Praise the LORD.
Praise him for his acts of power;
praise him for his surpassing greatness!
I have been holding back. There’s a dark secret, a fact about myself that I have been too ashamed to write about here. Too embarrassed. Too guilty.
But on Wednesday this week, Jesus did something amazing. He intervened on my behalf in an incredibly loving, purposeful way. I just wanted to SHOUT HIS PRAISE everywhere. But for you to know how GLORIOUS God is, you need to know the whole story, my darkest secrets. But above all, you need to know that the LORD IS AMAZING.
So here goes… I have a wonderful wife, but there are still times when my mind wanders. X-rated television shows. Masturbation. Fantasies. I have heard that this is not uncommon, but I also know that God has told me to stop. There are probably a lot of reasons why you can look poorly on this behavior, but for me it has been an act of open defiance… blatant disobedience to God.
I have confessed. I have been forgiven. But the pattern continued. On Wednesday this week, alone in the house, I turn on the TV to the movie channel that shows X-rates shows after dark. I want to change the channel, but I can’t. I want to turn the TV off, but I don’t. I want to get up and walk away, but I am fixated. But somehow, I get the strength to say “Jesus, I really need your help.”
And then it happened.
We lost our cable connection.
It just shut down. The TV went dark, and then rebooted. All I could think was, how great is our God? That with all that’s going on in this world, he hears us when we call. He is ready and willing to intervene on our behalf.
I share this with you for two reasons. You need to know that GOD is REAL, GOD is HERE, and GOD is SIMPLY AMAZING.
Secondly, for all of us who suffer from addictions or sins or behaviors we want to change – we don’t need to do it alone. We don’t need the strength to stop ourselves. We don’t need to be as poetic as David, who cries, “come to my relief… preserve my life… answer me quickly, O LORD, my spirit fails.” We only need the strength to ask for help. Just ask.
For Jesus says:
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
All glory to Him!