Here is an excerpt from my up-coming book, Forgiveness Fail: How the Millennial Church can Rediscover a Forgiveness Process that Works.
When talking about forgiveness, the issue of Justice inevitably comes up. I argue that we have a right to see justice, but before I can explain that it’s God’s job to do justice on our behalf, Angry Andy jumps the gun…
Perfect! I have the right for justice. I am finally justified in using my cross-bow with the exploding arrows on that little punk who insulted my mullet. And, my wife told me it was a worthless purchase… ha!
Not so fast. Seriously, don’t. I don’t want to be held liable for you going all crazy-redneck on some innocent kid who told you the truth in love.
Tomorrow, we leave.
25 hours of travel time expected over the next two days.
15 month toddler and one on the way.
This is going to fun!
I started this journey back in December while I was in Beijing chatting with my dad. I had just spent three weeks helping hurting ones become healed ones and we were already talking about a return trip.
I did some sessions with a few men from a Chinese worship school in Beijing. They are now back in session and I plan on doing more sessions with them this time around.
Doing 3-hour prayer sessions dealing with the deepest, most painful parts of people’s lives is difficult. Doing that through a translator is something altogether different!
Holy Spirit dependency.
I also worked with a few english-speaking folk. I am hoping to finish the life of one woman with whom I did about 5 sessions last time.
This is a ground-breaking trip for me. I have a dream of a Prayer Resolution special forces squad that is highly trained, highly experienced and highly mobile who can deploy all over the world helping burned out missionaries, fallen pastors and other hurting ones (trafficked women, those escaping cults, etc).
This trip is the first step toward that dream.
Five of us will be doing sessions over the course of five weeks. Michelle (my wife), Amy, Bob, Ted and myself will be helping the existing and thriving work that is already happening in China. Their biggest need is to work with Chinese men and English speakers.
Almost all of those in China who have been trained in Prayer Resolution are Chinese women.
We aren’t going there to bring them God.
God is already there.
Active. Present. Powerful.
We’re going to support and help a healthy work of God.
To learn more about our trip Click Here.
He found an online sex site.
He went to meet the girl he had picked out online.
He was using money to purchase women and receive sexual encounters and favors.
All along he felt the conviction of the Holy Spirit, but he chose to ignore it.
He believed a lie that told him:
“Once you start sinning, you might as well enjoy yourself.”
Like many people within Christianity, he had heard the purity talk. So much stress is put on not crossing “that line” that when people do cross that line they give up all hope and start acting as if they are utterly defiled, doing defiling things.
Where is “that line” anyway?
When does sex start?
Once people feel like they have cross the “point of no return” they often give in completely and fall into horrible depths of destructive living.
He believed that because he had already sinned it was too late and he was compelled to carry it out to completion.
First he needed to deal with the bonds and defilement that were established in the act. The blood of Jesus is enough for these things, but it needed to be applied specifically. Cleansing, claims and bonds needed to be addressed in prayer as well as forgiveness.
He confessed that he believed this lie and asked God to forgive him. He did his own part by telling God that he wanted nothing to do with this lie anymore and asked God to do His part by breaking the power of that lie. He then asked God to do one more thing: Give him a Truth to replace the lie.
He saw in his mind a galaxy, full of stars.
He didn’t know why God was showing him this so he asked what it meant.
God told him that he didn’t create all of those stars in one sweeping choice.
Each and every star was a decision.
God wasn’t compelled to make 3 million more stars because he had made the first star of a galaxy.
At every step he had a choice.
God told him that every sin is a decision, every time. They are real events as much as the stars that were made are real.
“I don’t have to continue. I can repent early. When I don’t sin, I have more time for intimacy with God. Time spent is valuable to God.”
God’s truth for him was:
“Every decision, second and minute matters. They are very precious to God.”