"What sorrow awaits my rebellious children," says the Lord. "You make plans that are contrary to mine. You make alliances not directed by my Spirit, thus piling up your sins. For without consulting me, you have gone down to Egypt for help. You have put your trust in Pharaoh's protection." Isaiah 30:1-2 NLT
Thoughts for Today
In this week's devotions, we will talk about moving toward a life of holiness. It is written from the perspective of Tammy Webb Witholt, author of Living Free curriculum Lessons Learned: Moving from Homosexuality to Holiness. Daughter of missionary parents, Tammy was called into ministry when she was 18 but rebelled and spent the next eleven years as a prodigal and in her rebellion entered the subculture of drugs and homosexuality. In 1990, she discovered the redeeming power of God's love. Since then Tammy graduated from college and studied at Asbury Seminary. Now married to longtime friend Wolter Witholt, Tammy is following God and engaged in a powerful ministry.
"Although much of what we will say this week is directed to individuals who have been struggling with homosexuality, the lessons will speak to any of us who desire a closer walk with God, who want to move toward a life of holiness.
Consider this …
From Tammy: "Initially, when I heard the suggestion that my homosexuality was partially rooted in idolatry, I scoffed. But then I thought back to the first time I was attracted to someone of the same sex. I became obsessed with her attractive qualities. My feelings scared me, yet I found them thrilling. All my energy was consumed in trying to please her. With each subsequent relationship the pattern repeated itself as my feelings of inadequacy drove me to idolize and worship many whom I dated. As my understanding of idolatry expanded, I realized that all relationships have the potential to be idolatrous."
"When we put our trust in anyone or anything other than God, we are making that person or that behavior our idol. Although this idol may seem to meet our needs for a while, ultimately we will discover that we are looking in the wrong places for our security, our help, our hope."
Where are you looking for these things? To another person? To a job or a bank account? To personal success? … Or to God?
Father, forgive me for looking other places for my security and hope. Help me to look only to Jesus. I know I can only find the answer in Him. In Jesus' name …
These thoughts were drawn from …
Lessons Learned: Moving from Homosexuality to Holiness by Tammy Webb-Witholt. This group study offers biblical tools, along with an abundance of hope, to anyone struggling with homosexuality. It is also a great group for anyone desiring a deeper walk with God. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups, and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study.
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