FOLLOWING GODS CHOICES
This is an article that I briefed over on Monday from NPR, normally NPR would do more of a liberal spin on such an event but with this one it’s hard to change the facts. This is about a young man who resisted his own wants and desires to follow God and believe that Jesus will direct his will.
Allen Edward is a Presbyterian pastor that occasionally has had an attraction to other men. Now you can read the NPR article for more info but Allen chose not to pursue his carnal desires or wants he chose to ask God first for help.
Mind you he fights an uphill battle in the Presbyterian church since they have been publically allowing membership and leadership to homosexual’s for some time now and for a person like Allen to fight these desires and publically say this is not what Jesus would want is a big leap of faith and spiritual growth.
What makes this a great story is the hope that anyone can overcome his or hers desires addictions and afflictions with God’s help. Allen studied his problem and studied it on how it lined up with the word of God and instead of trying to find a way to justify his attraction he grew closer to Jesus and felt even more willing to obey Gods will both Biblically and spiritually.
Allen eventually gets married to his wife Leeanne where she is aware of Allen attraction. To Leeanne this is no different to any of us having outside attractions and I agree with Leeanne.
This is no different to craving alcohol, drugs, pornography other women they are all problems that can trip us up and stop our progress to know God and follow Jesus. Even the best of us have something that stifles us but its how we deal with these issues that define us. Do we embrace them and make them apart of our lives regardless what the consequences are or do we ask for Gods counseling and discernment. James 1: 13-18
When you read this article you get the idea that Allen knew deep down this attraction was not normal and it is not what God wanted for him.
Allen resisted and continues to resist this temptation 1 Corinthians 10:13 gives a clear knowledge God will not let you be tempted beyond what can bear so be strong believe and trust in God to deliver you.
You do not have to follow your desires and temptations you can resist but do you want to? Do you want to follow God of the Bible do you want to be guided by the Holy Spirit and trust in Jesus if so you will have to surrender those wants and desires to God. I’m not saying it’s easy but you have to surrender otherwise you are just laying in your filth. Proverbs 26:11
This story is awesome and shows anyone with help can change you don’t have to except your current behavior; we can change but we need Jesus to help us don’t expect to do this alone. Allen has God, Jesus, his wife and I hope his church to keep his eyes and mind on Gods will and I hope you will do the same it can be done.