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I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me.

+ Exodus 20:2-3

One of the ideas we have been examining in our Purity Platoon is intimacy with God. True intimacy with God leads to serenity, joy, and purity. False intimacy leads to acting out, sexual sin, and addiction.

My life has been filled with false intimacy. Rather than turning to God for my deepest needs, I turn to and rely on myself. I don’t trust God, I trust me.

Because of this reliance on self, I use behaviors and substances to meet my needs – needs that can only truly be met by God. I don’t have a true sense of self worth, so I continually try to prove to myself and others how valuable and/or significant I am. And to find acceptance, I will do what others want me to do.

That is false intimacy.

True intimacy begins with the understanding that God is God – He is the only source for meeting all of my needs and He has commanded me to have no other gods besides Him.

True intimacy with God means that I trust God alone to meet my deepest needs for the following:

  • Identity

  • Security & Protection

  • Significance & Value

  • Intimacy & Love

  • Provision

  • Direction

  • Acceptance

As I have noted before, there is a god-shaped hole in my heart and there is only one source for filling that hole – God Himself.  True intimacy with God is the way to fill the hole.

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As men of the Purity Platoon, we dedicate ourselves to the Lord Jesus Christ whose Spirit is a Holy Spirit and whose job it is to produce holiness in His Bride.

Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.


+ 2 Corinthians 7:1

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No matter what comes out of those gates, we have a better chance of surviving if we stay together.

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Practice Visual Purity with Other Women

To set up your first defense perimeter with your eyes, you want to employ the strategy of bouncing your eyes and starving your eyes. … Let’s first consider bouncing. You can win this battle by training your eyes to ‘bounce’ away from sights of pretty women and sensual images. If you ‘bounce your eyes’ for six weeks, you can win this war. … When your eyes bounce toward a woman, they must bounce away immediately.

– Arterburn & Stoeker, Every Man’s Battle

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But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”

– 1 Peter 1:15-16

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How can those who are young keep their way pure?
By living according to your word.

I seek you with all my heart;
do not let me stray from your commands.

I have hidden your word in my heart
that I might not sin against you.

+ Psalm 119:9-11

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HAIL TO THE SALT BRIGADE!

Last week’s meeting of the SALT Brigade was sorely needed — sorely needed by me and each of the other members of the group. All of us had reached the same point in our struggles with sex addiction: CRASH AND BURN! And yet we all dialed in to our weekly call. None of us wanted to be on the call, but somehow we all found the courage to dial that number.

So what do you do when you’re a support group and no one is having success? You cry out. You bare your souls and cry out to God. You tell it like it is and then you start taking stock. And then you find that all of you has something pretty big to be grateful for — God has not left you. You have screwed up, you have done what you said you would not do, you have tried to hide from God and from each other … but God is still there.

God is still there and He does not condemn. He simply invites: Come with me! Try it my way!

And so we found the courage to begin anew. I have been clean since that meeting. I am trying to bounce my eyes. I am trying to pray. I am trying to do daily check-ins. But above all … I am grateful!

Thanks be to God!!!

S-A-L-T: Standing Against Lust Together

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