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Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace by Heath Lambert
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“You will not experience dramatic change in your struggle as long as you use accountability to describe your sins instead of declaring your need for help in the midst of temptation.”
Heath Lambert, Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace
“You will know you are finally free from sin when you have full access to it and yet no desire for it.”
Heath Lambert, Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace
“You need more than a change in your circumstances to win the battle, you need a change in your heart.”
Heath Lambert, Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace
“Sin is a harsh master, not a submissive servant”
Heath Lambert, Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace
“An immediate and critical test whether your sorrow is godly or worldly is whether you are willing to accept the consequences of your sin”
Heath Lambert, Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace
“God says that in place of immorality there should be something else, and that something else is thankfulness.”
Heath Lambert, Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace
“After you resolve to confess, know that it’s not your job to figure out all the possibilities, plan for every contingency, and worry about all the potential responses. Your job is simply to be faithful and do the next right thing. Confess with a willingness to accept consequences and work toward long-term restoration.”
Heath Lambert, Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace
“There is no struggle for purity so intense that Jesus’ grace cannot win the battle.”
Heath Lambert, Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace
“God made marriage to point to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Husbands and wives exist to reflect the saving purposes of Christ for his bride, the church. Marriage is an arrow that points to the reality of Christ's love for the church. Marriage is a shadow whose substance is the saving purpose of Jesus.”
Heath Lambert, Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace
“As long as your sorrow is like your sin and focused on the things you want, you will return to sin again and again”
Heath Lambert, Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace
“Third, you must reach out for help. Repentance is crucial. Remembering the Bible is essential. But as important as it is to be armed with these powerful graces, you are not designed to fight the battles of sin and temptation alone. You must call in reinforcements. You should have several people you’ve talked with in advance who will hold you accountable, people you can call when you are in trouble. I often tell people that I want them to feel comfortable calling me at any time of the day or night. They might wake me up in the middle of the night, but it’s better to do that than to sin. Reaching out to others immediately in the midst of temptation will often be difficult to do because sin loves the darkness and is skilled at presenting attractive excuses. You must fight these temptations and expose the darkness to the light.”
Heath Lambert, Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace
“This means you must limit the time you spend alone—especially in the early phases of the struggle against pornography. Be honest with your accountability partner about the typical times when you are alone and find yourself tempted. Make plans to spend those times with others. You can study together, take a walk, play sports, read the Bible and pray, or watch a movie. You can even have an accountability partner scheduled to call you during those times (with the requirement that you must pick up the phone) to check in on you. If you’re married, you may need to commit to going to bed at the same time as your spouse, even if you don’t feel tired. Cut back as much as possible on the times when you are alone and tempted to indulge in pornography.”
Heath Lambert, Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace
“First, you can ask someone to put passwords on your computer, phone, or TV that will make it impossible for you to access the Internet or to view pornographic material without the code, which only your accountability partner or perhaps your spouse would know. You also should be denied administrative privileges on any devices that allow this. Such access should be reserved for the person who is holding you accountable.”
Heath Lambert, Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace
“Second, install accountability software on your computer and phone. This software is inexpensive, is available from many different sources, and either blocks objectionable websites or records your Internet activity and sends it to someone of your choosing. It’s best to use software that does both. You also should implement filtering and monitoring strategies for your router—not just for your individual devices.”
Heath Lambert, Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace
“Third, you can get rid of any equipment you use to view pornography. In our high-tech age we often consider it impossible to exist without our computers, tablet devices, smartphones, or TVs. The honest truth is that you don’t need any electronic device, but you do need to be holy. The inconvenience will be worth the gain in holiness.”
Heath Lambert, Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace
“First, radical measures give you space in which to grow. Change takes time. Old ways of living must die; new ways of living must form. New kinds of thinking must be learned. If you are enslaved to pornography, God will not usually change your desires instantly but by degrees (see 2 Corinthians 3:18). Radical measures allow the space and time needed for you to direct your attention toward Christ instead of porn.”
Heath Lambert, Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace
“there is a danger that grace can become a topic we discuss rather than a power we experience.”
Heath Lambert, Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace
“no matter how intense or long-standing the struggle, it is the work of Jesus Christ to set people free from such sin. Listen to the words of the apostle Paul: Do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:9–11, emphasis added”
Heath Lambert, Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace
“Paul moves from condemnation to confidence. First, sin is powerfully condemned. The words are clear: if you are sexually immoral you will not inherit the kingdom of God. All those who look at pornography have only a fearful expectation of condemnation. Thankfully, Paul does not end there. He moves toward confidence in our Redeemer, Jesus. Jesus cleanses sinners. Jesus loves to cleanse those who love to look at pornography, and he loves to give them power to change. Our sinfulness does not get the final word. Instead, Jesus justifies, washes, and sanctifies us. Our only hope is in a risen Savior who has the power to bring us out of the pit of pornography.”
Heath Lambert, Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace
“Again Paul writes, “Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose” (Philippians 2:12–13).”
Heath Lambert, Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace
“Among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving” (Ephesians 5:3–4).”
Heath Lambert, Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace
“Every strategy you employ in your fight for purity must be grounded in the grace of God in Christ if it is to lead to lasting freedom.”
Heath Lambert, Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace
“But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished. Romans 3:21–25”
Heath Lambert, Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace
“When you believe in God’s grace toward you, you get God’s righteousness. You can be forgiven and free when you trust in Christ and what he has done for you, no matter how many times you have looked at pornography and how hopeless the struggle can feel.”
Heath Lambert, Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace
“You can be free, but freedom requires grace.”
Heath Lambert, Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace
“In Romans 1:5, Paul writes, “Through [Jesus Christ] we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith for his name’s sake.” Here Paul is teaching that God has given his people grace so that they are able to obey and bring honor to the name of Christ among the nations. Grace is not merely “unmerited favor”—that God has a pleasing disposition toward us; grace is also power. Grace is divine strength given to us so we can live in ways that please God. God is calling Christians to obedience in Romans 1:5. He is also promising that we will have the power to accomplish this obedience. God’s gift of grace is the power to obey.”
Heath Lambert, Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace
“When you confess your sin, you need to expect that those you’ve wronged are likely to be upset, angry, and deeply hurt by your sin. You should expect relational consequences, not all of which will be in just proportion to what you have done. Remember that we always sin against other sinners. Offering forgiveness can be just as hard as confessing sin.”
Heath Lambert, Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace
“through grace God forgives our sins.”
Heath Lambert, Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace
“Colossians 2:13–14: “When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross.”
Heath Lambert, Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace
“God’s powerful grace also gives us strength to live in new ways. Forgiving grace is wonderful and essential, but sinners need more than forgiveness. It’s not enough that our record of debt is paid; we also need grace to live like Jesus; we need grace that changes us so we can be like him in his holiness and love. In Romans 6:4, Paul declares, “We were therefore buried with [Christ] through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”
Heath Lambert, Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace

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