Sin, Relapse and God’s Permissive Will

May this bless someone as they move forward into a new relationship!

Celebrate Recovery at First Baptist Dallas

“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.” – Mark 14:38

Boy, do I understand that Scripture. Let me explain. I love my wife. I truly believe God brought us together as, since the day we were married, I have seen Him working in our lives. He has blessed me with an embarrassment of riches in her, and I am grateful that she is my wife.

But, God also allowed me to exercise my free will in the process. And, that’s where my lesson begins.

Before I married my wife, I talked her into having premarital sex. Both being Christians, we each knew we had crossed the line and were ashamed of our deed. But, the thought of that delicious time was now indelibly pressed in our memories, and it would leave a mark.

After the affair, I…

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It’s a Wrap!

it's a wrapSince I am HUMAN, I would  not be able to hold on to this beyond a certain point. If they meet, (the two online loves) it’s over! So it looks like that is going to happen, so for me it’s a wrap. It’s been an interesting  journey! But I’ll be alright. I’m about to get a life!

I plan to get off-line completely (meaning this blog) YEP! It’s a wrap!

Contending for the Perfect Will of God

Jesus in Gethsemane

Jesus in Gethsemane

If  you had told me I would be in this place a year, ago, maybe I would have believed it, but I would not have believed it would be this bad.

I honestly don’t see my role in God’s plan. I really don’t. I wonder why the test. What’s the purpose? What’s the reason? Where do I fit in? People are mad at me and I didn’t even choose this.

Man has made a choice, so why after the choice has been made, must I hold on?

And God said: Because you are surrendered to MY will!


Luke 22:42

King James Version (KJV)

42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.

God’s will in a fallen world


It’s easy to lose perspective in this world and to even struggle to understand how God relates to all the evil and suffering. Here I offer perspective that I need to remind myself of regularly.

When we pray (daily) for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven, we acknowledge that God’s will is not being done on earth as it is in heaven. But in what sense?

Certainly God is never caught by surprise with anything that happens. God is never looking for a “Plan B” as if He has lost control. We also know that God is deeply grieved by the sin, suffering and death that fills this globe (Genesis 6). Yet God’s moral will is violated every moment.

To understand how God’s will functions in a fallen world, we must acknowledge at least three dimensions to His will in four stages of…

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Balaam the Prophet: God’s Perfect vs. Permissive Will

The Faithful Sayings

Theme: Nu. 22-24

The story of Balaam is very misunderstood by most. Because he was not a Prophet of Israel, many think he was a soothsayer used by God. The assumption that he used divination, of course, is ridiculous because we know that God does not nor will ever condone divination (De. 18:10; Rev. 22:15). Balaam was, in fact, a true Prophet of God that accurately heard God’s voice even though he did not belong to a tribe of Israel (Nu. 22:9).  However, Balaam did not die as a true Prophet of God (Jos. 13:22). Later in his life, he did turn to divination to cause Israel to sin by tempting their men to lay with pagan women (Nu. 31:16-18). The New Testament mentions Balaam’s error as a result of his greed for reward (Jude 1:11; 2Pe.2:15). Though he did fall into sin, his former days of righteousness paints a…

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