RETAIN, RECLAIM, &RESTORE

Sometimes spending time in the pig pen (aka) our world, helps us to truly understand that apart from God there is no hope. It’s in this realization, that we are transformed from a state of destitution to complete restoration. This is what God’s grace does for penitent sinners (all of us) (Psalm 40:2; 103:4). Not only are we forgiven, but we receive a spirit of sonship as His children, heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, of His incomparable riches (Romans 8:16-17; Ephesians 1:18-19). 
#RETAIN

#RECLAIM

#RESTORE

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DAY #4 #CTP #PORNOGRAPHY #TRANSPARENCY

DAY 4: #CTP(Call-To-Pray)#PORNOGRAPHY #TRANSPARENCY

Since the age of 10, I have struggled with this addiction. Much like the beginning of sin, it’s started with curiosity. Now this delusion arises from Satan’s craft, the father of lies, who knows well that if he can get me once to sin, he can easily make me sin twice and thrice, till at length I’ve been taken captive at his will. In general, He sees that curiosity is man’s greatest and first snare, as it was in paradise; Eve found herself gazing with mingled curiosity and admiration upon the fruit of the forbidden tree. She saw it was very lovely, and was reasoning with herself why God had so decidedly prohibited their eating or touching it. 

#STATS:

•56% of divorce cases involved once person having an obsessive interest in pornography.

•Pornography users are 2x more likely to suffer from clinical depression.

• Approximately 40 million people in the United States are sexually involved with the Internet.

•As much as some may try to avoid porn at all costs, still over 20% of adults and over 80% of children get exposed to porn unintentionally.
#PRAYER

Father God, curiosity exposed me to the world of pornography, and God as You know, I have struggled to break free but always end up getting back into it. I don’t know what to do and I want to stop – God I often ponder what if I had never seen that first picture and watched that first boot legged video. 

I know porn is not part of Your plan and I know that many people; men and women of all ages are sucked into it – but every time that I try to break free from the habit I often return back again and again. God, I know that it saddens my wife to know that I have this addiction to porn and I ask that in Your grace You cut the chords and the chains for good!

Lord, show me how I can break the habit permanently – I believe that Jesus is able to help break this addiction in other people, and I am asking You to help me to break it in my life too.

Lord, in Ephesians chapter 6, which talks about the armour of God, and although I realise that I have to make a choice myself, to stop my involvement with porn.. I am beginning to understand that as I submit my will to the Holy Spirit, that by His grace, He will help me through this difficult time. Forgive me for the part that I have played in seeking after dirty things and may I learn how to live my life as You would have me live – I ask this in Jesus name, Amen!

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DAY 3 #CTP #PORNOGRAPHY

DAY 3: #CTP#PORNOGRAPHY

When habitual devotion to pornography characterizes a person’s life and he continues in sin without seeking help, making no attempt to stop, or feeling no desire to change his behavior, it demonstrates the person may not be saved (1 Corinthians 6:9)

#STATS:

•About 200,000 Americans are “porn addicts,” defined as spending 11 hours or more per week online looking at porn. 

•More than 50% of those engaged in “sexual interaction” had lost interest in natural intercourse.

•40% of sex addicts lose their spouse

•58% suffer considerable financial loss

•1/3 lose their job.

•Pornography use increases marital infidelity by 300%.

#Prayer:

Lord I am come to You in deep shame and sadness, as I have allowed pornography to become an obsession in my life. Father, I am a ‘happily’ married woman and yet I feel that I am living a double life of pretence to my friends and friends alike. Lord the guilt and shame is tearing me apart and I ask Your forgiveness and pray that You would help me to turn from my wicked and destructive way of self-gratification, into the ways of the virtuous woman of Proverbs 31.

Lord I want to be a good wife to my husband and live a biblical life-style of purity and grace and yet this is like a noose around my neck that is dragging me down at every step of my life. Help me Lord by the power of Your Holy Spirit to break free of this addiction to pornography and to start to live a life that is pleasing to You.

Lord Jesus with Your grace and strength, which is supplied by means of the Holy Spirit, I pray that You would open up to me those Scripture that are about purity of heart. Help me to study how to be come pure in heart – for You have promised blessings to those whose heart is pure before the Lord, in Jesus name I pray, amen!

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#CTP #PORNOGRAPHY #DAY2

DAY 2: #CallToPray#PORNOGRAPHY
Strong’s Greek 4202 porneía (the root of the English terms “pornography, pornographic”; cf. 4205 /pórnos) which is derived from pernaō, “to sell off”) – properly, a selling off(surrendering) of sexual purity; promiscuity of any (every) type.
#STATS:

•Sex is the Number 1 topic for internet searches.

•2.5 Billion pornographic emails are sent (8% of all emails)

•68 million daily pornographers search engine requested.

•75% internet traffic occurs during 9-5 workday.

•The average age of initial pornography is just 11.

•34% of female readers of Today’s Christian Woman’s online newsletter admitted to intentionally accessing Internet porn in a recent poll and 1 out of every 6 women, including Christians, struggles with an addiction to pornography (Today’s Christian Woman, Fall 2003).

•50% of evangelical pastors admits viewing pornography last year.
#Prayer:

Loving heavenly Father, I am ashamed of my years of addiction to pornography and ask Your forgiveness for allowing this to become such a terrible affliction in my life.. I have hidden this from my friends and family for so long, and the guilt and shame that I am going through is so painful. Lord I don’t want to hurt my family any more and Lord I don’t want to be disobedient to You and so I kneel before you in brokenness of spirit to ask that in Your mercy , You would lift me up out of this terrible pit – into which I have been sliding into for so long.

Father, I have tried different things to stop this addiction, that has become so torturous to me and so dishonouring to You – and I confess Lord that I can’t do this on my own. Help me Lord Jesus. I have tried and failed so many times, but now I come to You in humbleness of spirit to ask Your mercy upon me. Lord I know that in my own strength I will fail each time – but You have promised to be my sufficient strength in every and all situations – I pray that in the power of Your Holy Spirit I would finally and fully break free from pornography and by Your grace I will give you ALL the praise and glory – this I ask in Jesus name, amen!

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#CTP #PORNOGRAPHY #DAY1

We all know what CTA stands for but what does CTP mean? Call-To-Pray. This week our subject of awareness will be #PORNOGRAPHY. I will simply highlight a few statseach day for seven days and I am calling you the church to join me to pray about it. 
#STATS:

•Porn is a 13,000,000,000 industry.

•Every 30 seconds people view porn.

• 42.7% of internet uses view porn.

•The US produces 89% of all pornographic web pages.

•57% of pastors say that addiction to pornography is the most sexually damaging issue to their congregation (Christians and Sex Leadership Journal Survey, March 2005).

•47% percent of families said pornography is a problem in their home (Focus on the Family Poll, October 1, 2003).
#Prayer:

Father God, I come to you in the name of Jesus and I repent of this sin and I ask that the blood of Jesus would cleanse my mind and my heart from the images that have been imprinted there. I pray that you would renew my mind with images of you on the cross dying for my sins. Renew my mind with your Word according to Romans 12:1-2. Lead me to the scriptures that would continue my mind renewal process. Free me from this bondage Holy Spirit forgive me for grieving you. You’ve said that no temptation has laid hold of us that is not common to man and that you would not allow us to be tempted beyond a point where we cannot escape. I pray that you would show me the way out. Show me the traps and roads that the enemy uses that lead me to this temptation so that I may choose another way. Close those doors in the spiritual realm. Show me all the things, people & places that I need to cut off to continue in my freedom. I bind the hand of the enemy. I rebuke the demon of seduction, pornography, incubus, succubus and any other spirits that have attached themselves to me. Point me in the direction of the deliverance ministry where I can continue in freedom. Free me from the guilt and shame. Continually keep the helmet of salvation on my head to keep my mind free from evil, lustful thoughts. Bring to my mind all the things that I may have in my environment that would encourage these demons so that I can remove them. Lord, I accept that I am a new creation in Christ Jesus that old things have passed away and all things have been made new. Free me from a spirit of rejection and from pride. I am fearfully and wonderfully made and valuable beyond measure in your eyes. Lord, I accept that I have the mind of Christ and therefore my thoughts will be on the things that Christ would have me think on. God lead me to the right support group where I can have the accountability that you know I will need during this process. Holy Spirit guide my steps, guard my heart, make my will Your will and when I don’t know what else to pray please make intercession for me so that I will be free, in Jesus Name, Amen

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PRAYER OF HUMILITY

My Lord, I wasn’t humble in the presence of Your mighty power. You cared for me but I refused to turn all my worries and weaknesses over to You. I failed to stay on guard and like the disciples in the Garden, I fell asleep knowing that our enemy, the devil, is like a roaring lion, sneaking around ready to attack me. I didn’t resist the devil and I failed to be strong in my faith. In all that Lord, I know Your forgiveness, mercy, and grace is bigger than my shortfalls and shortcomings. Father, I am thankful that you continue to show me undeserved kindness and love despite the times, I have ignored your voice and did what I wanted to do. I am humbled because Your word confirms though I suffer for a little while, You will make me steady, strong and firm. I am forever thankful because I am confident the good work You began in me, will come to completion. Thank You for unprecedented patience, in Jesus name, amen!

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PURPOSE IN PAIN

God doesn’t waste your suffering without purpose(2 Corinthians 1:4, 6). God uses the problems in your life to give you a ministry to others. In fact, the very thing you’re most ashamed of in your life and resent the most could become your greatest ministry in helping other people. 


I have her it said, “Your misery is your ministry!” This is considered redemptive suffering. Redemptive suffering is when you go through a problem or a pain for the benefit of others.This is what Jesus did. When Jesus died on the cross, he didn’t deserve to die. He went through all that pain and misery for our benefit to save us from going to hell. In a nut shell, God has a purpose for your pain, a season for your struggle, and a reward for your faithfulness! 

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