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2• The Singed

If you are part of the 'Singed' group, you have need of hope is great. Your life has fallen apart to different degrees. However, the greatest problem is not all of your past sins but that you are willing to sit in them. More than likely you share a cynical view of life. Your special temptation is to just sit in the mess of problems as life goes on.

But that is exactly where the evil one wants you to sit commiserating your wounds until the hell fire gets hot. Jesus in John 10:10 says of the devil,
"The thief comes only to steal, and kill, and destroy; I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly."

We understand that many consequences cannot be changed. Rape is rape. Divorce is divorce. Committing impurity has been done. The past cannot be simply undone. However, cynicism which says that the wrong cannot be corrected is simply wrong. God does promise a new life to those who live through Christ. We must not think in perpetual failure, "That is the way I am," or "That is the way it has to be." No, not at all. Note what the apostle says in Colossians 3:5-7:

" Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry. For it is on account of these things that the wrath of God will come, and in them you also once walked, when you were living in them." Colossians 3:5-7 NASB

Despair, depression, guilt and anxiety do not need to continually rule ones life. They keep us from going on. We can, if we are truly the Lord's, turn from our impure lives. The apostle himself is not afraid to admit his past failures, but we must step on into the power of a new life. Letting things just stay the same brings even worst consequences upon our lives and those around us now and in eternity.

As you continue on, you can read more clearly what those steps are.