Faith – trusting in the One who has your best at heart
Hebrews 11:1 – What is faith? It is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen. It is the evidence of things we cannot yet see. (NLT)
Romans 5:8 – But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Without faith nothing changes. Freedom from sexual acting out can never occur without faith. But even faith is useless if it is not faith in God. Because the faith itself is not what makes the difference, but the object of your faith.
When you realize the spiritual freedom that Christ bought for you through His sacrifice on the cross, you are faced with two decisions. First, will you believe that He died for your sins to give you life? Second, will you trust Him with your life completely? The first question of faith is simple – who wouldn’t want to have all their sins paid for and receive the gift of never ending life? But the second question of faith isn’t as easily accepted.
Trusting God requires releasing your grip on all that you hold dear. It means believing that He has your best interests at heart and is FOR you, not against you. Faith in God is an act of your will to submit everything you have and everything you are into His care. You may be reluctant to do this, but it is necessary if you want a life of purity.
If you haven’t experienced consistent freedom from your sexual acting out chances are you have not developed an intimate faith in God. Faith is a measure of trust, not strength. God is more than sufficient to defeat any struggle, temptation, or sin we face. We, on the other hand, are weak, frail, and powerless against such difficulties. But “if you have faith as a mustard seed…nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matt. 17:20)
I must have faith in God to experience ongoing, consistent purity. I must learn to release everything I have and everything I am into the hands of God, trusting that He has my best interests in mind.
God is FOR me, not against me. He knows better than I do what I need. I trust Him today.