Watching the Relationship Goals series by Pastor Mike Todd of Transformation Church on YouTube, made me realize that there was something that I wasn’t yet willing to give up for God. Because it was something I thought I was helpless to. Especially because I got comfortable with it before getting to know Christ.
To paint the picture, I had a season right after starting college where sex was my coping mechanism. Cutting was no longer something I could hide since my counselor would actively look for any signs of self-harm of that nature and notify my family. Sex was an easier alternative because it was a more socially acceptable way of harming myself; I didn’t really do it because I enjoyed the act.
When I got saved, however, I realized that I could no longer use sex as a coping mechanism. But because I was so used to it, I was still bounded by it. While I was given the ability to overcome it, I still made excuses for it while in a relationship. I didn’t fight or say no when my partner would ask for sex. While I would bring up abstinence every once in a while, I didn’t make it clear that it was something I wanted to pursue. In the back of my mind, I wasn’t fully willing to let go of it.
Though Sex wasn’t something I really enjoyed that much, when the urge came, it was something I couldn’t fight. It had a stronghold over me, where I couldn’t think straight until the act was done. Then after doing it, I would just hate and feel very ashamed of myself. I didn’t realize it at the time but I was a slave to sex, masturbation, and porn.
Pastor Todd’s series really helped to open my eyes to how much I had allowed sex to rule over my life. Especially part 7 of his message; Does Sex own you? After watching that, I realized that yes, it does own me. But thank God that now I am willing to allow God to work with and through me so that I can be set free from this bondage. The difference between now and before is that even though I knew better, I wasn’t willing to do better. I hadn’t truly repented. 2 Corinthians 7:10 says: “For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death”
True repentance leads to change, it’s not just feeling bad about our actions. Though it may seem hard to do sometimes, it’s always worth the trouble, especially if you understand that the things of this world do not compare to the things of heaven. So if you have to cast out any demon(s) you got comfortable with, cast it out. It can’t possibly offer you anything that would bring you life.
Thinking about abstaining until marriage? Here is a video by Queen Dani on Untold Truths About Waiting Until Marriage To Have Sex. It’s a great watch and is sure to leave you with a different perspective.