From Addictions to Freedom
In this battle against evil, there will be no “Lone Rangers.”

(Heck, even the “Lone Ranger” in this American Old West classic story needed his Indian friend Tonto!). God is looking for the men who realize that in this war we will not go far without having in our foxholes other real and authentic Jonathan/David brotherhoods. Sinful addictions cannot be defeated alone! The prayer of Jesus to his Father God just before His crusade to the cross was that His followers would band together: Jesus said, “My prayer for all of them is that they will be one, just as you and I are one.” (John 17:21)

Satan wants us to believe that we are alone in our foxholes, and that our struggles and addictions are unique and isolated to us. Evil wants us to think that if we were open and honest about our battles that no one could ever truly understand us – or better yet – love us. That is a lie! Our internal and hidden battles and our feelings of loneliness are common to all men. And when our sins and dark places are exposed to the light by walking in authentic and honest brotherhood with other disciples of Christ – we will experience love, forgiveness, power, and peace!

Once we truly repent and turn away from our addictive sins, we then will be free to live out the heroic purposes for which we were created. We will be free to love and rescue our wives, children, and friends. We will be free to band together, to be “mighty heroes,” and to overcome evil through the power of Christ Jesus. And most importantly, we will be free to have a real relationship with God our Father.

So join us! – And let’s slay our sinful addictions as we band together in authentic brotherhood. On our deathbeds, let’s have no regrets and no shame.

“For you have been called to live in freedom – not freedom to satisfy your sinful nature, but freedom to serve one another in love.” (Gal. 5:13)

Note: As a note of confession as I write this month’s “Reflections from the Battle” .... This past week I have struggled greatly with sexual temptation as I prepared to write this piece. I feel like Satan worked overtime against my heart to make me feel unworthy to even address such a topic. It may be true that lustful thoughts give temporary relief to a thirsty soul, but they do not truly satisfy. It has been a hard season for me, which makes sexual temptation even more difficult to fight against. Yet my greater desire is to keep my eyes and heart on the finish line. I don’t want to carry any secrets, and I want to finish well with no regrets. The Bible teaches that, until heaven, we will be in a fight against our sinful nature (or flesh): “The old sinful nature loves to do evil, which is just the opposite from what the Holy Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are opposite from what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, and your choices are never free from this conflict.” (Gal. 5:17) Yes, I will struggle in this battle throughout my life, but I will not struggle alone! And when I fall down, I will continue to get back up and head north …. I never want to quit! There is no “Plan B” for me. I will follow Christ – no matter the cost ….

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