Letting go of security led to repentance

//Letting go of security led to repentance

Letting go of security led to repentance

John Eldredge wrote a great deal on repentance. Because I do not have his book in front of me, I am paraphrasing him here:

To experience the sorrow that leads to genuine repentance, let go of the sinful things that seem to provide a sense of security, comfort, joy or relief. As you do, you will discover tentacles of dependence deep in your soul. You’ll feel anxious, and will try to find compensation through work, food or hobbies. You will have the urge to flee back to your old ways.

If you stand firm, you will experience a deep sense of loss. We can make an idol of anything, especially if it’s something that makes us feel good. God must break us in order to save us. 

Isn’t that powerful? I found I needed to redirect the personality flaws that were corrupting both my physical and spiritual life.  It reminded me of the deep sadness that filled me while going through the Pure Freedom course at Setting Captives Free.

I know very well this emotional state that John Eldredge describes – the anxiety as one seeks to live in purity. At one stage in my life I wanted to go back to the sexual sin. I realized that I was holding onto several bogus needs that provided me with a false sense of security. While I had resisted walking in Christ, allowing my flesh to rule me, I felt in control. Binge eating gave me pleasure. Viewing pornography gave me a sense of manhood that assured me I could manage conflict at work. Even reliance on friends and advisers had become a cycle of failure and confession. I was like a flying kite still tied to a rock. I was going who knows where, without guidance, because I was anchored in sin and harmful behavior.

While leaving each of these counterfeit feelings of security, I felt very fearful. I wanted to go back to what was comfortable. But when searching for where to run, I suddenly recognized that the only safe place to go was to Christ and his cross. And so losing my phony places of security, allowed me to find the much needed genuine repentance, turning away from my sin and turning back toward God.

yet now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance. For you became sorrowful as God intended and so were not harmed in any way by us. 10 Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. 11 See what this godly sorrow has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done. At every point you have proved yourselves to be innocent in this matter. 2 Corinthians 7: 9-11 NIV


2016-10-28T19:05:34+00:00 June 30th, 2016|Categories: Testimonies|Tags: |17 Comments

About the Author:


  1. Larry October 26, 2016 at 6:01 pm - Reply

    Letting go of the security goes hand in hand with recognizing our pride and wanting to hold onto what we feel so comfortable with. Humility is a necessary state of mind to have in order to even glimpse the awesome wonder of God in Jesus. Until I started searching for Jesus in His word and in His creation and within me and others, I was blind to my need for letting go of pride, to confess humbly and repent sincerely and being humbled before a mighty God. As Isaiah said, “It is all over, I’m doomed for I am a sinful man! I have filthy lips and live among people with filthy lips. Yet, I have seen the King, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.
    He forgives and loves and that eventually calls me to respond in loving service and adoration and praise.

  2. motupatlugameshd April 15, 2017 at 7:23 pm - Reply

    Thanks a lot for the post.Really thank you! Great.

  3. hamptonbaylightinghd April 16, 2017 at 4:44 am - Reply

    Major thanks for the blog article. Really Great.

  4. corburterilio April 16, 2017 at 10:59 am - Reply

    Fantastic web site. A lot of helpful info here. I am sending it to several pals ans also sharing in delicious. And obviously, thank you to your effort!

  5. motuandpatlugames.in April 22, 2017 at 4:45 am - Reply

    Very informative article post.Much thanks again.

  6. eebest8 May 12, 2017 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    “It is truly a great and helpful piece of information. I am satisfied that you shared this helpful info with us. Please keep us up to date like this. Thank you for sharing.”

  7. comprar nolvadex en españa June 21, 2017 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    I savour, result in I discovered just what I used to be looking for.

    You have ended my four day long hunt! God Bless you man. Have a
    nice day. Bye

    • Free in Christ June 27, 2017 at 2:46 pm - Reply

      You can check out our 60-day course: clearvision.freeinchrist.org

  8. Free in Christ June 27, 2017 at 2:44 pm - Reply

    Thanks for your comments.

  9. Free in Christ June 27, 2017 at 2:45 pm - Reply

    Thanks friend.

  10. Free in Christ June 27, 2017 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    Hello, we are using Learndash, its a great platform to work.

  11. Free in Christ June 27, 2017 at 2:55 pm - Reply

    Check out our 60-day course to learn biblical principles to be free from sexual sin: https://clearvision.freeinchrist.org/

  12. Free in Christ June 27, 2017 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    Thanks. Blessings.

  13. Free in Christ July 10, 2017 at 10:11 am - Reply

    Thanks !

  14. Free in Christ September 12, 2017 at 11:21 am - Reply

    Hello ! Yes you can follow us at @freeinchrist_

  15. Free in Christ September 12, 2017 at 11:22 am - Reply

    Great !! Thanks

  16. Free in Christ October 4, 2017 at 10:36 am - Reply

    Thanks for your comment.

Leave A Comment

About Us

We are a ministry helping Christians, men and women, escape from sexual sin forever, through our freedom testimonies and biblical training, so they can find permanent freedom and a personal relationship with God.

Do you need Help?

Please check our program, an online 60-day counseling course to help you be free of sexual sin. If you are bound up in sexual addiction, then you have come to the right place for help.

Do you need help to be free of sexual sin?
Subscribe today to our online counseling program.
Click here to get started!