If the "soul hides in the darkness" then we need the light of the gospel to shine into our hearts. If we "pretend to show godliness", then we are denying the gospels power to pierce the heart. So if we really want to "break up" with our sin forever then we need to look to the One nailed to the cross where every chain was broken. Every iron bar was cut and all prisoners were declared free! Because who the Son sets free is free indeed! And who the Sons sets free is free from the power of sin! So friends, if this describes your current state may you look to the cross now, not tomorrow, not next time, but today!
From a slave to sin–to freedom in Christ (Galatians 5:1). From an abusive husband verbally and physically–to loving my wife as Christ loved the church (Ephesians 5:25). I attend church at FamilyBibleChurchKingman.org in Kingman, Az. and I'm a volunteer mentor for SettingCaptivesFree.com; My desire is to speak, teach, and preach THE CROSS of Jesus Christ with the same passion I once had for sin!
"Because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction..." 1 Thessalonians 1:5 ESV.
One of my favorite writings that still brings tears to my eyes when I read it, for all the evil I poured out to my precious wife Sylvia, can be found here: erickhurt.com/my-wife-sylvia/
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RE: Purity Lesson 3 Question 3
Lesson 46 Question 10
Question 10. What final thoughts or questions do you have for us today? Please share them here:
Adam writes, "I would like to share a testimony. And it is so in context of today's lesson, although it was based on the application of the previous lesson's main passage from Revelations 12:11... "And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death."
My family left for work and school, so I was alone at home, getting ready for work. I was suddenly overwhelmed by lustful thoughts and was very aware that I was alone and could do whatever I wanted. I fought with thoughts of whether to view porn or not - arguments, will power, excuses, verses, songs, reasoning were all just flying though my mind. There was a point I was sitting in from of the monitor, my fingers on the keyboard... I thought, "no, wait, it can't be that easy to just throw myself into sin". I decided to walk to work, win some time, 'cool off' and maybe speak to the LORD.
I walked. It's about 45 minutes along the seashore. Beautiful raining weather and fresh sea air. I said Lord, I believe everything about you and the gospel. I have know doubts about who you are and what you did and why you did it and how it works. I believe. I understand, but there is one thing I don't get. I don't get emotional about it. I don't feel broken about it. The cross does not tear me up; it rather gives me hope, and gives me a reason to rejoice. I can understand why I can be broken because of sin, but I am not all torn up about it... I continued to tell the Lord that I need to be made aware of the impact of the gospel, and that it needs to touch my heart and take effect in my life.
Then I remembered the lesson and verse of Revelations 12:11 and I remember the conversation between us and the devil. And that is when I suddenly was speaking to the devil.
He told me that what was happening to me was a need that needed to be satisfied. I need to view porn and satisfy the lust of the flesh. He said I tried to get away, but I will not be able to for long; that I would fall because I needed to gratify myself and I had the opportunity. He basically said I could not really say not (that I was just playing for time) and that I would eventually have to obey my lust, implying that I had not choice... which implied I was still under his rule and in bondage to him.
And that is when I started preaching the blood of the Lamb to him, explaining what I believe and what Jesus did for me and to him on the cross and that he was under the wrong impression, thinking he was speaking to the dead old me, when I told him, and reminded him of the blood of Jesus that cleansed me, and set me free and killed the old man under satan's bondage and left him in the tomb, and that the one he was speaking to now, was the resurrected me in Christ. And the more I was preaching, the angrier I was getting... Fortunately our population is sparse, otherwise I may have ended in a straitjacket...
I went on to apply Revelations 12:11, telling Satan that the life I now live I live unto Christ, and He in me, and I will not do my will but His will. I would not love my life unto the death, but allow Christ to live through me, and so I would not do Satan's will (which I do not need to - I am free); nor my old man's will (which I do not need to - I am free); but Christ's will (because I am free to do so and want to do so)... and finally... I told that old serpent that I would tell what happened today as a word of my testimony of the victory that Christ gave me over Satan today - that like Jesus crushed him at the cross, so Jesus gave me the power to trample on his head today, and so, the end of it, is that through all Satan's efforts and schemes, Jesus is the One who will receive all the gory and pray and worship and power and blessing for keeping me from falling today.
Satan scampered away and said he will be back and that my little victory is not forever. I 'shouted' that I am not worried about 'forever', but what I do know is that Jesus saved me NOW!
This is a condensed version of my testimony..."
Lesson 37 Question 8
Question 8. As you look at the cross right now, what do you see? Please take a moment and pray about this, then look at Jesus and share your thoughts:
Ezekiel writes, "I see the darkness that covered the cross like a thick blanket, and lighting. I see the wrath of God poured out in fullness upon the gaunt figure of Christ hanging upon the cross. I see the physical torments from shredded, beaten flesh, piercing pain from a crown of thorns, agony from spikes that may have been rusty, driven into hands and feet. I see labored breathing from being hung suspended from the hands. And I see the terrible mental agony that Jesus went through by taking the blame for our filth on the cross. The one who could not tolerate even a speck of sin, became sin for us, and was treated as a defiled filthy sinner. He was not treated as just one sinner, but suffered for the entire collected sin of His people. The sin of us was laid to HIS account, and with the strength of God Himself, took it all and rose in victory over it all!"
RE: Purity Boot Camp
@Mike-Cleveland Amen! Yes, burn all of the impurities of all kinds out of our dark evil hearts Lord! As we die with Christ and raise with a new heart set ablaze by the Holy Spirit! Where we love to die! Because we love to live! Thank You Jesus for melting just one more heart!
RE: New Purity Boot Camp Course
@Rob-Robertson That's wonderful to hear that you and your student are fanning into flames the gospels power!
2 Timothy 1:6-7 ESV For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, 7 for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
RE: Petrus’ Check In 2/2/2019
@Chris-Dow Father I lift up Chris and pray that words may be given to him in opening his mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel. Whether to his students or sharing the good news with his beloved wife and children, may he lift up the cross that draws our hearts to Christ and turns our backs to our idols. I pray that as Chris looks to the cross daily himself feasting there and being humbled there that You would lift him up at just the right time just as Jesus humbled Himself and was lifted up on the cross at just the right time. In Jesus name. Amen.
Deuteronomy 9:16-18 ESV And I looked, and behold, you had sinned against the Lord your God. You had made yourselves a golden calf. You had turned aside quickly from the way that the Lord had commanded you. 17 So I took hold of the two tablets and threw them out of my two hands and broke them before your eyes. 18 Then I lay prostrate before the Lord as before, forty days and forty nights. I neither ate bread nor drank water, because of all the sin that you had committed, in doing what was evil in the sight of the Lord to provoke him to anger.
Moses threw the law out of his two hands and the law broke before their eyes, a result of Israel breaking the law and worshiping the golden calf. But did you notice that Moses said he threw them out of "his two hands" and broke them before your eyes, then Moses lay prostrate before the Lord.
Jesus took “His two hands” and nailed them to the cross where He “lay prostrate before the Lord” and before our very eyes. Jesus became the “law breaker” on the cross because we have broken the law. "I took hold of the two tablets and threw them out of my two hands and broke them before your eyes. Then I lay prostrate before the Lord…”
Deuteronomy 9:21 ESV Then I took the sinful thing, the calf that you had made, and burned it with fire and crushed it, grinding it very small, until it was as fine as dust. And I threw the dust of it into the brook that ran down from the mountain.
Our idols were turned to powder on the cross where Jesus was under the fire of God’s wrath. Where Jesus was crushing our sin and grinding it very small, in His own body, fine as dust. Then our sinful idols were thrown into the brook where Jesus’ blood flowed down from the mountain. Where forgiveness and cleansing of our sins flowed. Where life from Jesus’ blood flowed. Where the rivers of living water flowed down from the mountain where Jesus was slain. Then buried in a tomb Jesus rose on the third day with power over the broken law. With power over sin and death.
RE: The Cross Cuts Our Hearts
@Kelly-Dorsey Ха-ха! Хорошая Келли! Нет, я не говорю по-испански, но хотел бы, чтобы это помогло бы с моей работой и служением. Вот как мы хотим, чтобы Евангелие вышло наружу.
Псалом 19: 1-3 ESV
1 Небеса объявляют славу Божию,
и небо выше провозглашает его дело рук.
2 изо дня в день изливается речь,
и ночь к ночи открывает знание.
3 Нет речи и нет слов,
чей голос не слышен.