The story of a modern day prodigal



Posted on November 30, 2012 at 10:55 AM

"For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled." {2 Corinthians 10:3-6}

     When ever we make the decision to follow Christ there is always a sacrifice. Recognition of that sacrifice and adequate response is always necessary. We are a different person and things must change. When we choose to follow Christ we are a new creation spiritually. We now walk according to the spirit and not according to the flesh. Often times some may think that redemption and forgiveness equal easy street; well that certainly is untrue. You still have struggles and temptations, you just have new ammunition to utilize in defense. Many of you know much of my story and the many things that the Lord has delivered me from. Drug addiction, Alcoholism, Homosexuality, pornography addiction, sex addiction, and much more were things my past life was riddled with. The reason for this is because I chose to walk by the flesh and not by the spirit. I lived surrounded by lies, secrets, deception, jealousy, resentment, and hatred. The renewing of the mind does not happen overnight either, let me tell you. Most of you currently view me as someone who is kind, compassionate, zest for life, concerned about others, and loving; this was not always the case. But thank God that this process of mind renewal is an inward work. What I mean by that is, it is something that starts on the inside and eventually manifests to the outward man. Often times we never wait long enough for the miracle to happen or for the work to be complete. We allow the expectations or the views of others to determine how we should feel, act, live, or respond. Its a relationship not a religion! Last time i checked, it only takes 2 to have a relationship.

     Many people often ask me why I choose to be so transparent about who I am and where I have come from. It is not my choice to be transparent it is HIS choice for me to be transparent. I choose what the Lord wants for me today instead of what I wish or what for myself. Sacrifice of one's self is the ultimate sacrifice; sacrificing the own lustful desires of my flesh, because I want to please he who has loved me enough to redeem me from myself. Revelations 2:11 says... "They overcame by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony." I believe this to be our biblical charge to be spiritually transparent, always tuned to opportunities to share HIS grace and mercy, and always show the work that HE has done within us. If we will be obedient and tend to the Lord's reputation; he will be faithful to protect our own. Make yourselves of no reputation as Christ did, always tending to the "will" of the Father.

     So frequently we get super concerned with what others expect of us or think that we should be doing. Our focus should be on the Lord's Will for our lives and not the rioted opinions of others. When we are concerned with others opinions concerning our "Spiritual Wills", then we can not remain focused on God's and remaining spiritually transparent for his glory. Truth is most people are simply to scared of what others think in order to share their deepest feelings about human interactions, religious views, and things with a spiritual subject matter. Many times we are trying to live up to the agendas that others make for us and the expectations that come along with those agendas.Yes others do try to put expectations on us and yes they are often ones that we could never live up too; however, think about the magistrates of the Jewish temples. They were so riddled with agendas and expectations that they could not see that the savior had come meek and humble to save the broken and the lost. I often think about how high the expectations are set for believers to strive to be holy just as Christ is holy, wow do we fall short. That's when mercy and grace come in; if it weren't for those characteristics of God we would be out before we were in.

Its really as simple as the old hymn says... "Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in his wonderful face and the things of this world will grow strangely dim; in the light of his glory and grace."

Brothers and sisters, I encourage you to be concerned with that which Christ would have you be concerned with. Be not concerned with the things of this world, for it is fleeting and you are not of it, merely in it. GOD BLESS, Jeremy

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Reply John
8:02 AM on July 11, 2013 
Wow! How beautifully said. It is obvious that God is speaking through you Jeremy.