ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Another Hope for a Future Generation

Updated on October 20, 2010

In my last hub I examined the life of Lynn, a pregnant ,seventeen year old girl who turned into a very lovely woman despite the hardships she dealt with early on in her life. She became a wonderful trophy of God's grace. In this hub I would like to examine the life of Rich, a man given over to pornography.

For several years Rich had been plagued by the use of pornography and in 1997 Rich was arrested for indecent assault--a result of living out his pornographic fantasies.Years later I was able to ask Rich, who by now had become a 40 year old man, to tell me his story.

It seemed that Rich's troubles began when he was a teenage boy. He had gotten involved with a young lady at his high school and it wasn't long until things were getting too heavy. Soon the young woman left Rich for another boy. Rich really cared for her and began to equate having sex with love. After his girlfriend left he needed to continue to have that assurance of love through sexual fantasies.

He had been given a pornographic magazine by someone at the school and sexual fantasy became his everyday release. Each time he was being drawn into sin more and more. When in his fantasy world, he could feel love again. Unfortunately, the love wasn't real, just a cheap imitation thrown out by satan. The fantasies escalated.

Over a period of time Rich became involved with many different pornographic practices that I won't mention here. Each one was gradually getting more involved and intense. To reach the same high bigger risks were taken. Each time Rich was able to get away, giving him a false feeling of power and entitlement. This drove him deeper into his sin.

Finally, in 1997 he was arrested for an attack on a woman outside her home. This was the turning point for Rich. Many thought that he was just reacting to being caught when he tried to show repentance for his actions. Time would tell what was really on Rich's heart.

God stood up for Rich. it is exactly those kinds of sin that Jesus died for. True repentance brings with it a change in lifestyle--a life of serving Christ. I am happy to say that today Rich is a changed man. He went off to Bible College and is now serving God in his local church.

This is just one more reminder that God can use anyone, and that God doesn't give up. He will accomplish His purpose. Don't you give up. Keep following Christ. And if you know any Rich's out there, encourage them to follow Christ as well.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • lifegate profile imageAUTHOR

      William Kovacic 

      7 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      drpastorcarlotta,

      Yes, RevLady said it right. God is always after us and I think that's a good thing because I must confess I'm not after God.

    • drpastorcarlotta profile image

      Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 

      7 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      God is good and loves all of us. I love the way RevLady put it. I couldn't of said it any better myself. I am just thankful I gave-up and let God. Great Hub as always! Be Blessed always!!!

    • lifegate profile imageAUTHOR

      William Kovacic 

      7 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Thanks Skye. I'm one tat's been pulled from the muddy mire as well.

    • skye2day profile image

      skye2day 

      7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Hi lifegate SO loved this story. GOD is so amazing and GOOD and wonderful. Thank you for sharing. I pray many are led here. GOD will pull us from the muddy mire. Wow am I so grateful. Keep on lifegate! Hugs Galore.

    • lifegate profile imageAUTHOR

      William Kovacic 

      7 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Bayloulady,

      He sure has! Praise His holy Name!

    • bayoulady profile image

      bayoulady 

      7 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

      It never fails too amaze me that God has cast all our repented sins into the sea of forgetfulness, and remembers them no more!

    • lifegate profile imageAUTHOR

      William Kovacic 

      7 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      A M,

      As Paul said, I am what I am by the grace of God. Any of us could be taken in any sin at any time. And God is always there when we come to Him. Thanks for checking in.

    • A M Werner profile image

      Allen Werner 

      7 years ago from West Allis

      Thanks for sharing this lesson in conversion. Everyone has weaknesses, behaviors, thoughts and actions they need to divorce themselves from. Until we get that wake up call - that splash of cold water in the face - we linger on in sin, excusing it, justifying it - heeding it. Every lost sheep that is found is edifying and encouraging for all of us. We all need saving, not just the ones with the "obvious" sins. The conversion of the "obvious" ones should help everyone. Peace.

    • lifegate profile imageAUTHOR

      William Kovacic 

      7 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Laurie,

      It's been great to watch God work in the lives of people. Only He can make the difference. Thanks for stopping by.

    • profile image

      exjwlaurie 

      7 years ago

      Jesus came for the lost! He died to give us his righteousness.

      Rich is walking in that right standing with God now--and is able to serve humbly all those who come to him with their own weakness and guilt. I am sure he is doing a fine job of helping others find their way too! Thank you for sharing Lifegate!

    • lifegate profile imageAUTHOR

      William Kovacic 

      7 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      TM,

      Yes, GOD is certainly more powerful than anyone or anything. Isn't that wonderful.

      RevLady,

      It would do us all good to remember where we came from. Thanks for the reminder.

      CO,

      Thanks for checking in! You're right. God can't be sold short of anything. Just more to add to our security in Him.

      Michael,

      Absolutely. The east from the west is pretty far. To God be the glory!

      Quill,

      Yes, we are truly blessed. Thanks for that precious thought!

    • profile image

      "Quill" 

      7 years ago

      Well written lifegate... we see it all the time in life, many have experienced a transformation through the love of Christ. Each testimony is a powerful tool in anyones life.

      We are a truly blessed people are we not to think He will forgive us for any sin.

      Hugs

    • Michael Adams1959 profile image

      Isaiah Michael 

      7 years ago from Wherever God leads us.

      GIven over to God all our sins are so small when He has forgiven them. They are gone as far as east is to the west, in the sea of His forget fullness, what an amazing God we serve.

    • creativeone59 profile image

      benny Faye Douglass 

      7 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you Lg, for a very inspirational and uplifting story, it just show us that we can't sell God short of anything. God bless you and your bread of life. Godspeed. creativeone59

    • RevLady profile image

      RevLady 

      7 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      None of us began with God. He found us at different points in our lives and under different circumstances. He did not give up on any of us who came to accept Him as our Lord and Savior and allowed Him to turn our lives around. All glory to God!

      I cannot be critical of those who are lost and whom God has not yet found because I remember from where God brought me. I simply reach out in His love and let God work in that person's life in His own time and in His own way.

      Love and joy in Him dear friend,

      Forever His,

    • profile image

      tinamarie9884 

      7 years ago

      lifegate, I have been in close contact with some people who were not always doing the right thing for many years, now they are truly into GOD and all the Faith that comes with it. I have said it before, GOD is more powerful than anyone or anything.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)