What's going on everyone?!
BUT, I do know that everyone struggles with sin (Romans 3:23) and may even be struggling with some sort of sin right now. I love what Trip Lee says about bringing sin to the light:
“If we want to kill that sin we have to expose it. We have to bring other people in and confess that sin regularly."
One of my teammates who I am very close with made me aware of this HUGE problem in the Christian church and how we (believers in Christ) leave no room for a powerful, loving, gracious and forgiving God in our churches. We show up every Sunday with fake smiles and act like everything is great when deep down inside there are some real people that have some real issues out there. I know am guilty of this, countless times I have struggled with sin and showed up to church acting like I have nothing to repent about because of how embarrassed I was of having to deal with the sin. Imagine the breakthroughs that would happen if people would show up to the most protected environment there is and just let loose on what they are struggling with.
My guess is that people would be absolutely shocked to find out the similarities of the sins we all struggle with. Paul said to the church in Corinth that
"No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”— 1 Corinthians 10:13
The same way my teammates and I want to know what the opposing team is going to try to do to us on game days, so that we can combat that and have a better chance to win, We need to know what the devil is going to try to throw at us and have a sense of when he is going to try to get us.
One man I met in college and have known for 6+ years now, did an unbelievable job trying to keep me on the strait and narrow when I was younger and very immature.
He told me that satan is most likely to attack you when you are at your weakest, which is when you are hungry, angry, sleepy and alone. I believe that the devils number one goal is to isolate us, to make us feel alone and by ourselves.
The reason I believe this is if you look at what the Bible says and the way the devil tempted Jesus, Jesus was alone and on a 40 day fast when the devil came to Him and tried to tempt Him. (Matthew 4:1-11)
He is also winning if he makes you feel like what ever sin you are dealing with isn't really that big of a deal, which might make you just give up and not try to fight the sin anymore and allow it to continue to happen.
I like to use this analogy:
A finger alone is very weak, you can physically move it which ever way you want. But, when you bring all 5 of your fingers together into a fist they are a lot stronger. The finger is an example of you when you are falling into the devils trap and are isolated, weak, and maybe even embarrassed. The finger might be able to take a couple bumps and bruises but will end up broken. The fist represents the small group or the church that you may be apart of. The fist could also represent the couple of accountability partners. People that are close to you who you trust, who are on the same mission of living out Gods plan for their lives, as you are. If you stay connected to Gods truths and have others in your life who truly want the best for you then it is going to be a lot tougher for the devil to win. (Proverbs 18:1)