Who doesn’t love a good story? I am always drawn to movies that are based on a true story or actual events. I find myself inspired by people’s lives that tell a story of overcoming adversity or an impossible situation. I am not sure if it makes me feel like I could be just as strong as those people if put in the same situation or if its just inspiring to see good come from what seems like a dire situation.
When you think about the Bible it’s just a book of real life stories. If a movie was made of it, at the beginning it was say…..”based on actual events”. We can become enthralled by seemingly impossible situations that are in the bible. What do we gain from them though?
Maybe its inspiration to try and be as faithful as them?
Maybe it’s the desperate feeling that we would never measure up to their great trust and heroic faith in God. After all they seem like giants of the faith.
Maybe it gives us something to dream about to drown out the day to day grind we all face at times. After all many of us like to get lost in fantasy to block out our reality.
I believe that God did great things with and through these people to express to us that He can do the same with you and me.
If He can take the liar, adulterer and murderer, David, and call him to lead His people…..then what can He do with me?
If He can take a murderer of Christians and turn his life upside down to the point of creating one of the greatest missionaries of all history….then he can use me to do something profound for Him…..
If he can take a teenage girl, who is scared and alone, to birth His one and only son to save the world from sin then what can he use me to do here?
God loves taking messed up and broken people….getting their attention and turning their lives into a great story of redemption and restoration. He loves using them to do great things for Him because it seems impossible to man….which makes it a totally God glorifying life change.
One year ago Andrea and I were prompted to start Proclaiming Freedom Ministries. We felt God saying, “I have made a story with your lives that needs to be shared with others. When people hear your story they can only explain the outcome as a miracle.”
There is not one earthly reason we should be married…only a heavenly one. God saved us pure and simple. He gets the GLORY. HE MADE THE MIRACLE!
I have shared the story of my sin and struggles several different times last year thourgh blog posts and even podcast interviews. We have shared what we have learned and applied to our lives and marriage. We have shared how God restored our marriage from a deep pit of brokenness. As I thought about the year ahead I asked God:
How can I share your hope and redemption to others?
How do I share and not make it about me?
He was silent for many weeks….then I realized He is using those around to speak into my life. Sermons, devotions, songs, and friends talk about how we each are ordinary people serving an extraordinary God. He wants to use us right where we are to touch lives and share HIS HOPE. We have a purpose and mission where HE plants us!
That is when the thought of sharing my life honestly and openly with you could maybe help someone out there. At least for me, as guys we look at life as a series of battles and challenges. Once we have conquered something we move on to the next challenge. The mistake that I made for so many years is that lust and pornography is not a “once and done”.
I didn’t conquer it and then move on.
It’s a battle that rages on and vigilance is a must!
There is victory now, but believe me it still tries to creep back in to overtake…..
So my hope is that this year I can share with you my heart and mind as I battle each day, week and month. So many people have asked and wondered what does Freedom from this look like? Honestly I am still discovering and working through it myself.
I will say that is it a battle…some days very easy and others very challenging. With God there is hope for the next day though!
I know that our marriage is better than ever, my relationships with others have never been better, and my heart has never been more at peace and excited for God’s best than ever before.
He promises to RENEW, REBUILD, and RESTORE!