Before you continue reading, CLICK HERE to watch this 3 minute video that sparked my thoughts and curiosity on these issues.
I realize that I might be coming off a little strong with that video and also realize that not everyone struggles with that particular issue. 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."
I believe that many people who will read this post are dealing with some type of sin that they genuinely want freedom from but they are under such a stronghold and are so embarrassed of the sin that they are doing their best to keep it in the dark and away from the people that want to help them. I think that the video is not only true about porn, but also true about countless other sins that are really hurting us, the church, and the christian culture today.
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
One thing that has helped me overcome many of the sins I have had to deal with, aside from God's power, grace and mercy, is understanding the way that the devil works.
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)
If he tried it on Jesus, don't think he won't try it on you!!!
The devil is winning if he makes you feel like you are the only person in the world who is struggling with a particular sin, which may give you the feeling of embarrassment.
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)
All in all, I really want to just encourage you to get connected to your local church. Continue to get to know other believers, keep fighting the good fight and remember, it is a lot easier to do it together then it is alone! That's the way God intended for it to happen, together! (Proverbs 27:17)
I also just wanted to let you know, if you are not connected to the church, that God truly loves you. He loves you so much that He sent his only son to die on the cross for your sins. Having two children allows me relate to John 3:16 more now than ever!! I have also experienced Gods love and unending grace that He wants to pour out on you if you believe. He will also give you the strength to break free from the things you may be struggling with if you confess and repent! Don't be like the old Trey and try to figure things out on your own. Get connected to your local church, stop living in the dark, and start to see the light!
Though you might not have the same beliefs, you may not have children or you might not even like football (lol). My prayer for you is that after reading the things my wife and I write there will be something inside of you and your spirit that starts turning, and you start asking questions.
If you have any questions or would like to connect with us, we would love to hear from you. Please feel free to click on the email link located on the right of the page and/or comment below! Yesenia and I are extremely thankful for all the support and prayers we have recieved over the last few years. Please continue to pray for us as individuals, parents, as a couple and as a family!
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