https://youtu.be/7x2IpLSfqp8 I Surrender All, a YouTube video I wanted to embed so that it would be included in my post
However WordPress does not seem to allow this anymore, and promptly changes it to a link, but I still intend to write this post
I Surrender All, is one of my favorite Hymns which stuck firmly in my memory and I would often find myself humming it (humming is one of my bad and annoying habits)
But it wasn’t until recently that I came to know the truth of the words of that song
When I finally relinquished my control (poor control) over my addiction of far too many years and gave EVERYTHING, that I began to benefit from the effects that this Hymn and the words sing about
The sense of freedom was wonderful beyond mere words can explain, as anyone who has tried to give up any kind of addiction will tell you just how impossible giving up their addiction can be
They will also tell you the longer you allow it to dominate your life, the harder it is to give up and that is certainly true in my case
What they may not tell you but I will, is how I made up excuses and reasons anything but admit I was addicted
As to the addiction I would prefer not to give into details, just to say it was sexual based, and started way back in my innocent youth
It was instigated by another boy who sat next to me at school, who seemed to know about sexual things, but I allowed it to continue ignoring his advances as best I could
Until one day he stopped in the same unannounced manner he had started, but by then I had become so accustomed to him taking advantage of my quiet nature
I found I could not remove the memory of his actions, and began fantasizing and indulging myself in very the same action he had done to me
My fist excuse “it was not my fault he had perverted me” so with that excuse I could continue where he left off
But as time went on I had to come up with other excuse, as my sexual appetite increased
Here are some of those excuses “I’m only human” “You have to have some pleasures in life, too boring otherwise” It’s not as if I’m hurting anyone”
But these were just lies, that allowed me to continue and not face up to the fact I was addicted, which lead me into much darker places (practices)
One thing I had noticed the more power of the addiction grew the more it demanded, and the sense of loneliness as how could I explain to anyone until now
For now Jesus has been gratuitous enough to lift the burden of me, so that I am no longer addicted and even if I stray back into that dark place of self-indulgence
These two passages below came to my mind, but had to do a google search to find the actual passages and verse
Ephesians 4:22-24English Standard Version (ESV)
22 to put off your old self,[a] which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, 23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
– Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Putting off my old self is way over due, how about you?