Born Gay or Not: Part 3—Newness of Life
My journey out of homosexuality’s pursuit began that week of October 31, 1994. Sins that once occupied my heart no longer did. Finally, I was justified by faith and found peace with God (Romans 5:1). Hallelujah!
The old passed away, and I was reborn into a new Life. It’s the great exchange—Jesus’ righteous Life for my sin-dead-life (John 5:24; 2 Corinthians 5:17, 21). By grace through faith, I received Jesus as my Lord and Lamb, my Life and Liberator (Romans 5:6-11), and so much more. My sovereign Lord gave me a NewHeart and a new spirit (Ezekiel 36:26). And that salvation journey has lead me to learning how to overcome sin's hunts, haunts, and habits—i.e., the lying, the stealing, and the gay thinking, choosing, and feeling—the enemy had smothered me in for so long. Hallelujah!
God's salvation is immediate—I was changed from sin to righteous (2 Corinthians 5:21). And God's salvation is a journey (Romans 6; 1 John 2:12-14), and has a learning curve. A journey from the depths of deceit—the lying & the stealing—into Jesus' Life of truthfulness and generosity. From gay thinking, choosing, and feeling into Jesus' Life of pure and faithful living. To a Life characterized by a tender responsiveness and the freedom of obedience (Romans 6:15-23). To a Life encountering Jesus intimately again and again (Philippians 3:7-11). To a Life of Holy Spirit’s ongoing help and healing. Hallelujah!
God truly saved me and I was really born of God (Ephesians 2:1-10; Titus 3:3-7; 1 John 5:13). With a new nature. A new identity. A new destiny. All because Jesus came to live His Life in me (Galatians 2:20; Colossians 1:27, 3:1-4). Empowering me to walk in newness of Life—His Life (Romans 5:19-6:4). I was set free to learn to live free (Galatians 5:1). Saved! now and forever!! Hallelujah!!!