Is The Perfect Storm On The Horizon?
Please join us in praying for those affected by Hurricane Irma, and Hurricane Harvey at the moment. We know that there are Conquer Groups running in the affected areas and our prayers are with those leaders, their groups, and everyone else in its path.
Across the Nation at the moment there are people dealing with significant loss and trauma, from Hurricane Irma in Florida, the wild fires in the North West and the effects of Hurricane Harvey in Texas. These events can affect us all differently – for some, we kick into gear and jump at every opportunity to help others, for others, we completely shut down and feel overwhelmed.
I believe in the midst of it all though, God has a challenge to us to pause and reflect.
When I was living in Australia, I had been on my way home from work late one rainy night and had fallen asleep on a tram. I woke up half dazed and realised we had just gone past my stop. I quickly pushed the stop button and went to the door to disembark. Without looking I got off the tram, and before I knew it, I was in the air then slammed down onto the cold, wet asphalt. The driver had failed to stop, her car hitting me at 40 miles per hour. My shoulder had gone through the windscreen and I flipped over the top of the car, coming down the driver’s side and taking out the side mirror. Miraculously I survived with just some bruises and scratches – I can’t say the same for the car!
During the following week it gave me the chance to reflect on what had happened. I could very well have died that night but God was not done with me yet. I looked at it in perspective of my struggle with porn. You see, my porn use had become my dark secret. But, what if I had died? What if my life ended there and my friends, my family had been able to see my internet history? Or at the end of all Earthly things, my deepest secrets in this life were revealed – would I have been happy that so much of my time had been spent online chasing fantasy?
This accident was an opportunity for me to make a change, give up porn and find freedom.
Can I tell you at that point that I found freedom? No.
Unfortunately, the only way I knew how to find freedom was to pray and try harder, and that’s what I continued doing for the next few years, on my own.
Several years later, I eventually had the courage to open up to some friends who helped me find the help that I needed.
Thankfully now, there are resources like the Conquer Series that can give men the discipleship they need to find freedom – where it is not about trying harder, but about a Grace based approach in the community of men.
Perhaps you weren’t hit by a car, or impacted by a hurricane, but you realize it’s time you face this massive issue in your life head on. Do you really need to get run over by a car, caught in a hurricane or perhaps, your wife finally discovering your double life? For most, the latter is the scariest scenario of all. If that’s you, then it’s time to get serious. Stop waiting for the perfect moment. Stop “trying harder” to not do a certain behavior and begin a smarter approach.
This problem is not just going to go away. The perfect storm is on the horizon. It’s just a matter of time before it wreaks havoc in your life. If you’re hiding a secret sin in your life, you’ll eventually be found out. “For God won’t be mocked.” My prayer is you don’t need your own Irmageddon to wake you up, for God’s grace is seeking to draw you into a deeper walk with Him. But He loves you so much that He’ll allow you to be brought to your knees to get your attention.