Purity & Freedom

Catch a Vision

 “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before…”  Philippians 3:13 {KJV}

We are starting back up on day 3 of week 4 of the Practical Steps in Freedom Series.  In previous weeks we have talked about looking back, looking up, and looking around.  Now, it is all eyes forward as we start to actually walk in freedom.  You could say that everything up until now has been preparing us for these first steps in our new life.

If you have no idea where we are, take a moment to read the post right before this one to give you an idea.  In the verse I quoted above, forgetting what is behind is immediately followed by reaching forth to what is before.  So, let me ask you a question:

What is next in your life?  Do you know?

Now, this verse carries on into the next one and talks specifically about pressing toward the calling of Christ.  I want to take a moment though and just talk about this whole idea of catching a vision for what is ahead.

If you have spent time in pornography, or in fantasy, or in lustfully hopping from one potential love interest to the next, you are not very forward focused.  In fact, you are very inward focused and, in a sense, lose touch with the reality of a future.  You have one.  Don’t forget that.  There is more to you than this insatiable appetite for sex.

Many of us, though, start to live our lives governed by it, and in turn, lose sight of what is next.  What is next becomes the next site we are going to explore or the next fetish to look into.  What is next becomes the next poor unsuspecting guy in your Bible study who you will fantasize and obsess over.

Essentially, tomorrow is going to look exactly the same as today.  Your life looks like a hamster in a wheel.  All of your desire is getting you nowhere!  It is time to bust out of the wheel.

Start thinking about who you want to be.  What are some dreams, some passions you have?  Where do you picture yourself in five years?  I guarantee you it is not glued to some computer screen. You need a destination.  You need to catch a vision for life!


Today:

  • Make an ‘inventory’ list of your talents, hobbies, strengths, weaknesses.  Set some personal goals in these areas of your life: physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually, relationally.
  • If you did not do this on the New Year, write out who you imagine yourself being a year from now.  Stay away from “free from pornography/lust/etc.”  That is a given.  Keep a forward focus- what else would you like to be true about who you are?  Now, how are you going to get there?

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