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WHAT IS A HERO?


When the house fell asleep
there was always a light
And it fell from the page
to the eyes of an American boy
In a storybook land
I could dream what I read
When it went to my head
I’d see:

I wanna be a hero

—Steve Taylor, “Hero” (Meltdown, 1984)

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“Here I come to save the day!”

—Mighty Mouse

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“Out here, due process is a bullet.”

—John Wayne (as Col. Michael Kirby in The Green Berets)

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And you didn’t say a word
when they accused you
You did not fight back
when the whole world used you

When hate was crowned King
and love was diminished
You stood meek as a lamb there
without blemish

And they laughed when you cried out
“It is finished”

You lay down
You lay down

—Terry Taylor, “You Lay Down” (1998)

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Today marks one year since I attended the one-day Battle event at Evergreen Church in Bloomington, Minnesota.  I went to the Battle as a broken man — a man enslaved to internet pornography with little hope of breaking the cycle of addiction.  I left that day with a sense of hope.

The Battle came with a plan and that first day was simply Stage 1.  Stage 2 was a one-week “Boot Camp” that started early Monday morning two days after the Battle.  And after that would be Stage 3 — sixteen weeks of meetings with a core group of men called the Purity Platoon.

The goal — Purity.  No sexual gratification apart from my wife.  No masturbation, no pornography, no mental fantasies. Purity — nothing less.

For six months I flourished in that program.  I was blessed with the gift of purity.  Purity like I have never known in my life.  Not  only did I stay away from internet pornography, but I also abstained completely from masturbation and kept my mind free of sexual fantasy.

Unfortunately I made the grave mistake of taking “one little look” at pornography after six months of purity.  And as they say in alcoholics anonymous, it’s the “first drink” that has to be avoided at all costs.  Since I took that first look, I have been back in the trenches — engaged in an inch by inch battle for progress while crawling through mud.

So what do I think today?  Do I celebrate?  Do I mourn?

Yes.

But mostly I celebrate.  While I do not have a hold on purity in my life right now, there is evidence that I am moving towards purity rather than away from it.  I have hope.  I know that with Christ purity is possible.  I have my brothers in the SALT Brigade who are fighting this Battle at my side.

And another Battle event is being hosted in 2 weeks at the same church as the one I attended one year ago.  I am going back.  I am going to give my whole self in obedience to Christ by following the commands of the leaders Christ appoints for me.  I am renewing my pledge to flee from sexual immorality, to refrain from looking at a woman with lust, and to avoid pornography in all of its forms.

I am a broken man and a sinner.  I have sinned with my eyes and with my body by giving myself away sexually outside of the sacrament of my marriage.  Jesus Christ came to this earth to call me and liberate me from my sins.  Jesus gave his body up for me as an atoning sacrifice for all of my sins.  From the very cross of his sacrifice Jesus said to me, “It is finished”!

I believe.

It is finished.


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Spiritual Maturity is always dictated by our willingness to sacrifice our own desires for the desires of others or for the interests of the kingdom.

+ Rick Joyner, The Final Quest

Purifying your eyes and mind is more than a command — it’s also a sacrifice. And as you make the sacrifice, as you lay down your desires, blessings will flow. Your spiritual life will experience new joy and power, and your marriage life will blossom as your relationship reaches new heights.

Arterburn & Stoeker, Every Man’s Battle, 183

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The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

+ Psalm 51:17

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Spiritual maturity is always dictated by our willingness to sacrifice our own desires for the desires of others or for the interests of the kingdom.

– Rick Joyner, The Final Quest

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Purifying your eyes and mind is more than a command – it’s also a sacrifice.  And as you make that sacrifice, as you lay down your desires, blessings will  flow.

– Arterburn & Stoeker, Every Man’s Battle

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