The following was written in response to a question posted 0n the blogsite http://virtuealert.blogspot.com/.
The question written in to the blogsite regarded a stronghold, addiction, habit, unhealthy desire… that we may pray about and ask God to take from us. Yet even after praying and struggling through it, the temptation is still staring us in the face. Why is that? Is God not hearing our prayer? Why after we prayed and prayed to have it removed are we still battling this same monster?
This one was taken right off our prayer wall and I think it’s worth discussing because I think a lot of people are dealing with this. Here is what I have learned the hard way. If I’m struggling with something and it’s not getting better, then I’m probably not really struggling with it. I’m probably feeding it. I’ll explain.
Let’s say this desire to have sex is like a monster that lives in your heart and head. Something in you wants the monster to go away but something else (hello sin nature) kind of likes it and wants it to stick around. So you pray and pray that God will take it away but instead of going away the monster just keeps getting bigger and stronger. What’s the deal? You’re praying but for some reason God isn’t fixing the problem. Has He given up on you or are you not praying right or what? I think the place to start is to look at your actions and see if your actions are working against your prayer. Do you watch sex scenes from your favorite movies over and over? Do you look at things you shouldn’t on the internet and TV? Do you let your mind wander into places it shouldn’t go instead of taking every thought captive and obedient to Christ like it says in 2 Corinthians 10:5? If you talk about sex with your friends a lot and fill your mind with it via TV, movies, books, and the internet – then you aren’t really struggling against it no matter how much you pray. You’re feeding the monster and making it stronger so that it has more control over you every day. It’s like if you pray that God will make you skinny but you eat 2 boxes of Krispy Kreme a day. Never gonna happen. So my question to you is what are you actually doing, other than praying, to fight this thing? Are you willing to sacrifice the things that keep you focused on sex or romance and shift your focus to Jesus? If you’re feeling down on yourself read Romans 7 and you’ll see that even Paul had monsters to fight.
When Jesus offers us freedom He always requires that we walk away from our sin, that we stop doing those things that are keeping us in chains. He offers Himself in exchange for the monster but you have to let go of the one in order to hold on to the Other. There isn’t room in your heart for both. And remember this – some battles are long and hard but don’t ever give up because in the end Jesus always wins.