Song From NEXT2010 for Those Battling the Effects of Sin

Yesterday I posted a song I sang at the NEXT conference for those with disabilities.

A week or so before the conference began, I had a growing sense that there would be people at the conference who would be encouraged by attending, but would be battling the effects of sexual sin – either condemnation for sin in the past, or struggles with sin in the present. A preoccupation with either could rob them from enjoying the fruit from the conference. As the conference went on, that sense grew stronger.

As I prayed for those individuals, I again thought that the Lord might want to encourage them through a song. I could have simply shared my impression and exhorted them to believe the gospel, to trust that Christ, through his atoning death and victorious resurrection, fully paid for their sins and freed them from slavery to sin. Instead, I sang a song which came to me a few moments before we went on stage to lead the final session. I quickly jotted the words down on the back side of one of the guitar charts.

Someone emailed me yesterday to ask why I’d call a song like this spontaneous, when I had written the words down beforehand. Good question. It was spontaneous in the way the thought came to me (somewhat out of the blue), in the impression I had right before the meeting to share it, in the quickness with which the words came, and in the musical aspects. I also didn’t know when I might sing it going into the conference, or whether I would sing anything at all. I shared more thoughts about spontaneous/prophetic songs in an earlier post.

Regardless of what you call it, it was another opportunity to minister the truth of God’s Word and the gospel to his people through song. You can listen to it or download it by clicking here.

Here are the lyrics. I pray you’re encouraged by it.

Not a single spot
Not a single stain
Not a single blemish
Now remains
You have been washed clean
With the blood of Jesus Christ
And if your trust is in Him
You are righteous in my eyes

And though there is a battle
Though you fight the war
There are temporary pleasures
That’s not what you were made for
There are everlasting pleasures
That are waiting at my hand
And I only give joy
That will never ever end.

And if you fall again
My forgiveness will remain
For your debt is paid in full
And my love will never change
So trust in me each moment
For what you cannot do
For I’ll give you strength to conquer
For your life has been made new
I’ll give you strength to conquer
For your life has been made new.

For further encouragement in battling the effects and temptations of sexual sin I’d meditate on 1 Cor. 6:9-11, 1 Thess. 4:1-7, Rom. 8:1-4, 2 Cor. 5:17-21, Col. 2:13-15. Two books I’d highly recommend are Making All Things New by David Powlison and Battling Unbelief: Defeating Sin with Superior Pleasure by John Piper.

12 Responses to Song From NEXT2010 for Those Battling the Effects of Sin

  1. Derrick Jeror June 8, 2010 at 12:35 PM #

    Thanks for posting this Bob. I wasn’t able to make it to Next. I’ve never heard a song that specifically dealt with the subject of sexual temptation. Just another reminder of how amazing the gospel is.

  2. Jake June 8, 2010 at 1:22 PM #

    I really like the lyrics! Great message! Music is one of the most powerful things in my life! So keep it up!


  3. GD June 8, 2010 at 2:41 PM #

    Bob, thanks for sharing this song. The lyrics minister all by themsleves, but I’d like to listen to the music as well. Ironically, I can’t access it because the word “sexual” is in the title of the page. The filtering software on my laptop blocks such language (even in the title), and I love God too much – and I know myself too well – to override the software. Could you repost the song using something without such “trigger words”? Thanks.

    • Bob Kauflin June 8, 2010 at 3:38 PM #

      GD, I thought that might happen. Thanks for letting me know. I’ve changed the title of the post and the title of the download. Hopefully it should work now.

  4. Mike Gilland June 8, 2010 at 3:45 PM #

    Great resource, Bob. Thanks for using your gift – and your life – to honor God, and to help us all. This will be a great encouragement to many.

  5. Lidia June 8, 2010 at 4:06 PM #

    I praise God for giving you these two amazing songs. From the very first moment you took the mic at NEXT God started using you to speak to our hearts and encourage us. May He continue blessing you and giving you such an amazing discernment.

  6. osborn4 June 8, 2010 at 4:55 PM #

    Great lyrics. I don’t see them as exclusive for sexual sin, however.

    They certianly apply to sexual sin, but seems like they could apply to several othes sins as well.


  7. emily June 10, 2010 at 3:03 PM #

    reminds me of your song from several years ago “what part of your sin did I not cover?” was absolutely lifechanging and i pray God used this song in the same way.

    thanks for sharing this. it was encouraging to listen to, since i did not attend NEXT this year.

  8. Jordan Slack June 11, 2010 at 9:34 PM #

    I had the opportunity to be at NEXT and it was great to hear and see the Spirit working through you in that way. I know that it spoke to many and even now listening to it again, its a great reminder.

  9. Caleb June 18, 2010 at 9:39 AM #

    Beautiful song! Thanks Bob! Can I receive the piano chords to the song?

  10. David Brokke July 26, 2010 at 2:17 AM #

    WOW! Could I get the piano chords too?


  1. Combing the Net – 6/13/2010 « Honey and Locusts - June 13, 2010

    […] A Song for Those Battling the Effects of Sexual Sin — Bob Kauflin has written a song for those struggling with either “condemnation for sin in the past, or struggles with sin in the present.” This is a sensitive area in which most — if not all — Christians struggle, but which few songwriters have addressed lyrically. Kauflin’s song provides much-needed encouragement, and a reminder that in Christ we are freed from slavery to our sin. The lyrics and an mp3 are found at this link. […]

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