you overcome this fear of living out such truths?

You are loved – above and beyond anything you have done or will do – you are loved by GOD the Father.  And for those who accept this love, forgiveness, and HIS Son as our Savior, HIS love will never be taken from us (Romans 8:35-39).  Within this love from the Father, we find our forgiveness and acceptance, into HIS family, as adopted children.  Though too many times we – not GOD – hold these things afar and (seemingly) beyond our reach.  If we are in CHRIST, we are rightful heirs to these things and so much more – we just need to accept it, and allow HIS Spirit to transform us from the inside out (Romans 12:1-2) so that we can actually live life to the fullest (as JESUS commanded us to do in John 10:10).  As I have said on this site many times, our past does not define us – GOD does.  I am not an ex-gay, a gay-man-want-to-be, a closeted homosexual, etc etc.  I am GOD’S son.  THATS the only label I put on and wear proudly – all others I throw away, because they are not who I am.  A big part in walking in freedom from our past is realizing this truth: you are not your own, you were bought at a price (1 Corinthians 6:20), therefore live as such, being a son / daughter of GOD.

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2 responses to “Notes from the retreat.

  1. Very good points about being loved. I’m looking forward to the other four points to believe.

    • I wasn’t really planning on it … cause I was trying to summarize them in one post. But now that you mention it, I think I will expand on each point in fuller detail. Thanks for the suggestion.

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