Incarcerated Minister Learning to Overcome Sexual Immorality

The following was written by A.L.P., Jr., Arkansas:

I am 31 years of age and currently incarcerated at Ouachita River Correctional Unit in Malvern, Arkansas. I was sentenced to nine years in prison for second degree Sexual Assault. I am taking advantage of this time to correct my problematic thinking and behavior patterns. For years, I have struggled with sexual immorality, and as a young minister of the gospel, I had every opportunity to rely on the Word of God as a guide for deliverance, strength, and healing. My failure to believe that as a “Warrior” I could conquer the war that raged in the battlefield of my mind, weakened my spirit and ultimately led to a crime and a nine year prison sentence. I make no excuses for my actions and take full responsibility for the hurt and harm that I have caused my victim and her family – as well as my family and those who were/are connected to me.

I have been blessed to write a book entitled Chronicles of a Warrior: A Journey to Complete Freedom that, not only tells of my struggle with sexual immortality and the spirit of heaviness, but also the internal freedom I am experiencing in Christ.

Bill Rudge’s book, Overcoming Sexual Immorality, has been a blessing to me. Thank you for hearing and obeying the voice of God. I was halfway in the completion of my book when my wife mailed Bill’s book to me. There are good nuggets in Overcoming Sexual Immorality that I would love to use in my book Chronicles of a Warrior. I have found the things Bill said to be true and effective. I would love the privilege and opportunity to share quotes from Bill’s book.

Thanks again, Bill, for your book. Because of your obedience and willingness to write this book, I have been able to use more effective tools in my journey to complete freedom. May God continue to use you and bless you for your obedience.

Fasting for Sensitivity and Power – Part 5

by Bill Rudge

Bill Rudge has challenged thousands of believers and Christian leaders to fast, pray, and study Scripture. This five part series will equip you to master the biblical principles of fasting which have so greatly impacted Bill’s life and ministry. They fasted when they were humbling themselves before the Lord. They fasted when they were confessing their sins and repenting. They fasted when they were mourning. They fasted when they faced crises and emergencies or suffered defeats. They fasted when they were seeking God’s help or guidance. They fasted when they were given a special calling or were stepping out on a special mission. They fasted when they were earnestly praying and seeking the Lord with all their hearts. Moses fasted. David fasted. Elijah fasted. Daniel fasted. Esther fasted. Nehemiah fasted. Jesus fasted. Paul fasted. And many throughout church history who have impacted their world have also fasted.

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“Really, Guys?”

by Bill Rudge

I walked into a shop where several men in their sixties, seventies, and eighties were discussing politics and other topics. They were trash-talking just about everyone and everything – using God’s name in vain frequently. I made a comment but their “hardened hearts” and “attitudes carved in stone” made coherent conversation difficult.

Each trying to top the other, their crude and vulgar comments resonated in the room and I thought, “So this is the summation of your lives? God created you and enabled you to live on His planet so as to develop a relationship with Him and reflect His values. But after all your years this is what you have attained.”

How could men, who at this point in their lives should be wiser and more mature, be reduced to such futility and senselessness? They may have thought they were impressing each other. But how pitiful and wasteful to spend the waning years of one’s life in foolish and profane conversation and behavior. Hopefully, they will learn the wisdom of David before it is too late:

As for man, his days are like grass, he flourishes like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more. But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear Him… (Psalm 103:15-17).

 

Fasting for Sensitivity and Power – Part 4

by Bill Rudge

Bill Rudge has challenged thousands of believers and Christian leaders to fast, pray, and study Scripture. This five part series will equip you to master the biblical principles of fasting which have so greatly impacted Bill’s life and ministry. They fasted when they were humbling themselves before the Lord. They fasted when they were confessing their sins and repenting. They fasted when they were mourning. They fasted when they faced crises and emergencies or suffered defeats. They fasted when they were seeking God’s help or guidance. They fasted when they were given a special calling or were stepping out on a special mission. They fasted when they were earnestly praying and seeking the Lord with all their hearts. Moses fasted. David fasted. Elijah fasted. Daniel fasted. Esther fasted. Nehemiah fasted. Jesus fasted. Paul fasted. And many throughout church history who have impacted their world have also fasted.

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A Vision Only God Could Fulfill

In 1977, at the very beginning of the Bill Rudge Ministries, the Lord spoke to Bill’s heart and gave him goals and a vision that within five years the ministry would be reaching out nationally, and within ten years internationally.

Bill knew he could not fulfill this vision on his own – all he could do is be faithful to the Lord and let Him do it in His time and His way. Ten years later in 1987, through a series of traumatic experiences (described in the Strength Through Weakness booklet), Satan nearly stopped the fulfillment of that vision, but the Lord intervened and brought the victory.

Just as the Lord had provided ministry opportunities throughout the United States during the previous five years, He began to open doors internationally in 1987. Bill was able to go on his first radio station outside the U.S., the Caribbean Beacon, and soon thereafter on other overseas stations (long before streaming over the Internet was available). As a result, we began to receive letters from around the world requesting our books and audio messages.

Looking back, it is amazing how the Lord brought about the fulfillment of the goals and vision He gave Bill when the kitchen table was our desk and others questioned our survival. How awesome and amazing He is!

Gabriel – A Man from India

The Lord used a special man from India as a catalyst to help move this ministry beyond the United States to the world.

In 1986, Gabriel Massey, who was the General Secretary of the Federation of Evangelical Churches of India, was speaking in the U.S. We had never met or heard of each other. Gabriel happened to be in Youngstown, Ohio at a motel. He could not sleep this night because as he said, “The angels were disturbing my sleep.” So he scanned the radio dial for a Christian station until he came across Bill’s broadcast. The Holy Spirit spoke to him that “this man must come to India to minister.”

Gabriel went back to India and wrote requesting Bill to come and speak for their national convention in September 1987. Unable to go at that time because Karen had major surgery in June of 1987, Bill sent a representative. Then in December 1987, when Gabriel was again in the U.S. speaking, he looked Bill and Karen up, once again asking them to come and minister in India. The Lord strongly led them to go and did some phenomenal things in coordinating the plans to begin their world outreach.

Such was the beginning of Bill’s “Adventures in Missions” which would take him on many exciting, fruit bearing and oft-times dangerous ministry trips and missionary outreaches. In the past 30 years, we have been able to share the Gospel throughout India and the Himalayas, Haiti, the West Indies, South America, Canada, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

Fasting for Sensitivity and Power – Part 3

by Bill Rudge

Bill Rudge has challenged thousands of believers and Christian leaders to fast, pray, and study Scripture. This five part series will equip you to master the biblical principles of fasting which have so greatly impacted Bill’s life and ministry. They fasted when they were humbling themselves before the Lord. They fasted when they were confessing their sins and repenting. They fasted when they were mourning. They fasted when they faced crises and emergencies or suffered defeats. They fasted when they were seeking God’s help or guidance. They fasted when they were given a special calling or were stepping out on a special mission. They fasted when they were earnestly praying and seeking the Lord with all their hearts. Moses fasted. David fasted. Elijah fasted. Daniel fasted. Esther fasted. Nehemiah fasted. Jesus fasted. Paul fasted. And many throughout church history who have impacted their world have also fasted.

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Spiritual Health Exam

by Bill Rudge

“Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves!” 2 Corinthians 13:5

Want to test the condition of your heart? The following exam will help you evaluate which areas of your life are committed and which are compromised. The Holy Spirit can speak to your heart as you ponder some crucial questions – and help bring change where it is needed.

“Search me, O God, and know my heart;
try me, and know my thoughts”
(Psalm 139:23).

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Do I only know about Jesus or do I really know Him?

Do I pursue only personal goals and dreams or seek God’s will for my life?

Do I resist and rebel or am I yielded and available so His Spirit can work in and through me?

Do pride and haughtiness dominate me or do humility and meekness (strength under the Lord’s control) define me?

Do I seek personal recognition or desire to lift up and glorify the Lord?

Do I tolerate deceit and lies or live a life of honesty and truthfulness?

Do I waste time in unfruitful pursuits or make time each day to study Scripture and pray?

What example and legacy will I leave my family if I died today?

Would I be ashamed if my spouse or children discovered the sites I visit on the Internet?

Do I allow television programs or movies in my house that compromise my biblical convictions or is my home a safe oasis for my family?

Do I avoid and run from sexual immorality and pornography or pursue self-centered pleasure?

Do I give up when facing obstacles and opposition or refuse to quit and persevere until God’s purpose is fulfilled?

Am I out-of-control or am I developing discipline and self-control over every area of my life?

Do my thoughts, words and behavior master me or do I master them?

Do my words cause discouragement, hurt and pain or encouragement, healing and comfort?

Am I controlled by the lusts of the flesh or displaying the fruit of the Spirit?

Am I afraid or embarrassed to share my faith in Jesus or looking for opportunities to tell others about Him?

Do I compromise in the face of opposition or have the courage to stand alone when necessary?

Am I victimized by peer pressure or making my life count by standing in the strength of my convictions?

Am I a cultural Christian or a biblical Christian? Am I lukewarm or committed?

Do I tolerate hidden sin or seek to live in purity and integrity before the Lord and the world?

Is my desire for God greater than my passion for sports, money or fame?

Is my life-priority Jesus Christ or someone or something else?

Do I care more about impressing and pleasing people or honoring my Lord and having His favor?

Am I more concerned about people’s opinion of me or the Lord’s?

What does my use of money and spare time reveal about my priorities?

Do I fill my life with worry, fear, unbelief and complaining or faith, peace, joy and thanksgiving?

Do I sacrifice for and serve others or manipulate them to get what I want?

Am I jealous of other’s success and possessions or do I rejoice when God uses and blesses them?

Do I serve and praise the Lord in difficult times or only when I am being blessed?

Do I attend a church that merely “tickles my ears” and makes me feel good or one where the pastor and people have a heart for Scripture, prayer, fellowship, service, evangelism and missions?

Are the funds I give to churches and ministries used wisely to advance the Gospel?

Do I invest in the spiritual development of my family or am I too busy and unmotivated to have devotions and pray with my spouse and children?

Does my heart long for the return of Jesus Christ or am I caught up in the cares of this world?

Do I seek to get what I can here and now or is my desire for an eternal reward and inheritance?

Am I certain of my eternal destiny or unsure of my final fate?

Do I treat my body as the temple of the Holy Spirit – a “living sacrifice” for His honor and glory?

Is my mind being renewed and transformed by God’s Word so that I have the mind of Christ?

Am I bringing every thought captive to obedience to Jesus Christ and dwelling on that which is true, honorable and praiseworthy?

Is my spirit, created in the image of God, being conformed to the image of Jesus Christ: filled with His Spirit, walking in the power of the Spirit, developing the fruit of the Spirit and operating the gifts of the Spirit?

I hope the preceding examination shows you to be in good spiritual health! But if your check-up was less than ideal and His Spirit has convicted you, the prescription to get your heart right with the Lord is to humble yourself as in 1 John 1:9, repenting as you ask His forgiveness.

Implement His effective remedy by beginning now to spend time daily in His Word and in prayer. Before you know it, His Spirit will restore your relationship with Him as your First Love. As a healthy believer, you will be a bold and faithful witness in a day and age that desperately needs His light, love and truth.

May the Lord accomplish His purpose in and through you and may you reach your maximum potential in Christ – physically, mentally, emotionally, and above all, spiritually!