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Permalink 12:08:52 pm, Categories: GraceHead teaching, By Trent, 277 words   English (US)

My mind is perverted

by Trent - from August 2005

My mind is perverted. (nice lead-in, eh?)
I battled that for years as a Christian, always asking God to take it away from me, and always plagued with base impulses. Then I realized that I gave it to God the first time.

If you sign over your property to me, don't comfort yourself if I don't take if from you the first day, or even the first week. It is mine and I'll take it when I want to take it. Such is the nature of what we give God.

Well, from that revelation I quit asking God to take it from me, and instead I thanked God that He already had it. Slowly but surely, progress was made. My carnal mind might still have the impulse to let my eyes wander, but I do not wallow in it. That no longer comforts me, and it did not suit me, so I would just thank God that I gave that idol to Him. ... and I can't believe my mind's purity these days. I am wondering what happened to the pervert that used to live up there. But, who knows what I might do later on today ... however, I'll still be thankful that God has it and I don't have to keep asking Him to take it even if I fall.

That might seem like shocking passivity, but more radical to me is the unbelief I had when I was juggling the struggle - tossing it to God, but catching it on the way down and tossing it again, and again, and again ... until I thought that I would just have to keep it forever.

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Comment from: Timothy [Member] ·
So it is more in the accepting than the continual asking... TRUST... as the Lord is both the Author and Finisher of our faiths taking and adding to us all things in their proper times and seasons according to the good pleasure of HIS will, moving us ever closer toward perfect.

2 Corinthians 12:7
And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure.

Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me.

And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Permalink 07/29/08 @ 10:35
Comment from: Trent [Member] ·
Amen. Continual asking has never paid off for me. Maybe someone will credit their own resolve and pestering for the success that they had, but I can only testify about frustration with that. Not that we should never ask for anything ... but rather that we have the oportunity to trust that He hears us the first time we ask ... and that trust has gone alot better for me than continual begging ever has.

"please" is the language of mistrust.
"thanks" is the language of faith.

Permalink 07/29/08 @ 11:23
Comment from: Jeff Radt (JRed) [Visitor] ·
"please" is the language of mistrust. "thanks" is the language of faith. that really hit home for me! you can see my testimony ("my story") at for a similar struggle. thanks for recently commenting and for creating a powerful online ministry for the Lord. i hope you don't mind that i added your site to my blogroll and i hope that we can stay in touch as well as grow and learn from eachother. YBIC Jeff
Permalink 08/07/08 @ 17:19

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