Friday 10th November 2017
The other weekend, Tyler and Kiara went on the High Ropes and Zip Wire at Centre Parcs. They had to complete obstacles high up in the trees that included walking on tight ropes, walking on swinging platforms, walking on the top of logs and rope ladders. At every obstacle Kiara said I cannot do it but with determined effort and encouragement she conquered every obstacle. The last but one obstacle took as high above the trees to a small platform. We were looking out above the forest over Norfolk and Suffolk. From here we were attached to a zip wire and then jumped from the platform, flying down the rope over a lake back down to ground level – exhilarating!
All the time we were on the High Ropes we had a harness around our chest and hips which was pulled tight into our bodies. This harness was then attached to ropes above us and below us that kept us from falling. Even though every single one of us on the High Ropes had the safety of being strapped in and secure I never saw anyone just playing about and jumping off the obstacle. The only time the harness came into effect was when someone fell. Every one wanted to enjoy the views and height to which they were walking up in the trees.
For us to really enjoy the gifts that God has given us, including sex, God wants us to live to his high expectations and the boundaries he has given us. When we do this we really enjoy life and live life to the full in freedom and free of guilt and shame.
If we fall we have a harness around us that is tight into us called GRACE. It keeps us and returns us to the height from which we have fallen and restores our relationship with God.
Repentance – the gateway to Grace.
The gateway to freedom or putting things right before God is repentance. On the Freedom in Christ Course there is a section called “Bondage verses Freedom”.
This is what it says:
“Many times we feel trapped in a vicious cycle of sin-confess-sin-confess that never seems to end. We can become very discouraged and end up just giving up and giving in to the sins of the flesh. To find freedom we must follow James 4 v 7: “Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” We submit to God by confessing our sin and repenting (turning away from sin). We resist the devil by rejecting his lies. Instead put on the full armour of God (Ephesians 6 v 10 – 20)
Sin that has become a habit often requires us to ask a trusted brother or sister in Christ to hold us accountable. James 5 v 16 says, ‘Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” Sometimes the assurance of 1 John 1 v 9 is enough: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Remember, confession is not saying, “I’m sorry”; it is openly admitting, “I did it”
Here is a prayer you can pray:
“Dear Heavenly Father, you have told me to put on the Lord Jesus Christ and to make no provision for the flesh. I confess that I have given in to fleshly passions that wage war against my soul. I thank you that in Christ my sins are already forgiven, but I have broken your holy law and given the devil a chance to wage war in my body. I come to you now to confess and renounce these sins of the flesh so that I might be cleansed and set free from the bondage of sin. Please reveal to my mind all the sins of the flesh I have committed and the ways I have grieved the Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ holy name. Amen.
As the Lord brings to your mind every wrong sexual use of your body, whether it is done to you or willingly by you, renounce every occasion in the presence of God.