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Bottled Up

Isolation is one of the top tools the enemy uses to ruin our lives.  As we know, the enemy comes to “steal, kill and destroy.”  The Bible contains numerous examples, such as:

  • Eve – she was probably alone or at least away from Adam when the serpent tempted her.
  • David – in his solitude he saw Bathsheba and was overcome with desire.
  • John the Baptist – he was alone in prison and started questioning if Jesus was the promised messiah.

Each one of these biblical characters is unique yet they have some things in common which helped them overcome the sin. Each one had friends or loved ones in their lives; and after they’d succumbed to temptation, they didn’t keep it to themselves; they talked about it with those closest to them.

My life significantly improved, and became more in line with what I believe God intended, when I started having real, authentic conversations with my close friends.  This was—and still is—very hard.  Having conversations about my sin, my painful struggles, and my temptations was almost impossible at first.  But I took one step, not knowing the outcome, and God has been incredibly faithful.

We are so much better off if we refuse to allow ourselves to remain bottled up.  When we take the risk of opening up to trusted friends and mentors, regardless of what they might think or do with the information, we have the tools to battle temptation and the opportunity to grow in our faith.

Friday Inspiration

Have We Slowed Down Like Saul?

Once Saul left Damascus and slipped into Arabia, he began taking inventory. There was no “To Do before Sundown” lists. No “Six Fast Steps to Success” or other self-help scrolls clumped under his arms. He was alone. He walked slower….He considered each new dawn a gift from the Lord, the perfect opportunity to rework his priorities and rethink his motives.

Chuck Swindoll, Paul: A Man of Grace and Grit

Friday Inspiration

A survey of the Scriptures reveals that those God used greatly were often prepared for those exploits during periods of solitude, quietness, and obscurity.

Chuck Swindoll, Paul: A Man of Grace and Grit