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Yes,I totally agree with you about sexual sin. This has been a real battle all my life. It is the battlefield of the mind. I was exposed to pornogery when I was about 12 to 13 years old and it held me in bondage for about 10 years after I receive Christ as savior.My problem, was shame. I didn't want anyone to know,therefor I thought I wasn't normal to be a christain and yet strugle in this area. About 2 years ago, my friend at church ask me to assist him with Celabrate Recovery. This ministry has turned out to quite a blessing A book that I stumbled on that has really ministered to me is Every Man's Battle. This is a must read for men who are looking for freedom in this area of their lives.

HI Mike. Thanks again for your blog. Love reading it every day. You missed the point totally on Matthew 18:20 and have to admit that most do as well, including most pastors. Look at the context of the verses. Jesus is talking about disciplining a brother, not church gathering per say. Many use this verse to say that God listeners to prayers more when more people are involved, again not true. Regarding church discipline, the saddest part of church today, if we can call it that, it that there is no discipline. The leaders don't want to scare people away of offend them, but is extremely important. If not, the world takes over the church, which has happened to most churches. Thanks again for your blog Mike. God bless you my friend and brother.

Exodus 4:3b-4

Moses threw it on the ground and it became a snake, and he ran from it. 4 Then the LORD said to him, “Reach out your hand and take it by the tail.” So Moses reached out and took hold of the snake and it turned back into a staff in his hand.

I learned from a pastor that Moses was excising his faith towards God when God commanded him to take the snake by the tail. In verse 3b, Moses ran from the snake, signifying that he was afraid of the snake. But he obeyed God to take it by the tail, which was dangerous as the snake might turn its head and bit Moses.

4:13

13 But Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.”

Compare Moses' response at his early encounter with God with Exodus 33:18.

18 Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.”

Exodus 4:11

11 The LORD said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the LORD?

This verse made me think of Jesus' healing work in the New Testament time. Jesus healed a blind person and the disciples asked Jesus if it was due to the blind person's sin or his parents' sin. Jesus answered that it was not due to the blind person's sin nor his parents. But rather, it was for the glory of God.

I once worked for the mentally handicapped. It just came to my mind sometimes that why God allowed some of his creations to be mentally handicapped. There is no easy answer to this question. But as God said in Exodus 4:11, God made 'them deaf or mute'. The maker has every right to make a pricey vase or an ordinary vase out of a pottery. Perhaps, Nick's example can show that the meaning of life goes beyond disabilities and illness, etc.. It is your relationship with Jesus that matters. As Jesus said in the Gospels, it is rather having one eye less / one hand less to enter into Heaven than having a full body that sins and enters Hell. (in Matthew 18:8-9, today's reading).

Don't have time to write more, but I just want to recommend a website with excellent video sermons and testimonies regarding sexual addictions and how to break free of it.
http://illbehonest.com/ - scroll down and look for the section called "Sexual sin/Pornography".
God bless you all!
Cristina D., Vancouver, BC

Exodus 4:1-5:21

A couple of days back, to be precise, yesterday (my how time flies), I mentioned that I thought Moses’ reluctance to be sent by God wasn’t based on his Public Speaking talent or lack there of, but on the knowledge that he had committed a crime, he was a murderer. Guilt has a way of always sitting in the back our minds and coloring all our reasons we disguise as excuses, hmmm.

I have taken note of how many people, myself included, don’t really ask the question or state the true problem but the issue is couched in terms of, “I know somebody who …” or, we play ring-a-round-the-rosy in our attempt to avoid the true problem or question and hid behind our “stuff.” God has not of that and all though He doesn’t come right out and say what Moses’ issues are (Moses would probably deny them), He does not let Moses escape from His purpose. Think God is still doing that today?

I think we in the Western Cultures escape into new technologies, cell phones, blackberries, the got to stay in touch stuff, as an attempt to drown out the calling, the purpose God has assigned to each and every individual. We create our own ministries (our vocations/employment/careers) to run from our assigned ministry. I’m using ministry here in terms of service to the greater population. Everyone ministers in some way, even if that ministry is dedicated to serve evil it still is a ministry, a service to the fleshly nature or dedicated to the spiritual. “God I don’t want to do that so I’ll do this instead.”

Grace and peace,
Ramona

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