We are taught even in church to live in fantasy. We are taught that we are getting ready to come out of something, that our season is changing, but we hardly ever really deal with the issues we have. We can never experience the power of Gods healing when we don't deal with ourselves and our weaknesses.
In the church, we have painted the picture that something is wrong with believers having issues and problems. It's been taught that believers essentially don't have problems, because they have Jesus. Is this a true statement? It is true that Jesus can heal all matter of diseases, but in every instance of healing the people were well aware of their condition. To run around as though we have no issues or problems, mentally, physically, psychologically, sexually, or financially is to avoid the opportunity of being made whole. There are people who go to church week in and week out hoping that no one else will be able to tell they have issues with sex, drugs, alcohol, Bipolarism, marital problems, other mental health issues, disease, sicknesses, finances, or anything else. We shout over our issues and treat the church experience like a drug to rev up emotional hope. Emotional hope is a false hope, because real hope is predicated on facts or truth being revealed. If we are high on emotional hope, we really aren't dealing with the issue at hand. Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hope only stems from something being revealed. My kids are hoping we are going to Orlando, Florida this summer because we revealed to them we would be. If we don't begin to talk about real issues that real people are dealing with; people will not experience the reality of healing available for them from God.
The reality is, you have problems, that's why you need God in the first place. The main problem everyone on the planet has is sin, because it's our nature due to the fall of Adam. The reality is, you'll have problems with sin because you're trying to serve the enemy of the world, Jesus Christ. We are in a spiritual battle, a battle that may manifest in the flesh but really is driven through demonic influences. I say influence because the Bible does not teach that our behavior is controlled by demon possession. The Bible teaches that we are drawn away by our own lust. James 1:14 But every man is tempted , when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. First, it is not a sin to be tempted, it's part of the battle. Paul wrote in I Cor 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. The important part of these two scriptures is lust is in you because of the fall and God will not put more on us that we can not bear it. The other point is, with every temptation there is a way of escape. What keeps us stuck in these situations is our not being honest with ourselves about weaknesses in our lives. The only way Jesus can be strong in our weaknesses is if we first acknowledge them and then depend on His strength to endure. and come out with victory. This is not to say that you are without sin, this is to say, I lean and depend on the strength of Christ in my times of weaknesses. Maturity is to take responsibility for your actions, this is the process of repentance, which we are directed to practice a believers. Heb 12:1, "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us." The cloud of witnesses are the writers of the scriptures, specifically in context, the prophets and writers of what we call the Old Testament. We have the power to lay aside every weight, and sin in our lives, it's a choice we have to make. Patience is essential, because without patience with ourselves, we'll feel like failures and want to give up trying all together. We have essentially been taught in this world and in the church, it's not your fault. This takes responsibility off of people, so you have people who don't feel responsible because its everyone else fault in their lives. This in itself creates problems in the believers life, because they never come to repentance, because they just plead the blood and cast out the devil, but never deal with themselves. Everything is not the Devil! There is not a lust demon, a gay demon, a sex demon, a porn demon, bad attitude demon, a drug demon or a cussing demon, etc. What has occurred is somewhere in our lives the seed has been planted that these behaviors are necessary, normal and needed in a person's life. Remember the Devil/Serpent/Lucifer has not changed his tactics. He comes with a lie to influence your behavior and reaction to situations. Our spiritual faculties affect our behavior. The spiritual faculties of man is man's mind, man's emotions and man's will. When we allow our environment to teach us, family values, world systems and other things other than the word of God, we set ourselves up to be bound by strongholds. Strongholds are built on lies. Anything that has been developed through the flesh and carnal is enmity against the things of the Spirit. Here's the battle. 2 Corinthians 10:4-6 "For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled." Every source of truth that is not from the truth (Jesus the Christ) exalts itself against the truth. The key to breaking habits or strongholds is obedience to the word of God. This is why Paul writes in Romans 12:2, "Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." Your obedience proves what is good and acceptable, and what the perfect will of God is for man in this world. We have to have our minds transformed from the source of this world to truth sourced from the Spirit.
You can be set free from anything. First identify the source of why you do what you do. You may need to seek professional counseling. There is now an influx of Christian Counselors these days, who can assist you in that process. Secondly, you have to look at what the word of God has to say about whatever you are struggling with and accept it as truth. Third, you now go to Jesus in prayer in humility and repentance of your sin. I John: 1:9 says that, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." After this we have to have fellowship and accountability so that we might be healed. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much (James 5:16). It's through acknowledgement, seeking truth in the word, repentance, and accountability that assist in changing ones behavior into Godly behavior. To sum this up, my best friend Pastor David Morgan, Jr would say, "If we just stick to II Chronicles 7:14 we'd have this thing down." That's what this whole article boils down too, "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."
Submitted by: Antoine Roston, Sr.
Author of Kingdom Eunuch, "A Dialogue About Sexuality And The Kingdom Of God"