Moving up in the world

After days of debating, thinking and certainly praying I have decided to invest in my own domain. I will keep this guy going for a while until I have the other site up and running and spam free. If you would like to check it out feel free! http://www.codysweeny.com Until a date later specified I will continue to post here with hopes of reaching more people, followers and followers of Christ. 

I posted on Sunday a bit of a story, a judge and no jury, (read it here). The story goes as any supper hero story goes; bad guy is defeated and the innocent bystandered gets to go with the hero. The sad part here is that you have to know the hero. You have to know Jesus, or else as you are standing in the courtroom, no one will come. The harsh reality is that hell is very real, and Satan is realer, and death is the most real thing in life. The bible speaks and I will leave references at the bottom, that we are damned to hell. Our ancestors have sinned, and no ones perfect right? We all have sinned, and we deserve death. There is 2 ways out of death. Either you are completely and 100% perfect, or you can trust Jesus Christ as your personnel savior. He took the sin away from us, and put it on himself. All you have to do is believe. 

It goes something like this: “Jesus, I know I am a sinner, I know I have screwed up, I believe in you and confess my sins to you. I ask forgiveness for my sins and pray that you will come into my life.” 

Here is the kicker, FAITH. The reason I said this prayer more times than I can count is because I lacked faith. Don’t! He is real, he has risen, and he will come again. 

In love AND faith

-Cody Sweeny

Look these up for yourself:

Ephesians 2:8-9

John 3:16-17

Romans 3:23

 

Romans 8:18

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Let Love Prevail

I’m sorry for multiple posts in a few minutes, I didn’t want this in the other post.

I’m my junior high English class we are doing what is called a social change ad, this is mine. I did not have to actually pay for it but I thought it might be interesting. We have the option to share our in the class. Yes it would be a great way to share what I am passionate about, but I’m not sure the impact. I want to change the world, but why does my school seem bigger? I would ask for prayer in this scary time. I want to see lives changed, but I don’t want to be ridiculed for the rest of my high school years.

Thanks
-Cody Sweeny

Why We Fall

One of the greatest quotes from batman comes from Wayne’s father. “Why do we fall? So we can pick outselves up.”

As a guy I am constantly failing. It is way to easy to let my mind wander just by walking threw the hallways at school. I fail constantly on a hour to hour basics. I am not the only one. I know there are other guys out there that struggle the same. That fail constantly. This is my hope, that you will quit hiding and be real. Quit faking through life, enough of the lies, enough of the guilt. I encourage you to tell your sexual l brain to shut up and to let you be in control. This is my goal, please, don’t hesitate to email me, or comment. I love the comments. I don’t want this blog to be like every other blog. I want it to be engaging and challenging. I want to see lives changed.

Reasons why: It is about 10:50 pm here. I was insanely close to going to a favorite porn site. I don’t know why but it was one of those days. Then I remembered my blog, I remembered who I am fighting and who I am fighting for. It’s time to get real.

In love
-Cody Sweeny
Do not hesitant to email me. clsweeny@gmail.com

Life is a vapor, so make the most of it.

3 Years

Over the next 30 days I have signed up for a free promotion system. My goal isn’t a large fan base. My goal is to help other guys that struggle with lust and pornography. Whether you are here from headliner or here because you know me, you should read this. Please bear with my as I explain the past 3 years of guilt. (great way to start a post, right?).

I will try to be as transparent as I can but would like to keep this PG if I can. Three years ago it’s the summer of 2010. Life is going great. I am spending the night at my dad’s side grandparents. They put me up in a room with a comfortable bed, and a room filled with pornographic magazines. I have seen them before but never actually seen them. They were always classified as “Grandpa’s reading material”. Slowly I take a look. I feel great and free looking at those magazines. I actually sat by the door just in case anyone came by, but for hours that night I scanned through them.

Months went by and my birthday came up in October. I had been saving up for an iPod touch. Finally, I bought it. Excited by the whole thing, I played and watched movies with that thing like crazy. It was the end of October 2010. I was up late playing on my iPod and wanted to do some research on a certain app. I went to a site and saw an ad. Right away the ad reminded me of what I saw at my grandparents. That’s when my addiction started.

The rest is what you would call history. I was hooked. During the last 3 years I was challenged more times than I can count to stop my addiction. But I wouldn’t.

A great guy I met at Lake Ann told me that as guys, we love porn. We love it, but the thing is, we can only love one thing, either God or porn.

It was that week at Lake Ann that I gave my sin to Christ. I have failed many times after that, but overall have been better. The reason why I say the last 3 years were hell is because when you are watching porn, you are always guilty, you always think someone will hear or someone will walk in. Or the people at school will hear. Who cares? They might give you looks, but it is worth it to get it off your chest. You don’t have to tell the world either. I did, but you don’t have to. So my story is over, well not just yet. Through this blog I want to see people come clean with their sin. I want to see lives changed just like my own. That is my mission, that is my goal.

If you want to beat it, here is what you need to accomplish.

1. Confess. Don’t you dare tell Jesus you are sorry and it won’t happen again. Get down on your knees and cry over your sin, confess it to God.

2. Buddy System. Just the same as swimming we must always have a buddy, or buddies. Every time I was challenged about my addiction there was no one behind me. Having a strong group of guys behind you is great, even one or 2 will help.

3. Be Open and Honest. First off be as open and honest as you can. Easier said than done.

4. Stay in the Word. This is crucial in the battle against sin.

5. Last, but certainly not least, J.O.Y

Jesus

Others

You

Remember that you must put God first before anything and everything. He must come first! Then others: put other people before yourself. No matter how much you hate them (I really struggle with this). You: We all need time to sit back and reflect. Make time to relax, but do no become selfish with it. Take time to read the Word, but never forget your real mission.

The battle has been won, but the war has just begun. Get ready, it only gets worse. This is the truth about our sin, it won’t get easier. Now that you are conscious that it is a sin and ready to fight it, it only makes Satan try harder to make you stumble. He will be hiding, ready to trip us up. Get ready, get some buddies, and get back to what really matters.

If you have lasted this long reading this post please like, comment, share it. Whatever you are challenged to do. Don’t be ashamed by your past, but be conscious of your future.

In Love

-Cody Sweeny

This Post Didn’t Go Where I Thought it Would

Lake Ann has to be the most awesomest (not a word, but I don’t care) camp in the world. I don’t have much to compare Lake Ann to but I don’t think you can compare it.

Everything there has a purpose, from the challenge courses to the games and activities. Everything has a spiritual purpose. I went to a Baptist (nothing against Baptist) camp when I was younger. The camp which I talked about a week ago pushed salvation. If you don’t get save you are going to hell, BAM! That is all the preached. I got saved so many times. The reason was out of guilt and the fact that I didn’t want to go to hell. And well, who does?

Lake Ann provides a great experience. First off, you are put our of your comfort zone. You are stuck with people that you have never met before. You might just have 1 or 2 people that you know in your cabin, but for the most part you don’t know any of them. This is super scary, I’m a naturally quieter person so being stuck with 20 other people that I haven’t ever met before is very scary. This allows you to open up. There is absolutely no way that I could have opened up in front of my youth group. I see those guys everyday at school. I would feel their watchful eyes on the back of my head wondering if he’s screwed up. Psychologically this was my thought about coming clean with my porn and lust issue.

At Lake Ann you:

Wake up

Devo time

Breakfast

Chapel

Challenge course

Lunch

More Challenge courses

Group activity (teams) Each cabin and sister cabin are in a team and they have activities to challenge your team and another.

Super time

Chapel

Camp fire (weather pending)

Lights out (usually at 11pm or 12)

This schedule is harsh mentally and physically, if you are lucky you might get 6 hours of sleep. Lunch is horrible too; you eat but then you are cheering trying to gain points for fight night. This schedule doesn’t leave much time for free time. This whole set up is to promote spiritual discussion and thinking. The Chapel time is pretty powerful, and the team building gets you comfortable with your cabin mates. Lunch is to physically stretch you and also team building. The whole experience is getting you to open up to these people you met just hours before hand.

With me, I already had been to Lake Ann, I knew what to expect, but then again I didn’t. Right away I was challenged, and had a meeting with my counselor and explained to him some of my troubles. I did not explain my issues with porn, just my issues with mentoring and trust. Being able to open up to him was astounding on my part. I don’t open up to very many people. Actually there is only about 2 or 3 people that actually know me and sadly none of them are my own family. I have a hard time opening up to them. I have always had trust issues, but being able to open up to Matt totally helped. About a day later, that night actually, after chapel I talked to Matt about my issues with porn, and was severely convicted. This is where we cried. Read about it here. The whole Lake Ann experience brought me back to what really mattered. It opened my hear and allowed me to be honest about my struggles. That night we had what called the glory bowl. It’s where you can speak about what you have been challenged with, or whatever God has laid on your heart. I sat in line for 1 hour and eventually warned the junior highers not to be naive. To be ready to fight porn. Years ago, I knew what porn was, I knew that I should of avoided it, but I didn’t. I fell to my knees in the face of it.
My goal: If I can stop one kid, teen, adult; from struggling the same I have won. I don’t want to see other go through the pain and the guilt that I have went through. I don’t want people to have to hide and lie about it. I myself have lied about it to my own parents. I have jumped around the bush about it. It is time to wake up teens and adults.

FATHERS: Be real with your kids about it. Even your daughters. It is an epidemic that affects everyone. Not just guys, even women struggle with it, if they don’t then you obviously don’t have facebook. It is everywhere. Be real about it, be honest to your kids when they bring up their questions. It is your job to prepare your kids for the real world. Prepare them! How can you prepare them when they don’t know about lust and the sin that comes with it.

This article didn’t go exactly where I wanted it to go, but please don’t throw this off like it’s nothing. I hate it when people doubt my maturity just because of my age. Take heed and be warned, that it is real and it’s only the beginning.

-Cody Sweeny

Philippians 1:12 May the gospel be advanced through you and the words you share.

MAKE WAR!!!!

One More Lie About Porn

“I will stop tomorrow”. Stop right there, you and I both know that you won’t. If you claim to love God you will not keep saying tomorrow, but today. Stop procrastinating when you are ruining your brain. This is the sad truth. Please stop today, don’t let another guilty day go by saying tomorrow. I said that a month after I started watching and look at me now. 3 years later. I’ve stopped but it has a lasting impact. If you have just started, or are 8 years into it. Quit saying tomorrow and make it today.

What Starts with P and Ends with ORN? hint: it’s not popcorn.

Here’s my catchy title but I just wanted to highlight some points tonight that my awesome youth leader made. Porn is sin, porn=lust, lust=sin and sadly sin=death. We all know this, but how do we beat it? How do I beat it in my own personal battle?

1 John 1:8-9

8 If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. 9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.

1. Identify the Causes(Sin). Figure out what triggers your porn.

2. Take Responsibility(Our Own) TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOURSELF. Quit blaming society or your computer. Blame yourself. You looked, and you acted on your lust.

3. Agree with God(Confess). Confess to God that he is Lord overall. Ask forgiveness. Simple, but live it, don’t just talk it, shout it! Live it!

4. Accept God Sacrifice(Jesus) Same as agreeing but you have to believe it. You must believe it. God’s love is greater then anything, that is why He sent Jesus. Jesus died for me, and for you and for everyone. That is why it’s vital that we must SHOUT IT!

5. Don’t confess the Same Sin Twice(Faith). Be one and done. Confession is so much different compared to forgiveness. Confession is falling on your knees and crying about it. Forgiveness is what you have your son or daughter do. “Now tell him you’re sorry”. Don’t constantly think about it. That will only lead to more problems and issues of reoccurring sin.

6. Insist on Cleansing(rub a dub dub, I’m chillen in the tub). Be prepared to cleanse. Purge your mind of the porn and lust. Those images never quite go away, but try to forget. Keep thinking that God is greater. Or find your own saying, something that will remind you that God is so much more powerful then my(your) sin.

7. Now Act Like You’re Forgiven. It’s time to cut that depression, cut the crap and get real. Be real. Get rid of it! Quit mourning and get to work. Get back to war.

So this is it. This is relevant to any and all sin, but more so for lust. Please remember bounce. See it and bounce.

Over the summer I went to Lake Ann camp in Michigan. Everything there has a purpose, we did what was called the high ropes course. 50 foot up in trees you have to get over 3 or so different obstacles. We had to write down goals, here is what I wrote, this is the day after I opened up and confessed my sin to the group. “My goals for the high ropes course is to show that God’s love is greater than sin. I should love God more than my sin(Porn)”. We love porn as guys, we love it. That is why we must love God more than sin.

-Cody Sweeny