Voices of Faith: Believers, we are one, aren't we?

 

"And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise." Philippians 4:8, New Living Translation

"And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise." Philippians 4:8, New Living Translation

To discuss how God delivered me from lust addiction is one of the most humbling things for me to do. It is not what I ever wanted my legacy to be.

Unfortunately, I fell into a trap of lust from which I struggled to break free. It was totally my fault and I have never made an excuse. After many years of struggling with this addiction, I finally came to the realization that I was powerless to break free on my own. Through the power of God, along with the prayers of my parents, brother and a good minister friend of mine, God set me free! I now feel the burden to share my testimony publicly so that persons who are also grappling with this struggle can identify someone whom God helped to deliver.

Some may say, "Are lust and pornography really that big of a deal?" If you really do not know, here are just a couple of surveys to think about:

Teens

In 2012, Tru Research conducted conducted 2,017 online interviews with teens, ages 13-17, and parents of teens:

See www.mcafee.com/us/resources/misc/digital-divide-study.pdf for more information.

Christian men

According to Charisma News, a 2014 survey of 388 self-identified Christian men was conducted by Proven Men Ministries and Barna Group. According to surveys of men between 18-30 years old:

See www.charismanews.com/us/45671-shocker-study-shows-most-christian-men-are-into-porn for more information.

There are great Christian resources and ministries in this city and county that can help. If you or someone you love would like to know more about these resources, please email me at highergroundchurch@yahoo.com.

Andrae P. Crismon, Sr. is the pastor of Higher Ground Worship Center, Church of God in Christ, in Murfreesboro and the author or "Lord, Keep My Mind Clean: A 31 Day Devotional & Accountability Journal."

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