No Turning Back (8 Years Clean- Gay Lifestyle & Related Addictions)

“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.”
Proverbs 14:12

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?”
Jeremiah 17:9

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” – Jesus
John 10:10‭)

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Myanmar Mission Overview

Myanmar borders Thailand to the west. Isolated from the world until recently, its rich culture remains undiluted. I was honored to speak at Innlay (Lake) Baptist Church on a raised platform above monsoon season flood waters- first encouraged, then shared testimony, a call to compassion for those who struggle with same sex attraction and gender identity, shared the gospel with a call to receive Christ (to repent and become a born again believer in Jesus). Many prayed to give their lives to Christ. Praise the Lord. 🙏

A dog rested at the foot of the platform. Pastor said the dog is an honorary church member and howls along when certain hymns are sung. That is what I call rich culture!

Armed with the Bible in Burmese and Google Translate, my wife and I street witnessed. Occasionally we encountered someone who could speak English. Although there was resistance to the gospel (much more than other countries in the region), some received with gladness. We connected with a number of people via social media for follow-up. Praise the Lord.

Side note:  In photos to follow on Castaway Ministries’ Facebook page, note that I am wearing a “lungyi” and “thanaka” (see below links). Interestingly, in past gay life, I don’t recall wearing a skirt or helping carry a purse… not until I married a woman. Haha!

Finally, God used this mission to grow me and my wife closer as a missionary couple. Thank the Lord for Rebekah.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myanmar
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longyi
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thanaka

Click here to watch the Video: Myanmar Mission Overview.

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My Story 2: Lessons

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” – 1 John 1:9

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” – Ephesians 2:8-10

Bible passages referenced in this video:  Matthew 7:1-3, Revelation 5:12-13,  1 Corinthians 6:20, John 1:12

Click here to watch “My Story”.

My Story: Ex-Gay

“If a man is not born again, he will not see the kingdom of God.” – John 3:3

Re-enactment of our founder’s deliverance from the gay lifestyle and related sin.

Bible passages referenced in this video:  Matthew 19:26, 1 Timothy 6:15, Revelation 19:16, Matthew 24:7, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Philippians 4:17, Galatians 5:22-23, Nehemiah 8:10, Matthew 7:13-14, 2 Timothy 1:7, 1 John 4:18, 1 Corinthians 15:31, Hebrews 13:8, John 1:14, Hebrew 12:29, Matthew 28:18, Revelation 5:12-13

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How to Follow Christ into Purification (Deliverance)

Please note: Below tips seek to help a person walk away from homosexual sin but do not claim to remove temptation.

We trust and obey the Lord. He performs the miracles (Jeremiah 29:11).

The following are tips, the Word of God applied to practical experience:

  1. Repent of Your Sins, and Give Your Life to the Lord Jesus Christ.
  2. Read the Word of God daily. Arm yourself (Ephesians 6:10-18).
    • Even if you feel you do not understand, still read. It renews the mind (Romans 12:2).
    • Prior to reading:  Find a safe, quiet space. Turn off your cell phone.
    • Decide the amount you are going to read, and stick to it.
    • Look for verses that can be applied practically to your life.
  3. Pray according to the will of God (1 John 5:14). Always be in a spirit of prayer (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
    • When you sin, pray for forgiveness (1 John 1:9). Then continue fighting. Come boldly to God by the blood of Jesus (Hebrews 4:16).
    • Pray for forgiveness of your sins daily (1 John 1:9).
    • Praise and thank Him for all things (Philippians 4:4, 6-9).
    • Pray for others.
    • Pray for yourself:
      • Guidance and direction. (Jeremiah 33:3; John 16:13).
      • Focus and clarity.
      • Wisdom (James 1:5).
      • Discernment (I Peter 5:8).
      • That the Lord will speak to you through His Word (John 16:13).
      • Pray for the Lord’s will for your life and in all things.
      • Pray for wisdom and discernment.
      • Pray as you feel moved by the Spirit (intercessory prayer; Romans 8:26-27).
  4. Worship the Lord in song (John 4:23).
  5. Find a Bible-believing church. Attend weekly (Hebrews 10:25). You will learn a lot about Christ by spending time in His house.
  6. Tithe (2 Corinthians 9:7Malachi 3:10). God promises to meet our needs (Philippians 4:19; Psalm 37:25). Tithing is an exercise in trust.
  7. Fast.
    • Choose a meal or meals you will skip each week, and stick to them. (Ex. Tuesday breakfast & lunch).
    • Set specific times you will intentionally read a bit of Scripture & pray during the fast. (for ex. 9am, 12pm, 3pm, 5pm)
    • Pray that His will be done for each of the needs the Lord has placed on your heart (1 John 5:14-15).
    • Pray when you feel hungry and as the Lord leads throughout the day.
    • When possible, praise the Lord in song.
    • Do not appear as though or indicate to anyone that you are fasting (Matthew 6:16-18). You are a special agent (2 Timothy 2:4).
  8. Have Faith (Hebrews 11:1, 6). Be confident that the Lord will finish the work He began in you (Philippians 1:6).
  9. Trust the Lord. Transfer your trust from yourself to Him. He is in charge now. Let go. Do not be anxious (Philippians 4:61 Peter 5:7).
  10. Do not be afraid (1 John 4:4). He who is in you (Jesus who lives in the heart of the believer) is greater than he who is in this world (Satan).
  11. Forgive those who have hurt you (Matthew 6:14-15; Mark 11:25-26).
  12. Make Habit Changes (Luke 12:48) to eliminate idols (1 John 2:16-17).
    • Live for Jesus. Follow Him (Matthew 10:39).
    • Replace secular music listening with Christian music.
    • Listen to praise and worship music often, especially when feeling anxious.
    • Stop having sexual contact of every kind (James 1:12; 1 Corinthians 6:18)- men, women & self.
    • Avoid philosophical discussions related to sex and sexuality (1 Timothy 6:3-5).
    • Take control of your thoughts (2 Corinthians 10:5; Philippians 4:7-8).
    • Change habits that draw you closer to temptation (James 4:7). Ex: If walking by the gym is a trigger, take another route.
    • Take a break from social media. Do not actively announce the break. Assess how media impacts your life.
    • Take a break from the secular TV/music/media (Ephesians 4:22-23). Assess how media impacts your life.
    • Respond to cravings for food and other substances by reading the Bible, prayer or praise.
    • During these very difficult changes, you should find yourself falling in love with Christ (Matthew 11:28-30).
  13. Find your identity in Christ.
    • The Lord has a purpose for your life.
    • He has given you gift to carry out His purpose for your life.
    • Identify your gifts (1 Corinthians 12, Ephesians 4, Romans 12).
    • Serving the Lord is the best way to identify your gifts.
  14. Serve the Lord. Pray about what the Lord wants you to do, and seek opportunities. Something humble is a good start (1 Peter 5:6).
  15. Develop your gift (Ex. teaching, music).
  16. Maintain a journal. Document what the Lord is doing in your life.
  17. Enjoy your relationship with Jesus Christ.
    • It’s a war. Do not allow distractions or temptations to diminish your relationship with Christ.
    • Crave fellowship with Him. Be inspired by His Word.
    • Be confident that Jesus loves you (Romans 8:1; Romans 8:37-39).
    • Find comfort, rest and solace in Him (Matthew 11:28-30).
    • Talk to Him frequently.
    • Set aside quality time just for you and Him.
  18. Prepare a testimony.
    • We overcome evil by the blood of Jesus and the word of our testimony (Revelation 12:11).
    • Prepare a written account of the great work the Lord has done in your life.
    • Through the process, be prepared to give a verbal account of the great work the Lord has done and is doing in your life.

The depth of your personal relationship with Christ will make or break your deliverance. Do not expect immediate results. Expect great trials. This is a journey, a process and a war. Praise the Lord for each step along this narrow, difficult path that leads to everlasting life.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)