Growing up as a young believer, I saw people enter into different forms of ungodliness both publicly and privately, and I would say in my mind, “These guys are not strong in God, I can’t be involved in such things… bla bla bla bla”. Growing older I realized that talk is cheap, will is weak and strength is from God alone.
When I became a teenager, it became harder to keep a straight head, it became harder to control my mind, it became harder to control the flesh, things I never thought I could do, and I saw myself thinking about them. Before I continue, I have observed that 2/3 of teenagers and adults are plagued with a certain form of addiction ranging from food, media, sex, pornography, masturbation, incest, stealing, lying, etc. No matter how we deny or run from it, it does not change the fact that we are silently being defeated in a certain area that we keep secret. I bring you good news “YOU TOO CAN BE FREE!!!”.
At the peak of my teenage life, I was pressured with the desire for pornography and masturbation, yes, I was; and well it has become easier for this generation to access any content from their fingertip. I was quietly dragged into this ditch, and I felt worse after every act. One of my mentors used to say, “Sin will keep you longer than you wish to stay, and take you deeper than you wish to go”, and this is so true. As a Christian I knew there must be solution from the fold, so I tried praying about it, I would go on dry fasting and prayers to have this seed uprooted from my mind, and it seems like it was not working so I spoke with a pastor that told me to stop praying and focus on the power of my mind. I did all I could, I even resorted to the internet for solution. I searched everywhere for solution except where the real solution is ‘the Word’. I believe at the end of this article, a mind shift would happen, and the hold of the devil will crumble right before your eyes.
The bad part of this is what happens afterwards, because the devil wants you to drift away from the love of the Father and all his tricks are channeled to this one course. With time, I started feeling less of a believer, I felt I was disappointing God, I felt I was not a full Christian, maybe my salvation was “Aba-made”, my prayer life reduced, my study time reduced, I gave up totally and decided to ‘take my life as I see am o’. My beloved, remember that you are within the confines of where the love of God has reached you and this location is IN CHRIST, anybody that has put their faith in Jesus is an object of God’s love and knowing also that nothing can separate us from the love of Christ, absolutely nothing.
I lived my life this way for two whole years growing deeper in these works of the flesh, but sooner the eyes of my understanding started to open and I started seeing the scriptures better and clearer. Oh such glorious transformation! It was as if I have not been reading the bible, thank you Jesus for light! I started to understand that, the love of Christ for me is not based on what I have done or what I will do. ALL MY SINS are forgiven – past, present and future; God is not imputing sin in my records. I am holy and spotless; I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. One thing I love about the word is the transformation process. Therefore, I started feeding my mind with these truths always and always; sometimes, when the urges come for those acts, I will keep speaking the Word aloud to myself that, I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, I cannot sin, because I am born of God. Well, sometimes, even after confessing these to myself, I still found myself doing it, and after doing it, I kept confessing the Word. It felt stupid at first, but I never stopped. I would rather take the word of God as true than my experiences. Little by little, my confessions started catching up with me and the urges became easier to control, and what knocked the final blow was when I saw Titus 2:11-12.
My beloved, remember that you are within the confines of where the love of God has reached you and this location is IN CHRIST, anybody that has put their faith in Jesus is an object of God’s love and knowing also that nothing can separate us from the love of Christ, absolutely nothing.Tweet
Oh the day this scripture shone in my heart, I ran outside my room rejoicing. The grace of God that brought salvation to all men has taught us to deny worldly lust, oh, the grace of God has given us the ability and technical expertise to resist the urges for sin, meaning sin has no power over me, hallelujah, the devil is defeated again. The same grace that saved us is the same grace that will keep us, you don’t have to feed on another diet. The diet for the new creation is the gospel of grace (Jesus). Stay with this truth, do not waver, it might seem like it is not working well, don’t stop, feed on the word of his grace. No man should be held bound to do what he can’t control, you should be able to control your desires. There is no power in will power, trust me, there is only so little this can achieve for you.
If you are not a believer already, well, this is your opportunity. It does not have to be spooky, just believe that Jesus has died for your sins and he has loved you forever. Receive this love and confess these words, “Lord Jesus, thank you for saving me, thank you for the Cross. I believe in the work of salvation, therefore, today I confess that I receive the life of God, IN Jesus name Amen”. If you said this prayer, welcome to the fold, kindly reach out to us also, so we can have meaningful and exciting discussions.
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Teddy Eragbai is a graduate of the prestigious University of Benin, Nigeria. He is a data scientist and a digital marketer. He is also a recording pianist and music arranger. Teddy is an active member of Church of God Mission Int’l (The historic Miracle Centre), Edo State, Nigeria. A creative writer, you can find some of his published articles on Medium
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