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Occasionally, we sing “I Surrender All” at church. Most of the time, I can barely get the words out. I feel like I’m pulling a Peter, making a big whopper of a promise I’m not sure I want to put myself on the line for.

It’s not that I don’t want to, or that I don’t love the Lord. I don’t take lightly the words I speak to God. If I’m going to tell Him “I surrender all” I want to mean it. To me, “all” means “all”; everything… with no hold barred.

Gulp. That means God could come to me, put His finger on something, say “I want that,” and I release it to Him, no matter what.

I have a hard time singing “I Surrender All” because I know what’s inside of me. I’ve always … (read more…)

by Mike Genung

There are moments during prayer when it hits me that there’s much more to God than I, the church, pastors, or anyone can get close to understanding.

We’re talking about a Being who made the sun; that massive ball of 10,000 degree fire with a radius of some 700,000 kilometers. The sun is more than 100 times the size of the earth; it’s distance from earth is perfect, so we’re given what we need to grow and survive without being incinerated. That boggles my mind.

He designed the human brain, that complex processing center with 100 billion neurons; each neuron with 1,000 – 10,000 synapses.  He designed and gave life to people, animals, and plants.

Then I think of what people say … (read more…)

The content that resonates with people is often exposed by the requests that come in to reprint it. Today’s post was triggered by a request made not long ago. This is from my book 100 Days on the Road to Grace; A Devotional for the Sexually Broken, Chapter 10:

A Prayer of Power

Ephesians 6:17 calls God’s Word the “sword of the spirit.” To pray in His Word is to pray in the power of the Holy Spirit.   Today’s reading is a Scripture–based prayer. Consider offering it to the Lord on a daily basis until you start seeing breakthroughs in your life. Spiritual warfare elements are part of our struggle as our battle is not only against the flesh (Romans 7), but also against … (read more…)

Every once in a while I hear a Christian ask “Is this all there is to the Christian life?” The context is usually about church services not meeting their expectations. Many complain that church doesn’t have enough depth or power to it, or offer more.

I can agree… somewhat. There are times when I yearn to be challenged or convicted at church in such a way that it will upend the applecart of my comfort zone and force me to a higher level in my walk with God. I don’t want easy answers to life’s problems or a neat and tidy sermon with three application points at the end that is supposed make it look like life will be easy if I just apply those points. I want to see brokenness in our church leaders, and to … (read more…)

I’ve read the book of Job multiple times over the years; often turning to it during trials and hardship. Previously my focus was on Job and his incredible emotional and physical pain from losing his family, his business, and his health, and then what happens when God shows up. The book of Job has ministered to and encouraged me many times.

Recently, the sickening responses of Job’s three friends stood out. Job has just gone through some of the most horrific losses anyone can endure in rapid fire order, and his friends are accusing him of sin, condemning him, and going off on a theological debate.

It boggles my mind. It’s as if his three friends totally missed the point; they were there for Job, a man in … (read more…)

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you,
along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender–hearted, forgiving each other,
just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.
Ephesians 4:31–32

But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger;
for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.
James 1:19–20

 When a man starts coming off lust, anger is often one of the first emotions that bubbles up. Some of this is the consequence of stuffing his feelings; the soul doesn’t do well when … (read more…)

Last night was rough. I’ve been up since 2:00AM with stomach problems. Running on little sleep and feeling run down, I crawled into the office, and lit up my computer to begin the day. I have Skype installed on my PC, and noticed there was a message alert. Although I have the software set so that I can’t receive messages or calls from persons who are not on my contact list, one somehow got through this morning.

The avatar of the caller showed a full body figure of a woman in seductive pose and clothing, with an invitation to receive their video call. I knew what would happen if I clicked “accept”: a pornographic video would then load on my screen.

In my weary state I knew what was going on; the timing … (read more…)

About two months ago, I felt the Lord prompting me to set secular music aside. Although most of the music I listened to was Christian, I would listen to secular music several times a week to unwind. There was nothing hard or dark; most of it was from my era (70s, 80s and some 90s).

But God had me shelve secular music to pave the way for the next step He had in mind – a fast.

The Daniel fast is patterned after the fast Daniel took in Daniel one, where he ate only vegetables, fruits and grains; only foods that came from the ground. No meats, dairy, sugar, bread, or processed foods.  He drank only water.

God put it on my heart to start the Daniel fast on April 1, so I did so, for five days.

It was … (read more…)

Mandisa is a Christian singer who won two Grammy awards last month. However, she didn’t attend the awards ceremony; she gave the following as one reason why on her blog:

“Both times I have gone to the Grammys I have witnessed performances I wish I could erase from my memory, and yes, I fast forwarded through several performances this year; but my reason is not because of them, it’s because of me. I have been struggling with being in the world, not of it lately. I have fallen prey to the alluring pull of flesh, pride, and selfish desires quite a bit recently. … I knew that submerging myself into an environment that celebrates … (read more…)

The Lord has been encouraging me to meditate on grace recently.

Sometimes I can focus too much at the negative; problems at the office or home, or changes I’d like to see made in the church, people I know, the government, or myself.  If I get caught up in all of that for too long, my attitude spirals downward. Feeding on problems or on everything that’s wrong isn’t healthy; we can get so obsessed with the junk in life that it can poison us with a bitter, cynical attitude, plague us with fear and worry, choke our relationships with God and others, and steal our joy

It can also put us in a place of judging others. As I know from experience, that’s a miserable place to be. All we see is the wrong; what … (read more…)

I’ve begun work on my next book. This will be a couple’s workbook, with a focus on walking a husband and wife through the recovery and healing process from adultery, porn, or other sexual sin.

There’s a huge need to help couples to recover from what is an emotionally harsh situation. My marriage was on the ropes for many months after I exposed my adultery to Michelle in 1991; there was plenty of crying, anger, and withdrawal on both sides along the way. By God’s grace, our marriage made it; but there are many others that do not. I hate it when marriages are lost and families are torn apart because of sexual addiction; I believe strongly that God places high value on every marriage (after all, He’s the one … (read more…)

Circumstances have been a little bumpy lately. I’ve had some physical challenges, along with stress at the office.  Getting out of bed in the mornings has been a chore due to the physical issues. Some mornings I would have much rather stayed home than face another day.

Then God reminded me of endurance:

Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
James 1:12

Blessed is the one… who perseveres. … (read more…)

Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman keeps awake in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to retire late, to eat the bread of painful labors; for He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.
Psalms 127:1-2

If I were to name a theme verse for me for 2013, Psalms 127:1-2 would be it.

In the last quarter, I spent a lot of time trying different things to get ahead in my job (I’m self-employed, which provides me with the flexibility of time to write). I did a ton of traveling and running to different trade shows. There was little return.

God started bringing verses like Psalms 127:1-2 my way, as well as others like these: … (read more…)

I’ve been doing a lot of travelling recently, and it’s been busy at the office; quiet times with the Lord in the mornings have been hurried, and short. It’s having a negative effect, as my spirit has been running dry.

Last night I asked God what I needed to do, and the words “remember from where you have fallen” formed in my mind.

This verse is found in Revelations 2, where Jesus is addressing the church in Ephesus:

But I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Therefore remember from where you have … (read more…)

I have another blog at Blazing Grace that focuses on the broad topic of recovery from porn and sex addiction in the church and healing for wives.

This blog will be more personal in nature. I’ll be writing about the journey of life, what God is teaching me, and, from time to time, opinions on current events. I’ll also be providing updates and news on the ministry, upcoming books, and other events.

100 Days on the Road to Grace, my second book, was released late last month. We also changed the prices so that all books include media mail shipping at no extra cost. The T-shirts include standard USPS shipping too.

I enjoy reading your emails and comments and always do my best to respond to each one. Keep those … (read more…)