Holiness Down Here – Breaking Free
Key Bible Verse: Now you are free from sin, your old master, and you have become slaves to your new master, righteousness. – Romans 6: 18
Bonus Reading: Romans 6: 15-23
[Continued from yesterday]
Then another man spoke up. “Well, this might surprise you, but for years I was hooked on pornography. I was never actually physically unfaithful to my wife with another woman, but I lived in sexual bondage and infidelity through magazines, videos, cable—you know what I mean.
Nearly ten years ago, the Lord and I had it out. I desperately wanted freedom from this bondage—I couldn’t pray, I couldn’t read my Bible much because it always made me feel guilty, and every time I served the Lord at church I felt like a huge hypocrite.
I started confessing my sins to the Lord, and decided I couldn’t do it alone, so I told everything—and I mean everything—to two of my best ‘buds,’ and they held me accountable!
“But guys—” he became very quiet and solemnly looked into the eyes of each man around the campfire, one at a time, “today, I’m free from this sexual perversion! I haven’t sinned in this area for almost ten years! You talk about freedom in Christ! Can you imagine what this did in my marriage and in my sex life with my wife?” Then he began laughing from deep down inside. “I’m free!”
—Bruce Wilkinson in Discovering Personal Victory Through Holiness
My Response: Do I want freedom enough to confess and become accountable?
Thought to Apply: Holiness is not freedom from temptation, but power to overcome temptations.
—G. Campbell Morgan (English pastor, writer, 20th century)
Adapted from “Discovering Personal Victory Through Holiness” (Multnomah, 2003)